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Preview | Southend United (H)

29 September 2023

Match Previews

Preview | Southend United (H)

29 September 2023

Rochdale AFC vs Southend United | Vanarama National League, Saturday 30th September, Crown Oil Arena, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale welcome Southend United to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday, for the second of back-to-back home games.

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.


Adam Clayton spoke to the Club's website ahead of the fixture, discussing Dale's start to the season as well as looking ahead to the visit of Southend.

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


Southend have been through well-publicised issues off the pitch recently, which resulted in a ten point deduction in August.

That dropped them to the foot of the National League table, although Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Aldershot Town saw them move up to 23rd.

Without that deduction, the Shrimpers would be just one point and one place behind Dale, having won five and drawn two of their opening 12 games.

Former Reading youngster Harry Cardwell is their top scorer this season, on seven goals for the campaign so far.


This will be the first meeting between the sides since August 2019.

There have been 55 matches, with 17 wins for Dale, 24 for Southend, and 14 draws.



Greg Rollason will be the referee for Saturday’s game. It is his second full season at National League level.

Adam Burgess and Jamie Waters are the assistant referees, with Taylor Metcalf 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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