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Matheson contract
at 11:59 26 Sep 2019

I am ignorant of these and many other things. Noticed he is nearly 17, which is when I think he can be offered a professional contract. I presume when that time comes he can just do a Hoti and say thank but no thanks. Then hawk himself to other clubs. Or he can sign and if his agent is smart he will tie the club to a low sell on price as the cost of getting the signature.
If he can walk to another club on a pro contract do we get any compensation?
Set up against Posh?
at 17:34 13 Sep 2019

YLast season Keith Hill deployed Ollie Rathbone in a man to man marking of Maddison in this fixture, which resulted in both having a reduced influence on the game. This season Maddison is again the heart beat of their side. Should we go with the same tactic or stick to what has been working for us this season?
For me I would go man to man on him, perhaps using Ryan instead of Rathbone, or switch the task as the game developes. It is a mark of how highly I rate the lad. Having seen Dale at Southend I would normally have said more of the same please. But nothing wrong with reusing a tactic which has worked in the past.

I am optimistic that we can get something from the game tomorrow. We always seem to perform decent their.
Bosman Ruling post Brexit
at 15:36 4 Sep 2019

Do not want to kick of a Brexit thread🤪

But can anyone confirm if I am correct on the below.

As we took all existing EU laws into British law a couple of year ago as part of Brexit preparations, the Bosman ruling is here to stay regardless of the political environment. I would expect the PFA to be rightly howling if not. I cannot see how clubs could retain control of players registration like they used to. We wouldn’t be able to attract European talent if the rule no longer applied.
Matty Gilliam to Bolton?
at 10:39 1 Sep 2019

Would not be at all surprised if Keith Hill sought to get him on loan tomorrow. He was the one who gave him the new contract and gave him numerous chances.
Matty just do es not appear to be in BBM’s plans and think this would suit all parties.
Are their other Dale players KH could try to either loan or buy from us. Can’t see any of the match day squad being interested, nor Lillis.
He has a hell of a day on tomorrow.
Wade loan - what now for Lillis
at 20:43 28 Aug 2019

See we have got something sorted to reduce our long position on goalkeepers. Surprised the Wade to Barrow job is only for 2 months but guess we were keen to reduce the numbers, what ever the terms.
If Wade gets men’s football while he is there it will be time we’ll spent.

It leaves the most experienced keeper as the number 3 choice. Can’t see either party being happy with that. From reports to date it will need injuries to both Sanchez and Lynch before Lillis might figure. Even then they might go for another loanee, as his stock seems to have fallen dramatically in just a few months.

Hope for Josh’s sake he soon gets fixed up with a club that will value him.
Southend - Travel Issues
at 15:36 28 Aug 2019

Just been along Victoria Avenue the main artery past the ground and there are road works through onto the A127 out of town. I can’t get any info of ir it will be cleared for the weekend
It’s a bugger to get out off at the best of times. So my tips to avoid frustration less than 2 miles from the ground and to use the back roads to get out are below.

Exit the A127 to the right onto Hoblethick Lane at the Bell Pub crossroads.
At the lights in Hoblethick Lane turn left onto Prittlewell Chase
If you are early enough to park down there then great, better still follow it down to Fairfax Drive, where the away end is, then swing up onto the other side of Prittlewell Chase
Another option is to park in the high school, post code SS0 0RG. Know idea on the cost

Downside is that I think the Blue Boar is the away fans pub and that is the end of the ground.


Avoid Victoria Avenue
Get on Prittlewell Chase.
Turn first right onto Hoblethick Lane
First left onto Carlingford Drive
First right onto Lavender Grove
First Left onto Carlton Avenue
First right onto Colmans Avenue

That leads straight onto the A127

The weather looks set fair and the sun should not get low enough to cause any issues.

Haven’t seen that Southend have sacked Bond as yet. Which is good for him and probably for us. I hate it when clubs bounce against us when they have a changed manager.

Anyway have a safe journey and see you on Saturday. Let’s hope for the same result as last year.

Ping me if you want any more info.

[Post edited 29 Aug 16:57]
EFL - step up to the plate
at 09:58 28 Aug 2019

The EFL used to by a gentleman’s club run for gentlemen with clubs.
However the commercials have changed dramatically over the years, and the governing body has been critically lacking in vision and leadership in the administration of the game.
To assist in restoring the reputation of the league they need to take drastic in house action. I think they now need to have an EFL appointed individual in a non decision making role on every board. With responsibility for approving any documentation produced by the boards.
Financing of such a scheme would need to be sorted, but it may be membership fees where it comes from. I do not see a conflict with an individual being on more than 1 board, especially if clubs are in different divisions.
Unless they do something radical to get behind closed doors of poorly run clubs the league will loose all credibility. The p-ss poor management of numerous clubs has culminated in the worst season I can remember for the stock of football clubs, and particularly the owners.
Something has to change.
Oh dear RND international call up
at 14:59 23 Aug 2019

Great news for the lad himself but not for the Dale and impact on the squad. Sure we have two players who have covered left back regularly. However MD was like a fish out of water their and his confidence got shot to pieces; and Jim can do a job of sorts but the knock on effect that would have isn’t great. I suspect Jordan Williams would move to centre half and Ryan would take the midfield birth. Surely not Delaney stepping in at this stage.
It does expose a weakness but I guess they all have to be squad players.
We certainly don’t have two players for every position.
However we do have 4 keepers and I am surprised that a loan has not been sorted out for either Wade of Lillis, as yet. Collis will be wanting a pay increase. Also I am expecting something in the way of a loan out for Matty Gilliam, given that Tavares has prevented him getting on the been so far.
Ship one out and who know we may get left back cover in.
Who can / should be shipped out on loan
at 13:10 4 Aug 2019

The first match day squad gives a good indication of the pecking order for the season ahead. Given the window doesn’t close until the end of the month who would you like to see loAned out to make room for some new faces. My views:

Lillis - unless he is injured I have no idea what is going on there. If he is still in the mix I would go with two keepers and loan out Wade
Gilliam - not seen much of him, but have not been overwhelmed by him. Would ship him out rather than Tavares who could be anything at this stage
Bradley - if there is an area we are well stocked in it’s midfield. I know he is a first season pro, but with a small squad you cannot have squad members who always watch from the stand
Hooper - similar comment to Bradley; is he part of the plan?
Andrew - I am a fan, think he is better from of the bench than when starting so would keep

Any other views?
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Tranmere Rovers v Rochdale prediction logged
New Bury Boss - Paul Wilkinson
at 13:26 2 Jul 2019

Not many would have predicted the Truro boss would step into the role. Mind you do not envy him. A poison chalice if ever there was one.
Dale games that stick in the memory
at 10:03 7 Jun 2019

A nostalgia thread if you like. Was wondering which matches stick in posters minds, for whatever reason. I’ll put one forward.

The mid week away game in Div 2 against Fulham, who were dominating the league at the time. Dale put eleven behind the ball and virtually defended on the 6 yard box, but with Reeves and Butler that represented our best chance. Fulham absolutely battered us and eventually went one up. The Dale ventured into the attacking half and almost immediately John Deary scored an absolute belter.
Dale then parked the bus again and Fulham’s frustration started to build and erupted into a mass brawl on the Rochdale goal line. As I remember the referee did bugger all and didn’t send anyone off. Dale held on for a draw in one of the most one sided games I have ever seen.
A great feeling of satisfaction from holding a big fish in a great London ground.
Dale 33/1 No Thanks
at 13:39 29 May 2019

Best odds of 33/1 for Div 1 next season is terrible value. With 6 teams listed at bigger prices the layers expectation is we will be safe from relegation again next season.
I do not see how both Gillingham and Accy can be double our price. Am I missing something.
If you fancy a flutter on Dale wait until the fixtures are out. If we have a tough start and are slow out of the blocks the price will drift in no time. Of course that is a 2 edge sword and Ifwe start well the price will contract just as quickly. The one bet I would have is that at some stage of the season bigger than 33’s will be available.
BBC - how dare they ignore Dale
at 10:25 4 May 2019

I am not having it! The beeb on their site have said Scunthorpe have the worst defensive record in this league. They may have the same -29 goal difference as us but we have conceded 83 to their 80.
Tbf it is unbelievable that we have conceded so many yet sit 14th and are safe. It is a true indicator of the turnaround in the last 2 months of this plain weird season to be a Rochdale supporter.
Question for TVOS how often do teams in this league conceded at least 83 goals and stay up. It would be a unique record to hold.

As for today hope they play the one who are out of contract and have a good go at Charlton. Let’s have another Calvin day at the valley.

Come on Dale JFDI
at 12:33 26 Apr 2019

Travelling up from Southend for the game tomorrow and under different circumstances I would be revelling in the prospect of doing the double over Southend (blue moons are ten a penny compared to this chance). However tbh I would take a draw right now, even if it was a right boring game with no attacking intent from either side.
I hope that BBM doesn’t tinker with the set up and play for a draw, stick to what’s working in my view. What is the feeling here do you think he will be minded to change shape?

On another Southend note, Sam Hart is only on loan at Southend. Now Hill and Beech have gone could we tempt him back for next season. If Southend are relegated there must be a chance. The left back role and a midfield leader are our priorities imo.

Sunderland- KH v BMM Comparison
at 10:19 22 Mar 2019

If we get beat by 4 or more by Sunderland some will draw comparisons with the two managers. But I don’t think that would be fair. BMM has inherited the squad and only just been given the opportunity to make his own mark.
Just hope if it is a bad result the board hold their nerve and don’t look to make further changes at this stage.
I am just hoping we can get something out of the game and have hopes that Ollie and Ethan can prove a potent force, but Sunderland are a very talented outfit to subdue.
NFR - Cheltenham Festival Fancies What Do You Think?
at 16:03 10 Mar 2019

Off on my annual pilgrimage to the festival this week. Know some on here like a bet, so any particular fancies?

I’ll put 3 up:
Shorty: Defi Du Seuil in the JLT on Thursday
Working man’s price: Shady Operator In the last on Tuesday
Outside: Up for Review in the Ultima on Tuesday

Do them 3 in a ÂŁ5 treble and your return will probably be -5 pounds!

Good luck with whatever you back
Fleetwood Win - How Important?
at 17:59 18 Jan 2019

Last season taught me that suggested must win games where you don’t win are an anxiety attack that passes. Blackpool (include myself in this) was one of many touted must win games in which we didn’t do the job, but we still stayed up.

Tomorrow we could drop into the bottom four if results don’t go our way, but it is to early to call it a must win game for the club. From the fans perspective though I think a win is very important tomorrow, to address valid concerns about home form. The main objective for me tomorrow is to stop the rot of league losses and to give a performance that encourages the crowd on the day and for the future. Here’s hoping.

Other than Wade in goal being a shoe in (must be his turn by now, have no idea on team selection. Although hope both the Ethan’s have not upset anyone and will start.


Wrong ref for a committed performance
at 17:53 4 Jan 2019

We would all like to see a battling, committed performance against Burton. The players should be keen to atone for the spineless display last time. However this is not the ref for a physical battle.
Seven red cards in 20 games. So a less then 2/1 chance of a sending off. Big time more chance than with any other ref we have had this season.
Good decision making when challenging is the order of the day. When a good result is so important to the club and support it would be gutting If we supplied sending off number 8.
Wish list for Saturday’s Game
at 10:56 20 Dec 2018

As me and my dad are the only two Dale supporters living in Southend this match is always the big one in terms of if I get loads of stick for the next week, or can hold my head up.

When these two are in the same division I pay no attention to Southend so cannot give any insight on them.

Wish list:
The concession of hideous goals is behind us
Henderson is given a free role
Henderson or nobody else gets sent off in this match (twice in this match recently we have been down to 10)
Andrew plays a stormer like he did as a sub in the 2 all draw a few years back
Lillis, Rafferty, McGahey, Delaney, Hart / Done as the back five
We serve it up to them and play to win
The honour of the bragging rights, it’s been far to long since Dale won this one

To all who are making the long journey down, credit to you and I hope it is a safe one. The weather is set to be mild.

Come on Dale let’s get Christmas and a run of form going

[Post edited 20 Dec 2018 14:22]
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