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at 21:49 27 Jul 2020
It might be a forlorn hope but might a Premiership club come and take him off Watford’s hands? And give Dale another nice add-on?
The Hornets might be looking to offload some of their higher earners.
Or is the lad’s reputation sullied by successive relegations?
at 12:59 19 Jun 2020
I know that this lad polarises opinion on here but I would like to say thank you to him for being a consummate ambassador for the club over the years.
And there have been goals as well...remember those late winners at Bradford City and at home to Port Vale?
One incident sticks in my mind though. I seem to remember that it was Calvin who forced his way into the area from wide out against Millwall in the cup replay to set up a simple finish for Hendo.
That one moment set up a cuptie against Tottneham that we won't forget.
Good luck wherever life takes you.
at 09:13 15 May 2020
It would have been his 67th birthday today.
Spent many an hour reminiscing when he had the pub on Bury Road after he packed in playing.
at 12:07 9 Apr 2020
As Private Eye might say, who he?
|RIP Frank Myler|
at 11:50 27 Mar 2020
Hornets legend as both player and coach.
Almost singlehandedly revived the club in the early 1970's.
at 14:04 5 Jan 2020
The club have just tweeted that he has been recalled by Huddersfield.
at 18:56 2 Dec 2019
Our former chief exec has just been appointed to a fresh job; he’s the new CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire which runs tourism in the county and organises cycling’s Tour de Yorkshire amongst other events.
Good luck to him as he always came across as a good bloke when I met him at Spotland.
at 13:12 3 Nov 2019
Good read about him in TVOS yesterday.
What I didn’t realise was that when he hung up his boots he went onto own the Sports House on Drake St.
I bought my first pair of boots there in the 1960’s and could never walk past without a spot of window shopping.
|Looking nervously at other results already|
at 07:37 9 Oct 2019
This is crazy but I'm behaving now like I normally do in March and April ie looking at the results of teams who might be in a relegation scrap with us and hoping that they lose.
For example I found myself praying for a Blackpool win on Monday.
I know that only three go down this season but I have a sneaking feeling that Bolton might have a good run at some stage if they gain some momentum. Probably starting when they play us in a couple of weeks!
So all of a sudden I'm a fan of whoever the likes of Southend, Accrington, Gillingham and Tranmere are playing.
Am I unique in this at the moment?
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?
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.
|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.
|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.
|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:
|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!?
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