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Match Previews


15 April 2023

Match Previews


15 April 2023

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The Bantams face the first game of their away double-header as they travel to Rochdale this afternoon.

Mark Hughes' men make the trip to the Crown Oil Arena, with action to get underway from 3.00pm.

We have put together a handy Away Day Guide packed full of useful information ahead of the clash.


Tickets for the afternoon’s game are SOLD OUT. 

A total of 3,244 City supporters will make the trip, packing out the the Willbutts Lane Stand. 

Admission will not be available on turnstiles in Rochdale, nor from the ticket office on the day of the game. 

Any supporters, however, who have secured their tickets online and not been able to collect them from the University of Bradford Stadium, will be able to do so from Spotland. 

Please CLICK HERE for full details. 


Crown Oil Arena

Willbutts Lane


OL11 5DS


The Crown Oil Arena, locally known as the Spotland Stadium, opened in 1906 and Rochdale have used the ground since 1920.

It holds a capacity of 10,249, making the it the ninth-biggest stadium in Sky Bet League Two.

City supporters will be located in the Willbutts Lane Stand, opposite the players' tunnel and dugout.


Street parking is available around the ground, but could cost you a parking charge.

The closest parking is Edenfield Road, which is just over 200 yards from the stadium. This is free, but limited in spaces.

Extra parking can be found at Oulder Hill Community School Matchday Car Park, just under half a mile from the Crown Oil Arena, costing £4.


To drink:

Visiting supporters are welcome in the club’s Ratcliffe Bars which opens at midday on a Saturday matchday.

The kiosks at the ground serve alcoholic beverages such as Carling, Guinness, Cask Ale pints and Strongbow for £3.50, whilst Strongbow Dark Fruits is priced at £4.

Non-alcoholic beverages and hot drinks like tea, coffee and soft drinks are also sold in the stadium concourse.

The closest pub to the ground is the Cemetery Hotel which is just over a 10-minute walk from the ground and is located on Bury Road.

To eat:

There is not much in terms of eating outlets close to the Crown Oil Arena.

The ground itself has a varied matchday menu, which sees matchday staples such as a steak pie and a chicken balti pie priced at £3.50.

The Crown Oil Arena ventures outside of traditional matchday menu items and sells a small selection of Indian food such as tandoori chicken kebabs and samosa smash kebabs as well as a 'Wigan Kebab' which are all priced at £4.


By car:

Follow the M62 until you get to junction 20, which is just two miles from the Crown Oil Arena.

Follow signs for Rochdale A627(M), until you get to Sandy Lane. The Cemetery pub should be on your right-hand side.

Continue on Sandy Lane for just over half a mile and the stadium will be on your right-hand side.

By train:

Rochdale train station is 2.5 miles, and a 45-minute walk away from the Crown Oil Arena.

Taxis are available outside the train station for £7/8 or you can get the 468 trax from the Rochdale Interchange - an 11-minute walk from the train station - which takes you to the Crown Oil Arena.

Otherwise, it is just under a 40-minute walk from Rochdale train station to the Crown Oil Arena.

As you leave the station, turn left onto Drake Street/A640, turn right as you come up to Park Steet and turn left towards Dane Street A6060.

Continue on Dane Street/A6060 for just over half a mile until you meet the roundabout in which you will take the third exit onto Edenfield Road, you will then take a left onto Willbutts Lane for 350 yards, where you will take a left on to Sandy Lane/B6452 and the Crown Oil Arena will appear.


The club would like to remind supporters the possession or use of pyrotechnics inside a football ground is strictly prohibited.

Those found to be carrying or using pyrotechnics will face a long-term ban.

We would like to remind supporters it is a criminal offence to enter the pitch at any time. Anyone who does so without permission can expect to face prosecution.

The club recently outlined its stance on pyrotechnics following an incident during this season's trip to Mansfield Town, in a statement. This can be read HERE

Supporters are also reminded to remain courteous when inside the stadium, with regards to foul and abusive language. If you do hear anything offensive while inside the stadium, please report it to your nearest steward.


Travelling City fans should expect it to be a dry, cloudy day with sunny intervals and highs of 13°C expected.

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