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We've Met Before | Salford City

2 February 2023

Club News

We've Met Before | Salford City

2 February 2023

We’ve only face Salford City five times in our history.

The head-to-head record is very even. Both sides have one win each with the remaining three games ending as draws.

Four out of five of their meetings have taken place at the Crown Oil Arena, with the latest coming in November. Ian Henderson’s 80th minute record-breaking header proved to be the difference and earned Dale the three points.

The goal wasn’t just significant for Dale as it earnt them the win, it was also very important for Henderson as it marked his 130th Rochdale goal. One more than Reg Jenkins, who did hold the clubs all-time goalscoring record.

Since then, Hendo’s added three more goals to his tally with one against Hartlepool in a 2-1 defeat and two against Bradford City in a 2-1 win at Valley Parade.

Back to Saturday’s opponents. We’ve looked at a couple of our previous meetings…


Tuesday 18th October 2022 – Dale 2-2 Salford City

Saturday’s game will mark the third meeting between the teams. The first was a 2-2 draw with late drama in the final game of the Papa John’s Trophy group stages.

Henderson has proved to be a problem for Salford this season. He opened the scoring against his former side with his 128th Dale goal just before half-time.

Tyrese Sinclair’s cross was met by Dale’s number 40, he headed home to open the scoring and give Dale a 1-0 lead going into the break.

Salford didn’t threaten the Dale goal too much until the 69th minute. Salford scored twice in two minutes with Elliot Simoes and Callum Hendry getting on the score sheet, shocking Dale and completely turning the game on its head.

In a game where Dale needed something from the game to progress through, it looked more unlikely as the clock ticked on. However, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Liam Kelly levelled up the game once again. From Femi Seriki’s low ball into the area, Kelly lifted the ball up and over the goalkeeper with a fine finish, taking the game to a penalty shoot-out.

Although, it wasn’t to be for Dale. Ian Henderson and Jimmy Keohane both failed to convert their penalties in the shoot-out, meaning that the visitors took the extra bonus point. The 4-2 loss on penalties resulted in Dale exiting the competition and Salford going through to the knockout stages with Accrington Stanley.

Tuesday 15th March 2022 – Dale 1-1 Salford City 

Last season the teams cancelled each other out in both games, with neither side able to collect three points off of their opponents.

Their first meeting of the 21/22 season ended 0-0 at the Peninsula Stadium, both sides had chances, but no one could find the back of the net.

Any concerns about the reverse fixture ending goalless were put to bed when James Ball scored to put Dale ahead in the 28th minute. He intercepted a cross-field pass and drove past the Salford defence before slotting home through the legs of the keeper.

Former Dale midfielder Matty Lund equalised for the Ammies in the 67th minute, flicking a header into the back of the Dale net, following Stephen Kelly’s free-kick.

Both sides had good opportunities to win the game. Dale's best chance came from James Ball, who had a great opportunity to grab his second. Liam Kelly and Conor Grant played a quick one-two which led to Kelly getting in behind on Dale's right-hand side, his pass found Ball who fired his effort over from close range. The game remained 1-1 and once again the points were shared.

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