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Rochdale (A) match preview

9 August 2019

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Rovers travel to face Rochdale in Sky Bet League One this weekend looking for their first win of the new campaign.

Darren Moore’s side were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Gillingham on the opening day, after Kieran Sadlier cancelled out Alex Jakubiak’s opener.

Rochdale got off to the perfect start with a 3-2 victory at newly promoted Tranmere Rovers. A double from captain Ian Henderson before a third from Rhys Norrington-Davies secured the win despite a late comeback from the hosts.

Brief history of Rochdale AFC

Rochdale play at the 10,429-capacity Crown Oil Arena, otherwise known as Spotland.

Rochdale have been in League One since 2014 having won promotion from the fourth division in third place during the 2013/14 season. Their previous stint in the EFL’s bottom tier saw them play 36 consecutive seasons in the same division, with their promotion from League Two in 2010 their first for 41 years, as well as just the Dale’s second promotion in the club’s history.

They reached the final of the League Cup back in 1962, where they became the first fourth division team in history to reach the final. They lost 4-0 over two legs to Norwich City, beating Rovers 4-0 in the second round of that season’s competition.

Who’s the gaffer?

Brian Barry Murphy is currently in his first full-time role as a manager after taking over from Keith Hill at the Crown Oil Arena in April 2019. After starting his playing career in his native Ireland with Cork City, Barry Murphy’s first English club was Preston North End, to where he made the move in 1999. A move to Sheffield Wednesday followed, before a successful six-year stay with Bury where he racked up more than 200 appearances for the Shakers. He joined Rochdale in 2010 and spent eight years there as a player before taking the first-team manager’s role.

Ones to watch

Josh Lillis

The 32-year-old shot-stopper began his career with Scunthorpe United, acting largely as understudy to then first choice Joe Murphy. After finding game time at Glanford Park hard to come by, Lillis spent time on loan with both Notts County and Grimsby – but it was his temporary spell with Rochdale just before his release by the Iron which brought about a permanent move to the Crown Oil Arena in the summer of 2012. Lillis has now played almost 250 times for the club, and is now into his eighth season with the club.

Callum Camps

A Northern Ireland U21 international, Camps came through the youth setup at the Crown Oil Arena, making his first appearances for the club via the substitute’s bench towards the end of the 2012/13 season. The 23-year-old has been an influential figure in Dale maintaining their Sky Bet League One status in recent seasons, and has now played more than 170 times for the club – several of those as captain.

Calvin Andrew

A real target man at the top end of the pitch, Andrew has been an integral part of the Rochdale strike force since joining the club in 2014. Having started his career at Luton, Andrew signed for Crystal Palace in 2008. He spent four years at Selhurst Park, playing more than 50 times for the Eagles before joining Port Vale in 2012. Several short stints followed, including with Mansfield and York, prior to his move to Crown Oil Arena.

Who's the ref?

Trevor Kettle will be the man in charge when Rovers travel to the Crown Oil Arena this weekend, and you can read more about him here.

Last time out

Rovers got 2019 underway in the best possible fashion with a 5-0 thrashing of Rochdale at the Keepmoat Stadium. Alfie May got things going inside the opening 60 seconds, before a John Marquis double along with goals from Ali Crawford and James Coppinger sealed an impressive win.


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