Rochdale AFC’s matchday programme – The Voice of Spotland – is back for Saturday’s League One fixture against Southend United.
The programme is once again a 76-page issue this season, containing plenty of reading to keep fans entertained and informed before, during and after the match.
We start with a front cover image of forward Joe Thompson, who made an emotional return to the side before Christmas.
There is a centre spread poster of Joe for our younger supporters to collect, as well as a look at how his personal likes compare to those of another Dale forward from the 1990s in our ‘Decades Apart’ feature.
In our comprehensive visitors’ section, contributors Steve Ashworth, David Chaffey and Dean Smith each bring us a different aspect of Southend’s past and present, which is in addition to the usual statistical round-up of the teams’ meetings down the years.
John Rowe brings us his footballing resolutions, while Scrutator looks at the issue of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
‘Kit Cupboard’ reflects on what was being worn in Division Three in 2004/05 and our usual quiz and puzzle pages, that can be attempted by supporters of both clubs, appear once more.
Regular historical features – ‘On This Day’ and ‘Through The Years’ – continue to look at games and events from Dale’s past and Richard Wild tells readers all about his favourite 3-1 home win.
Action photos appear from the games against Slough and Bradford, while Traveller’s Tales reports on the trip to Charlton.
Visitors Southend United get nine pages of coverage, which includes a quiz-based article on a previous meeting between the clubs.
All this and much, much more will be in Saturday’s The Voice of Spotland, on sale in the Club Shop and around the ground, priced £3.00.