Preview | Rochdale (a)

Words Joe Brayne | Pictures Jonathan Moore

WE make the short trip to the Crown Oil Arena Tuesday (7.45pm) as we look to bounce back in the Vanarama National League against Rochdale.

Alty (6th, 32pts) will be looking for an immediate response tomorrow night, after their 10-game unbeaten streak in the league was snapped by Eastleigh at the weekend.

An in-form Rochdale outfit (9th, 27pts) retain their own playoff ambitions, however, having picked up two wins in their last three league matches.

The Gaffer

Rebuilding after defeat: “Play that game (tonight) five times over, ten times over, and we can come out on top. We will stick to what we do because that is what got us these results. The players have given absolutely everything, it was a long bit of travel, and it was a good performance – we are licking our wounds from that.”

Preparing for Rochdale: “Rochdale are a huge league club with lots of tradition and a great fanbase. I’ve been down a few times to watch them, and they really get behind them. They play Total Football as well so it will be a really good game, one that I am looking forward to.”

Last time down at Rochdale

Rochdale 1-3 Altrincham

December 1965 – Despite the local proximity, Altrincham have faced Rochdale at Spotland (now Crown Oil Arena) just once, an FA Cup second round match.

Goals from Patrick Connolly, Les Campbell, and Jackie Swindells helped the Robins progress to the FA Cup third round, the club’s first time, before facing Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of a 30,475 crowd.

Home Kit

We will be wearing our traditional home strip on Tuesday evening, courtesy of Puma – with thanks to kit sponsors J.Davidson Scrap MetalMcHale & Co. Solicitors and Car Finance 247.


Tickets for Tuesday’s match can be purchased in advance from our hosts. Altrincham fans are advised to buy tickets for the Willbutts Lane away end.

Tickets are available to purchase online until 8pm on the day of the game.

Please note - the Crown Oil Arena now operates a barcoded entry system. Therefore, there are no cash turnstiles available at the ground.

  • £24 Adults
  • £19 Senior (65+)
  • £14 Junior (14-21)
  • £7 Child (2-13 - must be accompanied by a responsible adult)
  • FREE Infant (still require a ticket, but this is free with a paying adult)

Wheelchairs – age band prices and the carer free – contact the ticket office on O1706 644648, selecting option 1.


Alty fans travelling to the Crown Oil Arena can reach the stadium via road, rail or bus (away supporters travel is SOLD OUT - thank you for the support)...

Road - From either the East or West via the M62: The Crown Oil Arena is just over two miles from junction 20 of the M62. Follow signs for Rochdale along the A627(M). Please use OL11 5DR for Sat Navs. Click here for more detailed road directions.

Rail – Rochdale train station is around 2.5 miles and a 45-minute walk from the Crown Oil Arena. Taxis are available outside the station at a cost of around £7/£8.

Bus – Local bus timetables can be found here. The Crown Oil Arena is around a 25-minute walk from Rochdale Town Centre. 

At the ground

Turnstiles open at 6.45pm, one hour before kick-off (7.45pm).

Visiting supporters are welcome to enter Rochdale’s Fan Zone which will open from 5pm. It is a licensed premise, showing TNT Sports.

Food and drink kiosks are available in the home and away ends, selling a range of hot and cold food and drinks.


The matchday programme, The Voice of Spotland, will be available to purchase from the Club Shop or from programme sellers around the ground for £3.


There is no parking available at the Crown Oil Arena. Instead, street parking is available around the stadium.

Please be aware that parking restrictions are in place in the yellow coned areas – these are monitored by traffic control.

Can’t make the game?

Radio Robins will be broadcasting live on Radio Alty from 7.30pm.

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