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23 September 2017 Venue Crown Oil Arena Attendance

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Preview: Dale v Gillingham

22 September 2017

Dale v Gillingham: Sky Bet League One, Saturday 23rd September, 3pm Kick-Off


Hill: Pre Gillingham (H)

22 September 2017

Rochdale are back in League One action on Saturday, with the visit of Gillingham to the Crown Oil Arena.

Keith Hill's side recorded a resounding 4-0 win over local rivals Bury in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.

Gillingham recorded their first victory of the league season last time out with a 1-0 win against Charlton Athletic.

That lifted Adrian Pennock's side out of the relegation zone.



Keith Hill has been on pre-match press duties ahead of the game. He told iFollow: "I believe that we’re a good side when we do it correctly."

Read the Gaffer's full pre-match interview HERE.

Head over to iFollow to watch the full interview and to hear an injury update. 



The Main Stand is operating an ALL TICKET RESERVED SEATING policy from Saturday’s match onwards. Therefore, there will be no cash turnstiles in operation for the Main Stand. Tickets can be bought on the day from the RAFC Ticket Office before going to the turnstiles.

Supporters can pay cash at the turnstiles in all other areas of the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday.

Tickets can also be bought in advance. Visit to purchase yours online, or pop into to the Ticket Office in person.

Click HERE for matchday admission prices.



Referee: Eddie Ilderton

Assistant Referees: Helen Byrne & Anthony Moore

Fourth Official: Glen Hart



Bring the kids along early and unleash their creative side at our Dry Clay Modelling event! It begins at 2pm in the Carlsberg Lounge.

For full details on how to get involved, click HERE.

Meanwhile, the Ratcliffe Bars, situated on the Crown Oil Arena car park, open at 12pm on Saturday, with visiting supporters also welcome.

Click HERE for full details on opening times.



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



Last time the two sides met, Dale ran out convincing 4-1 winners at the Crown Oil Arena.

First-half goals from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Ian Henderson, followed by Callum Camps and Peter Vincenti after the break, marked the end of a ten match winless run for Dale.

Click HERE to view a full flashback of the game, including the match report and highlights from the win.


Club News

TVOS Preview: Gillingham (H)

21 September 2017


The Voice Of Spotland, Rochdale AFC's matchday programme, returns for Saturday's match.

Steven Davies is the cover star, and there is a pull-out poster of Dale’s leading scorer inside to collect!

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

Click HERE for the full preview.



Dale are 4/6 to record victory over Gillingham tomorrow.

Click HERE for full match odds.



Fans in the UK can listen to match audio commentary on iFollow, whilst overseas fans can WATCH the match live! The programme will start at 2.55pm.

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We will also be tweeting live updates from the match.

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Match Reports

Report: Dale 3-0 Gillingham

23 September 2017

Two goals in two first half minutes set Dale on their way to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Gillingham at the Crown Oil Arena.

Ian Henderson broke the deadlock, pouncing on a rebound after Joe Bunney’s effort had been palmed away.

Joe Rafferty doubled the lead just two minutes later with a close range header which fell to him from the Gillingham goalkeeeper’s fumble.

Tom Eaves was given a straight red for the visitors just before the break for a foul on Rafferty, and Dale were always comfortable throughout the second half.

Henderson saw a penalty saved in the final four minutes, but Matty Done added a third in stoppage time after a run from the halfway line and cool finish.

Keith Hill made four changes from the midweek Checkatrade Trophy win over Bury. Josh Lillis, Jimmy McNulty, Ollie Rathbone and Steven Davies all returned to the starting line-up.

The first chance of the game fell Dale’s way, when Joe Bunney headed over a Rathbone corner at the near post inside the opening two minutes.

Rathbone was involved again ten minutes later, when his low cross from the right was cleared as far as Bradden Inman, whose half volley just flew over the crossbar.

Henderson forced Tomas Holy into his first save, when he headed Callum Camps’ cross goalwards, only for the goalkeeper to turn the effort around the post.

Gillingham’s best chance of the first half fell to Billy Bingham. He was free on the left and drove at goal, one-on-one with Josh Lillis, but fired well over.

Inman, who had scored three in two games coming into the match, fired wide after being played through by Joe Bunney, and five minutes later it was Bunney who created Dale’s opening goal.

He ran through the Gills’ midfield before seeing his right foot shot from the edge parried by Holy, allowing Henderson to pounce and break the deadlock.

The lead was doubled two minutes later, through an unexpected source in Rafferty. Steven Davies’ free-kick was fumbled by Holy, straight into the path of the right-back, who nodded over the line from close range.

Bunney forced Holy into a low save just after the half hour mark, after striking first time from Davies lay off, but the Gillingham stopper held on well.

The visitors were reduced to ten men just before the break, when Eaves saw red for a foul on Rafferty. The striker had already been booked, but referee Eddie Ilderton produced a straight red for the foul which saw Rafferty flattened.

Henderson had the first chance of the second half, but was denied well by Holy. A free-kick from Bunney was cleared as far as Inman on the edge of the box, whose clever ball found the Dale skipper, only to see his effort denied by the Gillingham stopper.

Calvin Andrew replaced Davies just before the half hour mark, shortly before Henderson curled an effort wide from the edge of the area.

Bingham forced Lillis into a rare bit of action, his free-kick curling towards the top corner before the Dale goalkeeper flew to his left to pluck the ball out of mid-air.

MJ Williams fired a shot from distance well wide, two minutes before Kgosi Ntlhe replaced Bunney at left-back.

Matty Done replaced Inman with Dale’s final change inside the last four minutes, which saw Dale miss a golden opportunity to add to their tally with a third.

Henderson was brought down inside the area after bundling his way through, and he stepped up to take the penalty, which was saved by Holy to his right. The rebound fell to Henderson, whose header flew well over the crossbar.

Ben Nugent shot wide for the visitors in added time, shortly before substitute Done rounded off the scoring with a cool finish.

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