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Played For Both: Tranmere Rovers

10 October 2018

Ahead of a Friday night game under the Prenton Park floodlights, we take a look back at the players who have played for both clubs over the years…

Nathan Blissett

The first name on our list is a likeable player who struggled to settle with a club at the start of his career.

Joining Bristol Rovers in 2014, he helped The Gas achieve promotion that season before going out on loan to Tranmere in August 2015. Playing five times for Rovers and scoring once, he then headed South East to Torquay and then to Plymouth.

Nathan joined Macc on loan from Plymouth in January this year, helping us lift the National League title with some important goals and impressive contributions.

He joined on permanent terms last summer and has appeared 11 times in all competitions so far this season.


Connor Jennings

The current Tranmere number eleven, Connor has had two loan spells with The Silkmen and has impressed on both occasions.

The first loan came back in 2013 from Scunthorpe, where he slotted straight into the Macc team and scored fourteen goals in sixteen games. This prolific record lifted The Silkmen from 23rd to 15th in the National League table.

Connor signed for Tranmere in 2016 after two years with Wrexham. Making a slow start, he came back to Macc on a month’s loan and played five games, scoring once.

On his return to Prenton Park, Connor went on to establish himself as a first team regular and has racked up over seventy appearances for Rovers, with sixteen goals so far.


Elfyn Edwards

‘Mr Reliable’ started his senior career at Tranmere in 1979, where he spent two years and made sixty-two league appearances. 

Moving to Macc in 1986, he would often play on the back of a fifteen hour shift in his other job as a Fireman. 

A true leader and solid defender, he was virtually an ever present during his seven years with the Silkmen and appeared over two hundred and fifty times.

Elfyn holds a number of coaching badges and is still part of the fire service, now as a Station Commander.


Jack Mackreth

Jack started out with Tranmere from the age of thirteen and signed professional terms in 2010. He failed to break into the first team however, appearing on the bench four times but not making it into a game.

He found his feet at Barrow in 2011 though, where he caught the attention of former Macc boss Steve King. He became King’s first signing in June 2012 after The Silkmen were relegated to the National League.

Often used as an impact sub, Jack remained with Macc until 2014 before a move to Grimsby. In 2016 Tranmere re-signed him on short term contract where he made eight appearances (including seven as a substitute).

Jack returned to Macc in July 2016 but was off again to Bury in January 2017 for an undisclosed fee.

Bury then loaned him back to Macc for a month in March-April 2017. Jack is still in Cheshire, playing for Warrington Town in the Northern Premier.


Alan Navarro

Initially joining on loan from hometown club Liverpool, Alan signed permanent terms with Rovers in 2002. Making just over fourty appearances for Tranmere, he found his way across to the Moss in 2004 on loan. He impressed in the centre of midfield but only made eleven appearances before returning to his parent club.

Leaving Tranmere in 2005, Alan returned to the Moss on a permanent basis and spent two years with the Silkmen, notching up fifty-nine appearances.

He chose to follow Paul Ince to MK Dons in August 2007 and also played for both Brighton & Hove Albion and Swindon before retiring from the game in 2014.


Ollie Norburn

Ollie joined Macc from Guisley in 2016 thanks to the 2016-17 Silkmen Campaign Fund and played an important part in our road to the FA Trophy Final that season.

Scoring in both semi-finals, Ollie also scored a spectacular goal at Wembley to level the scores before York broke Silkmen hearts with a late winner.

Leaving Macc in the summer of 2017, Ollie signed a two year deal with Rovers and played fourty-four times over the season that followed, scoring four.

He is currently with former Macc manager John Askey at Shrewsbury, following a deadline day signing in August 2018.


Steve Wilson

Starting out at his hometown club Hull City, goalkeeper Steve joined Macc on loan in 2001 taking over from Lee Martin as first choice in goal.

Replaced briefly by Boaz Myhill, Steve retained his place for five years, appearing over one hundred and fifty times in all competitions.

Saving penalties was definitely his forte, with a number of crucial saves in both league and cup games.

When Alan Fettis became first choice at the Moss in 2005, Steve made the move to Tranmere to provide cover for established first choice 'keeper John Achterberg.

He made just twelve appearances for Rovers before moving down the leagues and retiring in 2012.


Honourable mentions: Paul Aldridge, Gavin Allen, Neil Ashton, Bill Bainbridge, Graham Barnett, David Beresford, Charlie Birmingham, Chris Camden, Harold Chadwick, Tony Coleman, Billy Dennis, Tony Doherty, George Donnelly POSS, Tom Gascoigne, William Gate, Verdi Godwin, Des Harlock, Fred Hobson, Liam Hogan, Ossie Jones, Brian Joy, Lenny Kieran, Clayton McDonald, Joe McGrae, Jimmy McNulty, Guy Madjo, Pedro Matias POSS, Arnaud Mendy, James Olsen, Sam Ramsbottom, Dave Roberts, Elliot Rokka, Tommy Rooney, Chris Shuker, George Sievwright, Akpo Sodje, James Stanford, Willie Stevenson, Rhys Taylor, Ernest Temple, Andy Thorpe, Ben Tomlinson, Carl Tremarco, Arthur Walls, Luke Waterfall, Brian Westlake.

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