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Rochdale F.C. was founded in 1907 and joined the Manchester League for one year before becoming members of the Lancashire Combination in 1908. The team tried on a few occasions to join the Football League but was unsuccessful until 1921 when they were invited to join the Football League Third Division (North). The first Football League game in the club's history was a 6-3 victory against Accrington Stanley on August 27th 1921. Unfortunately, the rest of the season did not go as well, with the team finishing bottom and having to apply for re-election. In 1962, Rochdale became the first team in the bottom division of the Football League to reach a major cup final when they got to the final of the League Cup. Unfortunately they could not finish the job and were beaten by Norwich for the cup. Since 1974 the team has been in the bottom division of the Football League, making it the longest spell in the lowest division for any club in Football League history. Rochdale F.C. is nicknamed 'The Dale' and plays its home games at Spotland, with a capacity of 10,249. The team normally wears blue as its home strip but swapped back to black and white stripes for its centenary season in 2007-08.


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