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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...
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?
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?
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
World Cup squad
at 14:58 16 May 2018

Emphasis on youth, and a few lads with big games still to play for their clubs
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 )
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

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
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
[Post edited 7 May 22:19]
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
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
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?

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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
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