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Furloughed Staff
at 09:49 5 Apr 2020

Liverpool have American owners. Laying people of is second nature in American economics. So without this scheme yes I am sure they and many hundreds of other companies would have pushed the redundancy button.
For the vast majority of people getting back into work on a similar package would be almost impossible. Possibly furloughed staff will also need to take at cut when they return. But at least they will be spared the trauma of zero hours contracts which most likely will be waiting for plenty of those made redundant. Who could blame would be employers for using that tool in the uncertainty of a post Covid19 business world.
I wish we did not need it, but fair play to Every employer who has gone for it as an alternative to redundancy.

The way money sloshes around the upper echelons of football is a different matter. Which many of us have strong views on.
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The RochdaleAFC.com Podcast: Episode 2
at 12:21 2 Apr 2020

Thanks lads, another good listen.

The away day concept is different for me living in Southend, but to me Crystal Palace away in the cup holds the fondest memeories.
My dad’s cousin met me at Moorgate tube and we met up with his mates who used to drink in the New Inn in Castleton. I was 18 and no real drinker. They were mid thirties and on one. One handed me a can on the train which exploded all over him when I opened it. We visited 3 pubs on the way to the ground. Going in the last only 30 minutes before kick off.
Cole and co at the back were great that day while KW was outstanding in goal. Palace where just starting to feel the pressure when Barber scored.
Still struggle to believe Ward missed that chance late on.
I had just started wearing contact lenses that week and in my drunken stupor slept in them that night. Not nice the next morning especially with a hang over.
Now that was a cracking away day.
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Coronavirus
at 18:25 30 Mar 2020

Would hope this is old breaking news in that it was a few days after feeling ill before the diagnosis was confirmed. Other wise it was a minimum of twelve days from contact with an infected person at the racecourse to getting it. I think most people are assuming a much shorter time from contact to falling ill.

I was at Cheltenham and self isolating as a precaution afterwards. I sorted started think well I must be ok after 8 days. That thought at that time looks premature now.

The races were right on the cusp of the governments change of policy. Traveling down their on the Monday I was half expecting the government to pull the plug.. but at that stage businesses were still running normally and they were reluctant to pull the plug on the economy. Difficult decisions at the time can easily be shown as wrong with hindsight.
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Winter Hill
at 22:05 27 Mar 2020

Number2. Are you feeling any better?
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NFR - peer pressure, your worst ever music buys
at 09:54 27 Mar 2020

Let’s if this flys or dies.

I was bored enough to look through my albums yesterday and came across an album I only ever played one, as I never really liked the artist. My mates used to rave about Neil Young and truth is I never really got him. But because of my need to be seen as a wide ranging conisssure of music I bought After The Gold Rush. Waste of money but at least my mates thought I had taste.

Mind you this come from the bloke who’s first single purchase was Tie A Yellow Ribbon by Dawn. TRAGIC.

Anyone else willing to fess up a musical mistake.

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The RochdaleAFC.com Podcast - Episode 1
at 23:06 25 Mar 2020

Well said that man.

Well done lads.

One idea for the future a player comparison somethig like Lambert V Murray for instance
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Coronavirus
at 15:29 25 Mar 2020

I have only just picked up that Andy Cannon is among the Portsmouth players with Covid 19. While I expect a fit lad like him will get over it very quickly, I guess at the moment we do not know if once athletes start stressing their bodies againwill they maintain the previous level of lung power. If the bits of the lung that break off due to this virus do not self repair I could be more serious for professional sport people than I had previously thought.

Here’s hoping they repair easily for everyone’s sake.
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'Record Club Signing'
at 09:41 23 Mar 2020

In hindsight and a short term view it has probably done us a favour that the deal didn’t go through. Of course that may chance if we every get this season restarted.
Think it’s time to call it a day for the season, and have play offs between those in relegation and promotion positioned teams to assemble new leagues for a new season, whenever that can start.
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Well done government
at 21:10 22 Mar 2020

Now is not the time to judge the government. Make no mistake judgement day will come and the facts on the number of deaths per head of population and number of cases are the two pieces of data that will be most prevalent but their will be others.
The WHO is duty bound to review and deliberation on how each country has fared. TBH it has not made sense for weeks that each government has trod their own path, when in reality the WHO were giving advice which was ignored to various degrees across the globe. They are the pandemic specialists after all.
As for the British government, it seems to think all the peoples are reasonable, when the reality is some are simply ignorant gits who don’t give a stuff. Please no more playing nice, if a lockdown will help then please make the call tomorrow and just do it. Sadly you cannot expect every one to to play by the rules in this country, it’s unrealistic.
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Pubs Closing
at 21:20 20 Mar 2020

I have been isolating myself since last Saturday, as I was in the large crowds at Cheltenham races for 3 days and didn’t want to potentially be responsible for killing of my elderly relatives.
Anyway I go out for a walk each evening. Just got back in tonight and my local is rammed. It’s owned by Greene King I thought a big estate like that would shut up shop straight away. May have left it to the landlords, but if so they shouldn’t have done
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Peter whittingham RIP
at 09:29 18 Mar 2020

Tragic news. When we are in a health crisis it is sad to here of a relatively young person has died through a simple accident.
If I remember rightly he was in the army and came into football in his 20’s. I always liked him, committed and always in the thick of the action.
Condolences to the family and friends.
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Cheltenham 2020
at 00:03 14 Mar 2020

Just downed the final pint of stout in Broadway before heading home tomorrow. Went on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Always the same pattern with me make money on the first two days then give most of it back. My ROI on the week was 105% so no complaints. Some great finishes this week and very few injuries to either horses or jockeys. So all in all great sport.
Easywork finishing second in the Ballymore was my best return.
However the best result was that race goers where so careful with hygiene. Trouble is at my age for every 4 pints I drink I p-ss 5. My hands are now red raw from all the washing.
But still a great week
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Match Thread: Dale v Rotherham United
at 08:54 9 Mar 2020

Saw several of the back end game last season. We were gritty, hardworking, and well organised. We dug out results rather than dominated teams. Any team is capable of that.
I don’t know if you are a betting man, but if your opinion is that Tranmere will avoid the drop, there is some outstanding value to be had.
Warning: like Keith Hill odds compilers know their onions.
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Match Thread: Dale v Rotherham United
at 20:41 7 Mar 2020

A right kick in the teeth for Tranmere our result. To win a Accrington and find there goal difference with us is worse than at start of play will be a sicker. But they will be more focused on Wimbledon, who only drew with Bolton at home so they will also be disappointed. When those two meet in a couple of weeks the pressure on both of them will be intense.
Would have supplied the Betfair relegation market but it’s all over the place right now.
Ecstatic at that result. Read comments that both Camps and Lund where poor in the first half. Just think, if the whole midfield clicks from that start what we might do. Pleased in particular for Williams he has gone two games without shipping any stick. It can only be good for his confidence.
We have the pleasure now of following other results, while we are not playing, ahead of a chance to put pressure on Tranmere.
Well done lads.
UTD
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Next Saturday
at 19:38 1 Mar 2020

Will suit me fine and dandy if that is all it turns out to be.
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Next Saturday
at 19:26 1 Mar 2020

I hope there is a full football programme next weekend. The cloud of Corvid19 hangs over us all. Really want any ban on gatherings not to be needed, in the short or long term. I am at Cheltenham races from the 9th March and would loose money already laid out for accommodation. More importantly we could all do with the economy not being blown off course by travel restrictions
If the government do ban gatherings I think it won’t be able to reverse the decision until the number of new infections goes down rather than up, and who knows when that will be.
Here’s hoping this thing is contained without to much disruption to people’s life’s.
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Match Thread: Portsmouth (A)
at 10:40 29 Feb 2020

Refreshing that most of the highlights were focused on our attacks. Rare for that to be the case this season.
Hope this run of having to use substitutes in the first half comes to an end.
By most accounts we played quite well against a quality team. What I like about BBM is that he is willing to go for it fairly early when we are losing. KH was often to slow to react to a game changer. Murphy had to replace Morley when he fouled again after being booked. Having Alby, Hendo, Done and Andrew on the pitch for the last 15 minutes is testament to his have a go approach. After all Alex Ferguson once said every manager goes 4 upfront when they are losing with only minutes left. So often that Kitchen Sink approach can lead to a bigger loss. So be it.
I have already posted the revised odds for relegation, Tranmere are 1/7 for a reason.
The table is right we are not a bottom 3 team. Just hope the anxiety some supports are apparently feeling does not affect the team.
UTD
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Match Thread: Portsmouth (A)
at 22:30 28 Feb 2020

The doom merchants can fill their boots on relegation
Betfair are 23/10 Rochdale
But
1/7 Tranmere
Just goes to show how it is only shrewd Rochdale fans can see the value.
Offering 1/7 about Tranmere they clearly know nothing about football or odds compiling. can’t they see Tranmere are about to go on a points gathering spree.
actually they are just being realistic, Tranmere still have a mountain to climb. Regardless of what us and Wimbledon do.
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Tonights Games
at 22:46 25 Feb 2020

Those were a good set of results. A shame the Shrews game yielded three point and to Tranmere. But that is a kick in the teeth for Shrewsbury and keeps them closer to us.
We are 7 points and a healthier goal difference ahead of Tranmere and still have Wimbledon between us, who have played a game more. We have yet to play them both, so I am not in panic mode. The stats say we are better than them.
Handy as well that Portsmouth will be playing their 3rd game in 6 days when they play us on Friday. Not expecting a positive result but they are entitled to be leggy during our game.
We will still sleep better than Tranmere and Wimbledon supporters tonight.
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Tonight's football
at 22:05 18 Feb 2020

We lost our last game 3-0, but having not played and other results going well for us just makes me have a more positive outlook.
Looking at the current form in the bottom half of the table their of plenty of sides short on form.
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