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Tranmere and Chorley prepare for a huge weekend in the play off finals.

This weekend two of our North West football clubs are in play-off finals.

Tranmere Rovers hope to earn a return to the football league by beating Forest Green Rovers at Wembley in the National League while Chorley FC take on Halifax Town in the National League North season finale.

David Chisnall has been to two clubs whose whole season hangs on 90 minutes.

  1. Chris Hall, ITV News

Tranmere Rovers flying high in fight to get back in the big time

To coincide with the international break, this weekend is the annual Non League Day - a chance for those clubs outside of the Football League to attract new fans and also grab some headlines.

And they're certainly doing that at Tranmere Rovers at the moment.

Flying high at the top of the National League, they're hoping Saturday might be their last Non League Day.

Chris Hall reports:

Tranmere name Gary Brabin as new manager

Gary Brabin Credit: Press Association Images

Tranmere Rovers have appointed former Southport boss Gary Brabin as their new manager. The 44-year-old has the challenge of trying to get Rovers back into the Football League following their relegation from League Two.

Tranmere chairman Mark Palios said: “Gary was my main target for this role for a number of reasons. Firstly, he is a manager with a strong win rate (over 48%) and a fantastic track record of getting his clubs into the Conference play offs. He achieved this feat in all three of his full seasons as manager in the Conference, and left Luton when they were still in a very strong position. Importantly, the job requires a strong character and someone who knows what the weight of expectation of managing a larger club in the Conference feels like. Gary has done this at both Cambridge and Luton.”

Brabin said: “I have gone on record in the past as saying that the role I was doing at Everton was my dream job, and I did not think that anything would tempt me into leaving there. I have had approaches from other clubs and declined them, but the Tranmere job is special. The chance to lead one of the three famous old Merseyside clubs back to where it belongs in the League is a fantastic challenge that is hard to resist."


  1. David Chisnall - Sport reporter

Tranmere make an unwanted return to relegation zone

Tranmere Rovers have been in the football league since 1921 but now that status is in serious danger.

A run of four defeats has seen Rovers slump back into the bottom two of League Two.

Their manager Micky Adams is calling for his players to show pride as they battle the drop.

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