FA Cup 2nd Round Away Travel Info
by Pam Wilkins

Rochdale Away Travel Information

The second round of the FA Cup on Sunday 2nd December, will mean another long trip North for the Blue Army, back to Rochdale’s Crown Oil Arena, Sandy Lane, Rochdale, OL11 5DR for a 2pm kick off. The Dale’s ground opened in 1906 and has a capacity of 10,000. Blues fans will be accommodated in the covered Willbutts Lane Stand on one side of the ground and the Pearl Street Stand behind a goal.

How to get to the Crown Oil Arena

By Road

The Crown Oil arena is just over two miles from Junction 20 of the M62. Exit the M62 at Junction 20 and follow signs North for Rochdale along the A627(M) [the opposite way to Oldham]. At the end of the A627(M), the first set of traffic lights, you should be in the left hand lane. Turn left, signposted Bury and Rochdale Town Centre. Follow this road, with Tesco on your left, until the next set of traffic lights. Here you need to be in the second of four lanes, to head straight across (signposted Blackburn) into Roch Valley Way.  At the next set of traffic lights, remaining in the left hand lane, go straight ahead into Sandy Lane, the Cemetery Pub should be on your right hand side. Continue along this road and after about half a mile the stadium will be on your right hand side.

Parking

Car Parking at the ground is now for permit holders only, so it is a case of finding some street parking. Take care because most of the streets in the immediate vicinity of the ground have residents only restrictions in the yellow coned areas and these are patrolled by traffic wardens, so to avoid a parking ticket, best check first for any restriction signs before parking. There is street parking to be had along the main A680 (Edenfield Road) which can be found at the end of Willbutts Lane, only a 5-10 minute walk away from the stadium. Parking is also available at Oulder Hill Community School, Greave Avenue, Rochdale OL11 5EF, about half a mile from the ground.

By Train

With the match now scheduled for a 2pm kick off it will be difficult to get from Portsmouth to Rochdale in time for the start of the match as there are no very early trains from Portsmouth to London on a Sunday morning. The journey from Portsmouth will take just under seven hours and means travelling via London Euston, Manchester Piccadilly and then Manchester Victoria to Rochdale. If you do travel by train it will be possible to get back to Portsmouth after the match, again via Manchester Victoria, Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston. Train times can be checked at www.nationalrail.co.uk

Rochdale Station is about two miles from the Crown Oil Arena, about a forty minute walk, there is a taxi rank at the station, so probably best to jump into a taxi, rather than walking. Alternatively you can shorten the walking journey a bit by catching a Metrolink tram from outside the station into Rochdale town centre. If you have time on your hands however and decide to walk to the ground from the station then on leaving the main entrance proceed straight on at the roundabout in front into Maclure Road. Follow this street (passing a fire station on your right) to the end and turn left at the T-junction onto Drake Street (A640). Follow this right to the end until you reach Manchester Road (A58) which is a dual carriageway. Turn right and walk along the right hand side of the road. At the major junction, which has traffic lights turn left (crossing Manchester Road) into Dane Street (A6060). Just after passing ASDA on the right, bear right onto Mellor Street (still the A6060 - here Dane Street bears left). Follow this road right to the end and bear left onto Spotland Road which soon becomes Edenfield Road (A680), bearing round to the left. Take the second left onto Willbutts Lane for the ground.

Where to eat and drink

At the ground the Ratcliffe Bar is usually open to Pompey Supporters. It is located at the car park end entrance to the ground, on Sandy Lane. The bar serves pies and shows Sky Sports. There is a fish and chip shop facing the away end.

Not far from the ground The Cemetery Hotel is at the bottom of Sandy Lane at 470 Bury Road, Rochdale OL11 5EU. It is an historic pub serving food and a selection of real ales. Nearby at 520 Bury Road, OL11 4DQ you will find the refurbished Bamford Arms, with Sky Sports, serving food and real ale. The Cask and Feather, Oldham Road, Rochdale, OL16 1UA is a sports bar serving a selection of lagers, ciders and real ales.

In the town centre there is a choice of pubs and eating places, including a Wetherspoons pub, The Regal Moon, located at The Butts, Rochdale OL16 1EY, originally built as a cinema; The Flying Horse, 37 Packer Street, OL16 1NJ, serving food, real ale and cider; and Yates Bar, Fleece Street, OL16 1ND, which has BT Sports and serves pub grub.

Drums, Banners and Flags

According to the Rochdale FC website, drums are usually allowed into the ground, although this can be reviewed on match days. Banners and flags with a fire certificate are allowed in the away end. No flag poles are allowed in the ground. For further details email the Rochdale SLO Gina Buckley [email protected]

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