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27 August 2021 Venue Crown Oil Arena Attendance

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Preview | Colchester United (H)

27 August 2021

Rochdale vs Colchester United | Sky Bet League Two, Friday 27th August, Crown Oil Arena, 7.45pm Kick-Off

We celebrate our 100th anniversary of being a Football League member on Friday night!

Colchester United are the visitors to the Crown Oil Arena in Sky Bet League Two.

Dale have won back-to-back games on the road, over Northampton Town and Shrewsbury Town, whilst Colchester were 2-1 winners at Oldham Athletic last weekend.


Supporters can purchase tickets for Friday night's game right up until kick-off via our online ticketing website.

Simply buy online and scan the ticket, which will be emailed to you, at the turnstiles upon arrival! You can either scan the email direct from your phone, or print off your ticket at home to scan on the night.

There are no cash turnstiles at the Crown Oil Arena, due to the ground now having automatic turnstiles.

In circumstances where you can only purchase from the Ticket Office, please do not leave this until the last minute. Our new ticketing system requires the details of all purchasers to be stored on our system, so it will take time to process your details and issue your match ticket. Therefore, to avoid delaying your entry to the ground further, please allow plenty of time to visit the Ticket Office.

Turnstiles open an hour before kick-off at 6.45pm.


There is lots going on pre/post-match at Friday's game!

From 5pm there will be an outside bar on the Crown Oil Arena car park, with junior activities on the five-a-side pitch.

For all the information you need on admission details, activities pre/post-match and more, click HERE to read.


Click HERE to watch the gaffer's pre-match interview in full on our YouTube channel.


Click HERE to read what U's Head Coach Hayden Mullins had to say ahead of the game.



Referee | Rebecca Welch
Assistant Referees | Anthony Moore & Mark Jones
Fourth Official | Robert Lewis


Can't make it to the Crown Oil Arena on Friday night? Supporters in the UK & Ireland can watch the game LIVE on iFollow Dale, in addition to fans living overseas. 

Click HERE to purchase your £10 match pass now. Commentary gets underway at 7.35pm.

For full details on 2021/22 streaming information, click HERE.

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Match Reports

Report | Rochdale 1-1 Colchester United

27 August 2021

Rochdale secured a point at home from a 1-1 draw with Colchester United, on a night that marked Dale's 100th anniversary as a Football League club.

Jimmy Keohane netted a second half equaliser, after the visitors to the Crown Oil Arena had taken the lead through an own goal before the break.

There was one change to the side that lined-up against Shrewsbury Town midweek, as Alex Newby came in for Danny Cashman. Jay Lynch had been due to start the game but picked up an injury in the warm-up and Joel Coleman started his in place.

Dale were on top during the opening exchanges and had the first opportunity on goal, just a couple of minutes into the game. Abraham Odoh picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area and curled an effort narrowly over the bar. 

Jimmy Keohane then drove into the area and dug a pass out o Corey O’Keeffe, who fired inches over on the turn. 

Moments later, Aaron Morley crossed for Keohane at the back post, but he was unable to bring the ball under control and it bounced off him and behind. 

And Odoh hit wide from 20-yards.

The U’s did threaten in flashes as they grew into the game, and shortly after the half hour, Sylvester Jasper struck an effort past the post from range. 

Up the other end, Jake Beesley did well to keep the ball in play before finding O’Keeffe. He crossed to the back post for Keohane who struck into the side netting. 

Brendan Wiredu then fired a volley well over from 25-yards, before the deadlock was broken with 40 minutes on the clock through an own goal.

Max Taylor’s back pass went beyond Coleman, to give the visitors the lead, against the run of play.


Colchester United tested first after the break, when Frank Nouble struck an effort wide of the post, but despite the early U’s threat, Rochdale went on take charge of the half. 

After hitting the visitors on the counter-attack, Jeriel Dorsett clipped a ball to the back post, where Newby headed back across goal and just inches wide of the far post.

O’Keeffe then had a low shot well-held by Shamal George after driving forward.

And the deserved equaliser came in the 61st minute.

Beesley brought down a ball over the top and found Newby, who delivered low across the face of goal to the back post, where Keohane swept home. 

Dale’s first change of the game came in the 65th minute, when Danny Cashman replaced Odoh. 

Soon after, Wiredu headed narrowly over the bar, having risen highest to meet Charlie Daniels’ ball into the box. 

A second Rochdale substitution followed, as Newby made way for Conor Grant. 

With eight minutes left to play, there were big claims for a Dale penalty after O’Keeffe was bundled to the ground from behind, but the referee wasn’t interested in the appeals.

And in stoppage time, Coleman made a fine save with leg to deny substitute Gene Kennedy, who was in one-on-one. 


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