PREVIEW | Wrexham AFC v Rochdale

There’s good news and bad news. Our recent record against Rochdale is poor, but we’ve been remarkably successful against them in the FA Cup.

We’ve a 100% record against Dale in the FA Cup, having beaten them on all six occasions we’ve drawn them to date.

We played them in both 1997 and 1999, with Neil Roberts scoring on both occasions, and also eliminated them on their own patch in successive seasons in the late-1980s. We also won there in 1961, and the first time we met in the competition saw us beat them 4-1 in 1934.

Neil Roberts

On the other hand, we’re currently on our longest run without a win against The Dale. It’s six games since we last defeated them, in March 2006, and the result came about in amusing circumstances. On loan striker Matt Derbyshire opened the scoring, and our successful efforts to hold onto that lead were helped enormously when Dave Bayliss, on loan at Rochdale from us, clobbered Derbyshire and got himself sent off!

Matt Derbyshire

Our most recent home win over Rochdale came two months earlier. Matt Crowell opened the scoring with a penalty just before the break, and Darren Ferguson completed the scoring with five minutes later.

Matt Crowell

Our biggest win against Rochdale came in September 1929, when Tommy Bamford hit four in an 8-0 victory. Bamford has 12 goals in this fixture, which makes him our top scorer against Rochdale by some distance. David Gregory and Ron Hewitt each come next with 5 goals, and Gregory is one of 6 Wrexham players to hit a hat trick against The Dale. Impressively he took just 16 first half minutes to achieve the feat in a 4-0 win in August 1985.

Mark Harris makes his 50th career appearance tomorrow.

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