Salford City – Meeting the opposition.
It’s fair to say that Tranmere’s season has started in a frustrating manner, it would also be fair to use those same words when talking about the upcoming visitors to Prenton Park in Salford City. Thus, Saturday brings an encounter in which both sides will fight for the three points up for stake as they will be wanting to be in and around the promotion places come next Summer.
I spoke to Ammies supporter Adam Franks about the club whose fortunes have been well documented via Sky Sports documentaries, he also gave his thoughts on Tranmere and the way in which he expects the ninety minutes to pan out.
How long have you been a Salford supporter and how did you first come across the club?
I’ve supported the club since 2007 and I first came across the club when my Nana’s next door neighbour, Matty Burke, played for the club.
What are your best and worst experiences through being an Ammies fan?
Best experience has been seeing the club climb up the leagues and also visiting all the different grounds across the country.
Worse experience has got to be losing to Halifax in the National League North play-offs semi final back in 2016/17.
Random fact about the club/the area?
Random fact of mine about the club is that my stepdad used to manage Salford years back.
We’re currently a month into the 2021/22 campaign but what are your expectations and hopes for the season ahead and how do they compare to those that you had this time last year?
We’ve had a slow and sloppy start this season but I believe the lads have the experience to fight on and climb the table as the season progresses.
Who is the Salford manager, what are your thoughts on him and how does he normally approach games from a tactical perspective?
Gary Bowyer is our manager and I believe he’s got what it takes to take us up this season. He came in last season after our bad run with Ritchie Wellens and he transformed the squad morale.
The Class of 92 are the Salford owner’s and have been for a few years now, with Gary Neville heavily involved in particular. What are your thoughts on the way the club is run and are there any current off field plans that are exciting supporters?
The club is run the way every other club is run, obviously Gary is very passionate in whatever he does and he is the main face of our development but you can’t knock the club committee. Yes they’re not as talked about as much as Gary but they do everything they can to keep the club going. The club is very much a family club. They want to get the fans involved more with what they do so it’s exciting to see what they’ve got up their sleeves.
Who are your key players and danger men?
Danger men for us this season has got to be Josh Morris, one of the best signings of the window for us. Experienced football league player who had heaps of goals and assists under his belt so hoping he can push the squad on to greater things this season. Another is in fact a loanee that I’ve been really impressed with and that’s Corrie Ndaba, a young centre half who’s come from Ipswich. On his debut he showed calmness and it’s good to see a young player coming through the ranks who’s already confident in his own ability.
If we are to look at this summer’s transfer recruitment, what are your thoughts on the business that the club was able to do and would you have liked anything more to have happened?
I think we had a decent transfer window, we replaced and strengthened in areas that were needed and hopefully things can click quickly.
What are your thoughts on Tranmere as a club in general and who do you believe are their ones to watch?
Tranmere are a club full of history and we’re unfortunate not to go up last season, they’re yet to kick off this season but they’ve got what it takes to be up there challenging for promotion.
Score prediction for Saturday?
My score prediction for Saturday is a 3-1 win for Salford, Josh Morris, Henderson & Touray with the goals.
‘Josh Morris is definitely one of our danger men and has proved to be a very good piece of recruitment that we were able to do this summer’.