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Rochdale AFC
Spotland

Capacity: 10,249
Address:
Sandy Lane, Rochdale, OL11 5DR
Main Telephone No: 0844 826 1907
Fax No: 01706 648 466
Team Nickname: The Dale
Year Ground Opened: 1906
Pitch Size: 114 x 76 yards
Shirt Sponsors: Crown Oil
Home Kit Colours: Blue And Black
Away Kit Colours: White And Blue
Kit Manufacturers: FILA
Official Web Site:
www.rochdaleafc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Site:
RochdaleAFC.com (Club Fanzine Network)

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Contents
What's Spotland Football Ground Like?
Willbutts Lane & Pearl Street Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Main Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Looking Towards The Sandy Lane End
(photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
A Closer Look At The Sandy Lane End (photo)
By Train
Admission Prices
Ground Layout

Programme Price

Local Rivals

Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Spotland Location Map

 

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What's Spotland Football Ground Like?
The ground has benefited greatly with the construction of three new stands during the 1990ís and year 2000. It is quite picturesque, with a number of trees being visible behind the stands. The last of these new stands to be opened was the smart looking Willbutts Lane Stand at one side of the pitch, which was opened in 2000. This single tiered stand replaced a former terrace and has a capacity of 4,000. On the other side is another single tier, the all seated Main Stand. This has a number of supporting pillars and some executive boxes at the back. At one end the Pearl Street Stand is the third of the new stands. This is also all seated and serves as a Family Stand. It has a couple of supporting pillars that are right at the front of the stand. The Sandy Lane End is the only terraced area remaining. It is one the small size but does at least benefit from having a roof.  There is a Police Control Box located in one corner, between the Main & Pearl Street Stands. Spotland is shared with the Rochdale Hornets rugby league team.

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Willbutts Lane & Pearl Street Stands


Willbutts Lane & Pearl Street Stands

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away supporters are housed on one side of the Willbutts Lane Stand, where around 1,500 fans can be housed. If demand requires it, then the whole of this stand can be given to visiting fans increasing the allocation to 3,650. The stand is normally shared with home supporters with away fans being seated towards the Sandy Lane End. The view of the action and facilities within, are both pretty good. The acoustics are excellent, so away fans can really make some noise from within it. This, coupled with both home ends singing, makes for a good atmosphere. If Rochdale do score then 'Samba de Janeiro' blasts out around the ground from the p.a. system.

I would say that Spotland in my book, is one of the best footballing days out in the country. Friendly & knowledgeable fans, good stewards, good facilities, a couple of pubs located at the ground, a great range of pies on offer and not a bad atmosphere to boot. In other words all the right elements to make for a great day out. Add a pretty lady on my arm, my team winning six nil and I'll think that I have been transported to heaven!

Teresa Jewell a visiting Sheffield Wednesday fan adds; 'The ground is homely, with the staff being helpful and polite. The pies on sale (£2.50) were worth every penny. Parking though looked pretty bad, so I would advise getting there early if you want to park near to the stadium. The club house to the front of the ground is welcoming to away fans. There is also a chip shop facing the away end for something more substantial to eat, which does a roaring trade on matchdays'.

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Main Stand

Main Stand Spotland

Where To Drink?
At the ground itself, there are two bars to choose from, Studds & the Ratcliffe Arms. Studds is located underneath the Pearl Street Stand and is worth a visit, if only to sample the large range of tasty pies & pasties on offer at £2.50 (which are also available inside the ground). No real ales here, but the bar has lots of memorabilia/pictures on the walls and some lovely looking barmaids which softens the blow. The Ratcliffe Arms is located at the car park entrance to the ground, on Sandy Lane. This pub has SKY TV, real ale, hot food and is family friendly. On my last visit this pub had a mixture of home and away fans. 

If you arrive early, the Cemetery Hotel, located at the bottom of Sandy Lane and on the corner with Bury Road, is also worth a visit. This comfortable historic pub has a range of real ales on offer and again friendly clientele. Otherwise alcohol is available inside the ground, although it is cans poured into plastic glasses.

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Looking Towards The Sandy Lane Terrace


Looking Towards The Sandy Lane Terrace

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Exit the M62 at Junction 20 and take the A627(M) towards Rochdale. At the end of the A627(M) you should be in the left hand lane to turn left at the traffic lights. Now follow the road and with Tesco on your left, go straight through the next set of lights (approach in the middle lane) into Roch Valley Way. At the next crossroads (where the Cemetery pub is on the corner) go straight onto Sandy Lane, where the ground can be found on the right after approx 3/4 mile.

Car Parking at the ground is now for permit holders only, so it is a case of finding some street parking. However this may be a bit of a distance from the ground as there is a "residents only" parking scheme in operation in streets around Spotland. So if not careful you could end with a parking ticket for your trouble, so check first to see if there are street parking restriction signs, before deciding to park up.

Map showing the location of the Spotland Football Ground (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: OL11 5DR

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A Closer Look At The Sandy Lane End

A Closer Look At The Sandy
                    Lane End

By Train or Metrolink

Rochdale Railway Station is located just under two miles away from the ground, which is served by direct trains from Manchester Victoria, Halifax, Bradford Interchange and Leeds. Alternatively you can get a Metrolink service to Rochdale station/town centre, from either Manchester Piccadilly or Victoria. Rochdale station is around a 35-40 minute walk from Spotland, so best jump in a taxi, rather than walking. If you have time on your hands however and decide to walk - here's how:

On leaving the main entrance proceed straight on at the roundabout in front into Maclure Road. Follow this street (passing a fire station on your right) to the end and turn left at the T-junction onto Drake Street (A640). Follow this right to the end until you reach Manchester Road (A58) which is a dual carriageway. Turn right and walk along the right hand side of the road. At the major junction, which has traffic lights turn left (crossing Manchester Road) into Dane Street (A6060). Just after passing ASDA on the right, bear right onto Mellor Street (still the A6060 - here Dane Street bears left). Follow this road right to the end and bear left onto Spotland Road which soon becomes Edenfield Road (A680), bearing round to the left. Take the second left onto Willbutts Lane for the ground. Thanks to John Midgley for providing the directions.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Admission Prices
Home Fans:
Main Stand: Adults £20, Over 65's/Under 22's* £14,
Under 17's £5
Pearl Street Stand: Adults £18,
Over 65's/Under 22's* £12, Under 17's £5
Sandy Lane Terrace: Adults £15,
Over 65's/Under 22's* £10, Under 17's £5
Willbutts Lane Stand
: Adults £20,
Over 65's/Under 22's* £14, Under 17's £5


Away Fans:
Willbutts Lane Stand: Adults £20,
Over 65's/Under 22's* £14, Under 17's £5

* Please note that photo ID showing date of birth, needs to be provided to purchase an Under 22 ticket.

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Ground Layout


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Programme
Official Programme: £3

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Local Rivals
Bury, Burnley, Oldham, Stockport County, Manchester United & Manchester City.

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Rochdale AFC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
24,231 v Notts County
FA Cup 2nd Round, December 10th, 1949.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 2,900 (League Two)
2012-2013: 2,439 (League Two)
2011-2012: 3,109 (League One)

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Fans Reviews Of Spotland
John and Stephen Spooner (Southend United) 18/4/14
Tom Raffan (Southend United) 18/4/14
Kev Gascoigne (Sheffield United) 10/4/12
Paul Willott (Preston North End) 2/1/12
Martyn Stimson (Colchester United) 15/10/11
Tyler Jason (Northampton Town) 17/4/10

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going.

Access their Rochdale & Manchester Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


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Map showing the location of Spotland, Railway Station and Listed Pubs.

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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.


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Last Updated: 26 July 2014