Match preview: Rochdale (a)

The Spireites travel to the Crown Oil Arena tonight to take on Rochdale for the first time since 2017.

Paul Cook’s side currently sit top of the National League – five points ahead of Solihull Moors and Barnet.

Here’s everything you need to know…

Match Details
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Opponents: Rochdale
Kick-off: 8pm
TV Channel: TNT Sports 1
Competition: Vanarama National League
Location: Crown Oil Stadium

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The Opposition

Name: Rochdale Association Football Club
Nickname: The Dale
Founded: 1907
Stadium: Crown Oil Arena
Capacity: 10,249
Manager: Jimmy McNulty

Fourth Division Promoted | 1968-69, 2009-10 & 2013-14
Lancashire Combination Division Two Promoted | 1909-10
Lancashire Cup Winners | 1948-49, 1970-71 & 2004-05

On Jimmy McNulty

Jimmy McNulty spent his career as a solid defender in the lower leagues of the EFL The defender spent the last eight years of his playing career with Rochdale, making around 200 appearances. He spent a spell as caretaker manager of the Dale in 2022 before getting the job permanently following the club’s relegation from League Two.

One to watch

Ian Henderson’s is a name synonymous with Rochdale AFC. The club’s record goalscorer is in his second stint with the Dale. After struggling to pin down regular first-team football before moving to the Crown Oil Arena, Henderson etched his name into Rochdale’s history in his first seven years with the club. A two-year spell with Salford City followed before the striker made the switch back.

This season in numbers:
Appearances – 10
Goals – 4
Assist – 0
Yellow Cards – 0
Red Cards – 0
Minutes Played – 508

Played for both

Jesurun Uchegbulam joined the Spireites in the summer of 2022 from fellow Derbyshire club Matlock Town. In his sole season at the SMH Group Stadium, he made 37 appearances and scored twice.

The winger started this campaign with Chesterfield – making a cameo appearance in the opening day victory against Dorking Wanderers. Uchegbulam made the move to Rochdale soon after and has played six times so far for the Dale.

View from the dugout

Danny Webb said: “It’s sure to be a really tough game, they have some great players.

“As a team Rochdale certainly won’t settle for a point, they want to win. They have some danger men that’s for sure, but we’ll be focusing on ourselves.

“If we turn up then we’ll be okay, we know we can hurt teams and we know we can cause teams problems.”