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22 July 2017 Venue Crown Oil Arena Attendance 1,608

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Rochdale AFC
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Match Previews

Preview: Dale v Middlesborough

21 July 2017

Dale welcome Middlesbrough to the Crown Oil Arena for the first home match of pre-season on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

It is the first of two home friendlies, with a match to come against Barnsley on Tuesday.

Keith Hill’s side kicked off pre-season with a 1-0 win at AFC Fylde last weekend, before splitting the squad across two matches on Tuesday night. There was a 4-0 victory over Chorley, along with a 2-0 defeat at FC Halifax Town.



Adults - £10

Junior (16 and under) - £5

The Main Stand will be open for home supporters, while visiting fans will be accommodated in the Willbutts Lane Stand.

Supporters can pay cash at the turnstiles.



The sides last met three years ago, in a pre-season friendly before the start of the 2014/15 season.

Boro ran out 3-1 winners at the Crown Oil Arena, with all the goals coming in the first half.

Adam Reach opened the scoring for the visitors with an excellent volley four minutes in, before Kike doubled the lead from the penalty spot.

Ian Henderson pulled one back for Dale from close range three minutes before half-time, but Boro restored their two-goal cushion almost immediately through another penalty, this converted by Lee Tomlin.



There is a Family Fun Day taking place at the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday.

There will be penalty shootout competitions, small fairground rides, face painting and more. Desmond the Dragon and a Minion character will be there, as will Revolution 96.2 with their promotional cube playing live music!

The Fun Day will take place on the car park at the Crown Oil Arena. It starts at 12pm and will run right up until kick-off.


The Ratcliffe Bars will be open from 12pm, located on the Club’s car park behind the Main Stand. Both home and away supporters are welcome.

The Bars will be open 15 minutes before half-time via the rear gate of the Main Stand. Please note, this is now a NO SMOKING ZONE during the half-time period.

Only the Dale Bar will be open after full-time for the pre-season friendlies.



Rochdale AFC’s matchday programme – The Voice Of Spotland – is back for the home friendly matches against Middlesbrough and Barnsley

The reduced 16-page programme covers both friendlies, in which Jim McNulty looks at pre-season so far and previews the forthcoming season.

Our visitors get two pages of coverage each, there is a preview on the first games of the new season, and much more.

It will be on sale in the Club Shop and around the ground, priced at just £2.


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Match Reports

Report: Dale 2-0 Middlesbrough

22 July 2017

Dale ran out 2-0 winners against Championship side Middlesbrough at the Crown Oil Arena, in the first of two home pre-season matches.

After a goalless first half, Dale took the lead through an own goal, when Daniel Ayala diverted a Jamie Allen free-kick into his own net.

Both sides had chances to grab the next goal, and Dale's second fell to Ollie Rathbone when he finished off a great move with three minutes remaining.

Josh Lillis started in goal, with a back four of Reece Brown, Harrison McGahey, Jimmy McNulty and Mark Kitching. Callum Camps and Jamie Allen played as a midfield two, with Ollie Rathbone on the left and Andy Cannon on the right. Jordan Williams played behind Ian Henderson up front.

Summer signing Williams had the first effort of the match, with a left footed shot from outside the area which flew over the crossbar.

Camps’ fizzed a free-kick wide from almost 40 yards, before Boro’s Adam Clayton swung in a free-kick on the angle which Lillis did well to hold.

A nice move down the right side led to Brown crossing for Williams, whose shot was blocked at source by a Boro defender. The ricochet fell to Cannon, who turned brilliantly before his effort was held by Connor Ripley.

Cannon then fired over from 25 yards, before efforts from Martin Braithwaite and Adama Traore were held by Lillis.

The final effort of the half fell to Kitching, who fired wide from outside the area after coming into a central position from left back.

The deadlock was broken six minutes into the second half, when Daniel Ayala put through his own net. Allen’s whipped free-kick was misjudged by Ayala, who diverted past his own goalkeeper.

Kitching was replaced by A Trialist, shortly before Boro’s record signing Britt Assombalonga headed a Clayton free-kick wide.

He then headed over a Clayton corner after stealing a march at the near post.

Williams and Camps were replaced by Brad Inman and Calvin Andrew, shortly before Henderson needed to be replaced when he picked up a head injury. He was replaced by Steven Davies, who almost instantly fired a free-kick into the wall before having the follow up well blocked.

Braithwaite did well to break into the area on the left side, before his low ball across was blocked by the legs of Lillis and cleared.

Dale’s second came three minutes from time via a very well crafted move. Substitute Andrew won a flick on to fellow sub Inman, who laid a perfectly weighted ball to Rathbone. He took a touch before finishing calmly with his left foot past Ripley.

There was almost a third for Dale before the finish, when Davies fired an excellent ball across the face of goal. Rathbone and Andrew were close to getting a touch, and the ball eventually fell to Inman who forced Ripley into tipping over the bar.


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