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Burton Albion 1 v 2 Rochdale
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Saturday, 4th August 2018 Kick-off 15:00
Refwatch: Burton v Dale
Thursday, 2nd Aug 2018 18:00 by TVOS

The familiar figure of Darren Drysdale will take charge of Dale’s opening game of the season at Burton Albion on Saturday.

This will be Mr Drysdale’s 20th match involving Dale, stretching right back to the 2004/05 season.

His first Rochdale appointment came in October of that campaign when he was in the middle for a 3-0 home defeat of Macclesfield.

We last saw Darren in April when he refereed the 1-1 home draw versus Plymouth, although he had also been at the Crown Oil Arena earlier in the campaign for the dramatic game against Northampton.

Ian Henderson scored twice to give Dale a 2-0 lead (although his second was a rebound from a saved penalty), only for The Cobblers to level matters with two goals in eight minutes towards the end of the match.

Mr Drysdale then awarded Northampton a late penalty, but Josh Lillis pulled-off a tremendous save from John-Joe O’Toole to earn Dale a point.

Before that, Darren was also at the Crown Oil Arena in December 2015 when he refereed our disappointing 1-0 home loss to Bury in the FA Cup.

That was the third time he had overseen a game versus The Shakers, as he was also in charge at Spotland in November 2006 (3-1 to Bury) and at Gigg Lane in March 2014 (0-0).

Another notable Dale match refereed by Mr Drysdale was at Chester in October 2005.

Dale won 3-2, but the game is remembered more for the early collision between Matt Gilks and Gregg Blundell which wouldn’t have looked out of place at a 1982 World Cup meeting between France and West Germany!

The full list of Darren’s Dale matches as a referee is:

Oct 04 Rochdale v Macclesfield W 3-0

Oct 05 Chester v Rochdale W 3-2

Nov 06 Rochdale v Bury L 1-3

Jan 07 Wycombe v Rochdale D 1-1

Feb 08 Rochdale v Peterborough L 0-2

Sep 08 Rotherham v Rochdale D 2-2

Feb 11 Tranmere v Rochdale D 1-1

Apr 11 Rochdale v Brentford L 0-1

Oct 11 Rochdale v Chesterfield D 1-1

Mar 13 York v Rochdale D 0-0

Dec 13 Rochdale v Bristol R W 2-0

Mar 14 Bury v Rochdale D 0-0

Apr 15 Rochdale v Leyton Orient W 1-0

Aug 15 Rochdale v MK Dons W 2-1 (Friendly)

Aug 15 Blackpool v Rochdale W 2-0

Dec 15 Rochdale v Bury L 0-1 (FA Cup)

Mar 17 MK Dons v Rochdale D 2-2

Oct 17 Rochdale v Northampton D 2-2

Apr 18 Rochdale v Plymouth D 1-1

In total last season, Darren refereed 46 matches, showing 143 yellow cards and six red. One of those games was Notts County v Coventry in the play-offs.

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