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Desmond The Dragon Says Hello!


I’m Desmond the Dragon – Dale’s mischievous mascot. Although I am a dragon, don’t worry, there will be no fire breathing in sight – I’m one of the friendliest dragons you’ll ever meet!

If you come to games, you’ll probably have seen me around, as I love being a part of every matchday at the Crown Oil Arena and meeting my all of my fellow Rochdale-supporting friends. I’m also very happy to meet fellow football fans, whoever they support, too, so even if you’re a visiting supporter, please stop me for a chat, a high five or selfie. I love meeting new people and posing for selfies!

As all you eagle-eyed supporters might have noticed, I’ve had a makeover over the summer and have changed my appearance from grey in colour to green. But I’m still the same old Desmond the Dragon, so if you see me around the ground, please come and say hello. I love nothing more than stopping for selfies and giving high-fives.

Not only do I have a new look, I’ve also got a new place to hang out in on matchdays. It’s named after me - Desmond’s Den – and you’ll find my new home inside the Smith Metals Family Stand. I hope you can join me!

Come along and take part in our junior activities or play FIFA on our PS4s. There will be plenty going on.

Away from the Crown Oil Arena, I also like to get actively involved events all over the local area, so there’s a good chance that you might also spot me out and about in the Rochdale Borough. I’ve been involved in turning on the Christmas lights in Norden, I strutted my stuff in the Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run event and posed for photos with the Middleton Arena Pantomime celebrity cast!

I always love seeing the photos from our meetings around the ground and the town, so if you have your photo taken with me, send them to our media team via our social media accounts. Twitter - @officiallydale | Facebook – Rochdale AFC | Instagram - @officiallydale.

See you soon!
Your friend, Desmond the Dragon