Rochdale AFC’s matchday programme – The Voice of Spotland – is back for the Saturday’s League One fixture against Burton Albion.
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 right-back Joe Rafferty, who recently passed 250 appearances for the club.
Manager Keith Hill reflects on the New Year’s Day defeat at Doncaster, while Editor Mark Wilbraham tells readers about one of his football-related Christmas presents.
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 game from August 1985.
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 2014/15 campaign.
NEW FOUND FAN – first-time season-ticket holder Steven Rittey brings us his views.
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.
ANORAK’S CORNER – Dale recently reached 400 home league goals under Keith Hill, so we take a look at how this milestone was achieved.
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 and we have another of our fantastic cartoons in the centre spread, as drawn by cartoonist David Vandepeer.
Action photos appear from the games against Portsmouth and AFC Wimbledon, while Traveller’s Tales is back with a report on that trip to take on The Dons.
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.