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at 11:26 16 Jun 2021
Anyone know when they're being released please?
|Am I distraught tonight?|
at 21:09 1 May 2021
Should I be? Perhaps.
This is the fourth relegation in my time following the Dale.
The first one I barely remember but I’m told I cried. Perhaps that one was slightly predictable as we barely scraped into the new Third Division when the old North and South sections were merged in 1958.
The next two, in 1973/74 and 2011/12 weren’t a shock after we looked doomed long before the end of the season.
This one? Well Blind Freddie could have seen it coming since the end of January despite the heroics of the last month.
I would have been more more upset if we’d needed a point at MK Dons next Sunday and were beaten by a crap goal in stoppage time.
To my mind this relegation has been a slow process all revolving around recruitment - or the lack of it - over the last four or so seasons.
Players like Stephen Dawson, NML, Joe Rafferty, Andy Cannon, Callum Camps, Ian Henderson, Ashley Eastham, Rhys Norrington-Davies amongst others all left for a variety of reasons but were, to my mind, never adequately replaced.
The result is that we’ve slithered towards disaster over the years.
It could have been a lot worse of course.
A lot of the revenue that has kept us going was earned in cup ties against Newcastle and Manchester United. But we could quite easily have lost lost to Wrexham and Boston before playing Newcastle.
And in the Carabao Cup we were perhaps fortunate to play Bolton’s Academy team at home before scraping past Carlisle at Spotland.
I’m sat at home drinking red wine and thinking gloomily that the next relegation that I witness may down to the Conference unless the whole philosophy and mindset of the club changes.
at 18:18 18 Mar 2021
Fit enough for Wales but barely featured for us so far?
|You know it’s bad when........|
at 14:50 7 Mar 2021
....your neighbour’s kids start to take the mickey.
Next door’s 12 year old has just shouted over the garden fence that replacement buses are running on the Calder Valley railway line due to a points failure at Rochdale.....
|RIP Mary Wilson|
at 22:34 9 Feb 2021
To round off a pretty crap night I’ve just heard of the death of Mary Wilson, founder member of The Supremes.
Diana Ross might have been the most famous Supreme but Mary was a constant in the group for over sixty years.
Brilliant voice, the backdrop to my teenage years so pretty sentimental about her passing.
at 20:13 1 Feb 2021
After the comings and going’s of today we can probably now select a complete team of players with Irish connections who have played for Dale in the last eight years or so:
Or have I forgotten anyone? That midfield wouldn’t take any prisoners for sure.
|BBM is a very lucky man in one respect.....|
at 07:47 27 Jan 2021
......inasmuch as there are no crowds currently allowed at home matches.
Much as we like the guy I suspect that a chunk of the home fans would definitely be on his case by now.
And several of his players, rightly or wrongly, would have been offered some advice, not of all of it constructive.
Would we have been booed off? Perhaps.
I for one am now sick of being allowed to watch a coaching project develop.
This is a business, not an experiment in footballing philosophy.
I'm fed up up of seeing kids who probably don't even shave every day yet being asked to do a man's job.
Sorry if this offends the purists but In our current predicament give me a Peter Clarke type defender over a Haydon Roberts type defender anyday.
And I wish the latter well but players like him, Bola and Magoire aren't what we need at the moment.
|Big day for Hornets tomorrow|
at 20:57 9 Dec 2020
They find out at 2.00pm whether or not their application to be promoted into the RL championship has been accepted.
It would dramatically increase their income - once grounds are open again - if they had home games against the likes of Leigh, Halifax and Bradford with the support these teams would bring.
Be a boost for stadium revenue as well.
So It was nice to a “good luck” tweet from Dale.
at 20:39 2 Dec 2020
Has joined the coaching staff at Shrewsbury
|One for all the nostalgia buffs like me|
at 18:46 15 Nov 2020
Saw a website called memory lane.co.uk advertised in the Observer so logged on and registered this afternoon.
Some pretty decent old photos of Rochdale on there.
|RIP Les Massie|
at 20:06 13 Nov 2020
Scottish forward famous (or infamous) for scoring the only goal when Halifax Town beat Rochdale at the Shay in May 1969 in front of 17000 people.
As a 14 year old I hated him for that at the time.
Years later a friend of mine took over a pub in Halifax and it became my local.
Massie was long retired by then and working in a local engineering works and played for the pub pool team.
Really nice modest bloke.
Suffered badly from dementia in recent years but before then loved to talk about football.
at 20:18 14 Oct 2020
Closes in 48 hours I believe.
This is the time that I get slightly nervous in case some club comes waving a cheque for an “undisclosed fee”.
at 16:21 17 Aug 2020
Drawn in the same group as Morecambe and....Salford.
at 19:39 12 Aug 2020
For weeks I’ve been looking forward to standing in a queue on Saturday clutching my debit card to buy my new season card.
I’m beginning to wonder now though and pessimism is setting in.
Shall I leave if for a couple of weeks until nearer the deadline or not is my personal quandary.
Other clubs are signing players, other clubs have more players in training, other clubs (eg Crewe) are even playing friendlies.
We seem really light on numbers and our only signing (although I fervently hope he is successful) is a 24 year old with no league experience.
He could be the new Scott Hogan; on the other hand he could be the new Jordan Williams/Jack Muldoon/Jon Shaw.
Unfortunately I remember 1973/74 and couldn’t stand six months of that when a raft of senior players left and we put our faith in untried youth.
For the first time in 60 years my faith is wavering.
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?
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