By Peter Tscherewik
Tranmere Rovers begin their FA Cup main draw campaign this Saturday with a tricky away test against Peterborough United, and in this article we’ll look at players who have played for both clubs over the years.
Imlach co-incidentally only played professionally for Tranmere Rovers and Peterborough United. The former full-back (now aged 55) spent his youth days at Leeds United, before being snapped up by the Posh as a senior in 1982.
He made a total of 42 domestic league appearances down south, scoring once. After two years down south, Imlach made the move to the Wirral with Tranmere Rovers. He hardly had a startling career with Rovers though, as he only made four domestic appearances in total.
Birkenhead born defender Wootton is currently playing for the MK Dons in League One, but spent periods at both clubs earlier in his career. Having made the stepping stone from youth level with Manchester United, he was immediately sent out on loan to Rovers in the 2010-11 season, where he made seven appearances, scoring once.
Wootton’s final loan spell on the books at the Red Devils came with Peterborough United in 2013, where he only made two league appearances. It is fair to say that the 26-year old has had quite a topsy-turvy career so far.
The 36-year old spent the majority of his career with Peterborough United, over two separate periods. Gill spent his youth days with the Posh and carried that through into his senior career, making 149 domestic appearances for the club between 1997-2004.
After spells with Notts County, Exeter City, and Norwich City, Gill returned to his boyhood club on a one-month-loan deal. Gill spent the final days of his playing career with Tranmere Rovers, as he signed on player-coach terms. He notably became Rob Edwards’s assistant manager in September 2014.
Peterborough United snapped up Thompson on loan for the duration of the 2011-12 season, in what turned out to be an abysmal period for the defender. He was allowed to return to his parent club Celtic, after failing to break into the Posh’s first team.
The 26-year old first joined up with Tranmere Rovers on loan from Colchester United in the 2014-15 season. His loan move was eventually made permanent after his contract with Colchester United expired, but after Rovers were relegated from the football league, he was released.
The 32-year old Northern Irishman is the only player to feature on this list that still plays for one of the two clubs. Hughes spent a brief period out on loan with Peterborough United in the 2007-08 season, scoring once against Bradford City.
Hughes first signed for Tranmere Rovers in January 2016, on loan from Cambridge United. In July of that year a deal was made permanent, and he has made a total of 78 league appearances for the Super Whites.
The midfielder exclusively revealed to Tranmere Talk that he is ‘relishing a return to London Road’ on Saturday, and that the team are confident of securing an away win that will see them go into the second round of the FA Cup.