John Aldridge torn between Newport County and Tranmere Rovers – South Wales Argus

John Aldridge torn between Newport County and Tranmere Rovers - South Wales Argus

John Aldridge torn between Newport County and Tranmere Rovers

JOHN Aldridge admits he cannot decide who he wants to win as two of his former sides do battle at Wembley tomorrow.

The 60-year-old achieved legendary status at both Newport County, where he started his professional career, and Tranmere Rovers, where he ended his playing days and became manager.

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Aldridge won’t be there for the League Two play-off final but he’ll be watching from afar and hoping that both sides can somehow emerge as winners.

Newport and Tranmere meet in the Sky Bet League Two play-off final at Wembley on Saturday, having both faced a remarkable journey simply to reach this point.

When Michael Flynn took over at Newport in March 2017 they were bottom of the Football League and 11 points adrift of safety. A barely credible run to final-day survival followed before a comfortable mid-table finish last season. There have also been two impressive FA Cup runs that have seen them beat Leicester, take Tottenham to a replay and face Manchester City.

Tranmere, meanwhile, were relegated out of League Two in 2015 to end a run of 94 straight years in the Football League. Micky Mellon took over in 2016 and led them into the play-off final in his first season in charge, where they lost to Forest Green – although they got revenge upon them in the semi-final last week. Last season, however, they won at Wembley in the National League play-off final to return to the fourth tier after three years away.

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