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Rochdale’s top 5 rivals may be a surprise to many fans

A recent study was conducted, with the aim of finding out who the various clubs in the Football League and Premier League’s fans believed their biggest rivals were.

The study was called “The League of Love And Hate” with twitter user @ChrisRWhiting publishing the results.


Rochdale’s biggest rivals with 74% of votes were deemed as Bury which will be little surprise to no one who follows either club. Rochdale and Bury historically have had many games between the sides due to both sides often playing at the same level. Bury vs Rochdale was also voted the 30th biggest rivalry in the Premier League and Football league the same data.

With Bury’s exodus from the league this season, the derby will be sorely missed on fans from either club’s calendars. The hope is that Bury gets back to where they belong soon.

Oldham Athletic

Oldham was voted 2nd by 72% which is largely due to the geographical proximity of the clubs. However, Oldham has spent a great deal of recent history in leagues above Rochdale. This led to a derby fixture between the sides quite the rarity but one that was looked forward to all the same, despite how cold Boundary Park could be.


Burnley came in at 3rd, with 56% of fans asked voting for them which again is probably largely down to how close Burnley is to Rochdale. There always used to be in trouble in the games vs Burnley. Of course, now there’s 2 leagues that separate the sides, making a reunion only possible through a cup draw.

Wigan Athletic

Wigan at 4th with 46% is a strange one for me as I don’t really see Wigan as rivals, to be honest, and never have. The clubs often play against each other at youth level but in recent history, the first teams have been in different leagues most of the time.

Accrington Stanley

Finally, Accrington came in at 5th with 37% of people asked voting. The club has enjoyed many a game recently. With the added factor that Accrington’s manager John Coleman left the Crown Ground for a brief spell in charge of Rochdale – which ultimately led to relegation and a failure to compete for promotion and cost him his job.

I would easily replace Wigan with Halifax on the list, as Halifax was a regular derby a long time ago before they suffered their financial troubles and now call the National League their home.

3 reasons why Wigan Athletic must hold on to 17y/o despite interest from Liverpool & Chelsea

Liverpool and Chelsea, amongst others, will be watching Wigan Atheltic’s young English forward closely this season in the Championship…

Wigan’s home grown talent Joe Gelhardt has impressed scouts since making his senior debut in April of 2019. He scored his first senior goal against Burnley during pre-season, admitting that it was a “dream come true”.

Paul Cook appears to be entrusting the youngster with a role at the club. Gelhardt came on off the bench in a 0-0 draw with Barnsley in hope that the could of clinched the winning goal.

With teams such as Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton and Leicester circling around the striker, here are three reasons why Wigan should hold onto him for time being…


Putting a 17 year-old striker with little game experience on the market will not fetch a heavy fee. If Wigan believe that Gelhardt can go on to be one of the brightest talents in England football, they should let him prove himself at the Championship level. This could bolster his price, going from well under £5million to well over £40million should he continue improving and learning over the next four years.

Wigan’s form

Last season, Wigan finished 18th with 51 goals scored in their first season back in the Championship. This season, they find themselves in 22nd place, with 4 points from 6 games with 4 goals scored. Wigan need ten to twenty goals more than last season to see an improvement, and to move up to the middle of the table. As it stands, introducing Gelhardt to the first-team action seems to be their best method of achieving this.


Wigan have been out of Premier League action for a long time now. But, undoubtedly, their aspirations are to one day return. Without intense funds, they have to hold on to their home grown talent and then utilise it. If not, they risk becoming a stagnant feeder club for top English sides.

Former Man Utd man opts for Derby County over Burnley

With all the twists and turns of the transfer window, Derby County could be coming out as the ultimate winners with this massive former Man Utd legend signing.

Former Manchester United captain and current legend of football were spotted on an inbound flight to Heathrow Airport as talks of him in a shock return to English football heightened. That’s right, Wayne Rooney yesterday signed for Derby County after the MLS season has finished. The Englishman has taken a player-coach role with the Championship Rams.

Rooney has stated several times during the back-end of his career that he sees himself going into management.

After the 33-year-old showed the MLS the quality of the Premier League, he is likely still happy to keep his boots on. It would be a ‘two-birds, one-stone’ situation for Rooney to continue playing as well as learning the role of a coach. Particularly for a club in the country of which he sees his management taking place.

it was reported by the Burnley Express that Burnley, in particular, were interested in the goal scorer. Bringing in the most successful goalscorer from the most successful club in the country may not have been too bad of an idea. However, Derby quickly sealed the deal but what experience would he bring to the Rams?

What can Rooney bring to Derby County?

Rooney is Man United’s record goalscorer with 253 goals in 559 appearances. He is also England’s record goalscorer with 53 goals in 120 appearances. Having been a professional football at the highest of levels for going on 18 years, Rooney will impact the club off and on the pitch. With a new manager, Philip Cocu, and on the back of a great season, bringing in a leader like Wayne Rooney will allow the team the establish what kind of quality they are after.

Achieving Derby County promotion or moving Burnley up towards the middle of the table would be fantastic for Rooney’s CV. It appears Rooney has set out to spend his remaining days on the pitch learning to coach. This demonstration of maturity proves that the English net-buster is well on his way to becoming a fine manager, something many would have laughed at ten years ago.

Whether it be this year or next. We will see Wayne Rooney back in English football. Will it be as a player, a player-coach or a full-blown manager?

Leicester City In For Burnley Defender, How Does He Compare To Maguire?

If Harry Maguire decides to leave Leicester City this summer, they will need a replacement and here at the Football Manc Cave think they have started their planning.

I think it’s safe to say that Maguire has probably had the most headlines in this transfer window. With Man United and Man City constantly back and forth in trying to turn the defenders head, and have a change of teams.

It’s looking like the Foxes are holding out for around £85-90 million for their centre back. The ultimate decision does come down to Maguire though and if he fancies a change this summer. If so, Leicester will need to do some recruiting.

Now it looks like James Tarkowski could be in the running. Here are a few things comparing the two defenders…


Both players are 26 years old. Although, it could be argued that Maguire has done more with his footballing career, and we’ve probably already seen him at his best. Maguire has also had 20 England caps compared to Tarkowski’s 1 appearance. If the Burnley man does take the place at Leicester City then being at a bigger club could be beneficial to him. Giving him a bigger spotlight and he may even be looked at by Southgate and his scouts.

Player Improvement

That brings me onto this point. Being at a club like Leicester or any top flight team will surely bring out the best in the 26-year-old. I don’t think we’ve seen him at the top of his game and I could be wrong, he may be a flop or underwhelming for the Foxes. This will all depend on Maguire’s future and the fact that the Burnley player still has a few years left on his contract with the club.


Let’s say Maguire decides to go for a different club this summer and Leicester receive their full asking price of around £90, think of the profit Leicester will gain. With Burnley’s asking price said to be around £40 million, it could be a bargain. However, a lot of fans are saying that even the £40 million mark, is way too much money for Tarkowski. However, this fee could just be either rumours or an amount that has been set to put clubs off the defender.

Burnley’s 19 y/o winger linked to Juventus, could he be the next Sancho export?

Another English youngster is linked with a move away to one of Europe’s most elite clubs.

Dwight McNeil is a 19-year-old Englishman from Rochdale, who played in 21 games for The Clarets in the 18/19 Premier League season. McNeil made the most of the trust given to him by Sean Dyche as he clinched three goals and five assists, as well as making a name for himself. Last season was his breakthrough season.

Now, in summer of 2019, Juventus have taken a keen interest in him after some fantastic performances for England’s under-20s. The Italian giants will wait until August to pursue the speedy winger as he can further demonstrate his skills during pre-season.

McNeil could follow the likes of Jadon Sancho, who left Manchester City to play in Germany with Borussia Dortmund. Becoming their star player and would now surely walk through the doors of any club in the world. Sancho cost Dortmund £8million at the age of 17.

However, Sean Dyche is holding out for approximately £30million for McNeil, as the likes of Juventus and Spurs are sniffing around the Englishman.

McNeil has a contract at Burnley until 2023, with the option to extend for a year. He is a bright and blooming talent at Turf Moor, hence the hefty price tag. Furthermore, such a price tag could be a huge overestimation, purposely employed as a method to keep the wonderkid at the club.

Should he remain with Sean Dyche’s men for another season, the Premier League fans would be grateful that such a talent will be on our screens for a further year. Burnley fans, however, will be ecstatic.

Can the lure of Newcastle Utd be too much for Burnley manager Dyche

Rafa Benitez has left Newcastle United with eyes now going towards Burnley manager Sean Dyche as a suitable replacement.

Sean Dyche is a hero in Burnley. After gaining promotion to the Premier League in 2016 with The Clarets, he has ensured that the club has remained in the top tier of English football. In the 17/18 season, he achieved Europa league football with the club by finishing 7th in the league.

Despite the struggles he faced with balancing domestic and European football in the 18/19 season, Dyche managed to turn around a terrible start to the campaign and dragged his side from potential relegation into a safe 15th place by the end of the season.

Burnley finished 15th last season on 40 points and Newcastle finished 13th with 45.

Statistics would suggest that Newcastle would be taking a step back by replacing Benitez with Dyche. Benitez won 31% of his Premier League games last season, and 30% in all competitions. Sean Dyche, however, had a win percentage of 28% in the Premier League and 29% in all competitions.

Rafa wins on paper, but perhaps the board at Newcastle consider their squad potential as higher than Burnley’s. If Dyche can perform as he did with the Clarets, then perhaps he can vastly increase his statistics in a better squad like Newcastle.

The Toon would have to spend £10million to take Dyche out of The Clarets, who is contracted until 2022, along with his fellow coaches Ian Woan and Steve Stone, who would likely join Dyche on his venture.

According to reports, the boardroom at Turf Moor are keen on keeping Sean Dyche at the club.

Burnley link to Bolton Wanderers youngster is a sign of the future for Dyche?

Another exciting English youngster is looking to break his way into the Premier League.

Burnley are following suit of other Premier League clubs by displaying an interest in a promising young English talent. A luxury that will fetch a sweet penny after being proven at a Premier League standard. It is Bolton Wanderers’ 20 year-old full-back Harry Brockbank who is garnering attention from other clubs amid Bolton’s relegation into League One.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley squad had a rough 2018/19 season, narrowly escaping relegation by six points. With it mind that Sean Dyche needs to massively improve his Burnley squad. It may seem a strange pursuit to go after Bolton’s Harry Brockbank, as he only started three games towards the end of Bolton’s very troublesome season.

However, many clubs including Sunderland, Brentford and Ipswich are keen on Harry Brockbank, meaning that he must offer something that over clubs are keen on bringing in. In Burnley’s case, Harry Brockbank could gain Premier League experience as an understudy to the incredibly experienced Phil Bardsley, who turns 34 this summer.

Sean Dyche’s interest in the youngster demonstrates an interest in securing a solid future for the side. We could see Brockbank gain interest from big clubs in years to come, potentially fetching a similar price to the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and other English Premier League talents.

‘Do well find a club with a worse preseason schedule than ours’ Wigan Athletic fans unhappy with pre-season plans

Wigan announced a pre-season friendly against Premiership outfit Everton, to be played on Wednesday 24th July. The Latics will also play host to Lancashire rivals Burnley on Saturday 27th July.

Both fixtures will give solid tests’ to Paul Cooks side ahead of their 2019/20 Championship campaign. Before the two home games, they will travel to Chester, AFC Fylde and Bradford as part of their preparations.

The fans were hoping for a sunny trip to Portugal or Spain. However, they will have to settle for a trip to Blackpool tower after visiting AFC Fylde… at least you can buy some Blackpool rock, silver linings and all that.

Let’s see how Wigan fans reacted to their full pre-season announcement…

Three Crucial Points Jutkiewicz Would Bring to Wigan Athletic

There’s been speculation today on twitter around Lukas Jutkiewicz and, whether or not he could be linked with a move to Wigan Athletic.

The Birmingham City striker had a great last season being named the best player in the league by Who Scored and Sky Sports Power Rating.

If all of this is not just rumours, what could the 30-year old bring to Wigan?

He’s Been Around

The striker certainly has been on a journey. He’d surely bring a lot of experience to the Latics. To give you an idea, here’s a list of the clubs he’s played for; Swindon, Plymouth, Everton, Huddersfield, Motherwell, Coventry, Middlesbrough, Bolton and Burnley. It seems he’s finally found his feet at Birmingham as he’s scored 21 goals since 2017 for the blues.


When you look at Lukas’ track record for goals before he joined Birmingham, you may laugh, however, he was one of very few players to get double figure in both goals and assists in his league last season.

He has always been linked with injuries in the past, especially knee injuries and this could have been a set back for him throughout his career but when he’s at his best, he’s proved he can deliver. If joining Wigan is a possibility and he can keep his knees in healthy condition, the Latics could have a key goal scorer lined up.

Cheaper than Benfica

Then there’s one last positive that Jutkiewicz could bring to Wigan. It’s been rumoured this week that Wigan are in talks with Benfica over a possibility of Wigan loaning players from the side. Although that would be brilliant for Wigan, there are also a few problems.

What about money, Benfica would expect big fees for their players. There’s also the possibility that Benfica would only be able to loan their B side players as they have too much at stake themselves. So what would be a good option? Jutkiewicz. Cheaper, more realistic and with his recent stats, not a waste of interest, money or time.

Joel Senior’s Future Looks Very Bright After Joining Burnley From Curzon Ashton

Curzon Ashton, like many teams at the Non-League level, has a squad with a number of players who haven’t quite made the cut in the academy system in other clubs.

However, for the likes of Ollie Crankshaw and Joel Senior, the opposite is true, and they have been spotted by other clubs.

Senior, in particular, has landed himself a five-tier leap up to Premier League club Burnley. For a player still in his teens, this is an incredible opportunity. We had a brief chat with Mark Bradshaw, the manager of Curzon Ashton who is delighted for the young player who he described this as being the “opportunity of a lifetime” for this “strong dynamic full back” and mentioned that many clubs were interested in him.

This will be a big leap and a learning curve for such a young player, who spent most of his career at Curzon playing for youth teams. He will go from playing with semi-pros to being in what is regarded, as one of the best and most competitive teams in the league. Potentially marking the likes of Lingard, Sterling and Salah next year, which sounds daunting.

However, I imagine for this young player this would be the stuff of dreams, as he will playing with players who would have been England regulars when he was very young, such as Joe Hart and Peter Crouch.

There is still a way to go I’m sure before he is a first team regular, and some time in the u23 ranks awaits. Nevertheless, it would be wonderful for a club with so many young players to produce a true Premier League regular, both for Joel and the club.

I’m sure all Curzon fans will join me in wishing him good luck, as will manager Mark Bradshaw.

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