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Preview | FC Halifax Town (H)

1 September 2023

Match Previews

Preview | FC Halifax Town (H)

1 September 2023

Rochdale AFC vs FC Halifax Town | Vanarama National League, Saturday 2nd September, Crown Oil Arena, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale return to the Crown Oil Arena this weekend, following Monday’s win at York City.

Get ready for the game by reading all of the pre-match build-up below.


Coming to Saturday’s game? Check out all of the information you need to make the most of your visit HERE.


Jimmy McNulty was on pre-match press duties. He says that he is really pleased with where the club is currently at, but is focused on the next moment.

Click HERE to watch his interview in full, or HERE to read what he had to say.


This is Halifax’s seventh consecutive season at National League level following their promotion in 2017.

The Shaymen finished tenth last season and won the FA Trophy, with a 1-0 win over Gateshead at Wembley.

They have brought in ten new players over the summer, including the likes of former-EFL players Adam Senior (Bolton Wanderers) and Aaron Cosgrave (AFC Wimbledon).

Chris Millington has been their manager since the summer of 2022, stepping up to the role following the departure of Pete Wild to Barrow AFC, who Millington was assistant to.

They have started the season with just one loss from their first six games, winning two and drawing three. They are unbeaten in their last four.


This will be the first meeting between the sides since March 2002.

There have been 136 matches, with 44 wins for Dale, 54 for Halifax, and 38 draws.


Gary Parsons will be the referee for Saturday’s game. He has been refereeing in the National League since the 2017/18 season. The game at the Crown Oil Arena this weekend will be his first appointment of this season.

Adam Nichol and Francis Sibley are assistant referees, with Kavan Hurn as the fourth official.


Those fans based in the UK & Ireland can listen to live match commentary, whilst overseas supporters can watch live via the National League TV platform. Click HERE for full details.

There will also be live updates via the club’s official twitter account.


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