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Head to head: Tranmere

15 December 2018

Ahead of this afternoon's Sky Bet League Two clash between Notts County and Tranmere Rovers, we take a trip down memory lane to relive some previous encounters.

The sides have met 43 times over the years, with the Magpies winning on 17 occasions with eight games being drawn.

There have been clashes in three of English football's four tiers, FA Cup meetings, and even a promotion at stake when the teams squared off in a play-off final.

Here's a Notts win, a Rovers victory and a draw that are worth reliving...

Notts 2-0 Tranmere

Sunday 27 May 1990

Arguably the most high-stakes meeting was in the 1990 Division Three play-off final with promotion to English football's second tier the reward for the victors.

Notts took the lead 30 minutes into the action at Wembley through Tommy Johnson, and doubled the advantage shortly after the hour mark when Craig Short - who went on to manage the Magpies - netted a second.

Tranmere were unable to break through a stubborn defence and Neil Warnock's side achieved their first of back-to-back promotions.

Tranmere 1-1 Notts

Tuesday 6 March 2012

Notts were denied a fifth straight League One win by John Welsh’s stoppage-time equaliser as the push for the play-offs intensified.

Damion Stewart put the Magpies ahead just five minutes in, getting the telling touch to end a goalmouth scramble, and Jon Harley and Jonathan Forte also went close before the break.

But in Ronnie Moore’s first game since rejoining Tranmere, Welsh netted the leveller from a late corner.

Notts returned to winning ways in their next match and ended the season strongly but missed out on the play-offs by virtue of goal difference.

Tranmere 3-2 Notts

Saturday 15 March 2014

Tranmere took the points in a topsy-turvy encounter at Prenton Park in the last meeting of the two sides.

Notts went ahead inside the opening 15 minutes through Ronan Murray but fell behind before the half-hour mark as Jason Koumas and Ryan Lowe put the home side ahead.

Alan Sheehan brought the Magpies level just after the hour but Steven Jennings grabbed the winner and moved Tranmere two points clear of the dropzone – leaving Notts bottom.

The Magpies went on to survive relegation on the final day of the season at Rovers’ expense.


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