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Superstition
at 18:55 1 Sep 2019

Just heard on the radio that " Superstition " has been voted the best Motown song of all time. They've got to be joking. What about " Reach Out I'll Be There " or " I Heard It Through The Grapevine " ?
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A Little Bird Tells Me
at 10:17 7 Aug 2019

A little bird ( who has been right before ) tells me that a very young but very promising centre half may be joining the 'Dale on loan from a nearby Championship club.
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Most Expensive Pub Pint In Town.
at 09:26 26 May 2019

A pint of " Moretti " in The Healey Hotel on Thursday - £4.80. Anybody beat that ?
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Peter Thompson RIP
at 10:47 1 Jan 2019

I see from today's paper that Peter Thompson has died. He was a flying winger in the 1960's , first with Preston and more famously with Liverpool. He made the training squad for the 1966 World Cup but was unluckily left out from the final 22.
I saw him play several times and he was a very clever player with a terrific change of pace. A real pigeon catcher.
He later played for Bolton.

RIP Peter you were a class act.
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Marks & Sparks
at 08:52 29 Aug 2018

According to Rochdale On Line Marks & Sparks will now be moving into their new premises when it finally gets built. That's great news, maybe one or two other companies will be looking to move in. It's be interesting to see what happens to their old building.
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Bolton players on strike
at 21:42 6 Jul 2018

Apparently the Bolton players have gone on strike because of continual late payment of wages. Their friendly tomorrow has been called off.
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Steve Eyre
at 10:58 4 Jun 2018

According to today's paper he's joined Joey Barton's coaching staff at Fleetwood.
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The weather
at 13:46 1 Mar 2018

I've lived in Rochdale since the mid 1950's but I can't honestly remember weather like this. I remember the big freeze of 1963 when there were no games of football for the best part of 10 weeks but that was a different kettle of fish. I live facing Cronkeyshaw Common and the wind is gusting the standing snow right across the common from the Syke area onto the top of Whitehall St. The waste pipe for my bathroom wash basin is exposed to the East wind and has frozen up. That's never happened before.
No buses and not many taxis are operating.
I need to get over to Heywood tomorrow morning. Any residents care to give me a lowdown on current weather/driving conditions in central Heywood ?
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Article in today's Sunday Observer
at 09:53 18 Feb 2018

Very interesting double page article about Ian Henderson in today's Sunday Observer.
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Burnings Hardware Store
at 16:21 5 Dec 2017

I see the signage is up on the old " B&Q " warehouse for it's new occupants. Anybody know when it opens ? I've heard good reports from Aussie's that they are pretty good merchandisers.
The heading should say " Bunnings " . I typed it without my reading glasses.
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Stadiums Of The Future
at 09:23 16 Jun 2017

There's a very interesting article in today's " Guardian " regarding the new Spurs stadium and future developments.
It's got it's own micro brewery, fromagerie, and a Michelin standard restaurant plus the longest bar in the country.
They'll have heated seats with built in USB ports. Tickets for premium seats will start at a mere £89.
One thing I like about the stadium of the future. Apparently drones will bring you a beer to your seat ! They'll have to change the rules regarding alcohol at football matches first.
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Callum Camps
at 18:48 20 May 2017

My pal who reckons he's in the know regarding North West football tells me he's heard a rumour that Callum Camps may be on the move. Is this likely to be happening ? He gets some stories right and he gets some wrong.
[Post edited 20 May 2017 18:49]
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David Moyes
at 09:37 4 Apr 2017

Anybody else think the guy is getting a raw deal in the press ? We 're getting a little bit too precious as a nation. It was a bit of a " foot in the mouth " moment but for him to lose his job over it would be ridiculous.
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J D Sports Rochdale Expose
at 12:38 14 Dec 2016

Channel 4 News are running an expose of the working conditions at the Rochdale warehouse at 7.00 tonight. From the trailer I heard it sounds a really great place to work. Charles Dickens would be right at home.

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Norwich interested in Scott Hogan
at 09:15 27 Nov 2016

According to a pal of mine Norwich are looking to splash the cash on Hogan. It's in today's papers, if that means anything.
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The Sexual Abuse Of Young Players
at 13:20 25 Nov 2016

I've just been listening to an interview on the radio by a sports documentary maker. Apparently she was aware of these goings on twenty years ago. When she tried to raise the issue with the F A she got nowhere. Why is our National Game run by such idiots ?
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Gareth Southgate - Is he the man for the job ?
at 08:36 11 Nov 2016

I like him as a bloke but I just can't see him as an England manager.
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Carlos Alberto dies of heart attack
at 18:42 25 Oct 2016

The captain of the 1970 Brazil World Cup winning team has died.

He was an outstanding attacking right full back in the final and scored the last goal in the 4-1 defeat of Italy.

They were in my opinion the best team ever. The best England team in my time ran them so very close but no cigar.


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New Prime Minister
at 12:10 11 Jul 2016

It looks like Andrea Leadsum is pulling out of the race. Apparently she's been upset by recent newspaper criticism. If she's so easily blown off course it's just as well she's baled out.


Teresa May sounded like a member of Miltant this morning. Putting workers on boards of Companies, changing the direction of the party so it's no longer the party of big business and the rich !

How stupid does she think we are ? The Tories have always been the party of the rich and the wannabe rich. I know that, you know that, she knows that.
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France v Portugal
at 09:42 11 Jul 2016

Not the greatest final I've ever seen. How many finals are these days though ? I thought Portugal's chance had gone when Ronaldo got crocked but they coped well with his loss. Their goalkeeper and back four played really well. The two young full backs impressed me both on attack and defence.

They didn't have a lot going forward but the kept plugging away and got their reward in the end. At least the goal was a worthy end to the game. Eder made a big difference when he came on, the ball started sticking up front.

France I thought will be very disappointed this morning, they never really played to the best of their ability. Their talisman striker missed a really golden headed chance. If that would have gone in I think they would have gone on to win it. That's football though, if you don't take your chances you end up paying the price.
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