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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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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 £5 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

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Defensively -whole less than sum of parts
at 10:54 15 Oct 2018

We have to expect our defenders to be limited if they are playing at L1 level. Every Saturday night on TV I see other sides concede horror goals.

However our centre half partnerships do seem to struggle to gel.

McNulty is limited by only being able to play in a 3 at the back

Delaney cannot dominate and get his head on crosses they way he is able to in the oppositions area.

Ntlhe is naive in positional play but has good feet.

McGahey appears to have all the attributes to be a good stopper but we are conceding goals.

Williams looks as though he should be able to do a job but is not stepping up to the plate.

Finnerty remains an unknown in every respect.

Each player has there positives, but no pairing or trio seem to be able to gel. Which is why I say the whole is less than the sum of the parts.

It has not always been this way we have had centre half pairings which on paper looked dubious but where they built a good understanding. Some may spit their cornflakes out when I say Brown and Cole where in the whole being greater than the sum of the parts category. But to me they worked great together.

Others of you may have other parings that spring to mind.

With the number of centre half we have we should have two that can do build something between them.

Given our goals against tally last year I can’t have it that the management are clueless. Although crosses remain our downfall, like most football teams.

I do think it would help to pick the best perceived pairing and stick with them for at least 6 games in all competitions, barring injury. Even if that needs a fixed formation.

Am I right or will it happen i doubt it, but time will tell.

Just hope in a few weeks the Steady pairing does gets established. The talent pool is there, even with the limitations.
Bristol An Interesting Defensive Test
at 14:51 1 Oct 2018

I note that the Rovers are scoring less than a goal a game thus far.

We have played mostly top half sides that have been knocking a few in so far this season. So this will really be a significant test for the Dale defence tomorrow. There should be no hiding place if we concede 2 or more goals. That would surely require a dramatic rethink of our defensive set up.

Bristol have also only conceded 11 goals. Their start seems similar to ours last season, trying to keep everything tight

Tomorrow could be a turgid affair where we may need a bit of guile to break them down. That would point to Hendo and Clough paired up top.

Have a good feeling about this one and will offer a 2-0 Dale.

Up the Dale.
First Look At The Team - What To Expect
at 14:29 28 Sep 2018

Travelling to Spotland tomorrow and will be my first look at the team this season.

Comments on here and results tell me we are a better squad than last year, but to be honest like a Forrest Gump chocolate box I have no idea what to expect tomorrow.

Not in a position to give an opinion on the selection or formation, but hope we set up to play to our strengths rather than to nullify the Portsmouth threat. I guess that sounds like Henderson up front.

So difficult to predict a score, so will suggest it will go one of two way, 3-2 to dale or we concede the usual 4 against on of the top teams. Here’s hoping for a win.

On another note can anyone tell me how extensive the 50 mph stretches are on the M6 and M62 at the moment. Long stretches last time I came up, so hoping for better this time.

Options for Ashead when he turns 17
at 09:51 29 Aug 2018

Believe I have seen that Ashead turns 17 year old next week.

Excuse my ignorance but what options do the club and he have then. Presume for the club it’s straight forward in that we put hin on a full time contract.

Does the lad have the option to decline the contact and simply walk away, and if so what if any compensation would Rochdale be due if he turns up at another club.
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