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Preview: Dale v Bromley - FA Cup First Round

3 November 2017

Match Previews

Preview: Dale v Bromley - FA Cup First Round

3 November 2017

Dale v Bromley: Emirates FA Cup First Round, Saturday 4th November, 3pm Kick-Off

It’s FA Cup weekend at the Crown Oil Arena!

Rochdale welcome non-league Bromley in the Emirates FA Cup first round on Saturday.

Dale have reached the fourth round in three of the previous four seasons, and Keith Hill says his ambition is to always take his side as far as possible this year again.

Bromley are appearing in the first round for the first time in three seasons, and sit seventh in the National League, just five points behind first placed Dover Athletic, who they beat 3-0 in their fourth qualifying round replay.



Manager Keith Hill, Jordan Williams and Ian Henderson were on pre-match press duties ahead of the game.

Hill on Bromley

Hill: “A fairy tale cup competition.”

Williams: “The FA Cup has helped me progress.”

Henderson: "There's a magic to the FA Cup."



There are reduced admission prices for Saturday’s match! Adult prices start from just £10, with all junior tickets just £5!

Home supporters can also take advantage of the Willbutts Lane stand, with the stand split between home and away supporters for Saturday’s game.

Supporters can pay on the day, but please remember that the Main Stand is now operating an ALL TICKET RESERVED SEATING policy. Therefore, there will be no cash turnstiles in operation for the Main Stand. Tickets can be bought from the RAFC Ticket Office before going to the turnstiles.

Supporters can pay cash at the turnstiles in all other areas of the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday.

Tickets can also be bought in advance. Visit to purchase yours online, or pop into to the Ticket Office in person.

Click HERE for Saturday’s admission prices.


Home fans choosing to watch the game from the Willbutts Lane Stand should enter the ground via turnstiles 15-18, while visiting fans should use turnstiles 11-14.


Referee: Andrew Miller

Assistant Referees: Michael D’aguilar & Barry Cropp

Fourth Official: James Oldham



Dale had Callum Camps in last season’s Emirates FA Cup first round tie against Maidstone United, when his injury time equaliser forced a replay.

A brace from Steven Davies saw Dale safely advance to round two with a 2-0 win at the Crown Oil Arena.

Click HERE for a full flashback.



The Ratcliffe Bars, situated on the Crown Oil Arena car park, opens at 12pm on Saturday, with visiting supporters also welcome.

Click HERE for full details.



The Crown Oil Arena has a small car park which can accommodate guests and staff only. Street parking is available around the stadium, however please be aware that parking restrictions are in place in the yellow coned areas – these are monitored by traffic control.

Parking is also available at a local high school, which is around half a mile from the ground: Oulder Hill Community School, Greave Avenue, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL11 5EF.

Please note that we do not take any responsibility for vehicles left on the street, or at Oulder Hill Community School.



Visit the RAFC club shop at the Crown Oil Arena before the game to purchase your official merchandise. The store is open from 9am on a matchday through until kick-off. It will re-open on the full time whistle for around 15 minutes.



The Voice Of Spotland, Rochdale AFC's matchday programme, returns on Saturday.

Priced at just £2, the 56-page edition will be on sale around the ground and at the Club Shop.

Click HERE for the full preview.



Dale are favourites at 2/5 to record victory over Bristol Rovers.

Click HERE for full match odds.



Fans can listen to match audio commentary on iFollow. Please note, there's no live stream of today's game due to broadcasting restrictions. 

Click HERE to subscribe to iFollow.

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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