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. For a long time, it was the last time we’d come across the Dale too. After relegation to League Two at the end of the 2011-2 season, they returned to League One the same summer that we plunged out of it ourselves.
If fate wanted to mark the 10th anniversary of our first-ever meeting against Rochdale, so be it. The club were relegated again from League One at the end of the 2020-1 campaign; bringing us back together once again. We can only hope that every trip to Spotland is like our first…
Rochdale: The Facts
Rochdale: Record vs Boro'
* league points only
Rochdale: Result-by-Result (Boro' Scoring First)
Saturday 14 January 2012
Saturday 03 September 2011
Saturday 04 December 2004
Rochdale Ground Information
Away Fans’ Stand
Willbutts Lane Stand
Facilities for Disabled Fans
Let’s start with ticketing for travelling fans with disabilities. And for those who require the use of a wheelchair, a concessionary rate is available – with carers admitted free of charge. Fans with an ambulant disability, however, will be charged the appropriate rate. Thankfully, any full-time carer travelling with you will be admitted free.
Speaking of those who use a wheelchair, there are 16 dedicated spaces with adjoining seats in the away end. If you have a visual impairment and require a specialist position, there are two; both of which are located in the Main Stand. A match commentary service is provided too. For headsets, please contact the Rochdale ticket office.
Travelling by car? There are only two disabled parking bays allocated to away supporters. You can book in advance to avoid disappointment. Do so at least 24 hours prior to a game, though. It’ll cost £5 and can be booked by calling 0844 826 1907 (option 8).
For more details, please consult the Rochdale website.
The hope is that, when we travel to Spotland, the two bars at the ground will be kind enough to let us in. These are called Studds (under the Pearl Street Stand) and The Radcliffe Arms.
If arriving by train, you’ll also have your pick from the town centre pubs. These are a 10-minute walk away. But you’re probably up for that?
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.