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Introducing - Tranmere Rovers

4 July 2015

Andy Phillips looks at Gary Brabin's side.

Tranmere Rovers will take part in the National League for the first time in their history after League Two relegation last time out.

After 94 years in the Football League, Rovers were relegated following a 3-2 loss to Plymouth Argyle in April and responded to that by dismissing manager Micky Adams before replacing him with Gary Brabin.

Brabin is a very experienced manager at this level. A tough tackling midfielder in his playing days at the likes of Doncaster Rovers and Hull City, he began his managerial career at Southport. After guiding the team to the play-offs, he was snapped up by Cambridge United but fell at the final hurdle with a 2-0 play-off final defeat to Torquay United. After a year at Luton Town, he returned to Southport but cut his stay short there to coach at Everton. However, the opportunity of managing Tranmere at this level brought him back to club management.

Rovers have played their games at Prenton Park, which holds 16,567 (the most in the league) and also hosts Liverpool Reserves games, since 1912. The two clashes against them are sure to be games that Town fans will look forward to, with the last league game between the two sides resulting in the Mariners relegation to League Two in May 2004 and both sides sharing a victory a piece in two League Cup ties since then.

The summer has seen Tranmere look to bring in a number of new players and they have already secured the signatures of the likes of Forest Green forward James Norwood, experienced Wrexham midfielder Jay Harris and FC Halifax midfielder Lois Maynard for this campaign. With the quality that those sort of players bring, it would be surprising if Tranmere weren't looking to be promotion contenders this season. 

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