Rochdale Memory Match

Back to Saturday 19th November 1983 and Crewe’s annual day out for the first round of the FA Cup.

Once again we were drawn away from home,this time a trip to Spotland to take on a Rochdale side managed by Jimmy Greenhoff. For Dario Gradi’s first FA Cup match the Alex lined up – Naylor, Edwards, Brady,King, Scott, Hart,Blissett, Crabbe, Waller, Leonard,Pullar. Substitute Bowers. In front of a gate of 2465 the Alex exited the competition at the first hurdle losing to a Peter Farrell goal on the stroke of half time.

The winning goal was greeted with an invasion of the home penalty area by a large contingent of the away following which resulted in a police enquiry!


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