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Delaney joins Bolton
at 20:46 31 Jan 2020

On a permanent deal. Confirmed by OS.
Channeling my inner rkershaw
at 18:17 25 Oct 2019

To the tune of probably my favourite football-related song, Dirty Old Town.

He’s our centre-half
He’s our number four,
Watch him defend,
And we watch him score

He’ll pass the ball,
Watch him you’ll see,
He’s Jim McNulty
He’s Jim McNulty

Here’s Liverpool’s VVD version, skip to 1:11:

And another with the lyrics on:

Might be more appropriate if he actually scored a few but that shouldn’t stop lyrical genius.
at 00:29 15 Oct 2019

A lot has been made of how we continually dominate possession this season yet don't do enough with it. Remarkably, our win against Accrington on Saturday was only the 2nd time all season we haven't had more of the ball than our opponent.

What's even more remarkable is some of the amounts of possession we've had in here compared to our pretty poor results. The fact that in our two heaviest defeats, 3-0 at Wycombe and 6-0 at Posh, we've had our two highest possession rates of the season, 71% and 64% respectively, is absolutely staggering!

Tranmere (W 3-2) - 61%
Doncaster (D 1-1) - 57%
Shrewsbury (D 0-0) - 61%
Sunderland (L 2-1) - 62%
Blackpool (D 0-0) - 52%
Southend (W 3-0) - 60%
Peterborough (L 6-0) - 64%
Lincoln (D 1-1) - 53%
Fleetwood (L 2-1) - 47%
Wycombe (L 3-0) - 71%
Wimbledon (L 3-2) - 55%
Accrington (W 2-1) - 49%

Unsurprisingly we lead the league charts in possession and successful passes, but results show us we aren't doing enough with it. How a team can have almost three quarters of the ball and still get hammered is beyond me.

Anyway, no real observations, I'm just a lover of stats, especially bizarre ones like these.
[Post edited 15 Oct 2019 0:30]
at 18:36 10 Aug 2019

They earned their first point of the season today, a creditable draw against Coventry. Although Coventry had 3 goals disallowed for marginal offsides, and take a look at these for stats!

[Post edited 10 Aug 2019 20:04]
Match thread: Donny (H)
at 14:11 10 Aug 2019

Morley in for Rathbone.
Ned v Eng
at 21:25 6 Jun 2019

England have looked absolutely toothless since Kane came on. He slows the play down so much. We were breaking with absolute pace in the first half with Rashford, Sterling and Sancho - 3 exciting and technically gifted players who are absolutely rapid. Bring on Kane and we revert to Hodgson-ball.

Now Alli’s been figured out Kane’s claimed the title as most overrated player in the squad.
Theresa May
at 15:28 25 May 2019

Just because this place hasn’t seen a lively debate in a while, what does everyone make of her resignation?

While I feel that ultimately her legacy will be one of failure, I do have a tremendous amount of sympathy for her. So did she let down the country, or was she let down by her party?
at 17:53 27 Apr 2019

Does anyone know who’s out of contract this summer? I’d genuinely be very happy for most of the squad to still be here next season. Although I don’t see any place for Williams11, Delaney, Gillam or Inman, and I’m undecided over Andrew.

If we could get a season-long loan for both of the Ethans (Hamilton would be my Player of the Season if he’d been here since August) that would be great.
at 12:17 24 Apr 2019

Has there been any update about next season’s kit? I’m sure ours is usually announced around this time. I think the last update we had was the shortlist of 3 home and 3 away kits.
at 13:46 31 Jan 2019

So if we are only allowed 5 loanees in the matchday squad that means 1 is missing out.

Norman’s unfortunately a given as he’s the only backup keeper we have.
EEL has to make it because he’s a beast.
Bunney will probably get the shout because he has to be seen as a better option than Done.
I think Hamilton will be a regular too,
Which leaves Holden and Pyke rotating for that final spot.
Bury v Lincoln
at 18:17 26 Jan 2019

Quite impressed with Bury tbf. They play quite good football unlike the physical Lincoln, and are currently unlucky to be behind. I dread to think how much they’re being paid but O’Shea and Maynard are really good players.
Adshead gets an England call-up
at 13:48 9 Nov 2018

England u-18s. Incredible news for him and the club!
Norman ban upheld
at 14:58 5 Oct 2018

Quite surprised we even bothered appealing, if only because we don’t need him. Lillis is doing a good job and Moore’s perfectly capable of sitting on the bench. I’m sure the FA will see the frequency with which we appeal suspensions and that will go against us, which makes pretty needless appeals like this one even more annoying.

I have to say though, the rule about the Checkatrade, while I understand the reasoning behind it, is particularly stupefying.
Match thread: Posh (H)
at 14:16 11 Aug 2018

TEAM NEWS | 🗒️ The Dale line-up...

1⃣ Josh Lillis
2⃣ Joe Rafferty
5⃣ Ryan Delaney
6️⃣ Harrison McGahey
8️⃣ MJ Williams
1⃣0⃣ Callum Camps
1⃣6️⃣ Matty Done
1⃣7⃣ David Perkins
1⃣8️⃣ Aaron Wilbraham
1⃣9️⃣ Bradden Inman
4️⃣0⃣ Ian Henderson


Same team as last week but Delaney instead of McNulty.

3⃣ Kgosi Ntlhe
4⃣ Jimmy McNulty
9⃣ Calvin Andrew
1⃣4⃣ Ollie Rathbone
2⃣2⃣ Brendan Moore
2⃣5⃣ Daniel Adshead
2⃣7⃣ Andy Cannon
[Post edited 11 Aug 2018 14:17]
Dash cams
at 15:19 18 Jul 2018

Does anyone have any experience with them? I’m thinking of getting one but would like to hear some opinions first. I’m thinking of a discreet one that could hide behind my rear-view mirror if possible.
England v Croatia
at 13:20 11 Jul 2018

What are everyone’s thoughts ahead of tonight? Certainly it will prove the toughest test we’ve faced all tournament but I think we’re well capable of beating them.

They have my player of the tournament, Modric, joined by his excellent midfield partner Rakitic, but other than that we shouldn’t fear them too much. Mandzukic is playing in a different position than he does at Juve and he isn’t impressing. They started the tournament excellently but the past two matches they haven’t looked special, needing extra-time and penalties in both. Towards the end of the match on Saturday they were exhausted.

As an aside, Radio 1 just interviewed John Pemberton as he coached Maguire and Walker at Sheffield United - weren’t we rumoured to be near to appointing him as manager before we decided on Eyre instead?
Match thread: Belgium
at 17:54 28 Jun 2018

at 10:38 17 May 2018

I see pitch renovations are well underway. The club said earlier this year though that over the summer we were laying a pitch that would take a bit longer to lay but would last significantly longer (as in, a number of seasons instead of just one or half of one) and result in fewer postponements, a similar pitch to Wembley.

There’s no mention of that in the current article though, and Premier Pitches are mentioned who I believe were responsible for the past two pitches. Have the plans for the super pitch been scrapped?
at 22:23 19 Mar 2018

I had no idea our youth system was that complex! It's really heartening to see we're really branching out looking at talent further afield, and probably one of the reasons our academy has been so successful in recent years.
Comparison with the 11/12 relegation season
at 20:27 26 Feb 2018

I'm just wondering about the last time we were relegated under Eyre/Beech/Coleman, because personally it doesn't feel anywhere near as bad now. And while a degree of the bad feeling back then might've been because Hill (still very much messiah-like then) had just left us, I still think we're playing much better now. Throughout the 11/12 season we were playing like a relegation team, but this season we haven't had too many genuinely rubbish performances. In the main we're playing ok but just failing to score and having the odd defensive lapse that invariably ends up in conceding a goal, and although it's fair to say that's the sign of a team that's going down, I still find it easier now to maintain a bit of hope compared to then.

After 30 games in the 11/12 season our record is remarkably similar to today's - won 5, drew 10, lost 15 (compared to now - W5 D11 L14). So we're actually a point better off now, and with no games in hand back then we were only one position higher. We've also scored a goal more this season and conceded 10 goals less.

We used 41 players that season (currently 31 in this season) and it's hard to believe that the vast majority of them ever care about being here. I'm yet to see a performance under Hill that is anywhere near the likes of Stevenage (1-5) at home or Hartlepool (0-2) away for the sheer degree of passionless apathy from our players. For all our faults this year you'd be hard pressed to say any performance has seen the players not try. There seems to be still very much a togetherness and a healthy attitude around the players and coaches, compared with the constant rumours of dressing room fights and divisions that plagued the 11/12 season.

Although there's been a lot of negativity around the club this season with things like tannoygate, the embarrassment of the pitch farce, the numerous 'don't come back' messages from various outlets and the apparent disdain with which fans are sometimes treated, that in no way correlates with the malignancy associated with the Coleman era. The winking incident at Southend, the alleged racism at Dagenham (both possibly the season after), the constant diving and general shittery of our football back then, it all just made you feel kind of ashamed to be associated with this club. In comparison to that we've had national media acclaim for not only our passion and fight against Tottenham but the attractive football that we play.

I really didn't want to make this sound like one of those 'things could be much worse' posts because, while that's true, things could also be a lot better - and they have been exactly that for the past few years. But I just wanted a reminder of how quickly things went 'bad' last time we had a poor season, and compared to that things seem very much more healthy now.
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