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MATCH PREVIEW: The lowdown on Rochdale

All the information you need on Saturday's opponents...

19 August 2022

Club News

MATCH PREVIEW: The lowdown on Rochdale

All the information you need on Saturday's opponents...

19 August 2022

Rochdale visit The County Ground this weekend as Scott Lindsey’s side make a quick return to League Two action. Here’s a look at tomorrow’s opposition in a little more depth…


Founded in the year of 1907, Rochdale entered the Lancashire Combination, and won the Division One title in 1910/11 and 1911/12 after securing promotion out of Division Two the season before.

A switch to the Central League followed before the club was invited into the Football League when the Third Division North was created in 1921.

The Dale remained in the league for 47 years, but were relegated out of the new Nationwide Third Division in 1959.

The club reached the 1962 League Cup Final and secured promotion out of the fourth tier in 1968/69.

Another relegation followed in 1974, and they remained at the fourth level of English football for 36 seasons after unsuccessful play-off campaigns in 2002, 2008 and 2009.

The club finally secured promotion in 2009/10 and following relegation in 2012, were again promoted out of League Two in 2013/14, but saw themselves go back down in 2020/21.

The Stadium…

Rochdale play their home games at Spotland, or the Crown Oil Arena as it’s currently known for sponsorship reasons.

The stadium was officially opened in 1920 and was used exclusively by Rochdale for the first 68 years of it’s existence.

From 1988 to 2016, the ground was jointly owned by the football club, Rochdale Council and rugby league outfit, Rochdale Hornets.

In 2016 Rochdale bought the stadium shares they did not hold to own one hundred per cent.

Previous meetings…

Town haven’t faired too well against The Dale over the past few years, winning just one of their previous five meetings.

Last season, it finished goalless at Spotland back in April, with the two sides drawing again in October last year at The County Ground.

Ben Gladwin scored the opener on that day, with Jonny Williams netting a late equaliser three minutes into stoppage time to earn Town a point.

Rochdale earned themselves a 2-1 home victory in April 2021 when both sides were competing in League One, before Swindon grabbed a 3-1 win at SN1 earlier that season in September 2020, courtesy of goals from Tyler Smith, Matt Smith and Anthony Grant.

The last match up between the pair before that was November 2016, as Rochdale scored four at Spotland to claim a comprehensive win.

Their season thus far…

It’s been a disappointing start to the new campaign for The Dale, who are yet to register a point.

A 2-1 home defeat to Crewe kicked off their season, and that loss was followed up by a 1-0 defeat away at Gillingham and another to Grimsby by the same score line.

Their third consecutive 1-0 loss came on Tuesday night away at Stevenage – form that cost manager Robbie Stockdale his job yesterday as he was dismissed.

They did however earn themselves a second round tie in the Carabao Cup, beating Burton Albion 2-0 at home.

Summer recruitment…

Twelve new signings were made in the summer by The Dale to add steel to the ranks.

Goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell was drafted in from Bradford, Ethan Ebanks-Landell joined from Shrewsbury while Devante Rodney has come in from Walsall.

Morecambe’s veteran Toumani Diagouraga has opted for a switch to Spotland, while other notable incomings include striker Ian Henderson (Salford City), Cameron John (Doncaster Rovers) and Tyrese Sinclair (Mansfield Town).

There’s a few loanees too, with Femi Seriki, Ben Nelson, Cieran Slicker and Rayhaan Tulloch joining on short-term deals from Sheffield United, Leicester City, Manchester City and West Brom respectively.

Notable outgoings include Stephen Dooley to Harrogate, Max Clark to Stevenage and Eoghan O’Connell to Charlton Athletic.

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