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Preview | Dale v Tottenham Hotspur - Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round

17 February 2018

Dale v Tottenham Hotspur: Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round, Sunday 18th February, 4pm Kick-Off

Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur visit the Crown Oil Arena this weekend, in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

It is only the third time Dale have reached this stage in the club’s history, doing so in 1990 and 2003.

Spurs are eight-time winners of the FA Cup, and visit the Crown Oil Arena off the back of a 2-2 draw away to Juventus in the Champions League knockout stages.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have beaten AFC Wimbledon and Newport County so far in the competition.



Keith Hill and Matty Done both spoke to iFollow ahead of Sunday’s tie. Follow the links below to watch for FREE:

Keith Hill Part 1

Keith Hill Part 2

Matty Done



Sunday’s match is officially SOLD OUT. Fans who purchased online or over the phone MUST collect their tickets from the Crown Oil Arena.

This can be done from 9am on Sunday. All HOME ticket collections will be from Rochdale Hornets’ offices in the Main Reception.

Press and Scout tickets can be collected from the Ticket Collection Cabin on the corner of the Main Stand and Pearl Street stands.



There is no parking available on the day of the game at the Crown Oil Arena. It is street parking only. 


9:00 – Ticket Office opens

11:00 – Club Shop opens

13:00 – Pearl Street Stand turnstiles open

14:00 – Players arrive at Crown Oil Arena

14:00 – Kids Beach Party begins!

14:30 – Main Stand, Sandy Lane and Reside Stand (Willbutts Lane) turnstiles open

15:00 – Teams are announced

15:05 – Goalkeepers out to warm-up

15:15 – Outfielders out to warm-up

15:45 – Warm-ups finished

15:55 – Teams enter the pitch

16:00 – Kick-off - Dale vs Spurs



Referee: Robert Madley

Assistant Referee: Simon Bennett

Assistant Referee: Sian Massey-Ellis

Fourth Official: Stephen Martin



Bring the kids along early to our Beach Party in the Carlsberg Lounge! Children can make their own sand art, paint their own personalised pebbles and decorate shells.

Visit the Carlsberg Lounge via the Pearl Street turnstiles from 2pm onwards. Click HERE for full details.

The Ratcliffe Bar, situated on the Crown Oil Arena car park, is open to both home and away supporters from midday.

Click HERE for full details.



Coming to the Crown Oil Arena for the first time? View our first-time visitor guide HERE.



Dale have beaten Bromley, Slough Town, Doncaster Rovers and Millwall to reach the fifth-round stage.

Click HERE to view Dale’s Emirates FA Cup journey so far, including highlights.



Rochdale AFC’s matchday programme – The Voice of Spotland – is back for Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup fifth round tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Souvenir Programme has been extended to 84 pages for this special occasion and contains plenty of reading to keep fans entertained and informed before, during and after the match.

TVOS will be on sale in the Club Shop and around the ground on matchday, priced at £4.

Click HERE for the full preview.



Fans in the UK can listen to LIVE match audio commentary on iFollow. The programme will start at 3.50pm.

Click HERE to subscribe to iFollow.

The match will not be available to watch live for overseas supporters on iFollow due to broadcasting rights.

To access commentar 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).

The match is of course LIVE on BBC1. The programme starts at 3.35pm.

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