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Match Previews

Match Preview: Rochdale (H)

18 October 2019

Wanderers welcome Brian Barry Murphy’s Rochdale to the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Rochdale currently sit 17th in Sky Bet League One at the time of writing and they are unbeaten in their last three matches.

Their last game in the league against Accrington Stanley ended in a 2-1 victory for the Dale, with Ian Henderson scoring a brace to secure all three points.

Team News

Following on from our last game against Blackpool in Sky Bet League One, assistant manager David Flitcroft confirmed to that striker Chris O’Grady has returned to training and may be in contention to be involved this weekend.

Will Buckley and Liam Bridcutt will miss out with their respective long term injuries, with Josh Earl and Connor Hall both returning to training earlier this week.

Earl and Hall did play 90 minutes for our Under-23s side against Crewe Alexandra, with the latter getting on the scoresheet on his comeback from injury.

Head to Head

Wanderers and Rochdale have faced each other on 18 occasions since the first encounter back in 1969, with us coming out on top in nine of those meetings.

The two teams have drawn on six occasions and Rochdale have three victories to their name in clashes between the two sides.

The last time the two teams met at the University of Bolton Stadium was not so long ago in the Sky Bet League One, in February 2017.

We came out on top with a 1-0 victory, as a goal line scramble over the line with eight minutes to spare earned Wanderers the three points.

Match Coverage:

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialBWFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from manager, Keith Hill.

Live commentary will also be available by the iFollow BWFC channel (subscribe via the website), with the BBC Radio Manchester team providing the coverage.

Betting Odds

Rochdale are the marginal favourites heading into this one. The away side are fancied to take this one by Sky Bet and are priced at 11/8 at the time of writing.

Wanderers are priced at 7/4 to register a first victory of the 2019/20 campaign and you can get the draw at 23/10.

Man in the Middle:

Tomorrow afternoon’s game will be the first time Mr. Coggins has taken a game involving Bolton Wanderers.

He has previously officiated at one Rochdale fixture, a 1-0 Dale win at Peterborough in April 2018, a game where he dismissed scorer Ian Henderson.

This is Mr. Coggins third season on the EFL list following a successful season in the National League which culminated with him taking a play-off game between Dagenham & Redbridge and Forest Green.

So far this season Mr. Coggins has issued 29 yellow cards in nine games and has yet to show a red card.

Indeed, it is 33 games and over a year since today’s referee sent anyone off. Mr.Coggins showed an average of just over three and a half yellow cards per match last season over 37 games. This was an increase of close to an extra yellow card a game compared to his first season when he issued marginally more than two and a half yellows per match over 34outings.

That first season saw Mr. Coggins issue six red cards, followed by a further three in the first part of last season since when he has found no reason to go beyond a yellow card

Key Man for the Dale:

When looking at the Rochdale side, 34-year-old Ian Henderson is the main man leading the line for Brian Barry-Murphy’s side.

The striker has scored seven goals in the league for the Dale and is joint third top goal scorer in the division.

He scored at the Crown Oil Arena when the two sides met in the Carabao Cup First Round, when our opponents came out on top as 5-2 winners.

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers vs. Rochdale

19 October 2019

Three second-half goals saw Rochdale come from behind to claim the victory at the University of Bolton Stadium after Thibaud Verlinden had put Bolton Wanderers in front.

Wanderers had been on top throughout the first-half and the Belgian’s second goal for Wanderers appeared to have set the hosts on course for three points.

But the introduction of former Wanderers favourite Aaron Wilbraham as a second half substitute turned the game on its head with goals from Camps, Rathbone and Tavares sending the visitors home with the win.

Manager Keith Hill made two changes with Adam Senior and Sonny Graham coming in for the injured duo of Jack Hobbs and Liam Bridcutt.

Straight from the kick off and the visitors tried to catch ‘keeper Remi Matthews off guard with a shot from the centre-spot but the effort drifted over the bar.

A corner from Ali Crawford presented Senior with a chance but his header went wide of target.

An early chance fell to Daryl Murphy after he rose to meet Adam Chicksen’s cross but his header is well kept out by Jay Lynch.

Wanderers were putting on the pressure and another corner from Crawford presented the home side with a chance but Zouma’s header went straight into the ground.

Rochdale had to wait until the 25th minute before testing Wanderers but Oliver Rathbone’s first time shot from 20 yards went well wide of target.

A moment of skill from Verlinden carved open a chance for the hosts when his backheel found Chicksen. The full-back’s cross, intended for Murphy, was headed behind for a corner.

A rare mistake from Chicksen allowed Dale to counter through Henderson who found Norrington-Davies but he dragged his shot wide.

That chance sparked the visitors into life and Matthew Done’s flick allowed Camps a chance but his shot went wide of target.

Hill made his first change of the game during the break with Dodoo on for Politic, and the substitute was in the right place at the right time to make an important clearance after Rathbone latched onto Camps’ cross.

Wanderers took a deserved lead just before the hour mark and it was the substitute who again made a key contribution. Dodoo paced down the right hand flank and put in a sensational cross which allow Verlinden to nod past Lynch.

Dale then brought on Wilbraham at the expense of MJ Williams.

And within six minutes Rochdale found themselves level when Camps’ shot took a deflection past Matthews.

Luke Murphy came on at the expense of Graham as Hill made a change to try and get Wanderers back in front.

Daryl Murphy was on the end of another centre off Dodoo and the Irishman’s shot was cleared off the line before Chicksen’s follow up shot was held by Lynch.

But Dale took the lead through Rathbone when he curled in a low drive beyond Matthews.

Any hopes of Wanderers getting back into the contest were put to bed when substitute Fabio Tavares hit the final goal of the game.

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Ticket News

Rochdale Ticket information now available

2 October 2019

Tickets for Bolton Wanderers’ Sky Bet League One fixture against Rochdale at the University of Bolton Stadium, which will take place on Saturday 19 October, are now on sale.

After the previous announcement with regards to keeping prices at £20 for adults and £10 for all concessions for the remainder of the season, the club has had to make a small amendment to our match ticket prices to ensure we adhere to our ‘Season Ticket Guarantee’.

Ticket prices are as follows;

North Stand (upper & lower tiers)

Adults - £20

Over 65s - £10

Under 23s - £10

Under 18s - £10


East & West Stands (upper & lower tiers)

Adults - £20

Over 65s - £12

Under 23s - £12

Under 18s - £10

Supporters are encouraged to book their tickets online by visiting and using the Print at Home/Digital Ticket functions.

Season tickets, which will commence from the Blackpool game on Monday 7 October, are currently on sale in person at Bolton Central and via the ticket office phone lines and offer the most cost effective way of following Keith Hill and David Flitcroft’s Super White Army.

Bolton Wanderers supporters can take advantage of a season ticket from as little as £12.71 per game when purchased ahead of the Blackpool game.

Click here for more information about season tickets.

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