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Minute's Silence To Be Held In Memory Of Tony Collins

9 February 2021

A minute’s silence will be held prior to kick-off at Tuesday night’s League One fixture against MK Dons in memory of former player and manager Tony Collins.

Tony sadly passed away on Monday, aged 94.

Although you are unable to pay your respects inside the Crown Oil Arena, we ask you to fall silent at home, as we pay tribute to a man who holds a very special place in the Club’s history. 

Tony joined Rochdale in 1959 and after just one season at Spotland he was appointed as player/ manager of the Club, becoming the first black manager in English league football. He continued in the dual-role for a short-time before hanging up his playing boots, staying in charge of the side until 1967.  

During his seven years in charge at Dale, Tony led the Club to the 1962 League Cup Final. To this day, it ranks as one of only two League Cup final appearances by a fourth-tier side.

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