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Sponsored Walkers Complete 16-Mile Trek To Accrington Despite The Game Being Called Off

18 March 2019

A group of nine Dale fans braved the elements on Saturday to complete a sponsored walk to Accrington from Rochdale, despite the game between the two League One sides being called off.

The walk had been organised by the Dale Trust many months in advance, to help raise funds for a new 5-a-side pitch at the Crown Oil Arena, only for the game to be postponed due to terrible weather conditions that left the pitch at the Wham Stadium waterlogged.

Dale Trust Chairman Colin Cavanagh, Rochdale AFC Director Tony Pockney and the Dale in the Community Trust’s Keith Hicks and Siobhan McElhinney took part in the 16-mile trek, as well as Dennis Hoyle, David Chaffey, Iain Murray, Remi Chatburn and James Appleton. 

Thanks must go to Accrington Stanley Chief Executive Mark Turner who kept the ground open to welcome the walkers at just before 2pm, providing them with towels and refreshments. 

Want to sponsor these brave and dedicated souls? You can donate HERE.

Replacing the 5-a-side pitch will cost around £70,000. Thankfully, a grant has been obtained that will pay 60% towards it, but that still leaves a shortfall of approximately £28,000 that the Dale Trust are looking to raise funds towards during the 2018/19 season.

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