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Rochdale Match Preview

8 March 2019

Marcus Braddock previews the weekend trip to Rochdale

With the weekend creeping ever closer we turn our attentions toward Saturdays football and Shrewsbury Towns trip to Rochdale. To say that Rochdale fans have had a particularly difficult 2019 so far wouldn't be any sort of overstatement. Their season wasn't going particularly brilliantly up until that point but they'd won both Christmas games and might well have been looking forward to the rest of the season. However, on 29th of December they lost 2-1 at home to Bradford and they don't look to have recovered. Since then they've won at Walsall and drawn at home to Fleetwood meaning that they've not won at Spotland since December 29th. They parted company with Rochdale Legend Keith Hill this week, I doubt it was something they did lightly, Keith Hill and Rochdale is as familiar to lower league football fans as fish and chips but when a team is in free-fall like they were, something has to be done.

Form (most recent first)

Top Scorers (league goals)
Ian Henderson 16
Brad Inman 4

Ian Henderson 5
Stephen Dooley 3
Joe Rafferty 3

Clean Sheets
Five at home and two away from home.

Rochdale home stats

Dale have an average of .88 points in home games and have scored an average of 1.0 goals per game at Spotland.  They've conceded an average of 1.9 goals at home and have failed to score on eight occasions at home.

At home they have scored 47% of their goals in the first half and have been starting games quite well with no goals conceded in the first 15 minutes at home all season. They appear to be most vulnerable at the end of the first and second half, conceding 8 at the end of the first  and 9 at the end of the second.

Referee - John Brooks from Games this season: 30. Yellow cards: 109. Red cards: 5.
Assistants: Robert Hyde and Shaun Hudson.
Fourth Official: Robert Merchant.

Squad News

Rochdale midfielder Ethan Hamilton is suspended and Notts Forest loanee forward Zach Clough may miss out because of a groin injury.

Town will be without Anthony Grant  who is suspended and Romain Vincalot who is on his way back from a knee injury.  Steve Arnold will be assessed closer to the game.


Why do teams always seem to get rid of a failing manager before they play us? It seems to happen more often than it should but then managerial sackings are hardly thin on the ground. At the time of writing a successor to Hill hadn't been found but First team coach Brian Barry Murphy and academy manager Tony Ellis look to be holding the reins and they will be pointing to our away record as encouragement. Having seen how our own caretaker managers did this season we wont need reminding that they can be quite effective and we need to guard against that. We're in dire need of points as much as Rochdale are so we need to be as professional as we can and perform like we know they can for 90 minutes.


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MATCH REPORT: Rochdale AFC 2 Shrewsbury Town 1

9 March 2019

Dale: Andy Lonergan, Ryan McLaughlin, Kgosi Ntlhe, Jimmy McNulty, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, M J Williams, Callum Camps, Oliver Rathbone (Stephen Dooley, 74), Bradden Inman (Calvin Andrew, 82), Joseph Bunney, Ian Henderson (Zach Clough, 89).

Subs: Stephan Dooley, Calvin Andrew, Jordan Williams, Mathew Done, Daniel Adshead, Zach Clough, Brad Wade.

Town: Steve Arnold, Ro-Shaun Williams, Ryan Haynes, David Edwards (Josh Laurent, 69), Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley, Greg Docherty, Tyrese Campbell (Stefan Payne, 71), Fejiri Okenabirhie (Aaron Amadi-Holloway, 59), Luke Waterfall, Ollie Norburn.

Subs: Mat Sadler, Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Scott Golbourne, Ryan Sears, Josh Laurent, Reice Charles-Cook, Stefan Payne.

Referee: J Brooks

Assistants: R Hyde and M Coy

Fourth official: S Hudson.

Attendance: 3217 (525)

Despite Town securing a late goal, Rochdale managed to take all three points with a 2-1 win.

Greg Docherty got on the score sheet for Town but his late effort wouldn’t be enough to secure any points on the road.

Team News: Sam Ricketts made four changes to his starting line-up to face the Dale. Scott Golbourne, Josh Laurent and Aaron Amadi-Holloway returned to the bench and James Bolton was unavailable due to injury. Into the team came Ryan Haynes, Omar Beckles, Greg Docherty and Fejiri Okenabirhie.

First Half:

The first 10 minutes passed with both teams still working the opposition out. Both sides were playing encouraging passes in their opposite half but no clear-cut chances came as a result.

Steve Arnold was called into action with 14 minutes on the clock. A ball was struck towards goal and looked to be heading into the top corner. Arnold covered back well and managed to tip the ball over the bar.

The home side managed to take the lead through the following corner. Kgosi Ntlhe managed to get on the end of the ball side footed the ball on the half-volley to give the home side the opening goal.

Fejiri Okenabirhie came inches away from pulling Town back on level terms just six minutes after the opening goal. The forward managed to get on the end of Tyrese Campbell’s driven cross but couldn’t find the target due to pressure from the Dale defender.

Town went close again with just under 10 minutes to go in the half. Okenabirhie this time played a good cross into the box but Campbell was unable to find the target inside the box.

Luke Waterfall was shown a yellow card in the 39th minute as the referee had deemed the defender to have pulled back Ian Henderson.

The resulting free-kick saw Arnold being called into action once again. Town’s keeper got two strong hands to parry the ball and Henderson couldn’t convert the rebound from six yards out.

Callum Camps was shown a yellow card for fouling Okenabirhie on the edge of the box.

Town had succession of corners towards the back end of the half. Town were getting closer and closer but Andy Lonergan did well to claim the ball on his fourth attempt.

The half came to an end with the home side going into the break with the one goal advantage. Town were pushing relentlessly as the clock ticked on but the Dale did well to dig in and deny Town a leveller.

Second Half:

Rochdale managed to double their lead after just two minutes. Dale crossed into the box and after the ball bounced around Jimmy McNulty managed to prod home from close range.

Ro-Shaun Williams was given a yellow card in the 51st minute for a foul down the left-hand side.

Joseph Bunney was also given a yellow card for fouling Docherty on the right wing.

Town looked to be in after the 55th minute mark. Omar Beckles jumped well to get a solid header on the ball but Lonergan managed to get down well and parry the ball away.

Despite going two goals down, the Shrews were battling hard and always looking to push forward and create chances. Aaron Amadi-Holloway did well to hold the ball up for Town but the Dale defence were proving to be difficult to break down.

Frustration was starting to grow for Town as Sam Ricketts’ men couldn’t get a hold of the ball for long enough to trouble the home side. However, the lack of chances weren’t from lack of effort.

Town did manage to put the ball in the back of the net through Waterfall, but the linesman deemed the defender to be offside.

Town managed to pull a late, late goal back through Greg Docherty. The midfielder got on the end of Holloway’s pass and slotted the ball past the Dale keeper.

A disappointing afternoon came to an end as Town lost out to the hosts 2-1.

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Ticket News

Rochdale Ticket Details

8 March 2019

Ticket details for our Sky Bet League One trip to the Crown Oils Arena

Rochdale v Shrewsbury Town
Saturday 9th March – 3pm Kick-Off
Crown Oils Arena
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our Sky Bet League One trip to the Crown Oils Arena.

We have been allocated 611 tickets for the game, Town fans will be located in the Willbutts Lane Stand and it will be unreserved seating.


Adults - £22
Seniors (65 and over) - £16
Young Person (21 and under) - £16
Junior (16 and under) - £5
Age 2 and under are fee of charge

Ambulant Disabled are charged the appropriate age band rate for their ticket however, should they need a full-time carer to accompany them, the carer is admitted free of charge. Proof of carer status for middle to higher band of disability is required.

Wheelchair users are to contact Rochdale AFC Ticket Office to purchase their tickets or from the ticket office on match day.

Pay on the day will be available and there will be no price increase.

There are cash turnstiles but if the below applies then supporters will need to come to the ticket office – allocated in the main reception.

“Please Note:- The majority of matches at the Crown Oil Arena are a mixture of ticket and cash admissions.
Separate turnstiles apply to Adults, Concessions and juniors but the club recognises that some adults may wish to have their children go through the same turnstile, to accommodate this club requests that the adult purchases a ticket for their child from the ticket office.”

Tickets go off sale at 3pm on Friday 8th March.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways: 

•    In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office 
•    By calling 01743 273943 
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

Away tickets are set up online with the following delivery options:

Standard post 
Special delivery
Collect from Shrewsbury Town - Free

Any tickets for away games not collected will be taken to the away game on the day.

If you can't make it to the game you can listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.


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