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Preview | Burton Albion (A)

3 August 2018

Burton Albion v Rochdale | Pirelli Stadium, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 3rd August 2018, 3pm Kick-Off

It’s here! The opening day of the Sky Bet League One season is upon us, and sees Dale travel to Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.

After survival on the final day of last season and a summer of signings and contract extensions, Keith Hill’s men went through pre-season with a 100% win record, having won six from six.

Burton Albion’s two-year stay in the Championship ended on the final day of last season, when Dale’s Aaron Wilbraham, then of Bolton Wanderers, scored the crucial goal which kept his side up, and sent Nigel Clough’s side back to League One.



Keith Hill’s pre-match interview is available to watch in two parts on iFollow – click HERE to watch.



Supporters who didn’t purchase in advance from the RAFC Ticket Office can still pay on the day at Burton.

Click HERE for admission prices.



For a complete guide to the Pirelli Stadium, visit Burton’s website by clicking HERE.



Referee: Darren Drysdale

Assistant Referees: Nik Barnard & Ravel Cheosiaua

Fourth Official: Wade Smith











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

Click HERE for the full betting 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 2.50pm.

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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 and will go behind-the-scenes with our Instagram Story feature. Follow @officiallydale (Twitter and Instagram).

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Match Reports

Report | Burton Albion 1-2 Dale

4 August 2018

Bradden Inman’s brace secured a 2-1 opening day victory over Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

Inman opened the scoring after ten minutes, latching on to Aaron Wilbraham’s knock down and finishing superbly, before doubling his tally and the lead 12 minutes later.

The hosts fought back in the second-half and got themselves back into it through Liam Boyce’s close range finish, but Dale held on for all three points.

There were shouts for an early red card from the Dale players and staff, when Buton skipper Jake Buxton crashed into Inman on the halfway line, but referee Darren Drysdale only deemed the challenge worthy of a yellow.

Inman shook off the challenge, before breaking the deadlock in fine style in the tenth minute.

MJ Williams’ diagonal ball forward was nodded down by debutant Aaron Wilbraham perfectly into the path of Inman, who fired home off the inside of the post with a first-time effort.

A perfect start to the new season for Dale and Inman, which got even better 12 minutes later.

Following a spell of pressure from the home side, Callum Camps’ ball forward allowed Dale to break, as Wilbraham dummied over the pass for Ian Henderson to run onto.

He squared the ball to the far post with the outside of his boot for Inman, who took a touch before showing great composure to double his and Dale’s tally.

The home side had their fair share of chances in the opening, the best of which came through Marvin Sordell, but he saw his snap shot saved by the strong hands of Josh Lillis.

Kyle McFadzean and Scott Fraser volleyed over for the hosts, before Lillis dropped to his right to hold on to a Ben Turner header.

Keith Hill’s side could have headed into the break three goals to the good when Matty Done picked up Aaron Wilbraham’s flick, but drove his low effort just past the far post.

Lillis twice denied Fraser as Burton started the second period brightly, holding a low shot before denying a second effort from inside the area with his legs.

Wilbraham fired over from range and Inman shot wide of the near post from just inside the area as he looked for his hat-trick, but it would be his last act as he was replaced by Joe Thompson.

The Brewers halved the deficit in the 71st minute when Lucas Akins’ shot was parried by Lillis into the path of Boyce, who tapped home from six-yards.

Sordell had a host of chances for the home side inside the final 15 minutes, but was denied three times by Lillis, as well as firing over when in a good position.

Dale were under pressure as the minutes ticked away, which was almost relieved when Williams fired just wide of the far post.

David Templeton sent a shot over the crossbar in the four minutes which were added, as Dale held on for an opening day victory.


Dale XI | Lillis, McGahey, MJ Williams, McNulty, Rafferty, Camps (Delaney 73’), Perkins, Done, Inman (Thompson 65’), Henderson, Wilbraham (Andrew 78’).

Subs | Moore, Ntlhe, Delaney, Andrew, Rathbone, Thompson, Cannon.

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Ticket News

Travel Update | Bookings Being Taken On Coach Number 2

27 July 2018

Burton Albion v Rochdale: Saturday 4th August 2018 – 3pm KO

We’ve already filled one coach for Dale’s trip to Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium, with bookings now being taken on a second.

The price per seat is £16. 

The departure times are as follows:

• Littleborough (at the Train Station, opposite the Co-operative) – 10.35am 

• Rochdale (outside the Town Hall) – 10.50am

• Crown Oil Arena – the coach will depart the Crown Oil Arena at 11am prompt

Book your seat in person at the RAFC Club Shop, or by ringing 0844 826 1907 (option 3).

Purchase match tickets for the game in advance to save money. Click HERE for more details.


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