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Preview | Harrogate Town (H), FA Youth Cup

3 November 2023

Match Previews

Preview | Harrogate Town (H), FA Youth Cup

3 November 2023

Rochdale AFC vs Harrogate Town | FA Youth Cup First Round, Saturday 4th November, Crown Oil Arena, 12pm Kick-Off

The FA Youth Cup returns to the Crown Oil Arena for a third time this campaign, as Dale welcome Harrogate Town in the first round proper of the competition.

With no First Team match this weekend, why not come along and give the Youth Team your backing?

All the details you need to make the most of your visit are below.


Tickets for the game can be purchased HERE, but supporters will also be able to pay on the day.

It is just £3 for adults and £2 for concessions (65+, Under-22). Prices are the same whether purchased in advance or on the day.

Supporters should enter through the Main Reception, which will be open from 11am. Head upstairs to the 1907 Lounge, from where there will be access to the David Kilpatrick Main Stand.

Food and drink will be available to purchase in the Lounge via our partners at Scratch Catering.

The Crown Oil Arena car park will be available to use, but please note that it will be first come, first serve.


We caught up with PDP Lead Coach Lee Thorpe and a number of Youth Team players ahead of the match.

Watch the interviews below via our official YouTube channel.


Lee Thorpe's men had to go through two stages of qualifying to reach this stage of the competition.

A 9-0 thrashing of Bootle in the second qualifying round led to a tie against Burscough, which saw Dale triumph via a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw in 90 minutes.

Watch Dale's 11 goals from those two games below.


Harrogate enter the competition at this stage and have had a solid start to their league season.

They have won four and drawn once on their opening seven games, as they look for a repeat of their title winning campaign from last year.

Should Saturday's tie end in a draw after 90 minutes, Extra Time and, if needed, penalties, will be required to determine who progresses.


Dale or Harrogate will face Northampton Town away from home in the second round, after the draw was made on Friday afternoon. 


Mark Bates will be the referee for Saturday’s game, whilst Declan Dunn and Daniel Howarth.


The Dale Club Shop will be open from 9am until midday on Saturday.

Did you pre-order a '93-inspired retro shirt? They will be available to collect from Saturday.


If you can't make it to the game, there will be live updates via the Rochdale Academy X (formerly twitter) account.


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