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The Overcoat Men 21:32 - Jul 16 with 1084 viewsColDale

New Dale book out next month by Mark Hodkinson:

The story of two men who saved their football club from extinction. Secret plans to turn Spotland, the home of Rochdale AFC, into a housing estate are spied. David Kilpatrick and Graham Morris set upon a desperate mission to save their beloved, beleaguered football club. But first they have to take on what many fans consider to be the ‘enemy within’ and also topple the local Spring King and his dogged boardroom acolytes – a ‘mobile drinks party’.

They work tirelessly, persuading companies to write off debts so they can buy back the land on which the club stands, a tricky proposition when you are skint and bottom of the Football League. Meanwhile, it’s the early 1980s and the town of Rochdale is deep in recession, the last of the cotton mills closing down. The limit of most fans’ investment in their club is routinely the price of a season ticket.

Directors risk their houses and businesses, sometimes forfeiting marriages, families and health in the name of their club. Even in the corporate age, these Overcoat Men – self-made local businessmen serving on club boards – are often the unseen, unsung heroes of football.
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The Overcoat Men on 21:41 - Jul 16 with 1044 viewsjudd

Sounds flashy

Two men almost single handedly?
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The Overcoat Men on 21:45 - Jul 16 with 1016 viewsD_Alien

I'll wait for The Undercoat Men - aiming to give Spotland a lick of paint
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The Overcoat Men on 21:59 - Jul 16 with 955 viewsDaleiLama

The Overcoat Men on 21:41 - Jul 16 by judd

Sounds flashy

Two men almost single handedly?
[Post edited 16 Jul 21:44]


Hope it was only their collars that were felt?



[Post edited 16 Jul 22:02]

Come on you Dayul
Poll: Are changes to the board seen as good or bad by folks who know those involved?

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The Overcoat Men on 22:18 - Jul 16 with 874 viewsjudd

I'm writing one on bury called the Overdrawn Men.


It's fookin volumes long.
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The Overcoat Men on 23:11 - Jul 16 with 733 viewsjudd

The sequel. The Overblown Man.

Listless, wanton and forlorn. A broken toy, cut adrift from the norms of oft monopolized judgements. A chance. A gathering of testosterone. A weak end away. Spirits raised in a rush of blood. A hero from youthful days, game on if only an image. He shoots, he scores. No one must know. Another chance at growing a position, seized in both hands and delivered with unfounded ease. A challenge issued, the faceless keyboard warriors. A challenge faced. Seeds sown in accepting places. A legend backed. A legend sacked. A tired approach to a doubting fan base. Lip service down below. A man over blown.

First game, Rovers, away.
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The Overcoat Men on 06:19 - Jul 17 with 589 viewsD_Alien

The Overcoat Men on 23:11 - Jul 16 by judd

The sequel. The Overblown Man.

Listless, wanton and forlorn. A broken toy, cut adrift from the norms of oft monopolized judgements. A chance. A gathering of testosterone. A weak end away. Spirits raised in a rush of blood. A hero from youthful days, game on if only an image. He shoots, he scores. No one must know. Another chance at growing a position, seized in both hands and delivered with unfounded ease. A challenge issued, the faceless keyboard warriors. A challenge faced. Seeds sown in accepting places. A legend backed. A legend sacked. A tired approach to a doubting fan base. Lip service down below. A man over blown.

First game, Rovers, away.


Had the makings of an epic, with weekly episodes but abandoned to the erm... relief of many

Epic fail
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