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Perspetives
at 15:23 12 Feb 2020

Ignore the bit about the championship average attendances, i got that wrong and dont know how to edit 😂😂
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Perspetives
at 15:15 12 Feb 2020

I hear a fair few people saying they are bored at watching The Dale and wish we tried to push on.
Id like to add a bit of perspective to this.
If you looked right now at the championship table the league positions match identically the average attendance, so its fair to say that gate size does matter, the lowest average attendances belongs to Wigan and Luton at 10,000 each.
We find ourselves in the same division as former Premier league side.
Sunderland, Portsmouth, ipswich and Bolton. How are those fans feeling.
Mk Dons Lincoln, Rotherham, Blackpool, Docaster, Oxford, Bristol Rovers, Peterborough, Tranmere all double our gate. Every right too better expectations than us.
League two we have.
Former prem team Bradford City. Ave 14,000
Big city club Plymouth. Ave 10,000.
16 clubs have better attendances than us.
National league.
We have seen off.
Notts County, Stockport (should we have followed their model) Chesterfield , Hartlepool, Yeovil, Torquay, Barnet.
Further down the pyramid, York city, Hereford, Chester, Darlington, Boston. Scarborough. Many of these worked on the same financial restraints as us.
And then of course there is Bury.
We own our own ground.
We will never compete on a level wage base so will not attract the same level of player.
Any good player we produce/ find are only with us until a better offer comes along. With the odd exception. We have to accept the broken toys, the injury prone, the over the hill as the sort of players we attract, we are lucky to have a fantastic academy that produces players we can sell.
We are achieving good cup runs which help with the running of the club.
We are in a catch 22, spend money, attract better players and maybe get success, but what if it doesnt work? Too what level can we do this, as a club who sees 4000 home fans as a success.
I wonder if anyone can give a plan to how we achieve a better situation than we have now, without risking the very life of the club.
Its not always exciting being a Dale fan these days but there is a good calm about it and who would have thought as we left the Rochdale division we would now be finding league one boring, i think that is an achievement in itself

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at 21:49 23 Nov 2019

Anyone know who the moderators of the AFC appreciation group are, looks like i may have been booted out and would be nice to know why
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Wilson
at 01:03 26 Feb 2017

They say everyone's a better player when not in the team
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Respect for the Football Club!!
at 09:18 28 Aug 2016

Unbelievable response here to what is a poor start to the season. I am an exile and how I have regretted not being able to watch the Dale the last decade or more, when I was a regular the club was practically finished and a complete joke.

Keith Hill has given us something to be proud of at last, the players he has signed in the past have been amazing and he has helped bring in enough money for the club to buy the stadium.
We are having our longest spell out of the bottom division (I may be wrong there).

We have been treated to exhilarating football at times, and regularly beaten teams we had no right to do.

We have been to Wembley for crying out loud.


Now here we are a few weeks into a new season, it hasn't gone well, now the club really needs its supporters, to get behind the team.

Can we do that, no, instead we get on our high horses, question everything like we know better.

I hear a lot about certain players and managers thinking they are bigger than the club, well I think some of our so called fans think they are bigger than the club.

We all know how Hilly is, so why have a go, and why be surprised when you get a reaction.

Those people who felt it better to berate than support on Saturday are a disgrace and it's you the club don't need, not the most successful manager in our history.

Remember the last time he left and be careful what you wish for.
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Conspiracy theory
at 20:09 1 Jan 2016

And they all fell exactly the same way?
Not heard that version , if it's so then fair enough it doesn't matter to me either way nothing can change what happened, but there's far to many unanswered questions and that saddens me, the victims deserve more
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Conspiracy theory
at 19:26 1 Jan 2016

The same peeps who killed 1000s of their own troops in two illegal wars. Like I said I dint know the truth but no one's convinced me it wasn't an inside job and the evidence I've read makes it hard to discount
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Conspiracy theory
at 17:38 1 Jan 2016

But it fell in exactly the same way as the other two, I dont think anyone can explain the third building away and until they do the questions should continue to be asked.
I'm a firm believer that it was an inside job, simply because no one has convinced me otherwise
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Conspiracy theory
at 15:06 1 Jan 2016

And the third building ???
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Hill interview
at 21:04 29 Dec 2014

Personally think we should allow him to let of steam how he sees fit, he's the best thing that's ever happened to the club, so what if he has a few gripes about certain things, I'll take them anyday in context to what he has brought here.
Also it seems like he's just trying to take the pressure and flack off his players, and let's face it there are some right negative buggers on here.
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Game ON!!
at 13:46 25 Jan 2013

Probably more expectation now than before though
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Who?
at 17:02 15 Jan 2013

Great post, we we are now is some have blamed hillcroft for leaving, some blame Eyre for his part, some blame hill croft and Eyre, some blame beech for his short tenure, now some are blaming coleman , now since the dynamic duos departure nobody is being given a chance to turn things around, we need some stability, all this blame blame blame is getting us nowhere.
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Eyre/Coleman - Recruitment and what next?
at 16:47 15 Jan 2013

Eyre shouldn't have been sacked, getting him in wasn't the right decision, but getting rid of so quick was an even bigger mistake. Any manager who came in after hillcroft was put in a very difficult situation.
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you will be a FAN my feiend
at 16:41 15 Jan 2013

He was my inspiration :-)
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you will be a FAN my feiend
at 16:22 15 Jan 2013

Don't ask me I just write the stuff.
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you will be a FAN my feiend
at 16:10 15 Jan 2013

He is a hot topic (not the chocolate bar variety) tho
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you will be a FAN my feiend
at 15:56 15 Jan 2013

Well that's not very feiendly is it
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you will be a FAN my feiend
at 15:16 15 Jan 2013

If you can stay with your team through triumph and disaster and treat these two
Imposters the same
If you can support the boss instead of calling for his name
If you can share the responsibility instead looking for someone to blame
If you can back the board and trust they will do their best, yet question their decisions and put them to the test
If you can concentrate solely on your own and not care about the rest
If you can proudly kiss the badge you wear upon your breast
If you can express your joy and even shed a tear, and sing aloud without fear, and keep attending games even when relegation is near.
If you can do all this and expect no reward
You will be a FAN my friend
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How much to be chairman?
at 19:45 13 Jan 2013

I don't understand why everyone is damned depressed, this team is not far from being decent, no-one turns us over big time, there does seem to be a battling attitude, its the silly errors that are holding us back, losing games we shouldn't have lost, this must prove very frustrating for the manager and players alike which probably boils over on the field. I think there's an over reaction personally, I believe at the start of the season most would have settled for consolidation, and I think we will end up in a very safe respectable position.
Its a new team and when we play well we look a good team. Since when did we start expecting so much of Rochdale fc. One short spell of success in our entire history as changed this club for the worse in my opinion and that includes the fans
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Wheres the sense
at 10:56 13 Jan 2013

I fully understand why people do not want to go, I just don't think its the right way to go, it would be easier to pay Coleman of, for instance, if that's what people want, if we were getting more money in, now we cannot afford to off load him, we can't get better players in because we cannot afford to risk it, hands are tied and only dale fans can get us out of it by attending and putting money in the club. Sure all the other stuff matters and needs addressing, but walking away will only make things worse.
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