Rochdale - Spotland Stadium

Spotland Stadium, Willbutts Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, OL11 5DS





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Our Impressions of Spotland Stadium

This ground has a capacity of 10,200, with away fans being allocated 2,500 terrace, 250 seats. Away fans should enter the stadium via turnstiles 13-15 in Willbutts Lane.

The ground itself has seen much redevelopment in the 90's, with both the main stand, and the Pearl Street stand both being re-developed. The sandy lane end, has also been re-vamped. The main stand contains executive boxes, bars and a restaurants.
The Willbutts Lane Stand was re-built during the 2000-2001 season, and is now an all-seated stand with cantilevered roof with excellent facilities for visiting supporters.

One fan who dropped us an email said 'The new stand and the ground as a whole are now among the best in the lower divisions.'

Directions to Spotland Stadium

By Road

From M62

Exit the M62 at junction 20. At the roundabout turn left, following the signs for Rochdale A627(M). After approx. 1 mile, by the B&Q (Sandbrook Park), turn left at the traffic lights into Edinburgh Way, following the signs for Bury A644 (A58). At next roundabout, take second exit into Roch Valley Way, signposted Blackburn B6452 (the stadium is signposted from here!). At the crossroads by the Cemetery pub continue straight on into Sandy Lane. The ground is about half a mile along, on the right hand side.

From North

Follow the M65-A56-A680 Rochdale Road. Continue on A680 into the Rochdale, Norden area. At the double mini-roundabout by the Turf Tavern continue straight on. Continue past the Lancashire Lass and Star Inn pubs, to the crossroads/lights. Turn right here into Sandy Lane, following the signs for Bury (B6452), Manchester (M62). Take the first left into Willbutts Lane for the ground entrance.

Disabled Facilities at Spotland Stadium

Visiting supporters can choose whether to sit with away fans in the Main Stand, or in the new disabled area. There are 14 places are available for disabled fans. There is a disabled toilet in both stands. The disabled person is permitted free entry, and the help currently pays £8 (season 2001-2002). There is also a six seats with hospital radio commentary for the blind

Pubs Near Spotland Stadium


This is the new Rochdale social club, under the WMG Stand. It serves food, has two TVs, and opens at midday on Saturdays, and from 6 pm for midweek matches.

The Ratcliffe Arms

This pub is located in the club car park. There are bar snacks served from 12, a Pool table, darts board, and sky TV. Children welcome on matchdays, and there are disabled facilities. Open: all day from 11.30

The Church Inn

The pub is located on Willbutts Lane. The atmosphere is friendly, in this traditional three-roomed pub with separate pool and darts rooms. The bar snacks are reasonable, and served all day. There is also a TV, beer garden, and families are made very welcome.

The Cemetery Hotel

This one is located on Bury Road (no 470), and is a Free House. The name puts off loads of punters, but don't let it, as this is an excellent pub, with good home-made food, from toasties to steaks. Food is served from 12 to 2.30. There is also a TV, darts board, and again families are made very welcome.

The Dog and Partridge

This one is also located in Bury Road (no 520). This pub is an award winner, with a traditional pub theme. Highly recommended by all. Excellent menu including steak-and-kidney pudding, wild mushroom lasagne and Thai red chicken curry. Pool, big-screen TV, patio. Families welcome, and there is also a children's menu

The Clog and Shawl

The pub is located in Roch Valley Way. It's a traditional locals pub with darts, TV and pool table, and could be described as 'not really a footie pub!' Meals are served from 12 until 5, and families are welcome.

The Citizens

This pub comes recommended by Jack from Rochdale, and is located in Drake Street (near the station). An attractive Pubmaster pub with an excellent range of home-made bar food.

Fast Food Near Spotland Stadium

McDonalds and Pizza Hut

To find the nearest McD's, go straight on at the lights above onto Sandbrook Park, and there is a McDonalds and Pizza Hut. On exiting, go back to the lights and turn right onto Edinburgh Way back towards the ground.

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