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Oldham on Tuesday
at 17:00 14 Apr 2018

Our biggest game of the season, without question

Bigger than Spurs at home, bigger than Wembley
[Post edited 14 Apr 17:02]
Real Madrid v Juve
at 21:05 11 Apr 2018

0-3, to bring the tie level

Horrible mistake by RM keeper. Buffon the Juve keeper going apeshit

And this after Barca's exit last night
Clocks forward
at 02:02 25 Mar 2018

Don't forget!

Will schools do a "Coventry"?
at 16:35 21 Feb 2018

In 1971, with one or two exceptions, most schools in the borough let kids go at lunchtime to attend the FA Cup fixture

I guess there's a different ethos these days, but wouldn't it make sense for schools to do the same on Wednesday? I don't have kids of school age now, but rather than parents trying to sort out an arrangement with their school individually, i wondered if there was any mechanism anyone might know of whereby an official approach might be made on behalf of all parents in the same boat... or coach... or whatever?

[Post edited 21 Feb 16:37]
Davies v Llorente
at 12:37 19 Feb 2018

Apologies for starting another Davies thread, but I've just been reflecting on comments of the MOTD panel, which included two of the top strikers ever to grace our national team in Lineker and Shearer

They were bemoaning poor old Llorente's lack of game time after he'd hit the chance wide from almost exactly the same spot as Davies took his chance, and under less time pressure

Davies had been on the pitch for about 15 minutes after almost no game time for the past 3 or 4 months. How great does that make his finish? I'd rate it as the best pure strikers finish I've seen at Spotland for a very long while, struggling to recall a better one

Just one more thing...
at 00:42 19 Feb 2018

It'll be a while before i can get to sleep tonight, but running the highlights just one more time - here's a thing:

In the first couple of minutes, Matty Done made inroads on the left of the penalty area and created a chance. For the next 90 minutes, he was pretty much pegged back on defensive duties, and very well he did too

It was only in the 93rd minute that he finally got some space to latch onto Davies' pass and surge forward before delivering the perfect ball into the box which, after a touch on, arrived at Davies' feet. The rest is history, but having players like Done, Davies & Hendo shows that no matter the opponent, quality counts
Steve Davies
at 19:38 18 Feb 2018

Some (including myself) have doubted whether we'd see him in a Dale shirt again

Of course he's put on weight, mainly through being unable to train for long periods, but basically the guy is a classy footballer

It's all too easy for those with a particular frame of mind to mock him, but that's got to stop

As i've always said, right from when he stuck the ball away against Bolton last season to win the game 1-0 - Give him the chance and HE WILL SCORE !!
Dale on ITV tonight
at 13:31 16 Feb 2018
Other games
at 15:23 27 Jan 2018

Oldham and Southend both losing

Goal for Northampton at Ewood Park, JJ O'T assisted by Bunney (again)
We're gonna win 5-4...
at 11:17 21 Jan 2018

Doesn't make up for losing the Ashes, but credit where it's due...

England's ODI performances have been outstanding, series taken 3-0 and the Barmy Army at last given something to cheer about

"We're gonna win 5-4..."

Need to convert that into a World Cup success
Random: FA Trophy
at 13:48 14 Jan 2018

In yesterday's 2nd Round FA Trophy fixtures, after 90 minutes there were 7 drawn games

Just one of these, Bognor Regis v Leyton Orient, went to extra time with Orient winning 1-2

Can teams in this trophy decide between themselves whether they'll play extra time in the event of a draw? If so, I reckon that's a pretty good rule
Most glaring error
at 13:35 2 Jan 2018

Of all the errors made recently in team selection/formation, surely the most glaring must be the failure to recognise the stability brought to our whole performance when we played with a back three against Peterborough, the last game i can recall enjoy watching

Hilly referred to it afterwards as a kind of emergency measure, which I suspect caused many of us to groan silently, given the way the team performed comfortably and with real attacking threat

What's more, we've got the personnel to do it

McGahey Daniels McNulty/Nthle (or even Canavan) plus Keane

Out wide, Done/Bunney and Rafferty/Cannon

So many options, so peremptorily discarded. And if we're not in an emergency now, how much lower do we need to sink before trying something which worked, over an extended run of games this time?
NYD v Blackpool
at 15:55 30 Dec 2017

As things stand, Blackpool are being dragged right into the relegation mire

To be absolutely blunt, we need to beat them on NYD or face being cast adrift. Unless decent players see some prospect of enjoying their football, it'll massively reduce our chances of signing anyone worth having in the January window

The manager has shown in the past that he knows how to put a team onto the field that'll play with the right energy and simplicity and i'm hoping the teamsheet reflects that at 2pm on Monday
Pantos ain't wot they used to be...
at 17:46 14 Dec 2017
fao ATP
at 21:09 1 Nov 2017

Your second team is putting in an absolutely superb display against the European Champions

Great to watch!
Oldham v bury
at 21:43 24 Oct 2017

Late winner (90+4) for Latics sees them leapfrog above us but leaves bury just that bit deeper in trouble
Team for tomorrow
at 14:54 20 Oct 2017

Will Hilly stick or twist?

My own preference would be:

Rafferty McGahey McNulty Bunney
Rathbone Camps Inman
Done Hendo

Subs: Moore, Daniels, Nthle, Morley, JWilliams, Andrew, Davies

That'd mean Slew dropping from the bench but only in the interests of balance

[Post edited 20 Oct 2017 14:55]
Could this ever happen at Dale?
at 19:22 18 Oct 2017

I'd really like to think not
RIP Liz (Vera Duckworth)
at 13:13 26 Sep 2017

What used to really amuse me were the scenes when she was 'in the mood' and made overtures to Jack - the horrified look on his face and body language was acting (by them both) at it's very best

[Post edited 26 Sep 2017 13:14]
Other matches
at 15:23 16 Sep 2017

Latics losing at home to leaders Shrews

Edit: 1-1 now

And Chris Wilder losing at home to Norwich

[Post edited 16 Sep 2017 15:38]
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