Aug 31 2013 by Nick Hilton, Sat WIR
TRANMERE make a small piece of history next Tuesday when they play a competitive game against Fleetwood Town for the first time.
The Cod Army visit Prenton Park in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round tie which kicks off at the earlier than usual time of 7pm. Rovers boast some historical links to the Lancashire club, who secured Football League status in 2012 after rapidly climbing through the non-league divisions over the previous decade.
Former Tranmere midfielder Micky Mellon became Fleetwood manager in 2008, having previously worked as a junior coach at Burnley.
Melon’s appointment as Fleetwood’s first ever full-time manager followed in January 2009. Backed by the wealth of chairman Andy Pilley, the club continued to rise through the divisions.
Fleetwood reached the Conference in 2010 and after losing a play-off final to AFC Wimbledon in 2011, went up into League Two the following year as champions.
Mellon departed in December of last year following a disagreement with Pilley and is now working as assistant manager at Barnsley.
He was replaced by current manager Graham Alexander.
Former Tranmere goalkeeper Eric Nixon worked as a goalkeeping coach at Fleetwood during Mellon’s early years as manager.
Tuesday’s tie will be decided on the night. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, no extra time will be played and the outcome will be decided by a penalty shootout.
Tranmere are reducing admission prices, which will be £10 for adults and £5 for concessions in all parts of the ground.