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We've Met Before | Stockport County (H)

20 February 2023

Club News

We've Met Before | Stockport County (H)

20 February 2023

Tuesday’s meeting with Stockport County will be the 124th time that the two sides have played each other.

The head-to-head looks like this: 40 games won for Dale, 31 draws and 52 defeats.

This will be the first meeting between the sides this season, after the original match in December was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

They last played each other in November 2020 at the Crown Oil Arena, when Stockport won 2-1 in the FA Cup. Prior to that the sides hadn’t played each other since May 2008, in the League Two playoff final.

We’ve taken a look at a couple of the meetings from over the years between the two sides.

Saturday 24th March 2007 – Stockport County 2-7 Dale

A very memorable afternoon for Dale as they ran out 7-2 winners over Stockport in 2007, scoring four goals in the opening 17 minutes.

Glen Murray opened the scoring within five minutes, running through the Stockport defence, evading challenges from Gareth Owen and Ashley Williams, before drilling the ball into the corner of the net.

Four minutes later, Alan Goodall rose to meet Adam Rundle’s corner, heading the ball into the far corner, with the ball clipping the far post on the way in.

Things went from bad to worse for Stockport, when goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey dropped Lee Crook’s free-kick and as Murray tried to protect the ball, Hennessey grabbed the striker’s legs, bringing him to the ground, leading to the referee pointing to the spot.

Rundle stepped up to take the spot-kick and fired towards the left-hand side of the goal, Hennessey initially thought he’d saved it, but the spin on the ball carried it over the line, creeping in at the far post.

The Dale midfielder then turned-provider once again, when his cross was met by Ben Muirhead. His deflected shot ricocheted off a defender and into the back of the net.

Before half-time County, began a comeback as they scored twice before the interval. Anthony Elding’s back header from Tony Dinning’s pass looped over Dale keeper Matt Gilks in the 32nd minute.

Three minutes later, Elding intercepted Rundle’s misdirected pass and squared the ball for Liam Dickinson who scored from the edge of the six-yard box.

Any hopes of a comeback were dampened within seconds of the restart though, as Muirhead grabbed his second and Dale's fifth.

Simon Ramsden’s cross was nodded down by Murray to Muirhead who produced an acrobatic finish to put Dale further ahead.

In the 53rd minute Murray made it six when he headed in Rundle’s corner from close-range.

The goals then stopped, at least up until the 89th minute. Chris Dagnall grabbed the final goal of the game, stabbing the ball home from close range, beating Hennessey with a low shot at his near post, rounding off a dominant and clinical performance from Dale.

YouTube Video Credit: scfchatter

Tuesday 18th October 2005 – Dale 3-1 Stockport County

A memorable 3-1 win for Dale over Stockport in 2005 in the EFL Trophy, but not just for the victory, as the game included three own goals and a penalty. 

It didn’t take long to get going either in this game. Alan Goodall’s low-driven cross was turned into the net by Stockport defender Michael Raynes, who was under pressure from a sliding Grant Holt.

Warren Goodhind then replicated Raynes in scoring an own-goal as he misjudged a long ball into the box and headed over Dale keeper James Spencer, who had charged away from his goal to collect the ball. It was back all-square after 15 minutes played.

Dale looked to go back ahead as soon as possible and in the 21st minute Spencer’s launch from just outside his own penalty area travelled all the way into the Stockport box. Holt looked to latch onto the ball that was bouncing before being bundled to the ground by Joe Dolan.

Holt stepped up to take the spot-kick, firing low into the bottom left corner.

Dale put the game to bed in the 58th minute when another one of Goodall’s crosses was put into the back of the net by a Stockport defender.

Danny Griffin seemed to slip as the ball was crossed in and unfortunately for him, it deflected off the defender and nestled into the far corner beating the stretching James Spencer.

YouTube Video Credit: TVOS1907

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