Find out all the details you need to know ahead of Monday's Sky Bet League Two fixture between The Bluebirds and Rochdale.
Barrow vs Rochdale
Monday 2nd January 2023, kick-off 3pm.
SO Legal Stadium
Sky Bet League Two
Formed following a public meeting on May 14th, 1907, The Dale hosted their first fixture against local rivals Oldham Athletic on September 3rd, 1907. A friendly fixture which saw four goals from Rochdale on that day saw them see off Latics 4-1.
Rochdale finished EFL Cup (known now as Carabao Cup) runners up to Norwich, 1961/62 after an old-fashioned aggregate rule decided the outcome, Norwich triumphing 4-0 on aggerate. Only the second season of the current competition. The Dale have also found themselves promoted from the 4th tier of English Football on 3 occasions.
One for the future Luke Matheson is The Dale's record sale costing Wolverhampton Wanderers £1m on January deadline day in 2020. The then 16-year old’s impressive burst onto the scene saw him force Man Utd to penalties in the Carabao Cup, doing so becoming one of the youngest goal scorers on the famous Theatre of Dreams turf.
Jim Bentley's side currently sit 2nd bottom of the Football League, with just Gillingham below them in the Sky Bet League Two standings. The Dale were defeated 4-3 away to Doncaster Rovers on Thursday, with the Greater Manchester outfit clawing back 2-0 and 3-2 deficits. Former Barrow defender Tom Anderson scored the decisive 4th goal that sent Rochdale home without anything to show for their battles.
Head To Head
Earlier in the season, only one goal could separate the two sides, Bluebirds were defeated on that day 2-1 with Niall Canavan’s late goal not quite enough to pull Pete Wild’s side from defeat, Liam Kelly’s first-half finish, added to by Scott Quigley’s goal in the second period to give Rochdale victory at the Crown Oil Arena
A total of 87 games have been played between the 2 sides, dating back to 1922. Barrow have won 30 of these fixtures with counterparts Rochdale taking 39 victories.
The Bluebirds biggest margin of win came in March 1932, when 2,189 saw a 6-0 thumping at Spotland in the old Division Three (North).
There will be a familiar face in the middle this afternoon, as Scott Oldham takes up refereeing duties for the fixture. Oldham has officiated at the SO Legal Stadium this season, when he oversaw Barrow’s 2-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers in September.
He also refereed last season’s fixture between the two sides at Prenton Park on Boxing Day.
Oldham will be assisted by Mark Cunliffe and Jack Topp. Simon Mather will be on the touchline as Fourth Official.
Barrow fans can still buy tickets for the game on our ticketing website and gain admission through the turnstiles via our e-ticket option.
Alternatively, you can purchase your ticket at the Ticket Office on Monday, up until kick-off.
Visiting With Families
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Domestic live streaming will be allowed for the fixture, which means that Barrow v Rochdale will be available on iFollow in the UK and abroad.
We will be providing live online audio commentary from every game this season as we continue our link-up with BBC Radio Cumbria.
Fans will be able to listen to Adam Johnson and John Goodwin at the SO Legal Stadium to describe all the action as it unfolds.
You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.