Football - Dale involved in anniversary celebrations

Rochdale will begin next season with a home game against Hartlepool.

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The match is one of six opening-day fixtures announced by the Football League to mark its 125th anniversary.

It will be the 137th encounter between Dale and Pools - the most played Football League match between current members.

League chairman Greg Clarke said: "For 125 years, Football League clubs have delivered a compelling spectacle, week after week. In the process, attracting a total audience of more than 2.2billion people and building indelible relationships with their local communities.

"Our clubs and their supporters are the heartbeat of the domestic game, giving English league football a breadth and popularity that is unrivalled anywhere in the world.

"We look forward to celebrating 125 years of incredible matches, unforgettable moments and intense footballing rivalry."

The remainder of the 2013/14 Football League fixture programme will be announced at 9am on Wednesday.

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