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3 Rochdale players that should play vs Oldham Athletic today – Agree?

Oldham Athletic host Rochdale in a pre-season friendly today, as both sides continue their preparation ahead their seasons starting on August 3rd.

Oldham finished 14th in League Two last season, new manager Laurent Banide will be looking towards the play-offs. However, last seasons talisman Callum Lang looks to be staying at Wigan Athletic for the next campaign.

While Rochdale escaped relegation, following their brilliant form under caretaker boss Brian Barry-Murphy, which saw him be appointed the clubs permanent boss.

So, let’s look ahead to this friendly. Which three Rochdale players should start on today?

Ian Henderson

Scored on Saturday vs Huddersfield, will score five vs Oldham. Perhaps a little optimistic, I’m just a huge fan of his. Henderson being fit and scoring goals will make or break their season. Provide him service and he’ll score 15+, if they don’t, they’ll struggle to avoid relegation. I’m quietly confident they’ll have a good season, though.

Ntlhe Kgosi

The defender was signed from Stevenage in 2017, on a free transfer. He was in and out of the side last season, making 19 appearances, similar the season before when he made 20. Whenever I’ve watched him, I’ve been impressed and wondered why he doesn’t play every week. Perhaps if he has a full pre-season, he can be a vital player for Murphy next season.

Bradley Wade

Josh Lillis will start the season as Rochdale’s number one. However, Bradley Wade is currently the only other goalkeeper on their books, so perhaps he’s going to be given an opportunity to challenge for the number one shirt next season. Still only 19, he has plenty of potential and time is on his side.

2 strengths and 2 weaknesses which will see Rochdale finish mid-table

Brian Barry-Murphy was appointed as caretaker manager of Rochdale in March 2019, after the sacking of Keith Hill. He guided them to safety and has since been given the job on a permanent basis.

The Dale were struggling in the relegation zone when Hill was sacked. However, Murphy shored up the defence, winning a lot of games 1-0 which saw Rochdale steer themselves clear of safety.

Dan from The Football Manc Cave looks at two strengths and two weaknesses that will see Rochdale have a solid next campaign.

Keeping Ian Henderson

Rochdale have one of the best strikers in League One. He’s done it time and time again, and just guarantees goals at this level. As long as Murphy has the creative players to feed him, he will score enough goals on his own to see Rochdale safe from relegation, at least. I’m amazed he’s still at Rochdale, a big side like Ipswich or Sunderland could probably buy him for peanuts and he’d score them 20 goals.

Brian Barry-Murphy

A young coach that must excite the Rochdale fans. He struck an immediate connection with supporters, got the results required and with a full season of him, they must feel confident about them pushing for mid-table. Murphy needs to sign a couple of quality players, particularly in defence, then perhaps they can mount a push for playoffs next season.

Lack of central defenders

Rochdale only has two central defenders on the books currently. It doesn’t take the brains of Britain to understand that simply isn’t enough. They need to sign experienced, solid defenders, otherwise, they may well ship too many goals. Perhaps they’ll look to the loan market, and get some young Premier League defenders to marshal their defenders. Either way, they certainly need some before August 3rd.

Not replacing Bradden Inman

Bradden Inman is a very good midfielder, particularly in League One. He scored four goals in 29 appearances for Rochdale, offering that creativity and quality to start attacks. He left to play in Australia, it’s important that Murphy replaces his void, otherwise they may struggle to supply Henderson with chances.

Rochdale seemed to have found a gem on loan

Rochdale made their first summer signing yesterday after securing a deal to bring Norrington-Davies to Spotland, on loan from Sheffield United.

The highly-rated 20-year-old started his career at Swansea, before joining The Blades in 2017. The defender is seen as a future starter for United, therefore they are looking to get him some vital EFL experience.

The Welsh under-21 international spent last season at Barrow and made 28 appearances.

Let’s look at two things that Norrington-Davies can bring to Rochdale…

Energy & creativity

One of Norrington-Davies’ main strengths is his ability to fly up to the wing and deliver crosses. In League One, a majority of games are close contests, if you have that extra quality that can provide a match-winning contribution, you will have a successful season.

Rochdale have one of the best strikers in the division with Iain Henderson, they need to focus on creating him as many chances as possible. He’s a goal scorer. Get players around him, quality into the box and he won’t let you down.

Position filled for minimal cost

Rochdale was searching for a left-back this summer, and they seemed to have found a gem on loan. Two reasons why they’ve done a great deal: He’s just a very good player for League One, solid at both attacking and defending, provides energy and will excite The Dale signings.

Also, I can’t imagine Rochdale are paying much towards his wages. They are doing Sheffield United a huge favour by offering him a year of competitive football. That’s key. Rochdale need to strengthen their squad ahead of next season, taking advantage of the loan market is very important for them – and they’ve made a good start.

A 3-point plan for Rochdale’s Barry-Murphy to make it a successful season

With a relatively new manager, Brian Barry-Murphy going into his first proper season of management, what will help him have a successful season?

Murphy was asked back in March to take over Rochdale as Keith Hill was sacked. He managed to keep the club out of relegation and he is now starting the clubs new season as their manager. This will either see a rise or fall for himself and the club.

Even though he managed to keep them up, Dale only managed to finish 15th. My guess now is that Rochdale fans will be wanting a season in which they do not have to constantly worry about relegation being an option.

With that being said, what 3 things can Rochdale do to have a great season?

Trust In BBM

Brian Barry-Murphy has already given Rochdale fans some hope as he kept them up and managed 6 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in the 11 games he took over.

I hope fans give him a chance at the start of the season to get going. He played for the club in 2018 before being asked to be the manager, and this says that he already has a connection with staff and players that needs to stay strong in order for him to succeed. In an interview with the club, he has gone on to mention how he is going by the motto, “quality not quantity” in terms of signings, which brings me into my next point.


In the same interview, he has gone on to say that he’s finding it hard getting the correct signings and deals, but does have a plan. Since that interview, he’s managed to get Matty Done and Ollie Rathbone to extend their contracts. Even though he might not be getting in new players which seems to be what fans want, he’s certainly getting the ball rolling and I hope these players perform for him and the club when given the chance.

Goal Difference

When Keith Hill was sacked, fans were happy as the time was right. One main factor that prompted the manager’s departure was the mass goal losses each week. They were conceding 4 to 5 goals a game which did not help at the end of the season when Murphy had to take over.

If Rochdale wants to have a successful season, they’re going to have to produce more goals themselves and keep their goal difference to a minimum and acceptable amount.

57% think Bolton Wanderers will place higher than Bury & Rochdale, despite off the field options

Football Manc Cave’s recent poll suggested that Bolton will be the best of the three clubs in the upcoming EFL League One Season.

Bolton will be starting their new league with a 12 point deduction, due to entering administration last month and Bury themselves could meet the same fate. Whilst Rochdale may be looking at another mid-table season.

However, 57% of over 200 voters believe that this won’t stop the Wanderers from out-playing both Bury and Rochdale in League One.

Bolton Wanderers are losing key players due to administration and relegation, as well as Phil Parkinson delaying their pre-season training after discussions with the board. But fans are still confident.

Bury themselves are potentially facing a points deduction at the beginning of the season in their new league after being promoted from League Two. Making victory from their uphill battle in a tougher division, look even less likely. The results of the poll were confirmed before any official announcement of Bury’s points deduction, meaning that the club will be all the worse-off that fans originally thought.

Rochdale sat in an average 16th place at the end of the 18/19 season, and received 31% votes in the poll, placing them second above Bury.

It seems as though the general opinion is that Bolton will overcome their point deduction and comfortably survive the EFL League One. Whereas the new challengers Bury, who already had a tough season ahead, will most likely find themselves back in the EFL League Two at the end of 2020, with Rochdale sitting somewhere between the two.

Adapt and solidify is the key to Rochdale’s season, agree?

Rochdale started last season pretty poorly but managed to beat relegation, so what will they need to do for the 2019/20 campaign?

The Dale finished 15th out of 24 teams in League One last season after a poor start and a lot of losses. The team, staff and fans will all be hoping for a better year of football, a stronger team and a higher league finish.

They managed to stay in League One however after finding their feet as a team again towards the very end of the season following Brain Barry Murphy’s appointment with the last stretch of the season to go, so what can they do to have a more successful season next campaign?

Adapt to Change of Manager

Keith Hill was Rochdale’s manager at the start of the 2018/19 football year and fans were getting annoyed with the poor results, heavy conceding of goals and the general disappointment. Brian Barry-Murphy took over the club towards the end of last season and the Rochdale team already seem more promising.

If Murphy had have come in sooner, maybe Rochdale would have had a higher finish in the league. However, he has done a brilliant job of keeping them up so I hope he can do well for them in the months to come.

Goal Difference

In January, Dale fans were fed up of seeing their team concede 4 to 5 goals a game. It’s clear to see that since a new manager has taken over, they’ve managed to control that. Although next season, they will have to keep their goal difference to a reasonable number if they want to succeed.

‘I’ll take Rochdale in first round good away day’ Bolton Wanderers fans looking forward to ‘easy win’

The Carabao Cup was drawn from a Morrisons store last night… we don’t know why either but Bolton will face Rochdale away. 

Bolton Wanderers are another North West team to suffer problems off the pitch recently. However, there are so many rumours flying around about the team’s possible takeover that fans should be optimistic that things are looking up.

Although a new owner will not be able to immediately sort out the team’s squad, the fact they were relegated last season, other debts and issues, at least it’s something positive for the time being.

Even though the league will be a priority, how have fans taken to their draw with Rochdale in the cup?

‘Yesss gonna smash the whites former Prem team… buzzin!!’ Some Rochdale fans are confident of a win over Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup

Fans voice their opinions on Twitter after the Carabao Cup fixture release that sees Rochdale face Bolton Wanderers at home.

Bolton fans are very confident that their team can beat Rochdale in the first round of the Carabao cup. Which is unsurprising as the teams have met on three occasions prior in the Carabao cup (or equivalent) with the Wanderers emerging victorious on each occasion.

However, some Bolton fans fear they won’t even have 11 men to put out on the pitch amid their financial woes.

Not many Rochdale fans have been vocal about their stance on the draw, suggesting a lack of confidence in the side. However, one particular Rochdale fan is all for the challenge.

Both Rochdale and Bolton will face each other in League One next season after Bolton’s recent relegation from the Championship.

This local derby is sure to be fuelled by passion and aggression in what should be an interesting tie between the Greater Manchester sides on August 12th 2019, taking place at Rochdale’s ground Spotland Stadium.

‘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.

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.

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