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21 July 2018 Venue Crown Oil Arena Attendance

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Rochdale AFC
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Hull City
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Preview | Hull City (H)

20 July 2018

Rochdale v Hull City | Pre-Season Friendly, Saturday 21st July, Crown Oil Arena, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale welcome Hull City to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday in the first of two home pre-season friendlies.

Wins over Stalybridge Celtic and Stockport County sandwiched the week-long training trip to Tenerife, and Manager Keith Hill says the players have been magnificent so far this pre-season.

“Preparation is going really well. The players have been magnificent - there’s a big character / attitude swing towards the work we’ve been doing, which is encouraging. And the quality that has been on display is down to the players themselves.”

Hull finished 18th in the Championship last season, with current boss Nigel Adkins in charge at the KCOM Stadium since December last year.



Supporters can pay cash through the turnstiles for Saturday’s game against Hull City.

Admission prices are as follows: £10 for Adults; £5 for Juniors (16 and under).

The Main Stand is open for home supporters, whilst the Reside Estate Agency Stand will house away fans. Turnstiles will be open from 2pm.

The Ticket Collection Cabin will be open from 1pm for those who have pre-booked tickets. Supporters wishing to purchase 2018/19 Season Tickets can do so right up until kick-off.



Referee | Darren Handley

Assistant Referees | Richard Wild & Mick Denton

Fourth Official | Dean Watson



Dale Draws Hull
15 12 22



The Club’s Ratcliffe Bars, situated on the Crown Oil Arena car park, are open to both home and visiting supporters.

They will open at midday on Saturday. Click HERE for full details.



Rochdale AFC’s matchday programme – The Voice of Spotland – is back for this week’s friendly matches against Hull City and Middlesbrough.

Click HERE to read the full TVOS preview.



We will be tweeting live updates from the match, and will go behind the scenes with our Instagram story feature. Follow @officiallydale on Twitter and Instagram.

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Match Reports

Report | Dale 1-0 Hull City

21 July 2018

Joe Rafferty’s 90th minute strike secured a 1-0 victory over Hull City at the Crown Oil Arena.

He curled into the far bottom corner with seconds of normal time remaining, to secure Dale’s third victory from three pre-season matches.

The first chance of the game fell to the visitors, as Fraizer Campbell sent a stooping header into the arms of Josh Lillis who held comfortably.

Dale’s first chance fell the way of Joe Rafferty, who latched on to a Matty Done cross from the left, but he flashed an effort just over the crossbar.

Summer recruit David Perkins was denied by the legs of Hull goalkeeper David Marshall after an intricate passage of play from Dale.

Hull’s Jordy De Wijs and Evandro both saw efforts fly off target from distance, before Aaron Wilbraham had a fizzing effort beaten away by Marshall.

The Dale striker then saw an indirect free-kick deflected just wide of the near post, after Marshall had picked up a back-pass less than ten-yards from his own goal.

The visitors chalked up the first three efforts after the interval, as Todd Kane fired two efforts straight at Lillis either side of a Kevin Stewart drive off target.

Ollie Rathbone and Ian Henderson sent efforts over for Dale, whilst Stephen Kingsley curled a free-kick narrowly over the crossbar for the visitors.

Jim McNulty nodded a Done free-kick over the crossbar when in a decent position, before the visitors swapped all ten of their outfield players with just under 15 minutes remaining.

One of those substitutions, Nouha Dicko, fired over from a tight angle, but it was Dale who grabbed the winner as the 90 minutes came to a close.

Rafferty received a ball into feet on the right side, and with his first touch nutmegged his marker, before driving into the area and curling a left-footed effort into the far bottom corner to give Dale victory.


Dale XI | Lillis, Rafferty, McNulty, McGahey, MJ Williams, Rathbone (Adshead 80’), Done, Perkins, Wilbraham, Inman (Thompson 65’), Henderson (Andrew 75’).

Subs | Wade, Andrew, Camps, Williams, Thompson, Adshead, Cannon, Morley, Gillam.

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