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Footballing centrebacks
at 15:30 13 Aug 2019

I never thought that I would ever say this but I have to admit that for the most part I enjoyed watching the controlled way that we passed the ball around at the back on Saturday.
Bonesy is certainly an accomplished footballer.
Are our defenders getting better technically than their predecessors?
The game has certainly changed in this respect although I have to say that the pitches are a lot better.
Much as I admired them (and still do) could the likes of Gareth Griffiths, Simon Coleman, Colin Parry and Bill Summerscales for example play within the current system?
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Vitality Blast
at 22:16 25 Jul 2019

Great win for Lancs at Headingley tonight. Didn’t think 170 runs would be enough but bowlers did well.
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Another one gone.....
at 16:39 15 Jul 2019

Jamie Fullarton has left Halifax Town.
Their message board seems to think that Keith Hill might be good fit as the club have advertised on Twitter saying candidates should be available immediately.
Might be a bad job to take on though as they only have about 15 or so players (if that many) and were forced to cancel a friendly at Frickley the other Saturday as they couldn't raise a team.
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RIP Jack Bond
at 07:40 15 Jul 2019

Died late last week aged 87.
Captain and then manager of Lancashire CC when they were in their one-day pomp for about five years from 1969 onwards. Won the Gillette Cup three times in a row.
This was the team of David Lloyd, Barry Wood, Ken Snelgrove, Harry Pilling, Clive Lloyd, Farokh Engineer, John Sullivan, David Hughes, jack Simmons, Ken Shuttleworth, Ken Higgs,Peter Lever.
Happy days.
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Hall of Fame
at 13:18 3 Jul 2019

I was wondering who you would all include if the club were to institute a "Hall of Fame" along the lines of those attached to American Football and Rugby League clubs?
Inclusion would strictly limited (ten in this case) and members will have made an outstanding contribution to the club.
Anyone who is still playing or who has retired within the last five years isn't eligible so that would rule out the likes of Gary Jones for the time being.
My nominees would be:
Keith Hill
Reg Jenkins
Albert Whitehurst
Ted Goodier
Stan Milburn
Graham Smith
Billy Rudd
Wayne Evans
Denis Butler
Alan Reeves
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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?
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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........
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Dick Connor
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.
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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?
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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.
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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!?

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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.
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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.
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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?
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Is anyone guaranteed a starting place next season?
at 13:18 4 Jul 2018

Apart from Lillis and Henderson?
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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.

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Former players on the move....
at 13:15 7 Jun 2018

....Sanmi Odelusi has joined Halifax Town.

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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.....
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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.
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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!
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