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.
Match Preview – Newport vs Tranmere | 25 May 2019
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.