1977–78 Rochdale A.F.C. season

The 1977–78 season saw Rochdale compete in their 4th consecutive season in the Football League Fourth Division.

Rochdale
1977–78 season
ManagerBrian Green
Mike Ferguson
League Division Four24th
FA Cup1st Round
League Cup2nd Round
Top goalscorerLeague: Terry Owen
All: Terry Owen

StatisticsEdit

No. Pos Nat Player Total Division 4 F.A. Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK   ENG Mike Poole 28 0 24+0 0 1+0 0 3+0 0
DF   ENG Paul Hallows 39 1 37+0 1 0+0 0 2+0 0
MF   ENG Nigel O'Loughlin 47 5 43+0 5 1+0 0 3+0 0
MF   ENG Tony Morrin 33 0 28+1 0 1+0 0 3+0 0
DF   ENG Bobby Scott 44 1 40+0 1 1+0 0 3+0 0
DF   ENG Ian Bannon 47 0 42+1 0 1+0 0 3+0 0
FW   ENG Steve Melledew 39 7 34+1 7 1+0 0 3+0 0
MF   ENG Ian Seddon 34 3 30+1 3 0+0 0 3+0 0
FW   ENG Bob Mountford 7 2 4+0 1 0+0 0 3+0 1
MF   ENG Dave Esser 45 8 40+1 7 1+0 0 3+0 1
MF   ENG Alan Tarbuck 29 1 26+0 0 0+0 0 3+0 1
DF   ENG Billy Boslem 26 0 21+2 0 1+0 0 0+2 0
MF   ENG Ted Oliver 13 0 9+3 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
DF   ENG Paul Cuddy 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW   ENG Terry Owen 43 11 39+3 9 1+0 2 0+0 0
GK   ENG Chris Shyne 8 0 8+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF   ENG Bobby Scaife 35 6 34+0 6 1+0 0 0+0 0
MF   ENG Steve Shaw 7 0 6+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
MF   ENG Adie Green 7 0 7+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF   ENG Bobby Hoy 9 1 9+0 1 0+0 0 0+0 0
DF   ENG Brian Hart 8 0 8+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
GK   ENG Andy Slack 14 0 14+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
FW   ENG Mark Hilditch 3 1 2+1 1 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF   ENG John Price 2 0 1+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF   ENG Bobby Finc 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0

Final League TableEdit

Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
20 Halifax Town 46 7 10 6 28 23 3 11 9 24 39 −10 41
21 Hartlepool United 46 12 4 7 34 29 3 3 17 17 55 −33 37 Re-elected
22 York City 46 8 7 8 27 31 4 5 14 23 38 −19 36
23 Southport 46 5 13 5 30 32 1 6 16 22 44 −24 31 Failed re-election
24 Rochdale 46 8 6 9 29 28 0 2 21 14 57 −42 24 Re-elected

CompetitionsEdit

Football League Fourth DivisionEdit

20 August  1977 (1977 -08-20) 1 Barnsley 4–0 Rochdale Barnsley
Little   5'
Murphy   18' (pen.)
Joicey   77'
Price   89'
Report Stadium: Oakwell
Attendance: 3901
27 August  1977 (1977 -08-27) 2 Rochdale 2–0 Darlington Rochdale
Seddon   69'
Mountford   85'
Hallows   89'
Report Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1295
3 September  1977 (1977 -09-03) 3 Grimsby Town 2–1 Rochdale Cleethorpes
Partridge   89' (pen.)
Waters   90'
Report Seddon   6' Stadium: Blundell Park
Attendance: 2731
10 September  1977 (1977 -09-10) 4 Swansea City 3–0 Rochdale Swansea
May   1'
Charles   68'
Curtis   88'
Report Mountford   45' Stadium: Vetch Field
Attendance: 4750
13 September  1977 (1977 -09-13) 5 Rochdale 1–2 Brentford Rochdale
Owen   51' Report McCulloch   31'
Kruse   60'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1164
17 September  1977 (1977 -09-17) 6 Rochdale 0–1 Newport County Rochdale
Report Woods   35' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1114
24 September  1977 (1977 -09-24) 7 Aldershot 2–0 Rochdale Aldershot
Brodie   14'
Crosby   88'
Report Stadium: Recreation Ground
Attendance: 3633
27 September  1977 (1977 -09-27) 8 Hartlepool United 1–0 Rochdale Hartlepool
Ayre   Report Stadium: Victoria Park
Attendance: 3389
1 October  1977 (1977 -10-01) 9 Rochdale 2–3 Watford Rochdale
Melledew   40'
Pritchett   60' (o.g.)
Report Joslyn   8'
Mercer   50'
Mayes   63'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1278
4 October  1977 (1977 -10-04) 10 Rochdale 3–1 Halifax Town Rochdale
Owen   16'
Melledew   59', 90'
Report Alcock   Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1201
7 October  1977 (1977 -10-07) 11 Stockport County 2–0 Rochdale Stockport
Prudham  
Thompson  
Report Stadium: Edgeley Park
Attendance: 4927
11 October  1977 (1977 -10-11) 12 Northampton Town 3–1 Rochdale Northampton
Christie   
Reilly  
Report Melledew   Stadium: County Ground
Attendance: 2965
15 October  1977 (1977 -10-15) 13 Rochdale 3–1 Doncaster Rovers Rochdale
Melledew   63'
Owen   67'
Esser   72'
Report Hemsley   2' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1963
17 October  1977 (1977 -10-17) 14 Rochdale 0–0 Huddersfield Town Rochdale
Report Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 2489
Referee: GP Owen
21 October  1977 (1977 -10-21) 15 York City 2–2 Rochdale York
Hutt  
Holmes  
Report Scaife  
Melledew  
Stadium: Bootham Crescent
Attendance: 1669
29 October  1977 (1977 -10-29) 16 Rochdale 1–1 Northampton Town Rochdale
O'Loughlin   72' (pen.) Report Farrington   90' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1198
5 November  1977 (1977 -11-05) 17 Crewe Alexandra 2–1 Rochdale Crewe
Hallows   33' (o.g.)
Mason   82'
Report Seddon   10' Stadium: Gresty Road
Attendance: 2378
12 November  1977 (1977 -11-12) 18 Rochdale 1–1 Bournemouth Rochdale
Owen   42' Report Showers   41' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 962
19 November  1977 (1977 -11-19) 19 Scunthorpe United 1–0 Rochdale Scunthorpe
Kilmore   10' Report Stadium: Old Show Ground
Attendance: 2204
3 December  1977 (1977 -12-03) 20 Rochdale 1–2 Southend United Rochdale
Scaife   25' Report Laverick   65'
Parker   73'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 902
10 December  1977 (1977 -12-10) 21 Torquay United 3–0 Rochdale Torquay
Brown   35'
Coffill   76'
Downs   80'
Report Stadium: Plainmoor
Attendance: 2144
17 December  1977 (1977 -12-17) 22 Halifax Town 3–1 Rochdale Halifax
Bullock   36'
Flavell   77'
Johnston   79'
Report Scott   4'   75' Stadium: The Shay
Attendance: 1918
26 December  1977 (1977 -12-26) 23 Rochdale 3–0 Wimbledon Rochdale
Scaife   45', 54'
O'Loughlin   75'
Report Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1283
28 December  1977 (1977 -12-28) 24 Reading 4–3 Rochdale Reading
Kearns   
Scott   (o.g.)
Earles  
Report Owen   
Esser  
Stadium: Elm Park
Attendance: 5066
31 December  1977 (1977 -12-31) 25 Southport 3–1 Rochdale Southport
Ashworth   76'
Jones   84'
Gay   87'
Report Esser   71' Stadium: Haig Avenue
Attendance: 1908
2 January  1978 (1978 -01-02) 26 Rochdale 0–2 Crewe Alexandra Rochdale
Report Davies  
Coyne  
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1441
7 January  1978 (1978 -01-07) 27 Huddersfield Town 3–1 Rochdale Huddersfield
Butler   28'
Mountford   56', 74'
Report Scaife   72' Stadium: Leeds Road
Attendance: 5486
14 January  1978 (1978 -01-14) 28 Rochdale 1–1 Barnsley Rochdale
Owen   44' Report Hinch   52' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 2668
24 January  1978 (1978 -01-24) 29 Darlington 1–0 Rochdale Darlington
Cochrane   Report Stadium: Feethams
Attendance: 1578
11 February  1978 (1978 -02-11) 30 Newport County 3–0 Rochdale Newport
Goddard   64', 74', 75' (pen.) Report Stadium: Somerton Park
Attendance: 4288
25 February  1978 (1978 -02-25) 31 Watford 1–0 Rochdale Watford
Jenkins   1' Report Stadium: Vicarage Road
Attendance: 10139
27 February  1978 (1978 -02-27) 32 Rochdale 2–1 Swansea City Rochdale
Hoy   3'
Melledew   53'
Report Curtis   11' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1057
4 March  1978 (1978 -03-04) 33 Rochdale 2–1 Stockport County Rochdale
Owen   3'
O'Loughlin   72' (pen.)
Report Howard   70'
Summerbee   83'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 2278
6 March  1978 (1978 -03-06) 34 Brentford 4–0 Rochdale Brentford
McCulloch   13'
Phillips   34'
Sweetzer   59'
Lloyd   83'
Report Stadium: Griffin Park
Attendance: 7215
10 March  1978 (1978 -03-10) 35 Doncaster Rovers 1–1 Rochdale Doncaster
R. Owen   Report T. Owen   Stadium: Belle Vue
Attendance: 2755
18 March  1978 (1978 -03-18) 36 Rochdale 1–2 York City Rochdale
O'Loughlin   64' (pen.) Report Randall   15', 60' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1046
20 March  1978 (1978 -03-20) 37 Rochdale 1–3 Grimsby Town Rochdale
Scaife   Report Drinkell  
Ford  
Waters  
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 787
27 March  1978 (1978 -03-27) 38 Wimbledon 5–1 Rochdale Wimbledon
Cork   11', 85'
Leslie   45'
Bryant   62'
Parsons   90'
Report Esser   Stadium: Plough Lane
Attendance: 2737
1 April  1978 (1978 -04-01) 39 Rochdale 2–1 Southport Rochdale
Esser   26', 50' Report O'Neil   77' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 966
4 April  1978 (1978 -04-04) 40 Rochdale 0–1 Hartlepool United Rochdale
Report Houchen   Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 972
8 April  1978 (1978 -04-08) 41 Bournemouth 1–0 Rochdale Bournemouth
Showers   48' Report Stadium: Dean Court
Attendance: 2549
15 April  1978 (1978 -04-15) 42 Rochdale 1–1 Scunthorpe United Rochdale
Hallows   43' Report O'Donnell   77' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 857
21 April  1978 (1978 -04-21) 43 Southend United 3–1 Rochdale Southend-on-Sea
Goodwin   32'
Morris   33'
Parker   47'
Report Esser   86' Stadium: Roots Hall
Attendance: 11565
24 April  1978 (1978 -04-24) 44 Rochdale 1–0 Reading Rochdale
Hilditch   Report Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 734
29 April  1978 (1978 -04-29) 45 Rochdale 1–3 Torquay United Rochdale
O'Loughlin   41' (pen.) Report Dunne   55' (pen), 60'
Cooper   72'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 742
1 May  1978 (1978 -05-01) 46 Rochdale 0–0 Aldershot Rochdale
Report Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 923

F.A. CupEdit

26 November  1977 (1977 -11-26) 1 Scarborough 4–2 Rochdale Scarborough
Dunn   12'
Smith   33', 42', 49'
Report Owen   40', 49' Stadium: Athletic Ground
Attendance: 4798

League CupEdit

13 August  1977 (1977 -08-13) 1 Rochdale 1–1 Halifax Town Rochdale
Esser   43'
Tarbuck   89'
Report Lawson   33'
Horsfall   58'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1512
16 August  1977 (1977 -08-16) 1 Halifax Town 1–2
(2–3 agg.)
Rochdale Halifax
Lawson   85' Report Esser   18'
Mountford   47'
Stadium: The Shay
Attendance: 1784
31 August  1977 (1977 -08-31) 2 Rochdale 0–3 Leeds United Rochdale
Report Jordan   13'
Cherry   61'
Harris   65'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 8664
Referee: RN Perkin

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rochdale AFC: The Official History 1907–2001 by Steven Phillipps. ISBN 1874427097
  2. ^ "The English National Football Archive". Enfa.co.uk. Retrieved 27 April 2022.[not specific enough to verify]