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|Former Rochdale boss describes the atmosphere as toxic....|
at 17:50 6 Mar 2019
...and claims that he was at loggerheads with a new CEO. Described the situation as unworkable at times.
No, not Keith Hill, but ex Hornets coach Alan Kilshaw widely quoted in the rugby league press last week.........
Is it something in the air or the water at Spotland?
|Surely there must be some decent defenders out there somewhere?|
at 08:00 7 Jan 2019
In the past we always seemed to manage to sign decent, honest defenders who did just that. Defend, get the blocks in, be strong at set pieces.
Think of Keith Hill himself.
Steve Parkin pulled rabbits out of a hat for example when he signed good pros like Gareth Griffiths, Greg Heald and Tony Gallimore when the situation demanded it.
We don't need teenage prodigies on loan from Premiership clubs at the moment, we need grafters who know where Row Z is if necessary.
PS I know that Parkin also signed Boardman........
at 14:09 8 Dec 2018
I believe that it is 50 years on Monday since he joined the club as trainer/coach.
Served the club loyally for over four years through some of some of it's most successful footballing times.
Results certainly picked up after his arrival which led to promotion although how much of that is exactly down to him is unknown.
Later became a popular landlord of the Carters Rest on Spotland Road, famed for his Monday afternoon lock-ins where he used to love recounting his football anecdotes.
|Saturday or Sunday|
at 07:51 4 Dec 2018
I know that this will upset the traditionalists but I enjoyed kicking off at 2.00pm this Sunday rather than the conventional Saturday afternoon start at 3.00pm.
It fitted in far better with bus and train timetables for me personally and was a far better, leisurely journey.
In fact I'd rather like it if we played the odd league match on Sunday and would be interested if anyone else would see it as a worthwhile experiment?
|Former team mates cropping up over the weekend|
at 07:51 19 Nov 2018
The "Daily Mail" ran over two pages on Saturday about Gordon Taylor, the PFA and his £2.5 million annual payment package.
Taylor's defence is that he doesn't set his salary; this is apparently recommended by an independent committee chaired by "former player Gareth Griffiths who now runs his own wealth management company".
And then I was in the pub yesterday and who was beaming from the telly in his role as a SKY pundit but Patrick McCourt as he was introduced.
|Michael Carrick autobiography|
at 07:53 7 Nov 2018
I'm just in the middle of reading this at the moment (it's one the better ones and quite insightful) and there are a couple of references which might interest Dale fans.
Carrick says that of all the players who impressed him in the youth set-up at West Ham (and he was there from 14) was a "young, local lad from Plaistow, called Lee Hodges who was incredibly talented".
Praise indeed when you think that Carrick's contemporaries included the likes of Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard.
Steve Bywater gets several mentions as well. He was in the same FA Youth Cup winning team of 1999 and comes across as being completely crazy.
Carrick recalls one game where West Ham conceded a corner and Bywater told his defence that he was coming out for this one "Like a train".
The corner came across and he raced off his line to punch clear shouting "choo choo".
Was he as potty when he played for Dale!?
|My take on Saturday|
at 08:13 20 Aug 2018
Has the Fleetwood match thread been locked?
I just wanted to add my observations from Saturday please?
I know it’s late but we’ve “just got back” after staying over in Blackpool.
Firstly, what a lovely set-up Fleetwood have even though it’s like going into a model village. The last time that I walked through a park to a ground was probably at Aldershot.
How could they ever expand though? Park and residential properties on all four sides.
I’m not quite sure about the “Captain Pugwash” music every time they score either!
As for the game….
I was stood to the right of the posts and was convinced that their first goal came off Delaney but am willing to stand corrected. That goal came from a comedy of errors with Wilbraham and Rafferty colliding by the touchline.
Before that we had looked threatening with Ntlhe, Ollie and Perkins looking good.
We just make so many basic howlers though. We had a short corner routine 0-0 which finished with their keeper making a great save; we tried it again a few minutes later and it was easily intercepted.
Why do we keep persisting with these short goalkicks and clearances from Josh? It puts players under pressure who aren’t technically equipped to deal with that sort of tactic.
As for the substitutions, I hope that both Inman and Rafferty were injured as they didn’t make much sense otherwise. The Rafferty one was strange in as much as Henderson was having treatment for a facial injury at the time. Wouldn’t it have better to see if he needed to come off first?
We were completely disjointed and at panic stations for ten minutes after that which resulted in Town going in front again.
Fleetwood? Well, did a team ever reflect a manager so much? I’d hate to see them play Bentley’s Morecambe!
The ironic thing is that we scored in stoppage time for the minutes added on for them rolling around on the floor and the keeper getting booked for timewasting. The worst example was when Perkins was chopped down and the perpetrator then needed a lengthy spell of treatment.
God knows what their wage bill must be and they have good players so they don’t need to indulge in such antics.
|Half a century!|
at 09:41 9 Aug 2018
Was anyone else on here at Spotland on Saturday August 10th 1968?
There isn’t a link to a recording unfortunately but 50 years ago our first promotion campaign started with a 3-2 win over Scunthorpe.
Seven new players in the team, strangely enough they were numbers one to seven on the teamsheet; new kit as well as Dale wore blue shirts, white shorts and white socks with two hoops around the calf. We’d spent weekday evenings during that summer painting the ground blue and white in what would be these days be classed as a rebrand.
Admission was half a crown (12.5p) and a programme 6d (2.5p).
I was 14 at the time and vividly remember standing outside the ground the day before with my newly acquired autograph book.
When training had finished Steve Melledew took my book and made sure that everyone signed it, including Bob Stokoe. I still have the book but don’t know if it’s worth anything or not.
But to me it’s priceless.
|2018/19 Squad Numbers|
at 16:20 19 Jul 2018
1. Josh Lillis
2. Joe Rafferty
3. Kgosi Ntlhe
4. Jimmy McNulty
5. Ryan Delaney
6. Harrison McGahey
7. Stephen Dooley
8. MJ Williams
9. Calvin Andrew
10. Callum Camps
11. Jordan Williams
14. Ollie Rathbone
15. Joe Thompson
16. Matty Done
17. David Perkins
18. Aaron Wilbraham
19. Bradden Inman
22. Brendan Moore
23. James Finnerty
25. Daniel Adshead
27. Andy Cannon
28. Aaron Morley
31. Brad Wade
36. Matty Gillam
40. Ian Henderson
Plenty of gaps in the sequential numbering. Is that because a lot players have the same squad number every year?
|Didn't see that one coming........|
at 17:55 18 Jun 2018
Former Under-18 coach Michael Collins has been named as the new head coach of Bradford City.
The former Huddersfield Town midfielder, 32, who recently announced that he was ending his playing career after leaving FC Halifax Town, will be assisted by lead development coach and former Bradford Park Avenue chief Martin Drury and head of recruitment Greg Abbott. The trio have all signed three-year deals.
|New boss at Oakwell|
at 13:22 6 Jun 2018
Barnsley follow Huddersfield down the German route by appointing Daniel Stendel as new head coach.
Was formerly in charge at Hannover 96 before getting the sack in April.....
|Ray Wilson RIP|
at 17:43 16 May 2018
A great defender and a World Cup winner.
As an aside, when he signed for Everton from Huddersfield the deal was shrouded in secrecy and the papers were signed at the newly opened Sir Winston Churchill on Bury Road, now part of the Harvester chain.
I suppose it was halfway between the two places in the days before the motorway.
|Happy 49th anniversary tomorrow|
at 17:36 9 May 2018
Dale fans of a certain vintage will know exactly what I mean - Saturday 10th May 1969.
I only wish that was some footage somewhere of that team. Just to reassure me that my memory is right and that they were that massively talented group of players that I fondly recall.
Would they survive in the modern game? No respect to our current squads or the sides of 2009/10 and 2013/14 who went onto emulate their achievement but I'm sure they would!
|Glenn Murray interview|
at 12:12 17 Mar 2018
Did anyone else see the extended piece he did with Dion Dublin on the Premier League show on Thursday night?
I have to confess to being slightly disappointed because, having stayed up to watch it, there no was no mention of Dale at all although Workington Reds, Carlisle and a spell in the USA early in his career were all referred to.
Having said that, I remember him making his debut in a 7-1 defeat at Lincoln in October 2006. I was waiting for a plane at Manchester Airport that afternoon to go to Spain on holiday and every text message heralding another goal for the Imps was mood destroying!
at 08:01 24 Jan 2018
I'm trying to lighten the mood with another nostalgia thread.
What was the first pub that you all went in, legally or illegally?
With me it was the Red Lion which was on the corner of Newgate and Lord Street, more or less on the opposite corner to the Wing Wah.
Me and my mates were about 15 at the time. It was a proper old fashioned boozer. No music, no fruit machines. Frosted glass on the windows and a heavy door. Deadly quiet.
It must have been early evening and the place was empty. The landlord must have known we were underaged because we all bought our own drinks and plumped for dark mild because it was the cheapest! I think that it was 1/10d for a pint.
I left Rochdale to go to uni and when I came back that part of town had all been demolished to make way for the shopping centre.
at 17:24 14 Dec 2017
Just spotted that he scored for AFC Fylde at Wigan on Tuesday.
He must be getting on a bit because he played for us in the Simpson era if my memory serves me right.
Must have a fair whack in non-league though because his last club was Salford who are really flashing the cash.
|50 years on - 16/12/17|
at 07:54 12 Dec 2017
Please indulge me for a while but I’m celebrating 50 years of being a “serious” Dale fan this weekend.
I’d been to games with my dad in the early 1960’s like the League Cup run in 1962 and when we had a sniff of promotion in 1964 but he was a Hornets fan and not really interested. I suppose I was a classic young “bandwaggoner”.
Friday afternoon’s at St Wilfrid’s included double French and Colin Smith (as he then was) spent most of the period telling me about how good Dale were and what I was missing out on.
And so I went to Dale versus Newport County on Saturday December 16th 1967 and was instantly hooked!
We won 4-3 after being 3-1 behind at one stage (I think). It was freezing and there were less than 2000 on the ground but it was mint.
But Colin let me down on two counts.
He said that Dale had Division Four’s top scorer in Reg Jenkins but the big feller played at centrehalf that afternoon. In fact that season he struggled to get into double figures in terms of goals and Joe Fletcher finished as leading scorer. I think that two guys called Brian Eastham and Ken Bracewell, both ex Toronto, had been playing in defence but we had been leaking goals and had been dicked big style at Tranmere in the cup the previous week. It must have been the central defence that was the problem because the two fullbacks were pretty good – Vic Cockcroft and Laurie Calloway.
He had also said that Dale had the best goalkeeper in the division in Les Green but he didn’t play and Bob Williamson did. Green wasn’t the biggest but certainly athletic and we sold him to Derby at the end of the season.
Other players I remember are Steve Melledew who was charging around energetically in midfield and Graham Smith who played alongside Reg in the backfour but didn’t look big enough to compete there.
If you had told me that evening that in later years I would see Dale at Wembley and witness three promotions I would have laughed in your face!
Thanks for the memories!
at 17:48 27 Nov 2017
I was reading recently about how this young man who attends our Centre of Excellence had earned selection for the Lancashire under-16 team.
He's from Whitworth so I wondered if he's a relative of Vinny or John who used to run the "Cock and Magpie"?
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