Rochdale Association Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England. The team compete in League One, the third tier in the English football league system. The club's colours are black and blue and they play their home games at the Crown Oil Arena (formerly Spotland Stadium), which has a capacity of 10,249. Formed in 1907 and nicknamed the Dale, they were accepted into the Football League in 1921. Since then, the club has remained in the bottom two professional divisions of English Football.
The team has only achieved promotion three times – in 1969, 2010 and 2014. Rochdale attract a small, but loyal fanbase. With a hardcore following of around 3000 home fans on average per match. Local fixtures however attract a considerably higher turnout.Close