Match Preview


Sat 08 Dec 12

Date: Wednesday, January 16
Venue: The Ricoh Arena
Competition: npower League One
Kick-off: 7.45pm

Coventry City welcome League One leaders Tranmere Rovers to the Ricoh Arena looking to recover from two straight league losses.

The Sky Blues were left frustrated after a long trip to Cumbria as Matty Robson’s early header condemned City to a 1-0 defeat.

Tranmere are currently leading League One on 53 points as they attempt to get into the second tier of English football for the first time in 12 years.


Currently top of the League One table, Rovers made some shrewd signings in the summer to bolster the experienced League One squad.

Perhaps Ronnie Moore's best work was in convincing James Wallace to sign at the club from Everton after a loan spell with the Merseyside club last in the 2011/12 season.


Jake Cassidy had a great impact during his loan spell from Wolves and Jean Akra-Akpro has been a revelation since joining from Rochdale. Moore, who operates under one of the tightest budgets in League One, also signed up 

Despite not scoring in their last two games, Moore's side have already scored 11 league goals this season meaning Joe Murphy will have to be at his best to get a clean sheet.


The Sky Blues have played each other 15 times since 1925 and Tranmere edge the charts, winning seven times to City’s six.

The two teams have only played each other three times in 42 years with the clubs playing each other over two legs in the League Cup in 1999.

After a dominant 5-1 win for Rovers in the first leg, Coventry tried in vein to claw back the aggregate score but went out after winning just 3-1.

Last five results

15/09/2012 Tranmere 2-0 Coventry League One
22/09/1999 Coventry 3-1 Tranmere English League Cup      
14/09/1999 Tranmere 5-1 Coventry English League Cup      
22/09/1970 Coventry 2-1 Tranmere English League Cup      
09/09/1970 Tranmere 1-1 Coventry English League Cup 


Andy Robinson

Possibly the star League One player this season, Robinson has found some of the best form of his career for Ronnie Moore’s Tranmere.

Having started his career at Rovers, he enjoyed the longest spell at Swansea City where he made over 190 appearances for the Welsh side. He moved to Leeds United in 2008 but had troubles with injury before finding his way back to Tranmere.


With his injury troubles behind him, Robinson has scored an impressive nine goals this season from midfield, including one against Coventry earlier in the season.

He has been one of the stand-out performers for the League One leaders and should be expected to have a big impact against City.

Sean Flynn

The Birmingham-born midfielder signed for Coventry City from non-league side Halesowen Town in 1991, making City his first professional club.

In a four-year spell at Highfield Road, Flynn made just over 100 appearances, scoring nine goals and was known for his committed style of play.


He moved to Derby County in 1995 before signing for his boyhood club, West Bromwich Albion, in 1997. 

He had spells at Tranmere Rovers and Kiddiminister Harriers before moving back into non-league football with a host of clubs.

He currently runs a holiday park in Bodmin. 

Steven Jennings

The current Coventry City midfielder started his professional career at Tranmere Rovers.

Despite having the majority of his youth career at Everton, he left Goodison Park in 1998 to join the Rovers youth set-up.

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From there, he made his way into the Rovers first-team and went on to make 140 appearances for the club, scoring six goals.

He joined Coventry in the summer on a free transfer after leaving Motherwell and has become a crucial aspect of the City starting XI.

Jermaine Grandison

The former Coventry City defender had two seperate loan spell at Tranmere whilst at the Ricoh Arena.


He progressed through the youth ranks at the club but only went on to make five appearances for the first team.

He had four loan spells whilst with Coventry, two with Shrewsbury and two with Tranmere Rovers, before sealing a permanent move to Shrewsbury in January 2011.


You can now buy a standard ticket for the home league game against Tranmere together with a 12/13 home shirt* for just £25 for adults and concessions and £20 for juniors!

This offer is only available in the CCFC Superstore at the Ricoh Arena up until kick off at 7.45pm on Wednesday 16th January.

Remember ticket prices for this game are the same as prices for a Tuesday evening game!