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Tranmere Rovers vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 9th November 2019 (kick off 3pm)
Referee: Martin Coy
The first round of the FA Cup provides a first meeting of Tranmere Rovers and Wycombe Wanderers since March 2015, and like London buses, the pair come together again at the same venue next weekend in League 1.
Gareth Ainsworth's men have fallen at the first hurdle of both the Carabao Cup and Leasing.com Trophy this season, but this competition has provided special memories against Aston Villa and Tottenham in recent times which will serve as inspiration to reach the third round and beyond this time around.
Standing in their way are a Tranmere side who enjoyed back-to-back promotions from the National League to League 1, and are managed by Micky Mellon who was in charge at Fleetwood Town when they sprang a shock on the Chairboys in the first round of the FA Cup back in 2011.
Rovers have seven points from their last four league games, enjoying impressive triumphs at Coventry and MK Dons but suffering from inconsistency and finding themselves on the wrong end of a 5-0 thrashing at Sunderland.
Wanderers have been given tickets in the Cowshed Stand at Prenton Park (all seated and covered behind one goal).
Prices are as follows.
Seniors (65+): £5
Young Adults (18-22): £5
Under 18s: £1
Under 12s: £1
On the day of the match (once sales via Wycombe's TicketCo system have ended) an online facility will be set up on trfctickets.co.uk; select home matches -> Wycombe Wanderers -> Cowshed, and you can purchase tickets from here, which will be sent to a smartphone and scanned in on the turnstile. Online sales remain at the cheaper, advanced rate outlined above.
Gareth Ainsworth has no fresh injury concerns, with Alex Samuel making his return in Tuesday's meeting with Fulham under 21s.
Wycombe will be in their regular blue strip for this fixture, with a Mayfair FX sleeve badge.
Man in the Middle
Martin Coy has shown 47 yellow cards and no red cards in 11 matches in the middle so far.
His last involvement in a Wycombe fixture was the 2-2 draw at Blackpool last season.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: CH42 9PY
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M6 (M40 and M42). Leave the M6 at Junction 20 then keep left on the westbound M56 signposted North Wales, Chester, Runcorn. Leave the M56 at Junction 15 then join the M53, signposted Ellesmere Port and Birkenhead. Exit M53 at Junction 4 and take the fourth exit from the roundabout onto the B5151 (Mount Road). The ground is signposted from here. Continue for 2.5 miles when Mount Road becomes Storeton Road and turn right into Prenton Road West at the traffic lights. The ground is on the right-hand side after 200 yards.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 197 (approx. journey time in normal traffic conditions 3 hours 15 minutes)
Recommended area for car parking
There is a very large car park at the ground which costs £5 per car per game. Car park tickets can be purchased in advance from the Ticket Office on 0333 014 4452 and online at www.trfctickets.co.uk. Beware of a residents parking scheme which is in operation around on many roads around the ground. Further along Borough Road, going past the Kop Stand, is a sports ground which has parking spaces costing £3 per car.
Using the train?
The closest railway stations are Rock Ferry and Birkenhead Central, both served by Liverpool Lime Street. Both stations are a fair walk from the ground (15-20 minutes).
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 16,587 (all seated). Away fans are housed behind one goal - in the affectionately named Cowshed. This fairly new covered, all seated stand, has good facilities and unhindered views of the playing action and can house up to 2,200 fans. The concourses are of a good size and the acoustics of the stand good, meaning that away fans can really make some noise from inside this stand. The main telephone number is 0333 014 4452.
Time on your hands?
The Prenton Park Hotel, which is very close to the visiting supporters’ turnstiles, is popular with away fans. A short way along Prenton Park Road is the Birch Tree, which also welcomes visiting fans. Previously called the Mersey Clipper, it has been refurbished and is now part of the Flaming Grill chain. Other hostelries within walking distance are The Sportsman’s Arms on Prenton Road East and The Cock and Pullet on Woodchurch Road (about a 10-minute walk away). There are several take-aways and restaurants nearby. At the ground, outside the Main Stand, the Club have put together a Fan Parke, which visiting supporters are welcome to visit. This has a mix of music, street food, plus a bar. Part of it is housed in a covered indoor marquee.
Inside the UK & Ireland: Listen live on iFollow (£2.50 for an audio pass, or £4.49 for a monthly pass, or £45 for the season).