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Match Preview: Rochdale AFC vs Stevenage

23 November 2021

Match Previews

Match Preview: Rochdale AFC vs Stevenage

23 November 2021

Stevenage Football Club make the 190-mile trip to Greater Manchester for a crucial Sky Bet League Two clash with Rochdale this Tuesday evening…

Stevenage look to build on their hard-fought victory in the league just three days ago as Robbie O’Keefe’s side pulled off a 1-0 win at home to Colchester United. Currently sat 21st in Sky Bet League Two, Boro have the perfect opportunity in front of them to climb the table.

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Founded in 1907, Rochdale have plenty of history behind them. The club were first invited into the Football League when the Third Division North was created in 1921. They remained in the division for forty-seven years before being relegated to the Fourth Division. Undoubtedly, Rochdale’s biggest ever achievement was reaching the League Cup final in 1962. The Dale had been playing League One football for the last seven years but were relegated last year and now find themselves in Sky Bet League Two.

Managed by Robbie Stockdale, Rochdale currently sit 13th in the league. The club are unbeaten in their last six league games, with their most recent result being a 0-0 draw away to Walsall. In total so far this campaign, The Dale have won five of their league games, drawn seven and lost five. Their current top scorer in the league is Alex Newby with five to his name so far this season.


A fixture between Stevenage and Rochdale is quite rare, with the sides only coming up against each other competitively on three occasions. That said, goals have not been an issue. In the most recent match between the two clubs, Stevenage pulled off an outstanding 5-1 victory at Spotland Stadium through braces from Lawrie Wilson and Luke Freeman with Joel Byrom grabbing the fifth. The reverse fixture that season ended 4-2 to Boro at The Lamex.


Rochdale play their home games at Spotland stadium, which opened in 1878. The club bought the stadium, which was originally known as St Clement’s

Playing Fields, in 1914 and have since seen it been drastically refurbished. The ground has four stands which are fully seated except one small terrace behind one of the goals. Not only has it hosted Rochdale AFC fixtures, but Spotland Stadium was also selected as a venue for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup hosting a match between Fiji and Ireland.


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.

Street parking is available as well as parking at Oulder Hill Community School, which is around half a mile away.


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