1979–80 Rochdale A.F.C. season

The 1979–80 season saw Rochdale compete in their 6th consecutive season in the Football League Fourth Division. They finished in 24th and last position, and were re-elected to the league for the following season.

Rochdale
1979–80 season
ManagerDoug Collins
Bob Stokoe
League Division Four24th
FA Cup3rd Round
League Cup1st Round
Top goalscorerLeague: Chris Jones
All: Chris Jones

StatisticsEdit

No. Pos Nat Player Total Division 4 F.A. Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK   ENG Ian Watson 40 0 33+0 0 5+0 0 2+0 0
DF   ENG Paul Hallows 8 0 5+0 0 1+0 0 2+0 0
DF   ENG Eric Snookes 37 0 30+0 0 5+0 0 2+0 0
DF   ENG Alan Weir 44 3 38+1 3 3+0 0 2+0 0
DF   ENG Ian Bannon 43 0 32+4 0 5+0 0 2+0 0
DF   ENG Brian Taylor 41 3 35+1 3 3+0 0 2+0 0
MF   ENG Bobby Hoy 14 1 10+2 1 0+0 0 2+0 0
MF   ENG Dennis Wann 35 1 28+0 1 5+0 0 2+0 0
FW   ENG Mark Hilditch 51 6 43+1 3 5+0 3 2+0 0
MF   ENG Nigel O'Loughlin 41 2 36+0 1 3+0 1 2+0 0
FW   ENG Chris Jones 40 11 30+5 9 1+2 1 2+0 1
MF   ENG Bobby Scaife 34 3 27+3 1 2+0 2 0+2 0
MF   ENG Dave Esser 43 5 38+1 5 4+0 0 0+0 0
DF   ENG Brian Hart 36 2 26+5 0 5+0 2 0+0 0
MF   ENG Ted Oliver 2 0 2+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
DF   ENG Eddie Cliff 21 0 20+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF   ENG John McDermott 8 1 5+3 1 0+0 0 0+0 0
DF   ENG Laurie Milligan 9 0 8+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
DF   ENG Colin Waldron 22 0 19+0 0 3+0 0 0+0 0
FW   ENG Jimmy Seal 35 4 28+2 4 5+0 0 0+0 0
GK   WAL David Felgate 12 0 12+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
GK   ENG Neil Colbourne 1 0 1+0 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
20 Port Vale 46 8 6 9 34 24 4 6 13 22 46 −14 36
21 Hereford United 46 8 7 8 22 21 3 7 13 16 31 −14 36 Re-elected
22 Darlington 46 7 11 5 33 26 2 6 15 17 48 −24 35
23 Crewe Alexandra 46 10 6 7 25 27 1 7 15 10 41 −33 35
24 Rochdale 46 6 7 10 20 28 1 6 16 13 51 −46 27

CompetitionsEdit

Football League Fourth DivisionEdit

18 August  1979 (1979 -08-18) 1 Rochdale 0–2 Bournemouth Rochdale
Report Cunningham   44'
Chambers   66' (pen.)
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 2310
20 August  1979 (1979 -08-20) 2 Stockport County 1–1 Rochdale Stockport
Henson   15' Report Esser   58' Stadium: Edgeley Park
Attendance: 3554
Referee: B. Martin
24 August  1979 (1979 -08-24) 3 Rochdale 1–0 Hartlepool United Rochdale
Jones   60' Report Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 2180
31 August  1979 (1979 -08-31) 4 Darlington 3–1 Rochdale Darlington
Walsh   8'
Taylor   61' (o.g.)
Seal   89'
Report Weir   15' (pen.) Stadium: Feethams
Attendance: 1655
8 September  1979 (1979 -09-08) 5 Rochdale 1–1 Walsall Rochdale
Weir   43' Report Caswell   65' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 2174
Referee: J Lovatt
15 September  1979 (1979 -09-15) 6 Torquay United 3–0 Rochdale Torquay
Davies   34'
Murphy   57'
Sermanni   88'
Report Stadium: Plainmoor
Attendance: 2551
18 September  1979 (1979 -09-18) 7 Halifax Town 1–0 Rochdale Halifax
Stafford   65' Report Stadium: The Shay
Attendance: 2390
22 September  1979 (1979 -09-22) 8 Rochdale 1–2 Portsmouth Rochdale
Weir   85' Report Rogers   65'
Garwood   73'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 2423
29 September  1979 (1979 -09-29) 9 Port Vale 5–1 Rochdale Stoke-on-Trent
Wright   9', 60'
Owen   54'
Farrell   83', 85'
Report Esser   37' Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 2835
2 October  1979 (1979 -10-02) 10 Rochdale 2–2 Halifax Town Rochdale
Scaife   27'
Hoy   44' (pen.)
Report Hendrie   22'
Burke   23'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 2351
6 October  1979 (1979 -10-06) 11 York City 3–2 Rochdale York
Eccles   21'
Byrne   55'
Wellings   86'
Report McDermott   10'
Jones   14'
Stadium: Bootham Crescent
Attendance: 2462
9 October  1979 (1979 -10-09) 12 Rochdale 0–1 Stockport County Rochdale
Report Czuczman   57' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 2300
12 October  1979 (1979 -10-12) 13 Rochdale 0–0 Peterborough United Rochdale
Report Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1692
20 October  1979 (1979 -10-20) 14 Crewe Alexandra 2–1 Rochdale Crewe
Guy   12'
Chesters   73'
Report Wann   65' Stadium: Gresty Road
Attendance: 2129
24 October  1979 (1979 -10-24) 15 Wigan Athletic 1–1 Rochdale Wigan
Quinn   60' Report Jones   38' Stadium: Springfield Park
Attendance: 5036
Referee: VG Callow
26 October  1979 (1979 -10-26) 16 Rochdale 3–2 Northampton Town Rochdale
Jones   44', 72', 89' Report Farmer   1'
Byatt   62'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1468
3 November  1979 (1979 -11-03) 17 Bournemouth 4–0 Rochdale Bournemouth
Holder   17'
Chambers   28'
Butler   47'
MacDougall   51'
Report Stadium: Dean Court
Attendance: 3188
6 November  1979 (1979 -11-06) 18 Rochdale 0–2 Wigan Athletic Rochdale
Report Quinn   5'
Houghton   75'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 2929
Referee: R Bridges
17 November  1979 (1979 -11-17) 19 Hereford United 1–1 Rochdale Hereford
Feeley   28' Report Marshall   5' (o.g.) Stadium: Edgar Street
Attendance: 2767
30 November  1979 (1979 -11-30) 20 Scunthorpe United 2–0 Rochdale Scunthorpe
Oates   13', 44' Report Stadium: Old Show Ground
Attendance: 1887
4 December  1979 (1979 -12-04) 21 Rochdale 2–1 Aldershot Rochdale
Hilditch   74'
Taylor   84'
Report Needham   70' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1230
21 December  1979 (1979 -12-21) 22 Huddersfield Town 5–1 Rochdale Huddersfield
Sutton   1'
Cowling   7'
Fletcher   23'
Brown   73'
Robins   79'
Report Seal   42' Stadium: Leeds Road
Attendance: 4550
29 December  1979 (1979 -12-29) 23 Hartlepool United 1–1 Rochdale Hartlepool
Houchen   62' Report Seal   82' Stadium: Victoria Park
Attendance: 3151
1 January  1980 (1980 -01-01) 24 Bradford City 1–2 Rochdale Bradford
Baines   49' Report Esser   6'
Seal   6'
Stadium: Valley Parade
Attendance: 5433
11 January  1980 (1980 -01-11) 25 Rochdale 2–2 Darlington Rochdale
Taylor   8'
Hilditch   23'
Report Walsh   54'
Ball   89'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1693
25 January  1980 (1980 -01-25) 26 Tranmere Rovers 5–1 Rochdale Birkenhead
Kelly   24', 59'
Evans   41', 80'
Beamish   48'
Report Esser   50' (pen.) Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 1890
9 February  1980 (1980 -02-09) 27 Portsmouth 3–0 Rochdale Portsmouth
Hemmerman   50'
Laidlaw   73', 79'
Report Stadium: Fratton Park
Attendance: 12207
12 February  1980 (1980 -02-12) 28 Rochdale 3–2 Doncaster Rovers Rochdale
Taylor   38'
Jones   39', 43'
Report Lister   30'
Little   51'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1512
15 February  1980 (1980 -02-15) 29 Rochdale 0–2 Port Vale Rochdale
Report Sealy   48'
Beech   86'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1784
19 February  1980 (1980 -02-19) 30 Walsall 2–0 Rochdale Walsall
Paul   29'
Waddington   83'
Report Stadium: Fellows Park
Attendance: 6007
Referee: NJ Ashley
23 February  1980 (1980 -02-23) 31 Peterborough United 2–0 Rochdale Peterborough
Kellock   74'
Phillips   80'
Report Stadium: London Road Stadium
Attendance: 3796
1 March  1980 (1980 -03-01) 32 Rochdale 0–0 Crewe Alexandra Rochdale
Report Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1807
8 March  1980 (1980 -03-08) 33 Northampton Town 0–0 Rochdale Northampton
Report Stadium: County Ground
Attendance: 2370
11 March  1980 (1980 -03-11) 34 Rochdale 1–1 Lincoln City Rochdale
Esser   77' Report Keeley   83' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1108
14 March  1980 (1980 -03-14) 35 Rochdale 0–2 York City Rochdale
Report Wellings   70'
McDonald   81'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1142
22 March  1980 (1980 -03-22) 36 Aldershot 3–0 Rochdale Aldershot
Cliff   14' (o.g.)
Garwood   35'
French   89'
Report Stadium: Recreation Ground
Attendance: 2798
1 April  1980 (1980 -04-01) 37 Rochdale 0–2 Huddersfield Town Rochdale
Report Kindon   22', 52' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 4979
5 April  1980 (1980 -04-05) 38 Lincoln City 0–0 Rochdale Lincoln
Report Stadium: Sincil Bank
Attendance: 3635
7 April  1980 (1980 -04-07) 39 Rochdale 0–1 Bradford City Rochdale
Report McNiven   43' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 3201
12 April  1980 (1980 -04-12) 40 Newport County 1–0 Rochdale Newport
Moore   44' Report Stadium: Somerton Park
Attendance: 8127
15 April  1980 (1980 -04-15) 41 Rochdale 0–0 Torquay United Rochdale
Report Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 958
18 April  1980 (1980 -04-18) 42 Rochdale 0–1 Scunthorpe United Rochdale
Report Partridge   81' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 993
26 April  1980 (1980 -04-26) 43 Doncaster Rovers 2–0 Rochdale Doncaster
Bannon   42' (o.g.)
Nimmo   83'
Report Stadium: Belle Vue
Attendance: 2493
29 April  1980 (1980 -04-29) 44 Rochdale 2–0 Newport County Rochdale
Seal   52'
O'Loughlin   58'
Report Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1671
2 May  1980 (1980 -05-02) 45 Rochdale 2–0 Tranmere Rovers Rochdale
Hilditch   67'
Jones   85'
Report Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1082
6 May  1980 (1980 -05-06) 46 Rochdale 0–2 Hereford United Rochdale
Report Hunt   8'
Gilchrist   32'
Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1318

F.A. CupEdit

24 November  1979 (1979 -11-24) 1 Rochdale 2–1 Scunthorpe United Rochdale
Hart   4'
Jones   40'
Report Pilling   Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1985
15 December  1979 (1979 -12-15) 2 Tranmere Rovers 2–2 Rochdale Birkenhead
Evans   86'
Peplow   88'
Report Hilditch   17', 65' Stadium: Prenton Park
Attendance: 2529
18 December  1979 (1979 -12-18) 2 Rochdale 2–1 Tranmere Rovers Rochdale
Hilditch   49'
Hart   59'
Report Beamish   69' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 2707
8 January  1980 (1980 -01-08) 3 Rochdale 1–1 Bury Rochdale
O'Loughlin   28' Report Whitehead   44' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 10739
21 January  1980 (1980 -01-21) 3 Bury 3–2 Rochdale Bury
Johnson   25', 55'
Wilson   72'
Report Scaife   5', 42' Stadium: Gigg Lane
Attendance: 8082

League CupEdit

11 August  1979 (1979 -08-11) 1 Blackpool 1–1 Rochdale Blackpool
McEwan   Report Jones  
Wann   51'
Stadium: Bloomfield Road
Attendance: 5342
14 August  1979 (1979 -08-14) 1 Rochdale 0–1
(1–2 agg.)
Blackpool Rochdale
Report Spence   57' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 4500

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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]