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An introduction to Coventry City's 2014/15 League One opponents Rochdale

3 June 2014

With the fixtures for the 2014/15 League One season announced in just 15 days, we take a look at Rochdale...

Coventry City will face seven new teams in the 2014/15 League One season after the promotion spots from League Two and the relegation places from the Championship were confirmed. 

There are just 15 days left until the fixtures are announced and with Yeovil Town, Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers coming down from the Championship and Chesterfield, Scunthorpe, Rochdale and Fleetwood Town coming up from League Two, there is plenty to know about City's new opponents next season. 

Today, we introduce you to Rochdale...

Name: Rochdale Association Football Club

Nickname: The Dale

Founded: 1907

Ground: Spotland (125 miles from Coventry)

Manager: Keith Hill

Last season: Finished 3rd in League Two, automatic promotion

City trivia! Coventry City last played Rochdale in 2003 in the League Cup. Can you guess which former City striker is playing for Rochdale in this picture???


Coventry City have played Rochdale six times since 1925 and have been beaten four times by the Dale.

Last five results

25/01/03 Rochdale 2-0 Coventry City, FA Cup
08/10/91 Rochdale 1-0 Coventry City, League Cup
28/09/91 Coventry City 4-0 Rochdale, League Cup
11/01/71 Rochdale 2-1 Coventry City, FA Cup
01/04/26 Rochdale 4-1 Coventry City, Division Three (North)


Chris Dagnall

The former Coventry City loanee made his name at Spotland over an impressive four-year spell.

After starting his career at Tranmere Rovers, Dagnall moved to Rochdale in 2006 for £25,000 and went on to make over 140 appearances, scoring 54 league goals.

After a spell at Scunthorpe United, Dagnall signed for Barnsley and was loaned out to the Sky Blues in November 2013 where he scored on his debut in the 3-1 win at MK Dons.

He made six appearances during his time at City before signing a permanent deal with Leyton Orient in January.

Dele Adebola

The journeyman striker signed for Coventry City in 2003 after starting his career at Crewe Alexandra in 1998 and spells at Birmingham City and Crystal Palace.

Adebola enjoyed a five-year spell at the club and made over 160 appearances, scoring 31 league goals for the Sky Blues.

He left Coventry City in 2008 and after spells at Bristol City, Nottingham Forest and Hull City, he signed for Rochdale in 2012.

Adebola made 26 appearances for the Dale, scoring six league goals in his one season at the club.

The 38-year old currently plays for Northern Premier League Premier Division side Rushall Olympic.

Kevin Kyle

The former Scottish international started his career at Sunderland and was sent out on loan early in his career to Rochdale in 2001.

He made six appearances for the Dale but failed to get on the score-sheet in his short-term loan.

After a six-year spell at the Stadium of Light, Kyle joined Coventry City in 2006 and went on to make 44 appearances for the Sky Blues in a three-year spell, scoring just five goals.

Kyle left the club in 2009 to sign with Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock. He has since had spells at Hearts and Rangers, and currently plays for Ayr United.

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