- Sep 9, 2015
- Reaction score
- Forest Green Rovers FC
With last season’s promotion of Cheltenham Town FC, the game most FGR fans are looking forward to watching is against Tranmere (admittedly some with trepidation). The two clubs have known each other for less than a decade but in that time there has developed a decent competitiveness to every game.
Tranmere’s local and traditional opponents probably top their list of ‘must see’ games but I bet FGR are now high amongst that number.
Of late both clubs regularly appear in play-offs:
2015: FGR v Bristol Rovers
2016: FGR v Grimsby [final]
2017: FGR v Tranmere [promoted]
2019: FGR v Tranmere
2020: FGR v Newport
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2017: Tranmere v FGR [final]
2018: Tranmere v Boreham Wood [promoted]
2019: Tranmere v FGR
~~~~ Tranmere v Newport [promoted]
2020: Season ended early due to Covid-19 virus. League decided on a points per game basis. Relegated to League Two
2021: Tranmere v Morecambe
Having twice met in play-offs with one win apiece it does create something special. Last season was first occasion when both teams were in play-offs but neither club promoted.
Of the 11 games between the two Rovers, eight have been on other days than a Saturday.
The first win by FGR in April ’17 was where FGR stole a win at Prenton Park with a breakaway goal just before full time. Tranmere had totally dominated match. The away Supporter’s Coach was stoned outside ground on return trip to Gloucestershire.
That win set up FGR nicely for Wembley play-off final a month later.
FGR fans still retain a great deal of respect towards the Tranmere supporters who were very complimentary to their winning opponents after final whistle.
Visits to Prenton Park are always a pleasure. The impressive statue of John King outside ground indicates the proud history of club. Alas although the ground is grand and was improved during their glory years of the 1990s in preparation for potential promotion to Premier League, it is now slightly run down.
Twice FGR fans have crashed over seating while celebrating a goal. I’ve spoken to those who were injured in fall and they all said it was accidental. CCTV also showed the damage to Tranmere’s seating was not malicious but as result of crowd swaying forward in exuberant celebrations.
Pity it happened because it has soured relationships from Tranmere towards FGR. Although not involved I offer my apologies and regrets for these incidents.
BTW the last time there was a dedicated FGR/Tranmere thread I think it ran to about 26 pages !!!
I guess now is best time for FGR to play Tranmere while they are not in top form.
My forecast: FGR 3-1 Tranmere