Crest of Rochdale Association Football Club

Rochdale AFC

The Dale

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Rochdale Association Football Club, nicknamed “The Dale,” is a non-league football club based in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

Established in 1907, they currently compete in the Vanarama National League, which is part of the fifth tier of English football. The team calls Spotland Stadium their home ground.

Rochdale AFC was formed on May 14, 1907, after previous unsuccessful attempts to establish a club in the town. They began playing in the Manchester League, moving to the Lancashire Combination in 1908 and winning it in 1911. Despite initial difficulties joining The Football League, they were eventually admitted into Division Three North in 1921.

The club’s history includes memorable achievements like reaching the League Cup final in 1962 and promotion in the 1968/69 season. Despite struggles and relegation in later years, Rochdale AFC has seen periods of success, including FA Cup runs and league promotions, under various management.