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|The Overcoat Men|
at 21:32 16 Jul 2019
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.
at 15:40 18 Jun 2019
|Kit Launch day - Saturday 15th June|
at 19:39 10 Jun 2019
Supporters are reminded that this year’s kit launch and family fun day event will take place on Saturday 15th June at the Crown Oil Arena.
Dale’s kits for the 2019/20 season, as voted for by you, will be revealed to fans at 9am on the day.
Almost 400 supporters voted for their favourite designs – thank you once again to those who got involved!
There will be plenty going on at the Crown Oil Arena, with food stalls, fairground rides, virtual reality and FIFA games, raffles and prizes to be won.
We're also delighted to confirm that Dale boss Brian Barry-Murphy, along with some of the first-team players, will be holding a signing session from 11am.
Our kit suppliers Errea will also be bringing their promotional truck to the Crown Oil Arena on the day.
All of this is FREE of charge!
Unfortunately, this year's Josh Fest, a Family Fun Day in memory of our Number 55 Joshua McCormack, has been cancelled.
Those who purchased tickets for the event can claim a refund from the RAFC Ticket Office. For any refunds not claimed by Saturday 15th June, the proceeds will go to three charities, as chosen by Josh's family; Friends Of Rosie, Be Brave Bears & Derian House.
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|Secure your seat: Deadline Friday 31st May|
at 22:04 23 May 2019
Existing Rochdale AFC Season Ticket holders have until Friday 31st May to guarantee their current seat for next season.
From 9am on Saturday 1st June, all seat reservations will be lifted, meaning they will be available to purchase on general sale.
2019/20 Season Tickets have been on sale since Wednesday 1st May, with our earlybird offer running until Sunday 30th June.
After this time, prices will rise by up to £100.
Tickets can be purchased
* online at https://www.rafctickets.co.uk/seasontickets.aspx
* telephone at 0844 826 1907 (option 8)
* in person at the ticket office. Opening times
Friday 24th May 9am to 5pm
Saturday 25th May 9am to 12pm
Tuesday 28th May 9am-5pm
Wednesday 29th May 9am-5pm
Thursday 30th May 9am-5pm
Friday 31st May Late night opening, from 9am-8pm
|Big Jim handball|
at 08:56 10 Apr 2019
looks handball to me, though it bobbled up.
at 17:01 14 Mar 2019
Just been announced
|Sponsored walk to Accy|
at 21:01 11 Mar 2019
This Saturday, a number of Dale supporters will be make the sixteen mile journey from Spotland to the Crown Ground ahead of Dale's away game with Accy.
We've currently got 20+ making the walk with the vast majority doing so to raise funds for the 5-a-side pitch. The pitch is in a very poor state and will be ripped down and rebuilt later this year and will make a massive difference to the work that the Dale Community Trust do within our town.
Many of the walkers are raising money individually but you can sponsor the overall group at
Anyone fancy joining us at the last minute can sign up here
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|Few thoughts from me|
at 21:39 6 Mar 2019
Plenty has been said on here over the past week or so with regards to David Bottomley and his position as CEO at Dale. Having worked with him through my role at the Trust, just thought I’d pen together a few thoughts from the evidence that I’ve seen over the past three months.
For me the role of the CEO is to oversee the running of the club. It’s to take ultimate responsibility for every facet of the club, ensuring that off the field, the club is sufficiently well run to allow the manager the biggest budget possible without threatening the future of the club, ensuring that the club remains at the heart of its community, and embracing the views of all those with a love for the club. I see those being addressed.
There seems to be a questioning towards the appointment DB that his predecessors have been exempt from, even those it has since transpired arrived at Spotland complete with baggage. There were no threads regarding the appointments of James Mason, William Goodwin, Russ Green, Colin Garlick and those before questioning whether they went through the interview process. David was appointed by the Board of Directors, as was presumably the case with those before, he has passed the Fit and Proper Person’s test and having been on the Board himself for the past four years, he takes the position fully versed in the “Rochdale way”.
With regard to his predecessors, I was very enthusiastic about James when he first took over given the comments from the Bradford supporters, but he was working on a part time basis whilst launching a new business elsewhere. You cannot do the job on a part time basis given the ultimate responsibility. William didn’t reply to a single email or meet with the Trust during his time at the top for the two to three month period he was in charge despite us being requested to send everything directly to him. I liked Russ a lot, and supplied a letter backing him for his appeal (which btw was reduced by three months). However, Russ always struck me as someone who had 50 things to do at any one time, but could only get through 40 on any given day. That might be unfair to Russ but he always came across as swamped with the work he had on. Colin was great and incredibly efficient about what he did but was never one to stray from the Colin Garlick way of doing things. When David Gartside was running the Trust, it was almost a running joke about “I’m waiting to hear back from (insert name of CEO of the time here)”. We’ve not had that on any occasion since David Bottomley was appointed.
So with respect to David, we have seen a different way of thinking to what we’ve seen before. There has been a genuine desire to have a running dialogue with supporters throughout and not just some token meeting every now and then. There is consideration to the views of supporters on a level we’ve not seen before. It’s been a big criticism in recent years that the Club pay lip service to the Trust, but we’re not seeing that. Will that continue? Well why not? Like I said, the dialogue between Club and Trust is ongoing even to the extent of contacting us on Monday morning following the dismissal of Keith Hill.
So what has changed in the (almost) three months since David took charge?
• Communication with supporters. Everything’s been asked, and everything has been answered and published.
• Genuine views from supporters are sought, considered and acted on. There’s no arrogance or bullishness that his way is the only way of doing things.
• End of Season Do has been reverted to the Traditional one that we wanted. Not only that, we were offered choices to the format, and they went with our wishes. The pricing etc all met our requests.
• The much maligned fixture board. It’s still not updated quite to the extent that I’d like, but there is no comparison with the three months since the appointment to the three months before the appointment.
• Communication from the club. We told him that communication wasn’t good enough and steps have been taken to address that. Yes the Diary is part of that but it’s an informal way of letting supporters know about stuff behind the scenes. The last one (vote of confidence one aside) informed fans about the way the players ran out (maybe not groundbreaking news but it was something fans had asked about), a report on the work that Tony Ellis has been doing with the Academy and details of an arranged meeting with the Jenkins’ family. Of course some will have had no interest in that but its fresh stuff out there that there didn’t exist a platform previously to do so.
• Injury news. We all know Hilly treated injury news like it was absolutely top secret but we communicated this to the club through David as did other fans at the Forum, and if truth be told, we saw a difference in this from January onwards. All of a sudden, injured players were being spoken about (probably through much gritted teeth).
During the last three months, I've spoken to three different people who work for the club and have asked their thoughts on DB, all of whom have spoken very highly of him. They speak of a man who is ambitious for the club and looking to see improvements in all facets. When asking, it’s been through conversation rather than anything more formal, and replies from the staff have been incredibly genuine in their praise rather than giving me an answer that they are well aware will get back upstairs.
So why’s he not suitable for the role? He’s a fan of the club, seen the working of the club close up over the past four years, been involved in the running of the club for the past four years, and has an employment history in business management. I don’t get some of the criticisms. If the big smoking gun is an interpretation of a 2001 court case at a Toy Company, then does that really have relevance to the running of our club 18 years later? Might well be worth remarking that Russ Green received far less criticism on these pages when found guilty by the FA for an offence two years earlier for the role he went on to do at Dale(and I still maintain Russ was harshly treated).
In terms of supporting the Trust, I think I’m right in saying that he was the only member of the Board last season to join the Trust and has been instrumental in ensuring that most of the current Board have done so this season. He has supported our events on numerous occasions, long before he was appointed CEO.
Of course, some will dismiss this in its entirety. Put it down to lip service, blowing smoke up each other’s back side or whatever. I guess if you’ve made your mind up, it’s made up.
But it isn’t some chummy, chummy relationship. As we mentioned at our own AGM, relations between the club and the Trust were strained to say the least at the back end of last season but a lot of work has been put in to repairing that on both sides. But there’s now a great working relationship which allows openness, honesty and disagreements when necessary.
If concerns are genuine and not just innuendo, then might I suggest one of the following:
• Go and see him. He’s not a monster. Speak to him about your worries and give him that opportunity to offer his response. Drop him an email and arrange a time where you can go down and speak to him. I know many supporters have took the opportunity to do so already.
• Write to the Chairman and tell him your concerns. At the end of the day, he’s the club’s biggest shareholder, he’s the man at the top and he’ll have headed up the board that appointed David. It’ll have more impact that posting a reply on here.
• Raise things at the AGM in a couple of months’ time. Many Dale supporters are shareholders and there will be that opportunity as there always is for an open forum and to raise these concerns and have them answered directly.
At the end of the day, if the concerns are of that level, do something about it rather than posting it on here. As things stands, it is as I said before mainly innuendo and assumptions and there comes a time where the legal implications for me and this website need to be considered.
We had it when the Manchester Evening News published the story about the reduction in the ground capacity. “We’ve received a leaked letter” the journalist said to me on the phone when he tried bigging up the story suggesting mischief on someone’s part, after all the true story was last Summer when the capacity was cut to just over 7,000 not now when it’s been raised back up to 400 or so short of what it was before the cuts.
We’ve raised people’s concerns off here and we’ve asked them directly. It’s clear that as a Trust, our response are not considered good enough by everyone. But what I’ll say is that I think we’ve took pretty much every single concern off here and asked them all face to face, and published every single answer without censure. I doubt there is another club / Trust in the country that would go through each and every rumour like we have and publish the responses that we have. I do not believe there is another club in the country with the level of transparency we have now.
Time will tell everything, and I know when it looks like we’re heading for the drop, it’s very difficult to try and claim that everything is hunky dory. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with criticism, but some of the stuff that has been posted on here has crossed a line and become personal and gossippy. There’s plenty more work to be done at the club, things need improving but that work will get done and things will keep improving, and if we as a Trust have to keep asking questions, then we will. If we have to remind the club to do stuff then we will. There’s plenty we still want to see improvements on, and feel free to raise any concerns by emailing email@example.com
I’m sure there’s plenty of whatabouttery that can be stuck in reply to this, but from reading these pages, you’d think that we’ve got the next Owen Oyston at the helm and the truth is a million miles from that. We’ve got someone who many have backed up as being a genuine Dale fan who throughout his short tenure has shown real genuine desire to deal with fans concerns, whether that be meeting supporters after the Bradford troubles, listening to me list off rumour after rumour, meet fans concerned with the first team or many others. It’s been said repeatedly, his door remains open to supporters as many have took advantage of so you don’t have to rely on my take on it.
at 19:11 18 Feb 2019
If you're thinking of doing the walk to Accrington and would like to raise funds for the 5-a-side pitch appeal, then we can set up individual online sponsorship payment forms for you. We've set two or three up so far today and we can use generic text or if you'd prefer to have it individualised, then we can do that for you.
To sign up for the walk
|PSA testing at Spotland Saturday 19th Jan|
at 06:53 15 Jan 2019
Supporters are reminded that, prior to our home match against Fleetwood Town on Saturday 19th January, the Club are holding a PSA testing day.
Held in conjunction with the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal (BKPCA), it tests for prostate cancer – a disease which affects one in eight men in the UK.
All men aged 50 and over, or 45 and over with a family history of cancer, are welcome to attend. Testing will be done between 11am and 2pm in the Study Centre, located on Willbutts Lane.
The test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood, and around 2,000 men have been tested to date and least 100 lives have been saved by this approach.
Those being tested will be asked for a minimum £5 donation, with the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal funding the remainder of the test’s costs.
In 2015, following his own diagnosis, Burnley’s vice-chairman Barry Kilby launched the appeal to provide opportunities for men to be tested for prostate cancer – a disease which affects one in eight men in the UK.
Initially launched at the Premier League club, other clubs from the Premier League and the EFL, including Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth, have arranged a testing day at their club. Keen for Dale fans to benefit from this potentially life-saving initiative, we are the latest to add our support to it.
Barry Kilby said: “I’m delighted that Rochdale Football Club have got involved.
“One of the problems with prostate cancer, as it was with me, is that it becomes advanced before you see any symptoms.
“This blood test will show if there is something wrong and act as the warning in the early stages. We’ve saved well over 100 lives doing it like this.
“When we first launched this at Burnley, we ran out of needles! We thought we’d get around 200 – we actually got to 400 and odd.
“It’s gaining now and it has been really successful way of getting men tested, using the football link.
“I hope as many people as possible get themselves tested on the day – I can’t stress enough how important it is to do so.”
Dale Manager Keith Hill will be amongst those tested on the day.
Joe Thompson and Ollie Rathbone recently attended Rochdale Infirmary to officially launch the promotion of the event, handing out leaflets to outpatients with the help of our Community Trust team.
In addition, thanks to our friends at the Pennine Acute Trust, leaflets will be distributed to over 500 homes across the Borough in the next few weeks.
|Hornets v Mayfield|
at 08:54 12 Jan 2019
Was due to take place at Spotland today. It's been switched to Mayfield. If you're not going Posh and like a bit of RL, prices have been reduced
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