Rochdale have been relegated from npower League 1 following a 2-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Chesterfield.
John Coleman's men went into the match with knowing only a win would be enough to stave off relegation down to the basement division. However, Danny Whitaker's winner four minutes from time sealed their fate and gives the Spireites hope for their final two matches.
The Dale have only spent two seasons in League 1 after being promoted in 2010. In their maiden season in the division they finished ninth, equaling their highest league finish since 1970. They will now return to League 2 - a division they spent 41 years in prior to their spell in League 1.
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