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Chris Beech
at 22:28 9 Mar 2019

As the dust is starting to settle on KH's dismissal, very little has been said about Chris Beech leaving and i think that needs redressing

Beech's playing career was dogged by injury, but when he was fit he was a fine midfielder, and he really got stuck in, in a similar way to Matty Lund. His roles at Dale since then have seen him prominent in some of the defining moments of our history. Granted, his spell of 6 games in temporary charge were unsuccessful before Coleman was brought in, but the team was at a low ebb too

Thanks for your work CB, and good luck with finding employment in the future

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Welcome to the pleasure dome
at 17:04 8 Mar 2019

I wouldn't say the forecast's been particularly bad for the next few days, but hey, better safe than sorry i suppose. Hope it's worth it...
RIP Albert Finney
at 16:38 8 Feb 2019

One of our finest actors
at 17:36 29 Dec 2018

Out-played, out-thought, out-fought, out-tackled, out-run, out-moroned (their fans)

Outraged? Nah... i enjoyed watching football being played at such a high level in L1

Sometimes, you just have to take it on the chin, accept the opponent was so much better than you on the day, and move on

I was pleased to see us keep our heads up, and enjoy some possession in the last 20 minutes. The only players who i'd be in any way critical of are Camps and Williams11 - not because they had poor games, but simply because both demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt to me that they're just too pedestrian to progress. Coming up against a Bradford side obviously fired up, they shrank whilst the others kept plugging away and both were removed from the firing line. Adshead was mercifully removed after 35 minutes, not because he wasn't playing well - he was - but this was no game for him to become embroiled in, and it was a bit tasty at times

Did anyone think i might've meant Hill Out? Nah... he put out a side on the back of consecutive wins with just one change, and can't be faulted for anything that happened during the game

I've already moved on, and hope the players can put this behind them, with maybe just the thought that when they next cross the white line onto the pitch, THAT is how the game is meant to be played - hard, fast, skilful, determined... just like we were in the 0-3 win at Valley Parade in our first promotion season. That's the standard we need to aim for - well done Bradford, you were a joy to watch

[Post edited 29 Dec 2018 17:39]
Wet Saturday afternoon in December
at 15:19 1 Dec 2018

And Dale aren't playing , so thought it was time for another of these threads

So wtf is everyone doing? Cryptic replies welcome. I'll set the ball rolling:

Sat in a Caffé Nero in Huddersfield with a flat white
Cool Hand Luke - more classic scenes
at 16:26 28 Nov 2018

Hull v Notts Forest
at 13:40 25 Nov 2018

Attendance quoted on three different sources* (BBC, Sky and Sunday Times) as 3364

I've done a quick media scan but can't see anything about a fans boycott. They're struggling near the foot of the championship but that's a lower gate than they used to get against us in the old Div 4 - anyone have inside info on why?

* or do all the media outlets take the same source for the figure, even if it's patently wrong?
Match thread v Charlton
at 14:27 27 Oct 2018


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Other games
at 20:00 23 Oct 2018

Coventry already 0-2 up at Bradford
Scenes at OT
at 17:45 6 Oct 2018

"Sacked in the morning..." sing the Geordie hordes

Whatever the result, i wouldn't wait that long
Jizz hands
at 19:08 2 Oct 2018

Oops... meant jazz hands

Let's try this tonight, we should all be very respectful if Dale score

at 12:21 17 Sep 2018

The club did some pretty good business over the summer, but imo the best bit of business was in persuading this lad to sign on for another couple of years

When Hilly refers in his interview to players becoming leaders i'm pretty sure he'll have had McGahey in mind. He's becoming the lynchpin of our defence we hoped he would, and his marshalling of Eaves on Saturday was masterful. The only time Eaves escaped his clutches he slammed the ball against the crossbar, as if to emphasise how dangerous he was

Hilly also makes the point about much of their play coming through Eaves. With him neutered, Gillingham's effectiveness was much diminished. That's them being made to look ordinary by our players and tactics, not that they were poor as such - there is a difference. When they introduced their tricky wide man in the second half their play became more varied and they started creating chances again

McGahey can only go from strength to strength on the back of that display. He's got everything you need in a CB, including pace. Delaney looked a bit more composed alongside him, but that's unsurprising given the confidence McGahey radiates
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Local rags
at 13:53 14 Sep 2018

Would our local rag be more popular if it was renamed the Crochdale Observer?
Cook retires from test cricket
at 12:48 3 Sep 2018

Not surprised by this, and think he's made the right decision

He's had a fantastic career, one of the very best we've had but in recent times his average has dropped from 50+ to below 45, which is a shame because overall he's better than that

Wish him luck for the future, i think he's got farming interests

[Post edited 3 Sep 2018 12:49]
Moore chance
at 09:13 2 Sep 2018

Due to a couple of injuries, Moore now finds himself in pole position (or between the poles, at least)

We've not seen enough of him imo to form a judgement about his capabilities but it seems he was out of favour due to a perceived lack of distribution skills as much as anything. If Hilly's having a rethink about how much we should be playing the ball around at the back, that's far less important for a keeper and he should be judged instead on those qualities which keepers have been judged on since c.1880

He must've wondered where his career was heading in recent weeks. Good luck to him, but now's his chance

[Post edited 2 Sep 2018 9:40]
Great start!
at 12:42 4 Aug 2018

... to the series against India. Proper test match cricket, and whilst we did our best to chuck it away a couple times we came through in the end with shades of 2005

Bodes well for the remaining matches. Stokes in court next week so his performance with the ball (in particular) in this game will be missed. Great to see fresh faces like Curran coming through so a chance for someone else at Lord's

Superb batting from Kohli, probably the best in the world but very good captaincy by Root, making some tough calls and getting it mainly right

1-0 up and the football to start now
Moorland fire
at 06:00 27 Jun 2018

Affecting areas around Saddleworth Moor / Stalybridge, but rising smoke can be seen in the distance locally, especially around the Hollingworth Lake area

Homes already being evacuated - don't recall that ever happening before?

Obviously not a laughing matter, but had to chuckle when reading the news about fire crews being praised for their work by Andy Burnham...
at 14:39 22 Jun 2018

Working well so far - when it's been used*

Penalty awarded for 'foul' on Neymar overturned, rightly so

*The Costa Rica lads were really in the refs face to review. Maybe our lads need to be a bit less reticent? I really don't like the 'in your face' attitude but if it helps arrive at the right decision, as should have happened for the constant and obvious fouling in the penalty box against our lads v Tunisia, then fair enough
at 16:52 14 Jun 2018

Decent opening first half

Saudis look wide open at the back and the hosts took full advantage. At least it's not a bore draw

Scrambled egg (not) on toast
at 14:01 7 Jun 2018

I decided to have scrambled egg on toast for lunch. Got the bread out, started the scrambled egg, buttered the bread, put the egg on it - then realised i'd forgotten to toast it

Anyone else do really daft things like that?
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