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Dorking
at 11:35 13 Apr 2024

Hope the pitch holds out today. Dorking travelled yesterday and have been relaxing in the pool and sauna's at the Norton Grange overnight. I overheard them say that 36 players and staff were to be catered for - not bad for a semi-pro part time team. Lets hope they ate a large breakfast
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Save our football club
at 07:49 21 Feb 2024

A new day and we need to take action to see whether the people of Rochdale will rally round in our hour of need. Can we run a media campaign to get people to turn up over the next 3 games in their thousands? Putting an extra £100k into the coffers through ticket sales should keep us going through to the end of the season. The club won't do it but the fans and The Trust could.

Or am I barking up the wrong tree
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Andy Holt
at 20:28 19 Feb 2024

You have to love the bluntness of Andy Holt. He is all over the media today following a series of tweets where he implied that Accy have a £1m black hole that he won't be fixing in full by sinking his cash. He has said that ticket prices, season ticket prices and refreshment prices will need to rise. And the playing budget cut by another £250k pa now they are a league two club and unlikely to be promoted back to League One. Fair enough

Then he goes on to say that he is fed up of players who are all allegedly injured who have no intention of playing and who won't be signing new contracts in summer that drain the club of money. Then this nugget.....the squad of 18 that were named last Saturday cost Accy £689,000 per annum. And we still think we are hard done to with our playing budget. Of course he probably has a similar budget to pay for the injured players. But quite revealing nonetheless.
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NFR - Barclays to close in Rochdale
at 17:41 12 Jan 2024

Just seen that the main branch in town is to close in April. They have closed all the suburban branches and most market town branches, now its the turn of the large towns. Sad that a town the size of Rochdale won't have one of our main banks in situ.
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Boxing Day - we have a part to play
at 22:52 22 Dec 2023

Just thinking about the role the regular fans have on making boxing day a success for the future. The £1 initiative is a great maketing initiative and we need to try and make Tuesday a brilliant experience for everyone who comes along. Of course attractive attacking football and 3 points will help - but we need every penny for the rest of the season and this is the start of building a new fan base for the future.

Make everybody feel welcomed. Talk to first timers. Share your programme. Tell fans where to go to get refreshments. Buy more draw tickets. We can all do our bit to make sure some of them come back.... I long for the day when we get 4000 fans into Spotland every week.
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Crown Oil
at 14:05 7 Sep 2023

I was reading about the top 25 most wealthy in Greater Manchester in the MEN recently. Sadly, nobody in Rochdale was on the list. The closest to us was the family that own Crown Oil registered in Heap Bridge.

With Crown Oil being our principal sponsor, and a local business, and an advertiser at other sports grounds in the area, they are clearly keen to support local sport commercially. They had a turnover of well over £400m last year, made a profit of £20m+ and had a healthly balance sheet. £18m or so was paid in dividends, presumably to the owners.

I wonder whether they have been approached about the prospect of taking an ownership option in the club. They know us well, are cash rich, and could create a lasting legacy for the family or the company in the town. Just a thought
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Attendances and away fans
at 12:55 22 Aug 2023

I saw that Eastleigh reported that there were 2106 Daleys and 70 away fans at COA on Saturday. If that was right it got me thinking. Why weren't the away fans housed in Pearl Street given we moved our own fans out of the far block to accomodate low away fan followings?

And if these numbers are true (I am sure I saw our scoreboard flash something higher) then we have lost 21% of the home fans between the Ebbsfleet and Eastleigh games. We can't afford that and it's imperative that initiatives to drive fans back in are prioritised. I fear for the Friday night game. Of course a few back to back wins would help
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If only we could do this....
at 19:30 9 Aug 2023

https://altrinchamfc.com/blogs/news/club-statement

Consortium of local businessmen come together to invest £1.5m into the club but not taking control
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Jim's interview on OS
at 10:04 22 Jun 2023

Jim has shared quite a bit in his latest interview. Still expects to lose some players before the season starts. Says that the playing budget is the 'most humble' since he has been at the club - I take it that means the lowest. To be expected given what has happened. He talks about the Board being unhappy with how some of the budget has been spent over the past 2 years and don't want the same mistakes again - no pressure then Jim.

He is looking at certain players but they are hedging their bets for a better offer - either in terms of salary or playing in the EFL. But at some point some will need to bite. I hope we are not let left looking for the scraps, but it depends on who leaves us over the next week to two.

Players are back in next week to start training. No suggestion that they are having a training camp anywhere - the days of affording Tenerife etc are long gone I suspect.
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Rory McArdle
at 10:52 8 May 2023

I see that Rory signs off his playing career today. How fitting it is against one of his old clubs. He played over 140 games for us and I hope both sets of fans show their appreciation today.
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Last 5 games at home
at 12:03 13 Mar 2023

It looks like we have 5 games left at home as a football league club. Whilst a miracle could happen, realistically we are looking down the barrel of the gun. It saddens me that the club hasn't tried to get the town to back the club and get along to make an atmosphere and it looks like we will go down with a whimper.

So how will you remember these last few games. Will you be encouraging anybody along for a last look? We don't need pitch invasions or banners - there isn't anything anybody can change now. Besides we are more dignified than that. But I hope we can celebrate 102 years in the football league somehow. Any ideas?
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Name and shame
at 15:15 23 Jan 2023

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/cctv-appeal

Anybody know these guys. Publicity we could do without. But this season we seem to have attracted some undesirables.
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Notts County today
at 10:47 19 Nov 2022

Not heard from Chalky recently, but noticed that Notts County have run a promotion today and will play in front of a sell out crowd of over 16,000 against Yeovil today. They recognised that the fixtures before Christmas are hard to sell and with them wanting to cement their lead at the top of the table and take advantage of the top two leagues not playing for a while, they ran a promotion. £5 for adults and £1 for kids and they have filled the stadium to create a record breaking non league crowd for a league fixture.

Brilliant marketing - although it helps that they are playing well
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Flooding
at 17:15 8 Nov 2022

Allow a bit of extra time tonight. Roch Valley way has some flooding but so does Sandy Lane on the Cemetry side. Traffic single file
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Tomato Soup and Cottage Pie for £50 on Saturday
at 16:16 26 Sep 2022

Bargain for season ticket holders this Saturday! Or just £41 if you are not.

Does anybody buy our hospitality packages anymore?
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Diversity and Equality should start at the top
at 15:32 17 Aug 2022

https://www.rochdaleafc.co.uk/news/2022/august/efl_edistrategy/

The 9 very well paid white middle aged men and a token woman that make up the EFL Board have today announced a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy for the game. Whilst I am very supportive of the principles, I'll believe it when the EFL Board changes. They won't have a clue how this looks.
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Vote for Oscars goal from the youth team
at 15:33 23 May 2022

https://www.rochdaleafc.co.uk/news/2022/may/lfegotm_oscarkelly/

Quick link in this article to vote for our youth team lads goal. He needs votes to beat other clubs in the polls
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Great to see the under 15s have reached the final of their cup
at 10:19 26 Apr 2022

https://twitter.com/RochdaleAcademy

Well done to the under 15's beating Bolton at Hyde last night to reach the final of the EFL Floodlight trophy. Colchester in the final. Good luck boys.

Did anybody go last night?
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Stewarding today
at 20:14 18 Apr 2022

What was all that about? They were everywhere, including sat in the mainstand? We are lucky if we see 2 most games - today they were everywhere. Inspection by the Council perhaps?
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