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09 April 2019 Venue Wham Stadium Attendance

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Preview | Accrington Stanley (A)

15 March 2019

Accrington Stanley v Rochdale | Wham Stadium, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 16th March 2019, 3pm Kick-Off


The Lads Are In A Good Place - BBM

15 March 2019

Dale are back on the road having picked up four points from Brian Barry-Murphy’s first two matches in charge at the Crown Oil Arena.

Accrington Stanley await, having beaten Wycombe Wanderers away in midweek to move them four points clear of the relegation zone.

Dale were 1-0 winners over Stanley back in November, when Ian Henderson’s goal separated the two sides in the reverse fixture.




A pitch inspection at the Wham Stadium will take place at 8.30am on Saturday.

Click HERE for full details on the inspection.



Watch | BBM Looks Ahead To Accrington

15 March 2019


Brian Barry-Murphy says the players are in good spirits heading into the game.

Click HERE to read what he had to say, or watch in full on iFollow HERE.




Accrington boss John Coleman says Saturday’s game is huge for both sides.

Click HERE to read what he had to say on Stanley’s official website.



Barry-Murphy confirmed that Ryan McLaughlin is a doubt for the match, whilst Josh Lillis and Ethan Ebanks-Landell will definitely miss the game, although the latter’s injury may not be as bad as first feared.

Click HERE to read in full.



Supporters who didn’t purchase a ticket in advance can pay on the at Accrington Stanley.

Fans must purchase from Accrington’s ticket office before heading to the turnstiles. Click HERE for full details.




For a visiting supporters’ guide to the Wham Stadium, visit Accrington’s official website HERE.



Sky Bet are offering odds of 5/2 for a Dale victory on Saturday.

Click HERE for the full betting preview.

Make sure you select Rochdale as your favourite team on your Sky Bet profile, as Dale will receive 50% of any losing stake!



Referee | Matthew Donohue

Assistant Referees | Christopher Ward & Stephen Wade

Fourth Official | Thomas Bramall


Club News

Flashback | Accrington Stanley 2-4 Dale

8 April 2019


It’s almost nine years to the day since Dale’s memorable 4-2 win at Accrington Stanley.

Click HERE to watch highlights from the game, including Kallum Higginbotham's goal from the halfway line.




Accrington Stanley








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 2.45pm.

Click HERE to subscribe to iFollow.

To access commentary/watch live via your desktop, click on the 'iFollow' tab on our navigation bar. Hover over the 'More' tab and more selections will appear, which is where the 'iFollow' tab is located. 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 and will go behind-the-scenes with our Instagram Story feature. Follow @officiallydale (Twitter and Instagram).

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Match Reports

Report | Accrington Stanley 0-1 Dale

9 April 2019

Ollie Rathbone’s second-half goal secured a 1-0 win at Accrington Stanley, which moves Dale out of the Sky Bet League One relegation zone.

In an even affair, Rathbone’s sixth of the season in the 72nd minute settled matters, moving Dale up to 19th and level on points with Stanley.

Jimmy Keohane replaced Joe Bunney, as Brian Barry-Murphy made one change to the side that started against Sunderland at the weekend.

Dale goalkeeper Josh Lillis was called into action twice in quick succession during the opening stages, saving a powerful Sean McConville effort which was then headed over by Luke Armstrong, before holding on well to low shot from Dan Barlaser.

After Matty Done fired Dale’s first chance of the game wide from an Aaron Wilbraham knock down, Accrington stopper Dimitar Evtimov produced a fine one-handed save to stop Ryan McLaughlin’s deflected effort from Ian Henderson’s lay off.

Jordan Clark fired two efforts off target for the hosts, before Wilbraham sent an effort wide of the far post, as the first-half ended goalless.

Ethan Hamilton replaced Keohane at half-time and after Clark saw a free-kick held by Lillis, Dale began to take control of the opening stages of the second period.

Done saw an effort deflected wide, before his cross fell for Rathbone who fired over from 12-yards.

Done was involved again as he fired wide from 25-yards, before his ball across the edge of the area came to Ntlhe who powered a first-time effort wide of the near post.

Stanley’s Luke Armstrong touched a Clark cross wide of the near post before he was denied by a fine Lillis save from a tight angle.

Hamilton sent a volley well off target for Dale, before he had a hand in Rathbone’s goal which broke the deadlock with 18 minutes remaining.

Hamilton’s run and cross from the left found Wilbraham at the back post, who took the ball down exceptionally well, held on and lay off to Rathbone, who fired a powerful effort into the roof of the net from just inside the area.

Dale defended resolutely in the closing stages of the game, with Jim McNulty blocking a Clark shot, before Ross Sykes headed their best chance wide from a corner at the back post.

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