Saturday 7 th April will find Pompey Supporters making another long trip North to Rochdale’s Crown Oil Arena, Sandy Lane, Rochdale, OL11 5DR. The Dale’s ground opened in 1906 and has a capacity of 10,249. Blues fans will be in the all seated Willbutts Lane Stand.
How to get to the Crown Oil Arena
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, turn left, signposted Bury and Rochdale Town Centre. B&Q will be on your right hand side and Tesco on your left, follow this road 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 crossroads 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.
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 and you could end up with a parking ticket, so 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.
Trains run to Rochdale either from Leeds, a journey of about an hour, or Manchester Victoria, about twenty minutes. Trains run regularly from London Kings Cross to Leeds, a journey of about two an a half hours, or from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly, a journey of about two hours. Rochdale Station is about two miles from the Crown Oil Arena, about a forty minute walk, 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 here's how: 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.
You can also travel by the Metrolink tram from central Manchester to Rochdale Interchange, a journey time of just under an hour. Tram frequency is about every ten minutes. Take lines 7, 3 or 2 from Manchester Piccadilly to St Peter’s Square, then change to Line 5 for Rochdale Interchange. There is a town centre taxi rank about a hundred yards away from the Interchange or if you decide to walk to the ground from the Interchange, about 20 minutes, then as you come out of the Interchange turn right along Smith Street towards the town centre and then cross straight across the first roundabout onto the South Parade. Continue straight across the next roundabout onto the Esplanade with the Greater Manchester Police station on your right. Then cross over the major
junction with the Manchester Road (A58) and continue straight onto Dane Street. After passing an Asda Store on your 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 will be open to Pompey Supporters. It is located at the car park end entrance to the ground, on Sandy Lane. It will be open from 12 noon, serves pies and shows Sky Sports. Opposite the away end is a fish and chip shop.
The Cemetery Hotel is at the bottom of Sandy Lane at 470 Bury Road, Rochdale OL11 5EU. It is an historic pub with Edwardian décor serving food and a selection of real ales. Please note that alcohol is not on sale to away fans inside the ground