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OPPOSITION GUIDE: ROCHDALE AFC

1 October 2021

The Bantams are back on home soil this weekend, and will be looking to get back to winning ways when they entertain Rochdale in Sky Bet League Two.

The Dale come in off their first loss in six league games - falling to local rivals Oldham Athletic. 

They have an identical record to City so far this season, and currently sit one place above the Bantams.

We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all the information you need to know about our 10th opponent of the season.

TRANSFER ACTIVITY

Rochdale enjoyed a busy transfer window, with 10 players joining the club and 11 players exiting - including former Premier League centre-back, Paul McShane.

INCOMINGS: Aidy White (Hearts), Max Taylor (Manchester United U23s), Sam Graham (Sheffield United U23s), George Broadbent (Sheffield United U23s, loan), Corey O’Keefe (Mansfield Town, loan), Liam Kelly (Feynoord), Joel Coleman (Fleetwood), Josh Andrews (Birmingham U23s, loan), Jeriel Dorsett (Reading U23s, loan), Danny Cashman (Coventry, loan). 

OUTGOINGS: Kwadwo Bash (Watford), Conor Shaughnessy (Burton Albion), Paul McShane (Manchester United U23s), Harrison Hooper (York City), Matty Lund (Salford City), Stephen Humphrys (Wigan Athletic), Oliver Rathbone (Rotherham), Lewis Bradley (free agent), Jimmy Ryan (free agent), Kacper Mialkowski (free agent). 

ONES TO WATCH

Danny Cashman

Cashman joined the Dale on loan from the Sky Bet Championships surprise package, Coventry City. 

The 20-year-old signed for Coventry in the summer from Brighton & Hove Albion, before being immediately loaned out to Rochdale.

Cashman has netted twice and registered two assists in the league this season, having captained Brighton at under-18 level, and is comfortable playing anywhere across the front line.

Eoghan O’Connell

The Dale's captain, O’Connell is into his second season wearing the armband despite being only 25.  

Rochdale's three clean sheets this season have all come when O’Connell has been a part of the backline and he has been integral to their recent upturn in form.

Jake Beesley 

The Dale’s No.9 has netted twice in the league so far this season - making him their joint-highest goal-scorer.

Beesley joined Rochdale from Solihull Moors for an undisclosed fee in 2020 and is familiar to this part of West Yorkshire, having featured for Bradford (Park Avenue) on loan.

At 24, Beesley is hitting form at a permanent club for the first time in his career and is the man Dale fans will look to for goals.

CAPTAIN

Irish centre-back Eoghan O’Connell replaced Ian Henderson as Dale’s captain at the start of last season - despite playing for rivals Oldham and Bury before joining the club.

The 25-year-old has featured in eight of their nine fixtures this season - missing the club's first fixture of the season against Harrogate Town.

O’Connell graduated from Celtic's academy and made seven appearances for the Scottish giants before moving to Greater Manchester to join Bury.

Rochdale snatched O'Connell on a free transfer in 2019. He was named captain after only one season at the club.

MANAGER

Robbie Stockdale was appointed at the Crown Oil Arena on July 10, taking over from Brian Barry-Murphy who departed for Manchester City.

The Rochdale job is Stockdale’s first permanent managerial role, having previously led Sunderland as caretaker manager on three occasions, as well as Grismby Town in a joint effort.

Stockdale made over 70 Premier League appearances for Middlesbourgh in the late 1990s and early 2000s - predominantly playing at full-back.

LAST MATCH

Rochdale 0

Oldham Athletic 1

ROCHDALE: Joel Coleman; Sam Graham, Eoghan O’Connell © (booked 35’), Jeriel Dorsett, Jimmy Keohane; Corey O’Keeffe, Aaron Morely, George Broadbent (Liam Kelly 60’), Danny Cashman (Abraham Odoh 60’); Jake Beesley, Alex Newby (Josh Andrews 85’). SUBS (not used): Stephen Dooley, Max Taylor, Jay Lynch, Matt Done.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Meetings: 96

City Wins: 47

Draws: 21

Rochdale Wins: 28


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