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Preview | Rochdale v Shrewsbury Town

29 March 2018

Rochdale v Shrewsbury Town | Friday 30th March, Sky Bet League One, Crown Oil Arena, 3pm Kick-Off

Rochdale are back in action at the Crown Oil Arena on Good Friday, hosting Shrewsbury Town. 

The Shrews (at the time of writing) currently occupy top spot in the Sky Bet League One table, after a remarkable season which has seem them win 23 games, draw nine and lose just six.

Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers are hot on their heels, with the Latics just a point behind, having played two games less, while Rovers, who play on Thursday night, have a game in hand and are two points adrift of the table toppers.

The two sides last met back in August, with Dale visiting the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium during week three of the 2017/18 campaign.

In an entertaining fixture which saw three goals converted from the penalty spot, the Shrews were 3-2 winners. You can read the match report from that game HERE. Watch the key highlights HERE.

Paul Hurst’s side head into the match following a 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon last weekend, while Dale secured a point on the road at play-off hopefuls Scunthorpe United.



Keith Hill says Dale have ten opportunities remaining this season, starting with the game against Shrewsbury on Good Friday.

Click HERE to read his thoughts ahead of the game, and HERE to read the praise he heaped on Shrewsbury and their manager Paul Hurst.

iFollow subscribers can watch his interview in full, whilst there is also an interview with Ryan Delaney following his Republic Of Ireland Under-21 call-up.



Normal league prices apply for the fixture. There can be found HERE.

Supporters wishing to sit in the Main Stand must purchase a ticket from the RAFC Ticket Office before going to the turnstiles. All other areas can be accessed by paying cash through the turnstiles.



Referee: Richard Clark

Assistant Referees: Gary Hilton & Kevin Mulraine

Fourth Official: Ian Dudley



Dale Draws Shrewsbury
22 10 15



Fancy a flutter? Dale are 6/4 with Sky Bet to record a win over the Shrews. Check out a full list of odds HERE.



The Ratcliffe Bars, situated on the Crown Oil Arena car park, is open to both home and away supporters from midday.

Meanwhile, kids can take part in Easter Workshop in the Carlsberg Lounge. Enter the event via the Pearl Street Stand turnstiles from 2pm. Full details HERE.



Coming to the Crown Oil Arena for the first time? View our first-time visitor guide HERE.



We take a look back a 4-0 Rochdale win over Shrewsbury at the Crown Oil Arena in December 2009.

View a photo gallery and the goals HERE.



Goalkeeper Brendan Moore, who made his debut for Rochdale in the return fixture at Montgomery Waters Meadow in August, is Friday’s cover star.

Brendan is also the subject of our ‘Decades Apart’ feature, where his likes and dislikes are compared to a Dale goalkeeper from the past.

TVOS will be on sale in the Club Shop and around the ground on matchday, priced at £3.

Click HERE for the full preview.



Fans in the UK can listen to match audio commentary on iFollow, whilst overseas supporters can WATCH the match LIVE. The programme will start at 7.40pm.

Click HERE to subscribe to iFollow.

To access commentary/watch live via your desktop, go through our match centre. The match centre will be located on the home page of the main website ( Once you’ve clicked through, a link will appear on the left-hand side of the page for you to access the commentary. This will appear on the site around half an hour before kick-off.

We will be tweeting live updates from the match. Follow @officiallydale (Twitter and Instagram).

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Match Reports

Report | Rochdale 3-1 Shrewsbury Town

30 March 2018

Rochdale came from behind to secure three valuable points in a dramatic 3-1 win over Shrewsbury Town on Good Friday.

The visitors to the Crown Oil Arena went a goal ahead early in the game, but Ollie Rathbone drew Dale level deep in added time at the end of the first half. Steven Davies put Rochdale 2-1 up with an overhead kick just three minutes after coming on as a second half substitute, and after the Shrews had a penalty decision overturned in stoppage time, Captain Ian Henderson made sure of the points in a break away move.

Manager Keith Hill made two changes to the side that lined-up against Scunthorpe United last weekend.

Kgosi Ntlhe started in place of Sam Hart, while Stephen Humphrys came in for Bradden Inman.

Rochdale had the first opportunity of the game early on, when Jim McNulty headed over the bar from a Callum Camps free-kick, but it was the visitors who opened the scoring with eight minutes on the clock thanks to Nathan Thomas.

After turning Harrison McGahey, the Shrews player drove at goal, before breaking into the area and finishing across Josh Lillis and low into the bottom corner of the net.

A 12-minute stoppage in playe followed, after Aristote Nsiala clashed heads with Stephen Humphrys and was forced off on a stretcher.

Bradden Inman replaced Kgosi Ntlhe in the 40th minute, as Dale went to a four at the back, and sixty seconds after his introduction, Camps struck an effort wide of the upright from 20-yards.

In stoppage time, Shaun Whalley curled an effort wide, but it was Rochdale who levelled the scoring before the half was out, when Rathbone found the bottom corner of Dean Henderson’s net from 30-yards to bag his first of the season.


Rochdale started the second half at pace and had two very good opportunities during the opening five minutes, and went on to dominate.

After leaving Henderson rooted to his spot, Camps could only look on as his lofted effort dropped just over the bar, while Inman hit a shot narrowly wide soon after. There were claims the Shrews goalkeeper managed get a hand to the effort to tip it round the post, but there was no corner given.

Dale were much improved on their first half showing and came close again in the 55th minute, when Andrew headed wide from an Inman corner.

The visitors’ Carlton Morris then saw his looping effort bounce off the bar on its way over, before Andrew curled an effort over from inside the area at the other end.

Rochdale, who were on the ascendancy, came forward again a minute later, when a great ball out to Inman sent him on his way up the left. He superbly went past him marker but could only strike into the side netting.

Henderson then denied Humphrys, when the on-loan Fulham forward struck a powerful effort at goal from the edge of the area. Destined for the bottom corner of the net, the Shrews ‘keeper got a strong hand to the shot to turn it round the upright.

From the corner, Humphrys went down inside the area after a possible clash of heads, and left the pitch with a cut to the eyebrow area, to be replaced by Steven Davies.

And the forward had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes when he gave Dale a deserved lead. A Camps set-piece was clipped to the back post where it was won by Andrew, who headed it down for Davies. After taking it down on his chest, Davies beat Henderson with an overhead kick.

The Shrews’ Nolan saw a rasping effort clip the bar as the game entered its closing stages, but it was during injury time where it looked like Dale could be punished. The referee controversially awarded the visitors a penalty only to overrule the decision after communicating with his linesman.

A corner was awarded instead of penalty, and from that passage of play, Inman spotted that the Shrewsbury goalkeeper had committed himself forward, and he struck the ball up the pitch for Dale’s Henderson to race onto, and the Dale skipper beat his namesake for pace to put the game out of sight.


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