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1 pro & 1 con to Rochdale’s loss to Bristol Rovers

Rochdale faced Bristol Rovers at home this weekend. Unfortunately, they lost 2-1. However, here is one positive that Dale can take from the game and one lesson.

Bristol managed to go 1-0 up after 8 minutes. Unfortunately, things got even worse for Brian Barry-Murphy’s side.

O’Connell scored an own goal soon after this to give Bristol a 2-0 lead.

However, Rochdale came out fighting in the second half. Fans were much more inspired by their teams performance and they even managed to pull one back.

Callum Camps managed to get Dale’s only goal of the game. Here’s one pro and one con they’ll take from the game…

Pro: Second half

At least the team and the management recognised that they needed to improve. Fans really weren’t happy until things changed.

Whatever was said in the changing rooms at half time inspired the Dale team to come out and try to turn things around. There were also a few questionable decisions by officials that effected Dale.

Con: Second Loss

This was Rochdale’s second loss in a row. They play a second placed Ipswich tomorrow.

It is unlikely that they will get some points from this game. That is why these last two performances should have been better. Own goals definitely don’t help the situation.

’Only 8 points off the top of the league.’ Rochdale fans react to their win over MK Dons

Rochdale managed another win last night against MK Dons. This has also made it 3 wins in 3 for Brian Barry-Murphy’s side.

Matt Done put Dale 1-0 up in under 10 minutes. However, this goal has caused some confusion because it was originally Callum Camps who hit the strike. Done seemed to take a touch on the line.

Either way, a goal is a goal. Ian Henderson then continued his goal-scoring run and made it 2-0 to Dale in the second half.

Ollie Rathbone also got man of the match. Fans praised his hard work and noticed that he never stops running.

This now takes Rochdale to 11th in League One on 19 points. Brian Barry-Murphy’s hard work with his squad is paying off.

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These 2 Rochdale youngsters are guaranteed to cause Man City u23s problems

Rochdale has had an average start to the season, but certain performances from certain players show that they can cause their opponents an issue or two on their day…

Rochdale have won two, drawn three and lost one league game in EFL League One so far, leaving them in eleventh place. With regards to Rochdale’s usual form, things are actually on the up in Rochdale this season.

When The Dale beat Bolton 5-2 in the Football League Trophy, the weakness of their opponent doesn’t give much insight as to how Rochdale will cope with the competition.

However, some performances from their young players have given an insight as to what Rochdale could offer this season. These 2 youngsters, in particular, could see them surpass Man City u23s in the next round of the Football League Trophy…

Callum Camps

This 23-year-old local lad striker will be keen to put in a good performance against Man City u23s. He has 2 goals and 3 assists in 6 games so far in League One and is fast becoming one of competition’s most prolific forwards.

Aaron Morley

Morley, who is only 19, has become a first-choice midfielder for Barry-Murphy’s side. He has featured in 5 league games, scoring 2 goals and putting in some fantastic performances.

With Morley in the middle of the park and Camps up top, Rochdale’s attacking threat could be brutal over the coming years should they keep hold of these talents. Should they both feature against Man City u23s, they will most certainly cause their fellow footballing youngsters some serious problems.

Rochdale must overcome a difficult Southend with these 2 players on the pitch

The Football Manc Cave are looking at Brian Barry Murphy’s Rochdale side that is about to take on Southend.

As always, the manager has given his thoughts ahead of the clash…

The interview started with BBM stating that traditionally, Southend has been extraordinarily tough for the Dale. However, he’s said he doesn’t want to focus on the past which is sensible and why he’s proving to be such a good manager.

He also went on to explain how Southend’s start has been quite misleading, in the fact that they’ve had a lot of good spells in games and a lot of productive attacking play. They haven’t won yet although he has said that it couldn’t be a more dangerous time to play them with them looking for some points also.

One more thing that he addressed in the interview was the big news of Rochdale drawing Manchester United in the Carabao Cup. It’s obviously huge for the club and the fans, but Brian Barry-Murphy has said he’s confident that his players will be able to keep their focus on their league games despite the excitement of the game at Old Trafford.

2 Players That Must Play For Rochdale

I’ve picked out two Dale players that obviously must start no matter what with their recent performances. One of them being Robert Sanchez. He’s made some absolutely fantastic saves and in Rochdale’s last games which earned him Man Of The Match against Blackpool.

Another player who is an obvious pick, I know, but there’s a reason why he’s captain. Callum Camps. Not just his leadership skills, his goal-scoring ability. There’s no doubt from anyone that’s he will be in the starting line up.


Rochdale most recently drew with Blackpool 0-0, lost to Sunderland, 2-1 and drew 0-0 with Shrewsbury. They currently sit 13th in the league. Southend has lost 4-3 to Wycombe and 2-0 to Peterborough in their recent efforts and sit 22nd in the league on 0 points. Both teams will be looking to get points so it should be interesting, however, I predict that Rochdale will win and keep a clean sheet.

Rochdale should line up their midfield with these 4 against Doncaster

Brian Barry-Murphy got off to a good start as manager of Rochdale as his team won 3-2 at the weekend.

It should have been a 3-0 win for the Dale and was looking that way for a while until Tranmere found two goals. There was also an incident in the 94th minute of the game that didn’t get picked up by officials. Jimmy Ryan has come on for Dale making his debut only to pull a Tranmere players hair from behind. He has now been charged.

With this in mind, The Football Manc Cave have picked out four midfielders that should start against Doncaster.

Stephen Dooley

I don’t see why there should be many changes to the squad as they did perform well at the weekend. Brian Barry-Murphy is only finding his feet and might change things around to see what works, although Dooley started at the weekend and will probably start again.

Michael Jordan Williams

Another player who started at the weekend and might get another chance against Doncaster. The Dale have a large choice of midfielders, wingers and strikers who can switch positions and still be comfortable which is beneficial to their manager.

Callum Camps

A definite choice for Barry-Murphy as he went in for every ball, won challenges and free kicks and even created chances at the weekend. He will have to be picked again as the club face Doncaster at the weekend. Camps will more than likely play a massive part of the season for Rochdale.

Jimmy Keohane

There are other choices for these midfield positions like loanee, Rekeil Pyke. However, he got brought off in the second half of the game at the weekend so Keohane may favour as being Rochdale’s starting man. This will all depend on Brian Barry Murphy’s thinking behind his squad and formation.

Two good reasons why Peterborough United should go for Rochdale midfielder

Peterborough United’s Darren Ferguson hasn’t finished recruiting this transfer window as he’s supposedly looking to sign Rochdale midfielder, Callum Camps.

According to Football Insider, Peterborough United are in talks to sign Camps from the Dale before the season starts. The Northern Ireland youth international is in the final year of his contract with Rochdale that ends in the summer of 2020.

The 23 year old has spent all his youth at the Spotland Stadium and finally broke into the first team in 2013. He’s since had 173 appearances for the Dale and managed 19 goals.

The Football Manc Cave are looking at reasons to why it’d be a good move for the midfielder if he was to join Peterborough.


As we’ve said, he’s been at Rochdale for quite some time and never even had a loan spell. This possible transfer would be beneficial to him as it would allow him to gain some experience from another club, be around different surroundings and grow as a footballer.

Even though this would mean him leaving the Spotland. It wouldn’t mean him changing leagues which would also be sensible for him as he should be able to handle the style of play and teams he’ll be facing.


With his contract due to end in the summer of 2020, this could be crucial for Peterborough. If Camps manage to impress Darren Ferguson in what could be this next season, he could be offered an extended deal at the end of the season or if Rochdale decides to only loan the 23-year-old, he could be offered a permanent contract.

No matter what happens, this should give Camps more choice of where to go next in his career. He’s also been called up for Northern Ireland Under 18’s and 21’s in the past so he could be looking to prove himself in an international aspect too.

There’s only been whispers of this possible transfer so far and no actual confirmation. Although my guess is that more news will come in the next few days as Peterborough will be eager to snap the midfielder up if the rumours are true.

Is Rochdale’s 23y/o ready to make his mark this season

There is a gem within the Rochdale ranks waiting for a big League One season, could it happen in the upcoming campaign?

Born in Stockport, Northern Ireland international Callum Camps has been a part of the Rochdale set up since 2012, beginning in the youth academy. The 23-year-old proudly wears the number 10 shirt in the centre of midfield.

Rochdale is looking to improve from last season, where Brian Barry-Murphy’s squad finished at an unsatisfactory 16th place.

Camps has made over 170 appearances for Rochdale and has already captained the squad on several occasions. With his contract coming to an end after the upcoming campaign, the midfielder will be keen on impressing his employers in order to extend his services for the club he loves. The length of his service with Dale so far demonstrates the trust and support the team have in the youngster to shine. Although there have been moments of excellence, it is a certainty that he has much more to offer the League One side.

Competition for places

Other midfield talents, such as the highly regarded ex-Manchester United man Oliver Rathbone, will drive Camps to compete for first-team football throughout next season and make his mark on the club. Allowing him to glow on manager Barry-Murphy’s radar.

Camps will be keen on remaining with Rochdale, or potentially catching the eyes of clubs of higher quality. As opposed to being released to a lower tier club come to the end of his contract in 2020.

Despite not being the most prolific player in Rochdale’s ranks, next season will be crucial for both himself and his squad. This hidden gem could step up his game and assert his dominance on the team.

Fellow Greater Manchester clubs Bolton Wanderers and Bury FC are suffering incredibly crippling financial woes, resulting in points being docked from both teams come the beginning of the EFL League One season. As a result, Rochdale could emerge as the most successful Greater Manchester side of the three at the end of the 19/20 campaign.

Starting 11: Rochdale Should Start New Era Like This Against Shrewsbury

Brian Barry-Murphy’s spell as caretaker manager starts on Saturday with a home game against Shrewsbury.

Every game is crucial at this point in the season with the situation Dale now find themselves in.

Its unknown at this time if Brian would want the job permanently but he has his chance to audition for the job starting with 3 points on Saturday.

My choice for this Saturdays team would be the following in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Goalkeeper: 24. Andy Lonergan

At the time of writing it is unknown whether his emergency loan has been extended by another 7 days, but if it has, he is currently one of my first names on the team sheet. He has been in the strange position of winning man of the match despite some heavy losses of late, and has made some vital saves that at times has kept the scores less embarrassing than they might have been.

Right Back: 2. Ryan McLaughlin

This is a problem position for me, as we have a seemingly injury prone Ryan McLaughlin who was brought in from Blackpool in January to replace the outgoing Joe Rafferty. Another option could be breakthrough Academy star, Luke Matheson. I personally don’t believe is ready to start and play a full league match. If McLaughlin is fit I would edge towards him starting as he hasn’t had long to make an impression so far at the club, I just hope he spends more time on the pitch than the treatment table.

Centre Back: 6. Ethan Ebanks-Landell

One of the guaranteed starters in my team. Upon his return from suspension he absolutely must start, as he has shown his uses at both ends of the pitch since he came in on loan from Wolves in January.

Centre Back: 8. MJ Williams

Much trickier picking a centre back partner for Ethan as with no disrespect to our other options at the club, I don’t believe they are of the same level. Out of the 3 main options; MJ Williams, Jim McNulty and Ryan Delaney, I would be siding with MJ. I am a fan of his, he may not be the best natural defender but, I believe technically he is a step up from the other 2 players.

Left Back: 39. Joe Bunney

Again the left side of the defence poses just as much of a problem as the right in my opinion. Bunney was brought in on loan from Northampton in January as a solution to the problem, but I’m not convinced by his defensive capabilities. Both Matty Done and Kgosi Ntlhe have been trialed there but have failed to nail down a place. With Ntlhe currently out injured that leaves me with 2 options. When pushed, I would have to side with Bunney as Done has more use further upfield and Bunney can be a reasonable crosser of the ball.

Right Midfield: 7. Stephen Dooley

For me he has been one of Rochdale’s best signings this season, as in my opinion, he regularly looks a threat when he plays and isn’t afraid to take people on which is something Rochdale are going to need as they have to go for it to stay up.

Centre Midfield: 10. Callum Camps

Firstly its worth noting that it Oli Rathbone wasn’t injured he would be starting in my team, I’m not sure who alongside though. There is still plenty Camps can offer despite having somewhat of an indifferent season.

Centre Midfield: 25. Daniel Adshead

The absence of Hamilton through suspension, creates an opportunity for young Dan Adshead who I think could have a bright future at the club and an even brighter future in the game. He broke through into the team earlier this season impressing enough to even earn a England U19 debut.

Left Midfield: 19. Bradden Inman

The choices here for me are Matty Done or Bradden Inman for the left wing slot. Rory Holden is also capable of playing there but for me, I would be starting Inman. I believe he is the best player we have in that position.

Centre Attacking Midfield: 40. Ian Henderson

Not much needs to be said to justify his inclusion as he is one of Rochdale’s best players and one of the leagues top scorers, has a crucial role to play if they are to stay up.

Striker: 26. Zach Clough

I would like to see him given a chance starting up front if he is fully fit as I believe he possesses talent. He just hasn’t had a run in the team for reasons only known to the previous management team. Could potentially be vital to the survival effort.

To summarise my team and formation for the game on Saturday against Shrewsbury would be;

Goalkeeper: 24. Andy Lonergan

Right Back: 2. Ryan McLaughlin

Centre Back: 6. Ethan-Ebanks Landell

Centre Back: 8. MJ Williams

Left Back: 39. Joe Bunney

Right Midfield: 7. Stephen Dooley

Centre Midfield: 10. Callum Camps

Centre Midfield: 25. Daniel Adshead

Left Midfield: 19. Bradden Inman

Centre Attacking Midfield: 40. Ian Henderson

Striker: 26. Zach Clough

Subs: Brad Wade, Luke Matheson, Ryan Delaney, Matty Done, Aaron Morley, Rory Holden, Calvin Andrew