Rochdale Club Profile
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Rochdale : Club Background
Rochdale AFC was formed in 1907. The club spent the early years of its life playing in various local leagues before becoming founder members of the Third Division (North) in 1921. In a taste of things to come the club finished bottom of the league in their inaugural season and a couple of years later, in 1924, Rochdale were actually expelled for a brief period after a misunderstanding concerning payments to players, before eventually being reinstated in time for the following season.

Main Stand
The Motorama Main Stand.
Spotland is shared with Rochdale Hornets.
Photo 2003-04 Ciderspace

Well, we can't all be Manchester United or Arsenal, and Rochdale are certainly not either of those clubs. They've spent most of their existence at the very bottom of the League structure, whether that was in the old Third Division (North), the Fourth Division after restructuring, or the Third Division again after the next bout of restructuring, or League Two.........hope you're keeping up. They survived a number of flirtations with re-election. The closest call was in 1980 when only a single vote (26 to 25) kept them in the Football League at the expense of Altrincham. It later emerged that two clubs who had pledged their support to Alty had failed to vote. The Grimsby Town delegate was in the wrong room, and the Luton Town representative got the meeting time incorrect and turned up late.

Until 2010, Dale had only ever been promoted once, in 1968-69, when they finished third in the Fourth Division. They lasted five seasons in the Third division (the equivalent of today's League One) before being relegated back to the basement. Their record isn't much better in the FA Cup, the 5th round being the furthest the club have ever gone, once in 1990 and again the season before last, when they lost 3-1 at Wolves. In short statistically (and yes we all know about lies, damned lies and.......) they are the least achieving club in the Football League.

W.M.G. Stand (Pearl Street)
At the Pearl Street End, containing the Family Stand area.
Photo 2003-04 Ciderspace

Rochdale did reach the Division Three play-offs in 2001-02 and had high hopes of building on that improvement under Paul Simpson. However a season that began well tailed off into lower-mid-table mediocrity and Simpson paid the price with his job at the end of it. Former Grimsby boss Alan Buckley was appointed as manager. He only lasted until December when sacked encouraged to depart by 'mutual consent'. The new man at the helm was Steve Parkin, with the brief to keep them up after eight losses from ten in the fag-end days of Buckley. In fact not that new as it is his second spell at Rochdale, his first from 1999-2001 ending when he was lured away from Spotland by Barnsley. That he achieved, with Dale finishing in 21st.

Parkin lasted a fairly respectable three years in the job before disappearing in December 2006. Rochdale chose to appoint from within for his successor. Their Director of Youth, Keith Hill, who was a long serving player between 1996 and 2001 at Spotland, was offered the main job. His impact was impressive, taking them to the League Two play-off final in his first full season, then the play-off semi-finals in his second season. He got it right on the third attempt, taking them up automatically at the end of the 2009-10 season and giving Dale fans a nosebleed by sending them to third tier football for the first time in 1974. They were tipped to fail; instead they were the season's surprise package, finishing 9th at the end of the 2010-11 season.

The snag was that got Hill noticed a little bit too much. Championship side Barnsley came calling, and Dale lost him on June 1st 2011. Replacing him was Manchester City Youth Team Coach Steve Eyre, in his first ever 'front line' management position. It didn't go too well and he lasted half a season, followed by Chris Beech. They were to end the 2011-12 season 24th in the table, and back down into League Two. During 2012, Accrington legend John Coleman managed them for a year, but in January 2013 the prodigal son returned, as Keith Hill left Barnsley, and eighteen months later, lightning struck twice, as he gained them promotion from League Two again, giving them League One football for the 2014-15 season.
Sandy Lane End (Thwaites Beer Stand)
The Sandy Lane End, only area of Spotland not redeveloped and containing the last of the terracing.
Photo 2003-04 Ciderspace

Rochdale may not have pulled up many trees on the pitch over the years, but off the pitch they have a reputation for giving away fans a warm and friendly welcome. Not that they will care, but Spotland will always hold a place in the hearts of Yeovil fans - the site of our first ever game in the Football League after a mere 108 year wait, and a victory to boot.

Per-Fit Windows Stand (Willbutts Lane)
The Willbutts Lane Stand, latest addition at Spotland, packed with Yeovil fans in 2003.
3,644 capacity, but we don't expect to come quite as close to filling it this time around!
Photo 2003-04 Ciderspace

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Rochdale : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Rochdale

09/08/2003AwayDIV3W3-14611Gall 26, 67, Johnson 55
10/01/2004HomeDIV3W1-05806G Williams 13
08/10/2004AwayCCL2L1-22402Jevons 48
25/01/2005HomeCCL2D2-25180Tarachulski 54, Johnson 85
09/10/2010AwayNPL1W1-03150Freeman 66
07/04/2012HomeNPL1W3-13859Franks 7, Hinds 29, Woods 75
28/03/2015AwayFL1L1-22650Hayter 56

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Rochdale


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Rochdale : Club Statistics


14/08/2018Grimsby TownAwayCC1W2-01781
02/10/2018Bristol RoversHomeEFL1D0-02301
11/12/2018Oldham AthleticHomeEFLTW2-01854




Highest League Attendance: 2301, vs Bristol Rovers, 02/10/2018
Lowest League Attendance: 2301, vs Bristol Rovers, 02/10/2018
Average League Attendance: 2301


Games Without A Win: 1 Games Without A Home Win: 1
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 1
Games Without A Home Defeat: 1 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 1
Games Without Conceding: 1 Home Results Sequence: D
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence: D

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Rochdale : Club Information
Rochdale Football Club,
Spotland Stadium,
Sandy Lane,
OL11 5DR
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 01706-644648/0844-826-1907
Fax : 01706-648466

Chairman : Chris Dunphy
Press Officer : Stuart Ashworth
Fixtures Secretary : Colin Garlick
Manager : Keith Hill

Capacity : 10,218
Seated : 8,310
Covered Terrace : 1,908

Record Attendance : 24,231 (v Notts County 10th Dec 1949)

Nickname : The Dale
Colours : shirt - royal blue with white trim; shorts - royal blue with white trim; socks - royal blue with white turnover

Ticket Prices : away fans are housed in the Willbutts Lane Stand, capacity 3,644. Ticket prices for this 2014-15 fixture are as follows:

Adults: 20.00; Seniors and Wheelchair users: 14.00; Aged 21 and Under: 14.00; Aged 16 and Under: 5.00.

There is no matchday surcharge, and tickets are only available on the day of the match. Rochdale accept cash on the turnstiles as well as payment via their ticket office. Rochdale have separate turnstiles for adults, concessions and juniors. If an adult wants the junior to go through the turnstiles with them they should purchase from the ticket office before approaching the turnstiles. Those wishing to use the Young Persons rate (Aged 21 and Under) will need to take photographic ID which includes their date of birth on the day of the game.

Disabled Info : two parking areas in front of Main Stand and behind Pearl Street Stand for up to 21 cars. Away allocation should be booked in advance. Level access throughout.
Wheelchair Places: 16 for away fans in Willbutts Lane Stand. All positions pitch level with helpers alongside. (Movement by fans at pitchside can restrict views at times.) Two adapted toilets is stand; catering not dedicated - ask steward for assistance. Ambulant disabled supporters are charged relevant age band as above, whilst Wheelchair Disabled supporters use the concessionary rate. Note that Rochdale advise that you need to take proof of Disability Living Allowance at the high or severe level, and/or proof of your need for an assistant to qualify for the concessions. For any arrangements and bookings, contact Gina Buckley on 01706-644648 or go direct to Rochdale's Ticket Office.

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Rochdale : Directions To The Ground

Directions adapted from Rochdale AFC Official and Rochdale

By Road

From north, south, east and west:
Approach Rochdale via the M62. Exit the motorway at Junction 20 and follow the signs for Rochdale A627(M).
Bear left at the first roundabout you come to on the A627(M), passing B & Q on your right. You will quickly approach another roundabout at which point you will pick up signs for 'Spotland Stadium'.
Alternatively, carry straight on across this roundabout (2nd exit) and follow the road for approximately 2 miles: Spotland will be visible on the right hand side.

By Supporters Coaches

The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the match for this 2014-15 season League One fixture as follows:

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be 29.00 for members with Concessions available at 27.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at - Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

By Rail/Bus

Rochdale Station is around 3 miles walk from Spotland; a taxi from the station will set you back around 7.00.

There is a No.436 bus running on Saturdays, which travels from the bus station to Spotland and then back to the station again on a loop. Note that if you're relying on it, the bus operating company only list a Monday - Friday timetable, and even then only during the daytime, so when you get into town, find the Bus Station and Bus Stand G to be 100 percent sure. Past visits have suggested that it does run on matchdays but on a reduced timetable. Note that there is only one bus that will get you back after the game on a Saturday (and none for a midweeker) and it leaves very soon after the game so don't hang about.

If you choose a different bus route then Ings Lane, Sandy Lane or Edenfield Road are the key roads you need to look for on timetables.

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Rochdale : Web Resources
Web Sites

Dale Mad
Usual pointless MAD Franchise fodder - unmanned by anything resembling a Dale fan.

Rochdale Official Site
Rochdale's official site - usual PTV pros and mainly cons.

Web Message Boards

E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

Local Press

Manchester Evening News
Dedicated section for Rochdale in the Manchester Evening News. Website layout is identical to the Rochdale Observer suggesting they are part of the same stable. However, content looks to be different.

Rochdale Observer
Dedicated section for Dale coverage from the Rochdale Observer.

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Rochdale : Food & Drink
Club Bar :

There are two drinking venues at the ground itself. Studds is underneath the Pearl Street Stand, and offers pies and pasties to soak up the booze. The Ratcliffe Arms is located at the car park entrance to the ground, on Sandy Lane. There is Sky, and home and away fans are welcomed.

Local Pubs :

Also close to Sandy Lane, at 470 Bury Road, is the rather off-puttingly named Cemetery Hotel. A range of real ales are on offer here. A short way along the road at No. 520 is The Dog and Partridge, which gets a good review on Fanzone.

A few minutes from the ground in Willbutts Lane is The Church Inn which is used to away fans on match days. Willbutts Lane also has a Fish and Chip Shop, and the entrances for the areas of the stadium allocated to visiting supporters.

There is one brewery in Rochdale - the Pictish Brewing Company started up in 2000 and supplies free trade outlets around the North West so finding it is pot-luck.

This is not cider country!

Albion Freehouse and Bistro: Multi-roomed local with a bistro attached. The home cooked food attracts customers from miles around. Opening times are 12.00 noon - 2.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Beers are Boddingtons, Lees, a couple from Timothy Taylor, Phoenix Monkeytown Mild and usually two more guests.
Albion Freehouse and Bistro, 600, Whitworth Road, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 0SW. Tel: 01706 648540. Map: Click Here.

No offence intended, but a slightly odd clientele when we called in
No offence intended, but a slightly odd clientele when we called in
© Hugh Gleave
Britannia Inn: This is a two-roomed pub situated five minutes from the town centre. They have Lees GB Mild and Lees Bitter as two core ales, with others available on a rotational basis. Unusual features of this pub include a collection of plates in one room and a large fireplace, both situated in the Lounge Bar. The exterior also has an unusual spire shaped like a witches hat. Parking is available. Meals are available both lunchtime (12 noon - 1.30pm) and evening (5pm - 6.30pm) and there is also accommodation available in the form of three double rooms. TVs are included in the rooms, as well as tea/coffee making facilities and a morning breakfast is included in the price.
Britannia Inn, 4 Lomax Street, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 0DN. Tel: 01706 646391. Map: Click Here.

Highly recommended
Highly recommended
© Hugh Gleave
Cask and Feather: Near the top of the hill between the bus and railway stations. Long way from the stadium, but worth it. A cracking friendly drinkers pub, though it does do food at lunchtime until 2.30p.m. Beer is sourced largely from local micro-breweries. Opening is 11-11. Included in the 2013 CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Cask and Feather, 1, Oldham Road, Rochdale, Manchester, OL16 1UA. Tel: 01706 711476. Map: Click Here.

Popular with fans, on the corner of Sandy Lane and Bury Road.
Popular with fans, on the corner of Sandy Lane and Bury Road.
© Martin Baker
Cemetery Hotel: Free House and one star hotel. Opening is 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. with home-made food served from 12.00 to 14.30, but only rolls at the bar in the evening. Serves Taylor Landlord - oh, and some other beers: Black Sheep, Jennings, John Smith's and guests. Plenty of home fans use it, but a very friendly relaxed atmosphere. Included in the 2013 CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Cemetery Hotel, 470, Bury Road, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL11 5EU. Tel: 01706 645635. Map: Click Here.

Healey Hotel: For those that prefer a peaceful time not so close to football stadia on matchdays this is about a mile and a half from the ground on the B6377. Traditional terrace pub with three rooms. Beers are Robinson's Best, Cumbria Way and Old Tom (which should carry a Government health warning at 8.5%). Opening 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. except Tuesdays and Wednesdays when you have to wait until 3.00 p.m. for a drink. Included in the 2011 CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Healey Hotel, 172, Shawclough Road, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 6LW. Tel: 01706 645453. Map: Click Here.

Right outside Spotland in the car park
Right outside Spotland in the car park
© Martin Baker
Ratcliffe Arms: In the club car park, so you can't get much closer. Open all day from 11.30 with food served from 12.00. Beers are J.W.Lees of Manchester. Pool, darts, and Sky TV are on offer. Children are allowed on matchdays, and there are disabled facilities.
Ratcliffe Arms, Sandy Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL115DR. Tel: 01706861040. Map: Click Here.

It was dark when we called in.......
It was dark when we called in.......
© Hugh Gleave
The Church Inn: Popular matchday venue, adjacent to the ground and, well we never - a church. Football-friendly three-roomed pub with garden terrace and adjoining bowling green, Sky and pool table, conveniently situated for away fans. Good value local JW Lees and John Smith's beer. Serves snacks but not meals. Quite boisterous, but friendly enough - but then Rochdale had won.
The Church Inn, Willbutts Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL115BE. Tel: 01706639879. Map: Click Here.

The Dog & Partridge
The Dog & Partridge
© Martin Baker
The Dog and Partridge: This was a good pub when visited in our first year in the Football League. Sadly no longer. Our 2004-05 visit lasted as long as it took us to turn round and walk straight back out again. Pseudy cr*p menu, and no drinks that weren't fizzy and served through huge chrome dispensers - far be it for us to suggest the size is to compensate for something lacking in the trouser department of the punters there. We haven't been back since, but it appears to have changed ownership in 2013, to more favourable reviews.
The Dog and Partridge, 520 Bury Road, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL11 4DQ. Tel: 01706343759. Map: Click Here.

The Merry Monk: This is a Victorian-era locals pub with an out-door drinking area and its own car park. Three varieties of Hydes ales are usually on the pumps, along with a guest beer or two. There are plenty of pub games on offer to occupy your time in the form of bull, bar billiards, darts and even pentanque outside. No food served. 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m.
The Merry Monk, 234, College Road, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 6AF. Tel: 01706 646919. Map: Click Here.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Low, we're deep in Coronation Street territory here. You'll be able to understand them, but vice-versa? Forget it.....

Top-Tip :

Stay overnight - in nearby Manchester for a banging night out. Mad for it!

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Rochdale : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.

Other Points Of Interest

Far from being just another industrial northern town, Rochdale, set in the picturesque foothills of the Pennines, gets a mention in the Domesday Book. Famous Rochdalians include Gracie Fields, heavyweight former MP Cyril Smith (oops given recent revelations, best not to mention him), and, of course, that Lisa Stansfield. Who he she? It may be grim oop north as a rule, but it's quite nice in Rochdale.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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