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We've Met Before | Colchester United (H)

12 January 2023

Club News

We've Met Before | Colchester United (H)

12 January 2023

Saturday’s game against Colchester United will be the 54th meeting between the two sides.

The reverse fixture earlier this season saw Dale come out on top, when Devante Rodney’s converted penalty, plus a penalty save at the other end from Richard O’Donnell, proved to be the difference.

Dale are unbeaten against the U’s in our last nine meetings, winning five of those. Our last defeat against the Essex side came in April 2011, when a certain Ian Henderson scored the only goal of the game.

However, Colchester hold the better head-to-head record overall, winning 19 compared to Dale’s 14, with 20 draws between the clubs.

We’ve taken a look back at some of the recent meetings between the two sides at the Crown Oil Arena…


Friday 27th August 2021 – Dale 1-1 Colchester United

Last season’s meeting between the two sides was brought forward to the Friday as night, as we celebrated our 100th anniversary of being a Football League club.

Dale started brightly but a Max Taylor own goal gave the visitors the lead at the break.

Jimmy Keohane equalised on the hour mark, converting Alex Newby’s low cross. Dale could come up against Newby this weekend, who made the move to the southeast in the summer.

Saturday 19th December 2015 – Dale 3-1 Colchester United

Dale had to come from behind to take all three points in this festive meeting between the two sides.

Chris Porter put the visitors ahead in the 21st minute, converting a half volley from the edge of the area.

Henderson equalised from the penalty spot nine minutes later, after Peter Vincenti had been fouled in the area.

Donal McDermott put Dale ahead just four minutes after the equaliser, before Olly Lancashire converted from McDermott’s free-kick in the second-half to seal the three points.

Saturday 7th March 2015 – Dale 2-1 Colchester United

Dale went into the game off the back of a 4-0 win over Crewe Alexandra, and took that form into this game, opening the scoring after just six minutes.

Rhys Bennett headed home from close range after a long ball forward into the area was knocked down.

Henderson smashed home a second from a tight angle after the break which proved to be the winner, as Porter pulled one back from the spot after the hour mark.

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