Rochdale: Club Profile
Many of our fans may remember Rochdale best for our 5-1 win at Spotland just after we lost the services of Graham Westley in 2012. With the boss heading on for pastures new at Preston, Mark Roberts took charge and marked his managerial debut in some style. It remains the last time we played the Dale, however. They were relegated to League Two that season (2011-2); not returning to League One until we had finished with it ourselves.
Rochdale Ground Information
Away Fans’ Stand
Facilities for Disabled Fans
Rochdale Travel Information – Distance: 192 miles
There are two ways to drive from Stevenage to Rochdale; the A1 option proving slightly shorter in distance and time. The alternative is to use the M6. Either way, Rochdale is to the north of Manchester and you can expect the drive to take three-and-a-half-hours.
Travel north on the A1 until you reach Junction 41, at which point you need the M62 for Manchester. At Junction 20, leave the M62 and take the third exit at the roundabout; the A627(M) towards Rochdale. After more than a mile, turn right onto Edinburgh Way/A664. Continue onto Roch Valley Way/B6452 and remain on this road for around 1.5 miles.
Head north on the M6 to Junction 21a, where you need to switch to the eastbound M62. Continue on as the motorway becomes the M60 and again once it becomes the M62 yet again. Leave the M62 at Junction 20 and follow the directions above.
Spotland has a small car park – but not for fans. Street parking is available, however. It just needs a bit of attention to any parking restrictions where yellow cones are out. You can also park at Oulder Hill Community School, which is around half a mile away.
Services to: LEEDS (for STEVENAGE)
Rochdale railway station is a couple of miles from the ground and at least 35 minutes to walk. Turn left outside the station and head along Station Road; following it around to the right into Milkstone Road. Shortly afterwards, head left into Tweedale Street for 0.1 miles.
Turn right into Castlemere Street and head along to the end, where you need to turn left onto Drake Street. This will take you to the Manchester Road dual carriageway. Here, go right. Cross the road and – at Asda – turn left into Dane Street; following it round and into Mellor Street.
This is one of the longest stretches of the walks; ending when you continue ahead into Edenfield Road. Turn left into Willbutts Lane and the ground is on your left.