Match Preview | York City vs Rochdale

By Brad Saxton

The Minstermen return to the LNER Community Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday when we entertain recently-relegated Rochdale. 

Mikey Morton’s side will return to action for the second time in three days having taken on Dorking Wanderers at Meadowbank on Saturday afternoon.

Following on from relegation from League Two last season, Rochdale have made a mixed start to life in the National League. They secured two wins over Oxford City and Eastleigh, as well as suffering two defeats to Ebbsfleet United and Woking in their opening four games.

They head into Monday’s fixture also having had an extra days rest, after they took on Bromley on Friday evening at the Crown Oil Arena.

We are pleased to announce that Monday’s game will be a community day in support of Ukraine Appeal.  

York City vs Rochdale will be played on Monday 28th August, kicking off at 3pm. Here is all the information you need to know ahead of the bank holiday fixture.

Key Messages
  • Car park opens at 11am
  • Directors’ and Jorvik lounge hospitality opens for guests at 12:30pm. LNER Lounge opens at 1pm  – tickets can be bought here
  • Turnstiles open at 1:30pm – please arrive early, save time and buy online to avoid queues – Buy match tickets here
  • Scan the QR code on your season ticket/match ticket upon arrival at the correct turnstile.
  • Rochdale fans will be housed in the West Stand Overflow for this game.
  • For ticketing queries please contact [email protected] or call the Ticket Office directly on 01904 942232, or visit during opening hours.

Save time, buy online! Supporters can purchase advance tickets online, over the phone or in-person from the LNER Community Stadium.

Advance ticket prices for this fixture are as follows: 

  • Adult – £22
  • Concession (60+) – £17
  • Student – £10 (Can only be bought from ticketing office with Student ID to be shown)
  • Age 14-18 – £10
  • Age 8-13 – £7
  • Age 2-7* – Free
  • Age 0-1* – Free (Can only be bought from the ticketing office in advance. East & West Stand top 5 rows only)
  • Carers** – Free

* Please Note – Prices for Adults, Concessions, Students, Ages 14-18 and 8-13 will increase by £1 if purchased on matchday.  

The fixture is NOT all ticket and pay on the day is available at the ticket booth located at the exterior of the West Stand. However, we encourage online sales due to anticipated queues.

All supporters purchasing online must input a valid email address on their account in order to receive their ticket. When logging in to the online system, you can use your email address as your supporter number.

If you encounter any issues, please contact our ticketing office directly: 01904 942232

Away Fans

Rochdale supporters will be situated in the West Stand Overflow section (WG, WH & WI)

Tickets can be purchased using the ‘Away Fans’ section on the club’s official online ticketing platform.

Ukraine Community Day

We are pleased to announce that Monday’s game will be a community day in support of Ukraine Appeal.

You may have noticed at recent games the original Yorkie the Lion has returned to pitch side action. If you were wondering why he has been away, Yorkie has been working with Stuart Paver and the Pavers Foundation on numerous charitable projects. 

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Stuart has led work both at the border in Romania and also within Ukraine, delivering aid to Lviv, Kiev, Cherkasy, Odesa and Kherson. Yorkie is set to join Stuart in returning to Ukraine via road in September and need your help via donations to deliver much-needed stretchers and water purification tablets.

To support their campaign, York City Football Club will be working with the Pavers Foundation on Monday, which will includes the following initiatives:

  • Tickets distributed to displaced Ukrainian guests currently living in the York area
  • Bucket collections around the ground to raise money for the Ukraine Appeal
  • Awareness raising throughout matchday (in the official programme, stadium announcements, and more)

Monday’s game takes place four days after Ukraine Independence Day, which is celebrated on 24th August.

Our visitors Rochdale also have a strong Ukrainian Community and Rochdale was twinned with Lviv in 1992, one year after the declaration of Independence was signed.

Since March 2022, Stuart Paver and the Pavers Foundation have raised over £330,000 for Ukraine. Every penny raised is spent on life-saving supplies and essential items, with all expenses covered by the volunteers who deliver it.


We are pleased to announce that Jamie Reed will join Iain Dunn as our hospitality guest for Monday’s fixture.

Reed was part of the York side which won promotion through the then-Conference Premier play-offs and lifted the FA Trophy in 2012, both coming in the space of eight days at Wembley Stadium.

The forward scored 12 goals in 42 matches that season for Gary Mills’ side.
Reed finished with 25 goals from 85 appearances across three seasons for City, having arrived from Bangor City in 2010.

Hospitality tickets for this game have now closed.

Doors open at 12:30pm for Hospitality guests.


Matchday parking spaces in the Monks Cross Park & Ride car park can be booked here for £5.

A full guide to parking around the LNER Community Stadium can be found here.

Please note, parking spaces in other areas of the Vangarde Shopping Park site are restricted to a maximum of 2 hours on matchdays.

We ask that any supporters planning on parking in residential areas to please respect our neighbours, pay attention to any parking restrictions, and avoid blocking access to any driveways.

Matchday Programme and 50/50 Raffle

A 52-page physical matchday programme is available for this fixture and will be sold at every open turnstile by programme sellers for £3. This week’s edition features an exclusive interview with midfielder Mitch Hancox and much more!

50/50 Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase ahead of the game, as well as online by clicking here, from sellers in high-vis jackets at every open turnstile right up until kick-off, with some great prizes up for grabs.


  • 1st Prize: Main Cash Prize
  • 2nd Prize: £50
  • 3rd Prize: £25
  • 4th Prize: Two tickets to a ‘Fish and Chip Cruise’ with City Cruises York
Fanzone Entertainment

Captain Starley combine the breezy harmonies of 1960s L.A. with a power-pop sheen to bring you thoughtful and well-crafted pop songs.

They are formed out of deep roots – Tom Carroll (guitar/vox) and Sam Festenstein (bass) have both been in bands together since the early 2010s whilst Cameron Baker (drums) and Ethan Carroll (guitar) have also been playing in York’s thriving music scene for a number of years.

This connection and camaraderie forms the basis of a memorable liveset, with which they have already supported Jim White, Love, and H Hawkline.







Y22 Bus Service

The Y22 Shuttle Bus service, kindly organised by York City Supporters Trust and First York, will be running for this fixture.

The Y22 service runs from two hours before kick-off and after the game until the ground is clear, up to 90 minutes after the full-time whistle. This increases the frequency of buses running between Stonebow in the City Centre and the Monks Cross Park & Ride stop, as well as freeing up capacity on the existing number 9 route.

Fans wishing to use the service will need to purchase the Y22 tickets from the First Buss app, which are priced at:

  • Adult return: £3.50
  • Child/Concessionary return: £2
  • Adult single: £2
  • Child/Concessionary single: £1

No other tickets will be valid on the service.

Previous Meetings

The Minstermen haven’t faced Rochdale in nine years, with the last meeting between the two sides coming at the Crown Oil Arena on the 5th April 2014.

The game ended goalless that day, as did the previous two fixtures between the two sides prior to that, which were both played at Bootham Crescent in March and November 2013.

Last time the Minstermen beat Rochdale was away from home on the 1st December 2012, where a brace from Michael Potts and a goal from Jason Walker saw City run out 3-2 winners.

How to follow the game

As always, the best way to follow the game is in the ground. If you can’t make it to the LNER Community Stadium however, here are some alternatives:

Matchday Information/FAQs

For full travel information please click here.

For Car Parking information please click here.