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Community Preview | Wycombe Wanderers (H)

27 September 2019


Community Preview | Wycombe Wanderers (H)

27 September 2019

Take a look at what the Dale In The Community Sports Trust have going on at Saturday's match against Wycombe Wanderers at the Crown Oil Arena…


We welcome two mascots to the Crown Oil Arena this afternoon – Alfie Connell and Owen Boulter.

Alfie is coming to the game today with friends celebrating his seventh birthday. Although he lives in Sheffield with family, he is a season ticket holder and travels home and away to watch Rochdale play, visiting twenty football grounds so far!

He went to Portugal with his Dad this summer to watch England play in the Nations League and was lucky enough to get Dele Alli’s match shirt! His favourite player is Ian Henderson because he “scores lots of amazing goals” and is Alfie’s footballing hero.

Owen attends Milnrow Parish Primary School. He plays football for his school team and also for Milnrow Juniors Under 12’s Vipers. He is a season ticket holder who attends both home and away games with his best friends and his grandad. He is a mascot this evening as part of his birthday celebrations.


Matthew Pimlott is ten years old and attends St James Primary School, Wardle. He enjoys lots of outdoor activities including cross country, bike riding, and football. He eats, breathes and sleeps football with his dream is to one day play in the Premier League, along with plus England.

He plays for Wardle Whites under-10’s every Saturday and also had the fantastic opportunity to train with Manchester United and Everton junior academies. He enjoys watching Manchester United alongside the mighty Rochdale, with his favourite player being Ian Henderson.


Rochdale AFC is encouraging fans to join in with Stoptober this year. We believe smoking has no place in sport and encourage other clubs to remove it from the stands and the touchlines.

Stoptober, the stop smoking campaign which takes place every October, is a great time to quit with the help of friends and family. There are people around the stadium offering advice if you’d like to talk to someone. Keep a look out for Desmond’s pal Bertie Butt from the Council.

The great news is that the amount of people smoking in Rochdale is the lowest it’s ever been – but there are still 27,000 smokers who we want to help.

Each cigarette takes 11 minutes off your life and one in two smokers die early as a result of smoking.

We have a range of ways to help you – if you’ve tried quitting before, we can help you with a different quitting method.

Come and chat to us today, call 01706 751190 or search ‘Rochdale stop smoking’ online.

For further information on smoke free sports contact the Public Protection Service RBC on 01706 924187.

Let’s make smoking history!

See you all again next Tuesday 1stOctober when we host Bolton Wanderers Trophy.

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