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‘Not a trip to one of the promoted clubs please, Bounce factor’ Rochdale fans are not overly happy about the fixtures

The long-awaited EFL League One fixtures are in, and Rochdale’s first game is away against the newly promoted Tranmere Rovers.

With Rochdale having an unimpressive few seasons and finishing only sixteenth in the EFL League One table last season. It is important to note the oppositions view on facing The Dale.

It seems as though the newly promoted Tranmere Rovers are excited about their first game of the EFL League One, and some fans believe it will be a comfortable start to the season.

Rochdale fans don’t seem too excited about the new season ahead of them, being disappointed by a lack of signings. Many fear the future of the club after the release of the fixture list.

One Twitter user may have cursed Rochdale by pleading for a non-recently promoted club to face them on their first day. However, it turns out that they will indeed be facing Tranmere Rovers, who will come into their new league on a high.

Unfortunately for The Dale, it appears as though many opposition fans are looking forward to games against Rochdale, whereas Rochdale fans themselves aren’t entirely confident in their side.

Rochdale’s first game will be away at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday the 3rd of August 2019.

Bury fans have other worries than the fixtures released today ‘Just need a team, manager, asst manager, ground staff etc now any more news about this’

Many Bury fans will be pleased to see their on-the-verge club being a part of the EFL League One fixture release.

Under Bury’s recent circumstances, it is a pleasure to see that the club’s fixtures have been announced. Allowing us to presume that they will be able to partake in the EFL League One season, despite owing over £1million and are currently in the process of seeking new ownership before the new season begins.

Due to the state of the beloved Greater Manchester club, Bury fans have been vocal on Twitter after the release of next season’s fixtures…

With Bury having issues with paying players, they may not even have a team to bring out in August. Luckily for them, one lad is willing to step up!

Amongst the understandable worry, fear and pain being expressed by Bury’s loyal fan base, one fan is ready and waiting for the away games which he can attend.

This particular fan has summed up Bury’s beginning to the new season before a ball has even been touched.

For Bury, it will be an interesting season indeed. All fans of Greater Manchester clubs, or even, all fans of English clubs, should have a degree of respect for the history, successes and longevity of Bury Football Club and hope that they can continue for many years to come.

It would be disappointing to see ownership run Bury’s legacy into the ground

Bury have been given more time to find a buyer to save their historic club.

Owner Steve Dale, who bought the club last December from Stewart Day, has unsuccessfully paid players and staff for the past few months, despite their fantastic efforts to be promoted to the EFL League One after finishing second in the 2018/19 EFL League Two.

Bury are suffering from debt in the region of £4.5million, and are seeking a potential buyer. Of which there are currently “at least two live considerations to buy the club with both interested parties having signed NDAs [non-disclosure agreements] as part of this commitment to progress”.

It is amazing to see Bury managing to perform and get promoted under the circumstances of the club, and if they can rid the weight of debt and an insecure future, it could allow the club to progress and blossom. However, if Bury resort to selling off a large number of players, it could be an incredibly embarrassing season in League One for Bury.

Being one of England’s most historic football clubs, it would be disappointing to see ownership run its legacy into the ground. Hopefully, the Greater Manchester side can find suitable ownership which can allow them to remain in League One next season and build from there.

Rochdale fans feel hard done by following Dan Adshead’s move to Norwich City

It was announced yesterday that Rochdale academy graduate Dan Adshead completed a move to recently promoted Norwich City. Signing a long term contract to play with their Under 23 initially for an undisclosed fee.

He made a total of 16 appearances in his breakthrough season, scoring once in the EFL Trophy against Leicester Under 23s in the group stages. He also managed to make three appearances for England Under 18s and scored on his debut.

The rumoured fee of roughly 300k has been floated around the internet. This hasn’t gone down well with sections of the fan base who believe, he’s worth much more than that. Especially as Manchester United were rumoured to be in for him for £1 Million last season. No doubt the deal for him will contain add ons should certain clauses be met.

Adshead has long been recognised as a promising talent, with former manager Keith Hill even inviting him to train with the first team a couple of seasons ago when he was only 15.

Dan showed a maturity way beyond his years when breaking into the first team last season, and could go on to be the best academy export the club has produced for quite some time. He will be sorely missed but no one can begrudge him the move to a higher level.

Would AFC Wimbledon’s striker be a good fit for Rochdale

AFC Wimbledon have told James Hanson that he is not part of their future plans. However, according to League Two transfer rumours Rochdale has other ideas about the 31-year-old striker.

James Hanson, 31, and his League One club AFC Wimbledon have come to the mutual agreement to bring his contract to a close, with 12 months remaining on his contract.

Now being a free agent, Rochdale have expressed a keen interest in the experienced striker, who has well over 300 games in League Two and League One. Accumulating over 80 goals and 35 assists during his experience in both leagues.

Rochdale will be looking to improve on their 2018/19 EFL League One season which saw them finish 16th place, scoring 54 goals and conceding 87. This left Dale with the worst goal difference in the league, demonstrating how desperately the club need to bolster both the attack and the defence. If they are successful in improving the squad with a qualified goal scorer like James Hanson and reliable defence, we could see Rochdale finish much higher in the table next season.

Rochdale have to set the achievable goal following quiet preseason

Rochdale’s final UK pre-season fixture was confirmed on Friday with a trip to local neighbours Oldham pencilled in for Saturday 20th July. This adds to Blackburn, Huddersfield and Bradford at Spotland on the 14th, 17th and 27th of July respectively and away trips to Ramsbottom and Hyde on the 24th and 30th of July.

With the new kits released on Saturday ahead of the new season, this is a great time to predict what’s potentially ahead for the Spotland faithful this coming season.

Much is being made about the lack of business or contract news coming from the club so far this summer. Players are still under contract until the 30th of June, and it has become quite common for players to delay contract offers while they or their agents assess all their options and see if a better offer comes in.

It is safe to assume at least half of the players offered deals will sign, namely Matty Done, Jimmy Keohane, Aaron Morley, Kgosi Ntlhe, Ollie Rathbone, Brad Wade, Aaron Wilbraham and the Youth Team’s Lewis Bradley, Harrison Hopper, Florent Hoti and Fabio Tavares.

With Rochdale having a rather large squad last season I do not personally expect an abundance of signings this summer, rather more quality over quantity.

With the right additions, League One can be a lot more comfortable for Rochdale this coming season. A mid-table finish has to be an achievable goal. If they can avoid the many defensive errors and inconsistent performances from certain players that led to Dale struggling last season.

With Brian Barry-Murphy taking the squad to Portugal on July 4th for warm weather training, this will be his chance to assess how well fitness has been maintained over the close season and see where perhaps signings may be needed.

The 2 Rochdale wonderkids who should be given more game time next season

Rochdale finished their 2018/19 campaign in League one at 15th place, but who can manager Brian Barry-Murphy rely on to better their next season?

There’s a couple of young players that Rochdale may benefit from seeing in their pre-season squad to see how they cope. Ramsbottom, Blackburn and Bradford are just three teams on the list of friendly’s before their league matches start, and here are two teenagers I think should get a look in…

Bradley Wade

The 17-year-old keeper is very young to be getting started in the first team, but every player must start somewhere. Wade has been a product of Rochdale’s youth and has been with the club since he was 15. He’s been on the bench a few times although it would be good to see him in the first team at some point, just to see how he manages. It’s always nice to see a keeper breakthrough the ranks and given the right guidance, could be a great back up for a few seasons.

Daniel Adshead

Another 17-year old who has come through Rochdale’s youth teams. He was 14 when he started training with the first team, which is impressive. He’s also played for England’s under 18’s 3 times.

In September 2017 he also became the clubs youngest ever player to start for the club in an EFL Trophy game, Adshead was only 16 at the time. I think he’d benefit from some more starts but could be a great midfielder for Rochdale. 

Bolton Wanderer’s Ben Alnwick Going Nowhere Despite Links Away

Ben Alnwick could leave Bolton Wanderers on a free, with links to Huddersfield, Wigan and Charlton Athletic.

Ben Alnwick is a 32 year-old established goalkeeper currently playing for Bolton Wanderers, who were recently relegated to League One.

Alnwick has been signed to fourteen different clubs since his career began in 2004, seven of which were loans from Tottenham Hotspur to clubs such as Luton, Leicester and Leeds. His experience majors at the Championship and the League One level of English Football, after failing to break into the first team at Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur. He failed to make a mark in the Premier League, much like Huddersfield Town, who are reportedly interested in his services.

With Huddersfield losing their goalkeeper Jonas Lossl to Everton for free, replacing him with Ben Alnwick, a man with over 250 career appearances, also for free, seems a sensible and suitable option for the recently Premier League level side.

However, according to Marc Iles, the Chief football writer at The Bolton News, Alnwick told him that “(Bolton) is still somewhere I enjoy playing my football. I love the place.”

Two Championship sides, Wigan and Huddersfield, could save Alnwick from returning to League One and allow him to do what he does best in a first-team selection in the Championship, as both clubs seek to replace their current number ones.

However, with regards to Alnwick’s comments, and his 28 appearances last season for Bolton Wanderers, it appears the shot-stopper’s allegiance lies with his current club.

Despite this, one fan responded to the aforementioned tweet by Marc Iles, the Chief football writer at The Bolton News, expressing concern for both the club and Alnwick himself. The tweet reads “Can we really afford 2 first team goalies though. Matthews is a good young keeper who will shine in that league. Fair play to him if he leaves, he’s got bills to pay at the end of the day”.

Ben Alnwick’s future isn’t set in stone, but at only 32 years of age, he could be a part of a team with a slightly brighter future than Bolton Wanderers. As both Huddersfield Town and Wigan Athletic are undoubtedly keen to see Premier League action once again, potentially allowing Alnwick to finally demonstrate his worth in the top flight of English football towards to final chapter of his career.

Two Bury Players That Could Follow Ryan Lowe To Plymouth

Ryan Lowe was appointed the new manager of Plymouth this week. The 40-year-old led Bury to promotion from League Two, but the club have faced numerous off-field issues, including a winding-up petition and staff going unpaid.

He joins a Pilgrims team that were relegated from League One on the final day. Lowe will be looking for automatic promotion next season.

Ryan said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed Argyle manager and to have been given this opportunity to manage a great football club.

Although Lowe did a great job at Bury and is likely to be devastated about how his tenure had to end there, he has a new challenge at Plymouth.

The Shakers could be in for further upset if Lowe comes hunting for his old players, I look at who he might be back for…

Nicky Maynard

A proven goalscorer. Maynard scored 21 goals last season, which proved the difference between automatic promotion and playoffs. The striker has operated at a higher level for the majority his career when playing for West Ham, Bristol City and Wigan, so his experience will also be vital to Plymouth’s side. Lowe clearly knows how to get the best out of Maynard, and a similar goal tally next season could clinch another promotion.

Jay O’Shea

Another player that played a significant role in Bury’s last campaign. He finished the season with 16 goals and five assists, which is a very good return for a midfielder, and with Graham Carey departing Plymouth, Lowe will be looking to replace his creativity. With O’Shea out of contract later this month, and seemingly on the lookout for a new club, an opportunity to work with Lowe again might be the perfect move.

Danny Mayor’s Comments Speak Volumes Regarding The Future of Bury

‘Tell us what is happening’ were the latest comments said to Bury chairman Steve Dale regarding the club’s future and wages for all of the club staff.

The author of those comments was Danny Mayor, who alongside fellow critic of Dale Nicky Adams, speaks volumes for the worries held within the dressing room.

Mayor was at the heart of Bury’s success last season but is yet to sign a new contract keeping him at Gigg Lane. Having spent six years with the Shakers, Mayor has seen everything from promotion to relegation.

Despite dipping in and out of form at times, the number 10 was on top form notching up many goals and assists helping his side to promotion, including the decisive goal at Tranmere in the final week of the season.

Yet he may have played his last game due to the grave uncertainty regarding the future of the club. Speaking to the Bury Times, Mayor spoke out against the chairman and the issues surrounding wages.

“I’m the same as the other lads, I don’t really know what’s going on,” said Mayor.

We’ve not been told anything about whether the club’s going to be sold or not.

We’re kind of in limbo, really.

We saw the statement but we’ve heard a lot of things before and it’s not come to fruition so we have to take it with a pinch of salt.”

Mayor has been linked with several clubs including Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday over recent weeks. There were even reports about a move to near neighbours Salford City as they began their transfer window with the signing of Richie Towell.

However, despite numerous transfer talks, the midfielder seems happy working with Ryan Lowe as are so many of his colleagues. Up to 70% of players want to stay working with their manager this upcoming season.

Despite the positive comments regarding their future which will certainly please fans, no fans would argue with a mass exodus should Steve Dale fail to pay wages or his successor as club chairman.

A nightmare worry could still become a damming reality if a new owner is not in place by June 20th, the day of the new fixture release.

“It’s tough for everyone. I’d love to say everything’s going to work out and I’ll stay at Bury but I can’t sign anything when it’s not been offered.

I can’t keep waiting around to see what they say, hoping the club gets bought. A lot of lads are in the same situation.

They’re out of contract and they’ve got families, and they’ve got to do what’s best for them.”

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