Rochdale

Factfile…

Nickname: The Dale

Founded: 1907

Manager: Brian Barry-Murphy

Stadium: Crown Oil Arena/Spotland

Current position: 18th

Last season’s finish: 18th

Current top scorer: Matthew Lund (10 goals in all competitions)

FFV’s one to watch: Aaron Morley

INTRODUCTION…

Rochdale might never have won a trophy but it has been a fairly positive time for the Dale of late.

Club legend Keith Hill was the man to finally get the Greater Manchester side out of the basement division in 2010 and he continued to deliver success in League One, regularly delivering our highest ever finishes.

After he departed for Barnsley, a disappointing few years followed, with the club relegated back to League Two but Hill returned in 2013 and was able to deliver promotion once again during his first full season in charge.

Some more memorable years followed before the magic seemed to wear off and we seemed destined for relegation.

However, former player and coach Brian Barry-Murphy steered us to survival but arguably faces his biggest challenge yet this campaign in his second full season in charge, as he relies on an incredibly small squad made up of a lot of academy players, something Dale have had great success with in recent years.

The departure of Ian Henderson was always likely to hit the club hard but the ‘Irish Pep’ will be hoping that his slick passing style of play will allow Rochdale to continue to punch above their weight for another season at least.

 

Rochdale legend Gary Jones leading me out as mascot for a game against Notts County in 2005.
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