Football: Rochdale AFC Supporters win IFA North West Cup

Date published: 03 June 2019

Rochdale Supporters Football Team have triumphed over Preston North End to win the Internet Football Association (IFA) North West Cup.

Dale beat Preston 4-3 in the final at Cheadle Town FC on Saturday 18 May after thrashing local rivals Bury 6-1 in the semi-final.

On their way to the final, they also recorded victories against Salford 5-4, Halifax Town 6-1, and Manchester United 10-1.

Speaking of their win, manager Jonny Hall said: “It felt brilliant to win; it’s the first time Rochdale has ever won the NW Cup. Also a nice feeling for all the players, it’s been a long season.

“We’ve travelled a total of 2,650 miles this season so for everyone to be rewarded at the end was a good feeling.”

In 2015/16, Rochdale Supporters were crowned national champions after defeating Preston North End B Supporters in the Challenge Cup.

They reached the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup the following year.

The Challenge Cup is the IFA’s season-long knockout competition, which first took place during the 1997/98 season and has since gone from strength to strength, with 30 teams from across the UK entered into the 2016/17 tournament.

Teams are drawn on a national basis from round one, as the tournament takes shape and teams ‘criss-cross’ the UK in search of cup glory. The semi-finals are played at a neutral venue, while the IFA Cup Final takes place on the Friday night before the annual WorldNET tournament.

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