Spotland  - Rochdale
Saturday, September 12th, 2009,
V Torquay United, League 2, 3pm
By Mark Horler

After a 300 mile trip North to see what is perhaps the most traditional League Two club, it was not surprising to see a crowd of under 3,000 for the match.

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

With Torquay back in the league for the first time in 2 years , Rochdale away was a must. No such team represents league two as Rochdale does and with the first few away matches being Dagenham, Burton and Bradford, it was not until this match that I really believed that the Gulls were back in the promised land.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

5 sets of Road works on the M5 and the last of the Summer tourists meant that we had to leave Devon at a silly time of 7.30am to ensure we could support our lads in Lancashire

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We arrived in Rochdale at 1pm, met by a sign saying "Rochdale, home of the Co-operative". I wish our players had not read this as they took this literary during the match!.....the chippy opposite the away end was fantastic. If you could mix Devon fish with Rochdale chips you would certainly have the ultimate last supper. The staff in the chippy seemed really friendly although they could not understand us, nor we them...but we still managed to leave with massive portions of £1.20 chips!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

£20 for an adult! , £12 for kids....a silly price even if our seats were the best in the house.....and they were. Opposite the home main stand had a number of posts obstructing their view, whilst our view was totally free. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

FANTASTIC stewards. They even helped my lad put his flag up. Could not have been more helpful. I think within 10 minutes the stewards realised that with around 150 fans from Devon, most of whom were over 60, they were in for an easy afternoon!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

With 2,700 at the match and us parking outside the ground we were back in Devon by 9pm...happy days

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great day out, despite losing (we always do at Rochdale). Tremendously friendly club. Would visit again if it was not for the silly gate prices, had they charged £15 for adults and £8 for kids, I would return....but I felt I was being ripped off.......so I won't!


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