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PREVIEW: We're up against Tranmere ... again

A look ahead to the first-round Emirates FA Cup game

3 November 2022

Match Previews

PREVIEW: We're up against Tranmere ... again

A look ahead to the first-round Emirates FA Cup game

3 November 2022

These teams come together for the second time in a week - but this time we're on home turf as the Emirates FA Cup campaign kicks off.

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Tranmere went into Tuesday night's home game against Stockport off the back of what Micky Mellon described as a 'disappointing performance' against the Blues last Saturday.

Kris Dennis set the tone at Prenton Park with a goal that was netted with just 39 seconds on the clock, and he bagged from the spot early on the second half to put the cherry on top of what was an excellent away display.

Both Rovers and the Hatters had chances in midweek, but neither target was truly tested as the encounter motored towards a goalless stalemate.

That leaves Tranmere two points shy of the play-off places having played one game more than the four teams above them.

These teams have met on four occasions in this competition, with Tranmere having won three of them. The last of those ties was one to forget for the Blues with Rovers four goals to the good by half-time at Prenton Park back in December 2001.

The goals came courtesy of Jason Price and a Jason Koumas hat-trick, with Will McDonagh receiving a red card in amongst it all. Richie Foran bagged a consolation, but a Stuart Barlow penalty rubbed salt into an already gaping wound, and Steve Yates compounded the misery when he made it 6-1 late in the day.

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Forward Elliott Nevitt has had to do things the hard way, by remaining patient as he kept his head down on the non-league circuit.

Three goals from the bench against Crewe (two in the league and on on the Papa Johns) has earned him a starting shirt. 

He now has six goals for the season and will be looking to carry that on.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Tranmere wins
League 32 17 32
Trophy 0 2 0
FA Cup 1 0 3
League Cup 2 1 2
Total 35 20 37

United dominated with a goal on 39 seconds from Kris Dennis setting the tone at Prenton Park in October 2022. The same player netted from the spot in the second half to make it a comfortable 2-0 away win for the Blues.

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It was a game you couldn't take your eye off in April 2022 with Calum MacDonald and Kieron Morris sent off for the hosts. Kane Hemmings and Elliott Nevitt had twice put them ahead, with Omari Patrick and Tobi Sho-Silva doing the honours with the equalisers to make it a 2-2 outcome.

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Carlisle were undone by an own goal just after half-time in October 2021 as Tranmere went away from Cumbria with a one-goal win.

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A game that could have gone either way saw James Vaughan grab a late winner as Tranmere took the spoils home in February 2021. Vaughan had also scored in the first half, as did Kane Woolery, with Josh Kayode and Nick Anderton bagging for the Cumbrians.

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These teams met at Prenton Park in November 2020 with Keith Hill newly-appointed as manager. It was a tight game, but Corey Taylor netted the only goal of the encounter just after the break.

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It was a comfortable three-goal home victory for Rovers in March 2019 when Ollie Banks broke the deadlock just before half time. Oliver Norwood and Manny Monthe completed the scoring after the break.

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Tranmere took all three points home from their trip to Cumbria in September 2018. The Blues had 15 minutes to forget at the end of the game as a penalty miss was followed by an own goal from Tom Parkes, and a killer blow from Paul Mullin just before the final whistle.

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Our last meeting prior to that was in February 2015, at Prenton Park, when a quickfire double from Charlie Wyke just after the break secured a 2-0 away victory for the Blues. It came at a price as Kyle Dempsey received his marching orders deep into time added on.

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The league meeting at Brunton Park earlier that season was a tense affair, but a nice finish from David Amoo with just 20 minutes left to play proved to be the difference as the Cumbrians battled their way to a hard-earned three points.

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The trio of meetings from that season was completed, again at Prenton Park, when the sides came together in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Brad Potts got on the end of a good move to cancel out a first half Max Power goal, but it was Tranmere who progressed as they got the better of the penalty shoot-out, winning by 5-4 at the end of a very long night.

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Referee - Declan Bourne
Assistant Referee 1 - Chris Isherwood
Assistant Referee 2 - Lewis Raper
Fourth Official - Helen Conley

Our referee for this fixture is Mr Declan Bourne. 

He has been in charge of seven games so far this season and has shown 33 yellows and three reds.

We first met him in February 2021 for a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Forest Green. Gime Toure scored in the second half for the Blues, and Joe Riley and Rhys Bennett had their names taken on the night.

We also saw him in December 2021 for our 2-0 away win at Stevenage. Jon Mellish and Jordan Gibson scored the goals, Gibson from the spot, and Kelvin Mellor had his name taken.


All areas of the ground will be open.

Season ticket holders receive half price tickets which can only be purchased over the phone or in person. Please have your season ticket ID number ready when purchasing your ticket.

Season ticket holders must purchase their ticket before 5pm Friday 4 November to claim their half price discount. There will be no season ticket discount on the day of the fixture.


  Pre-sale  Matchday 
Over 18 £15 £18
*Under 18 £8 £8
*Under 7 FOC FOC
W/Chair £5 £5


ST prices Pre-sale  Matchday 
ST Over 18 £7.50 £18
ST *Under 18 £4 £8
ST *Under 7 FOC FOC
ST W/Chair £2.50 £5

*U14’s must be accompanied by an over 18. 

Dates of sale 

Thu 3 Nov 10am - 5pm
Fri 4 Nov 10am - 5pm
Sat 5 Nov 10am – 3pm

Methods of purchase:

  • In person – come to the main ticket office at the designated time.
  • Phone – ring the ticket office 03300 945 930 option 1 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card.
  • Internet – buy online HERE

Please note - persons under the age of 14 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Minors under the age of 14 will not be permitted entrance and parents / guardians will be called to collect the child and escort them from the premises.

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