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McGahey
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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45519884

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/45388727

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

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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




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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
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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...
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VAR
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
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WC
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

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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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Lampard in at Derby
at 09:45 31 May 2018

3 year contract, and if he does well (that'd be a return to the Premier League and staying there) it'd be a route for him to the England job

If Burnley and Bournemouth can make a success of it in the top division, Derby have the potential to do the same and his international career would put him ahead of other youngish managers for the top job when it next becomes vacant

On the other hand, he could bomb, or become another 'nearly' man. Will be interesting if Gerrard does well at Rangers - the old England midfield conundrum reoccurring at managerial level

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Peter Kay's Car Share
at 22:45 28 May 2018

Final episode was a classic - hope he leaves it there, with his door blasted into the road!

Hints that it might continue with their chat about a workmate's wedding?
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Who's watching it?
at 10:25 19 May 2018

Impossible to escape the saturated coverage, unless you can escape to a remote island, and even then, there's a chance they'll turn up on honeymoon

Just wait for the first 'royal gaffe' and she'll be dubbed the Countess of Dumb by the ragtops

As for me, I'll take in the service but probably end up shooting the telly when Fiona Bruce appears... again
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World Cup squad
at 14:58 16 May 2018

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44138600

Emphasis on youth, and a few lads with big games still to play for their clubs
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Davies heads released list
at 19:27 15 May 2018

But who supplied the cross?

Give him a released list and HE WILL SCORE!

(Sorry folks, just had to get that in one last time )
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Lancs win at last
at 12:22 13 May 2018

After a pretty poor start to the season, Lancs finally get their act together, victory by an Innings and 67 runs

http://www.cricbuzz.com/live-cricket-scorecard/19419/notts-vs-lancs-county-div-1

Unfortunately for poor Hameed, who'd been dropped from the previous fixture which was a runfest, he was re-instated at no.3 and got to bat for 13 balls for a duck
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Crucible
at 21:41 7 May 2018

Incredible frame to make it 16-17

What will that miss do to Williams?



Edit: nothing, as it turned out
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Davies
at 20:56 5 May 2018

Give him the ball near the corner flag and HE WILL STORE!

Wasn't present for the awards. Looked to have done his groin when he slipped in the penalty area not long after coming on, but soldiered on, and if that's the last we see of him in a Dale shirt hanging loose at his ample waist, all the best - you've scored some memorable goals for us
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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
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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
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Clocks forward
at 02:02 25 Mar 2018

Don't forget!

Goodnight
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