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Preview | Accrington Stanley (H)

11 October 2019

Rochdale v Accrington Stanley | Crown Oil Arena, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 12th October 2019, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale return to the Crown Oil Arena to take on local rivals Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Brian Barry-Murphy’s side will be looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s defeat at AFC Wimbledon and will be defensively boosted by the arrival of Paul McShane.

Former Dale boss John Coleman’s men sit just one place and one point above the home side.



Barry-Murphy wants his players to attack with courage and aggressiveness in Saturday's game.

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



Supporters have until midnight on Friday to purchase a cheaper, advanced ticket for Saturday’s game. Click HERE to purchase yours online now.

Fans can also pay on the day, but please remember that prices rise by £3 compared to advance prices.

Supporters can pay cash through the turnstiles in the Smith Metals Family Stand and Sandy Lane Stand. Fans wishing to sit in the Main Stand must purchase a ticket before heading to the turnstiles.

Click HERE to read our admission details for the 2019/20 season in full.



Are you a first-time visitor to the Crown Oil Arena? Click HERE for all of the information you may need in order to plan your visit and make the most of the matchday experience at Rochdale Football Club!



If you are a Accrington fan making your way to the Crown Oil Arena for Saturday’s game, click HERE and have a read of our Visiting Supporters’ Guide which is packed full of useful information.

We wish all Stanley fans a safe journey!



Junior Dale fans can join us in Desmond’s Den, located inside the Carlsberg Lounge, this Saturday! Youngsters can make and decorate their very own stress balls at our junior event, play plenty of fun games, and play on the PlayStation 4s with the latest FIFA on them!

Desmond’s Den / Carlsberg Lounge opens at 2pm on Saturday. Click HERE for full details on how to access.

The Ratcliffe Bars, situated on the Club's car park, are open at midday.



For just £1, you can be in with a chance of winning £1,000 at Saturday's game!

There will be one guaranteed winner of £100, and the chance to win the Man of the Match's shirt.

Get your ticket from one of sellers around the ground or from the Club Shop. Click HERE for full details.



Referee | Tom Nield

Assistant Referees | Christopher Ward & Thomas Harty

Fourth Official | James Wilson



Sky Bet are offering odds of 13/8 for a Dale win on Saturday.

Don’t forget that Sky Bet customers who select Rochdale as their favourite team on their Sky Bet profile, for every losing bet made, 50% of the stake will be passed on to the Club!

So, if you are having a flutter ahead of the match, make sure you do it via Sky Bet and select Rochdale as your favourite team!

Click HERE for the full betting preview.













Rochdale AFC’s matchday programme – The Voice of Spotland – returns for Saturday’s game!

This week we have included an eight-page souvenir insert themed around our recent Carabao Cup third round tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Purchase from the Club Shop and around the ground on matchday for just £3. Click HERE to read the full preview.



Saturday is our annual ‘Kick It Out’ day, headed by Dale In The Community. We have a range of activities both on and off the page in the build-up to kick-off.

Click HERE to see what Dale In The Community Sports Trust have on at Saturday's game.



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 | Dale 2-1 Accrington Stanley

12 October 2019

An Ian Henderson brace helped Dale to a 2-1 win over Accrington Stanley at the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday.

He opened the scoring six minutes before the break, and added a second shortly after the interval with a sublime chip.

Joe Pritchard scored a stunning goal to bring the visitors back into it, whilst Dale stopper Robert Sánchez made a stunning save late on to preserve the lead until full-time.

Eoghan O’Connell, Matty Done, Jimmy Ryan and Ian Henderson all returned to the starting line-up, whilst Paul McShane made his debut for the Club after signing in midweek.

An even opening to the game saw Ollie Rathbone fire narrowly wide from the edge of the area with his left-foot, whilst Jordan Clark curled an effort well over for the visitors.

Sam Finley fired a couple of efforts off target for Stanley, before Sánchez made a smart diving save to his left, holding on to Clark’s effort.

The deadlock was broken shortly before the half-time whistle, when Henderson grabbed his first of the game.

Rathbone fired an effort goalwards from the edge of the area which was spilled, and Henderson pounced to fire the loose ball into the roof of the net in front of the Sandy Lane end.

The Dale skipper had another chance before the interval, when he raced on to Camps’ through ball. With Accrington goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov off his line, Henderson chipped the ball over his head, but could only find the side netting.

However, he wasn’t to be denied after the break. He latched onto a loose, bouncing ball 25-yards from goal, with the Stanley stopper again off his line, Henderson lobbed the ball over his head and into the back of the net in superb fashion.

The two-goal lead only lasted four minutes though, when Stanley scored a stunner of their own, as Pritchard fired a swerving, dipping effort into the top corner from 30-yards.

Sánchez then denied Clark with a strong one-handed save to his right, who then fired a couple off efforts off target for the visitors.

O’Connell and Done saw shots blocked for Dale, whilst Rathbone sent a volley narrowly over the crossbar, as Barry-Murphy’s men looked to restore their two-goal cushion.

Sánchez then pulled off a wonderful one-handed save in the dying minutes to turn Colby Bishop’s close-range header over the crossbar.

Clark had a final chance for Stanley late on but he couldn’t turn it goalwards, and Dale held on for their first home league win of the season.

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