Rochdale AFC’s matchday programme – The Voice of Spotland – is back for the Tuesday’s League One fixture against AFC Wimbledon.
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 midfielder Ethan Hamilton, who has made a big impression since joining Dale on loan from Manchester United.
Manager Keith Hill looks ahead to the night’s game, while Editor Mark Wilbraham compares The Dons’ FA Cup run to that experienced by Dale 12 months ago.
After that, the programme is packed with other features, including:
I WISH I’D GONE – an article looking at Dale games the author didn’t attend, but wished he had! This time it’s a Coca-Cola Cup tie from the early-1990s.
WHAT DALE WORE IN – we pick a season and look at the different kits Dale sported throughout the campaign. In this issue, we look at the 2013/14 campaign.
NEW FOUND FAN – first-time season-ticket holder Steven Rittey brings us his views on the design of old programmes.
GOLDEN YEARS – Dale won promotion for the first time in 1968/69 and this series will recall that campaign game-by-game, with personal memories from fan Ian Goodwin, who has been talking to a player from that season in Tony Buck.
There is also a completely new-look visitors’ section, as well as columns from Bray-based fan Brian Quigley, Row F resident John Rowe and one of the longest-serving programme contributors in the game, the ever-green Scrutator.
Meanwhile our regular historical pages – ‘On This Day’ and ‘Through The Years’ – have had a makeover, but will still help readers to jog their Dale memory banks.
We also have another of our fantastic cartoons in the centre spread, as drawn by cartoonist David Vandepeer.
Action photos appear from the games against Doncaster and Burton, while Traveller’s Tales is back with a report on the trip to Peterborough.