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18 August 2017

We look ahead to Saturday's game with Rochda

With six points tucked under our amber and blue clad arms we go into the third league game of the season in sixth place and one of six teams in League One with two wins from two. Rochdale provide the opposition for our second home game of the season but their record so far has only brought them one point from a home draw with Scunthorpe. Their other league game was a 2-0 away defeat to newly promoted Portsmouth. They've had better luck in the EFL Cup though and having dispatched Mansfield they'll play Premier League Stoke City away on Wednesday.

 The Manager

Ex Rochdale defender Keith Hill spent five years with them in the early years of this century, making over 150 appearances and scoring five times. His playing career also took him to Plymouth, Cheltenham, Wrexham, Morecambe and his first club Blackburn.

His management career started at Rochdale in 2006 and in that time he helped them to promotion to League one and their highest league position in over 40 years and moved on to his next club Barnsley with his clubs blessing. Unfortunately it didn't work out as well as had been hoped and he left the club after just under a year. A little while later he re-joined Dale and got them promoted back to League one in 2014.

Top Scorer

Last seasons top scorer was Ian Henderson with 19 goals from 49 appearances and he's still with Dale. He's played all three of Dales games this season but has yet to score so far.

Andy Haines from Tyne and Wear. Games this season: 3. Yellow Cards: 13. Red cards: 1
Assistants Nigel Smith and Christopher Ward
Fourth Official Joe Simpson

Team News

The big news is the arrival of Stephan Payne on a 2-year contract from Barnsley. Payne had a successful loan spell with us last season. Joe Riley is on his way back but it may be too early this weekend. Bryn Morris is out for at least a month.

Rochdale boss Keith Hill will have to do without left-back Joe Bunney and goalkeeper Brendan Moore.


I've not seen us play a competitive game this season yet and I must apologise for the lateness of this weekend’s preview, which is due to my return from holidaying in the Netherlands. I think we have a pretty good chance of getting something this weekend given our form and theirs. Having said that, Rochdale are more than capable of taking the three points so we need to keep another clean sheet. I think though, I'll keep predicting 2-2 draws as every time I do that we win at home!

Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Rochdale


Marcus Braddock

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