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‘Fans just want the season to start’ as Ernie Cooksey Trophy is won by Rochdale following win over Oldham Athletic

After a long summer break lasting well over two months has now come to an end. It seemed no surprise to see both Oldham Athletic and Rochdale going all guns blazing, as pre-season got into full swing. 

The forward lines, in particular, were enjoying a welcome return to the football field as the Oldham ground staff offered out a surface perfect for playing free-flowing football. While the surface retained its brilliance throughout the 90 minutes, the standard of football did not. 

The first half no doubt had the home fans believing they’d made the right choice between going to a potentially laborious friendly, or a trip to the Trafford Centre. Although the second showed why friendlies are not for everyone. Both managers Laurent Binade and Brian Barry-Murphy looked unsure of which players will make the first team cut, ahead of the new season which starts in just two weeks time. 

Looking the more prepared after their 3-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town only a few days previous, Rochdale looked the dominant side, in particular, their forward line. Stephen Dooley, Callum Camps and leading man Calvin Andrew gave the Latics defence nightmares in the opening 20 minutes with their movement. While in the midfield M.J Williams ran the game, angling passes any top-class midfielder would have been proud of. 

Oldham manager Binade had a look of horror on the touchline as his team were time and time again cut apart. Sharing an expression similar to keeper Gary Woods, so often with his arms wide open gasping at his backline as Dale mirrored a knife cutting through butter. 

Oldham respond

Though motivated by the fear of a battering, Oldham responded with a look of determination. One thing is for sure, this friendly had the attacking coaches smiling and the defensive ones worried. Particularly Rochdale’s as they play a division higher against forwarding lines much stronger to that of last seasons mid-table League Two side. 

While BBM looked rather happy with his sides start, his hoody was raised over his eyes shortly after when the Latics hit back. If Dooley was Dale’s man of the match, Latic number 10 Mohammed Maouche was the home sides equivalent. Scorer of the first goal, he gave all of Boundary Park encouragement this game could go the distance with his inspiring and creative play.

Substituted in the second half, Oldham lacked the pace of Maouche plus the lift he gave to his teammates around him. Fatigue and a lack of rhythm also played a part, this due to the number of subs made. Both teams made 16 changes between them in the second half. 

Ian Henderson, ironically one the visitors second half additions, struck a late winner showing even before August why he is still the key man at Spotland.

With fans twiddling their thumbs for three months at the weekend, these early games are met with appreciation. Yet most will now just want the season to start. Then at least each team can only make three substitutes.

Photo Credit: Rochdale AFC

2/3 of Rochdale Fans Now Believe They Will Now Be Safe Following BBM Impact

Many were anticipating the sacking of Keith Hill at Rochdale, after a run that landed the Dale in the bottom three and looking more and more likely to be playing League Two football next season.

Brian Barry -Murphy was given the job of caretaker manager, and has never looked back since. Having been made permanent manager a week ago following four games in charge, of which he won two and drew two – It seemed the board back the former Dale player.

After winning their all important game in-hand against Accrington this week, Rochdale now are level on games and two points clear of the relegation zone. Furthermore, things are so tight in that bottom half of League One, a couple more wins could actually see Dale hit mid-table with only six points separating 13th – 23rd.

We put a poll out on our Football Manc Cave Twitter (Follow us Here) asking Rochdale fans where they now feel the team will end up come the end of the season.

6% felt the side would still be relegated, 24% thought they could crack on and reach dizzy mid-table heights. However, 70% of fans think the team will just about stay up – I’m sure they won’t want a repeat of last season’s nail biter.

Rochdale, should they stay up this season, could push forward next season under a young and ambitious manager. The results in recent weeks have been a positive step, forward after a largely frustrating campaign up until that point.

BBM can get a tune out of this group of players, with a decent turnover of players in the summer and a full pre-season implementing his style of play. It could certainly make for an exciting 2019/2020 season for the Spotland outfit.

Dale fans, where do you think you could end up next season under Brian Barry-Murphy, lets us know in the comments…

Keith Hill Sacked as Rochdale Manager!

News has broken within the hour of Keith Hill’s sacking from Rochdale after a poor run of results dropping Dale into the relegation zone in League One.

There was many vocal fans in recent months demanding Hill to be sacked as the results went on. However, we must state there were also a lot of fans feeling that Keith Hill should be given time, due to what he has achieved at the club over his two spells.

The statement from Rochdale’s Chairman Andrew Kilpatrick website reads…

Rochdale Football Club has terminated the contracts of Keith Hill and Chris Beech with immediate effect.

It has been the most difficult decision that the Board has had to make but it is felt that due to results on the pitch, that a new direction is needed. We believe the next five games against opposition in and around us represents a great opportunity to try and retain our League One status, which is why this action has been taken now.

Brian Barry Murphy and Tony Ellis will take training this week ahead of Saturday’s game against Shrewsbury Town.

As a duo, Hill and Beech have enjoyed huge successes with the Club, including most recently the promotion to League One in 2013/14, as well as securing three top 10 finishes in the division since then. The pair also had many FA Cup successes together, reaching at least the fourth round of the competition in four out of the last six seasons.

Hill has achieved two out of the three promotions in Rochdale’s history and is rightly regarded as the Club’s most successful manager. Beech had been at the Club for 12-years, starting out as Youth Team Manager, and was the catalyst, along with Hill, behind the success of the Academy as we now know it.

The Board would like to place on record their thanks to Keith and Chris for their exceptional services to the Club and wish them all the best for the future.

A further announcement will be made in due course…

AWAY FANS SERIES: How Noel’s Uncle Inspired His English Club Preference

As part of our Away Fans Series, I caught up with Maltese Rochdale Fan Noel, who was inspired to start following the Dale through his uncle…

Ian: How long have you been a Rochdale fan?

Noel: Since 2012 it’s the first time I went to watch them play

Ian: How did you become a dale fan?

Noel: I have relatives that live there, my uncle use to live on Drake Street at the beginning of the 60s.

Ian: You say you live in Malta?

Noel: Yes, but I visited England 14 times.

Ian: How do you keep up to date with everything Rochdale?

Noel: From the official Rochdale FB page, supported chat and I’m a member of Rochdale supporters trust

Ian: You said you have been to England 14 times, how many times did you get a chance to go Spotland?

Noel: April, it’s my 15th time in England and my 10th time at Spotland. It’s a must I visit Rochdale each year

Ian: What do you make of this season?

Noel: We’re not that good we need to invest more in good and permanent players

Ian: Do you think they’ll stay up?

Noel: I hope so, but it’s gonna be difficult like last season, we had to win the last game

Ian: Over your 7 years as a supporter, what’s been your best game?

Noel: Last year v Spurs, it cost me €400 but it was worth it

Ian: I bet, what a memorable tie that was!

Noel: Yes, after the game against Millwall I phoned my cousin to buy me a ticket but were sold out. Then a friend called me that the club has hospitality package for €107 so I called the club to book one

Ian: Brilliant and what commitment! Do you plan to set up a Maltese supporters club at all?

Noel: I wish, and I have friends who are coming with me in April to watch Rochdale, maybe who knows, one day will have a supporters club here in Malta. Each time I visit I spend about €150 from the club shop to give as souvenirs to my friends

Ian: Brilliant, get the Rochdale name throughout Malta and hopefully, in the future, a supporters club. Thank you for your time mate