LIKE John Aldridge, Danny Holmes has a foot in both camps ahead of tomorrow’s League Two play-off final between Newport County AFC and Tranmere Rovers.

But, while Aldridge is sitting on the fence, Holmes is in no doubt about who he’ll be supporting.

The Birkenhead-born defender has been a Rovers fan since childhood and he’ll be in amongst the Tranmere supporters at Wembley.

Holmes spent the 2015-2016 season at Rodney Parade but he had two spells with his boyhood club before that and there’s only one side he’ll be cheering for.

“I’ll be there on Saturday, in the Tranmere end,” said the 30-year-old, who now plays for Connah's Quay Nomads in the Welsh Premier League.

“I’ve supported Tranmere for as long as I can remember. I only live five minutes away from the ground and me and my two brothers played for them.

“I went to the old Wembley to see them play in the League Cup final in 2000 but this will be my first time watching them at the new Wembley.

“I think we should get 18,000 fans and it should be a great occasion. I can’t wait.”

Holmes is squeezing in the final between his stag do in Benidorm last weekend and his marriage to fiancé Jade next Thursday.

“I’m going down with a car-full mates,” he explained.

“I’ve had to do some grovelling to make sure I could go! But we’re going straight there and back and I’ll be on my best behaviour.”

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He hopes to be celebrating back-to-back promotions for Tranmere after they won the National League play-off final last year, but he’s not expecting an easy win against the Exiles.

“I’ve watched a bit of Newport and it will be a tough game,” he said.

“It’ll be pretty tight and it could go either way, probably 1-0 or 2-1.

“Tranmere’s experience at Wembley should help them but it’s a one-off and anything can happen on the day.

“I played there for York in the FA Trophy final [in 2017] and it was a dream come true, but it all went by in a bit of a blur.”

Holmes has fond memories of his one season as a County player and he’s hoping Michael Flynn’s men secure promotion next season.

“I really enjoyed my time at Newport and I got to know Flynny a bit when he came in as a coach under Warren Feeney,” he recalled.

“He’s a great guy and he’s done an unbelievable job there since he took over.

“I texted him the other week to wish him all the best.

“I obviously played with Joe Day and Scot Bennett as well and they are great lads.

“I had a great season there, even though it didn’t go to plan on the pitch,” he added.

“I think Terry Butcher was a bit harshly treated because he’d got a decent team together and we all loved playing for him.

“We went on a few good runs under John Sheridan and Warren Feeney and managed to stay up and the fans wee brilliant even in the tough times.

“They are really passionate about their club and I’m pleased that they’ve got a bit of stability there now and they’re enjoying success under Flynny.

“I could have stayed at Newport [in 2016] and I wanted to but I had to move for personal reasons at the time.

“Now I’m running my coaching schools and still playing for Connah’s Quay, which is ideal for me.”

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