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LaticsPete last won the day on October 5 2017

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  1. Rochdale

    Rochdale crowd tonight ....2353
  2. League 1 Activity

  3. Rochdale

    In 58/9 and 59/60. 21st and 23rd respectively.
  4. The Pitch

    Looks like this might be cancelled now Dale have put some turf down.... https://www.rochdaleafc.co.uk/news/2018/february/junior-event-beach-party_spurs/
  5. Days gone by v now

    i think this is spot on. When Rowley began his reshaping of the team in the autumn of 1960 with the liks of Branagan, Lister, Johnstone, etc we were in a bad place , at the bottom of Div 4. My first game was then, we'd won one out of eight matches, and then lost this one. Despite this there were over 10,000 at Boundary Park. There was a sense of identification with town teams then and people turned up as Dave said, hopeful but not feeling they had a right to success. Of course Bobby Johnstone lit a spark and less than a month later over 17000 saw his home debut. (It's difficult to explain to people brought up on massive tv coverage of football but seeing a star light Johnstone was something that was , for most people, something that could only be experienced in the flesh. ) So, yes in the early 60s there was significant optimism - and maybe it's to do with age but if you're a young supporter then it's natural to be optimistic. It felt good to be part of a local crowd, large in numbers (averaging over 14000 in the promotion year of 62/3) and with a goal scoring team on the pitch. . Even when it got a bit rocky in 66 the optimism was sparked up with Ken Bates arriving and pumping money in. Despite the abomination of jettisoning our traditional kit he was still held in good regard as players arrived. However that went wrong when he bailed out . One thing that was different was the short periods between highs. So, relegation in 69 but promotion again in 71, and again in 74. That feeds hope in itself. I can understand how those who have only watched Latics since around 1990 get frustrated...
  6. Further to what I said earlier Prozac I could let you have a picture or photocopy of the programme from his first match if that’s helpful.
  7. I remember him as a direct type of forward but not a great deal more than that. He was not a regular if I recall but scored a fair number of goals when he did play. When Jack Rowley rebuilt the team he did it around Bert Lister as centre forward and Liddell, as you say, went into non league. Pass on condolences please from a supporter who started in the same season as he did. edit: just looked him up and saw that he made his debut for Latics in my very first match . He scored in it too, though we lost 3-2 to Millwall....
  8. Blackburn Away

    But he’s in a splinter group.
  9. Ernieflag at Ewood... and thoughts on rivalries

    Rivalry can only exist if there is a competition between teams such as in specific matches or for a trophy or something similar. So when I started in 1960 Rochdale were real rivals ,as were Stockport, whilst it seemed Chesterfield we re too - played them twice in the league in each of my first two seasons plus twice in the FA cup (incl replays) in both seasons too. Teams like Bolton. Bury, Blackburn , Preston we hardly encountered as they were well above us in league status. Dislike is another matter . Utd most definitely right from the start and over the last nearly 60 years there's a strong antipathy towards Sheff Utd, Bolton, Leeds, and Newcastle (self delusional fans ).
  10. Rochdale

    Their match v Fleetwood today has been called off
  11. Blackburn Away

    Like when the family get together at Christmas ?
  12. Blackburn Away

    If it’s a “must win” game or where we can clinch safety and it’ll be chocker with Latics
  13. Book Reviews

    29 Minutes From Wembley Steve Phelps Pitch Publishing 2017 Softback, 192 pages, £12.99 Gordon Milne was one of football’s brightest young managers in the 70s and 80s. Success at Wigan, then non-league, Leicester, and in Turkey (becoming a legend at Besiktas) surrounded his achievements at Coventry from 1972-81. Shortlisted for the England job after Sir Alf Ramsey, Milne built an exciting team at Highfield Road, one that was committed to attack and entertainment. Assuring the club’s status in the top flight he also got the club tantalisingly close to their first Wembley cup final. This book tells the story of that tilt at the League Cup in 1981. The Coventry of the seventies was a club that was never far away from publicity. Not surprisingly with Jimmy Hill as Chairman/Managing Director it pioneered attempts to shake up the way the game was administered and presented. Big on sponsorship tried to change its name to Coventry Talbot to link with a local car factory. It was the second club to go with new kit manufacturers Admiral and its iconic “tramline” shirts and brown away kit are still remembered. But it backed up the off the field activity with a team that punched above its weight. Steve Phelps sets out the background of how the club developed in that period and how the team was built and performed. The narrative build with an account of how they went on a League Cup run, getting past Manchester Utd, Brighton, Cambridge and Watford before playing West Ham in the two-legged semi-final. The furthest the club had been in a senior competition, the promise of Wembley looked close. Indeed, after the first game the Sky Blues held a 3-2 advantage. City were still in the lead and Wembley bound until the 61-minute mark. It was then, 29 minutes to go, that West Ham equalised, snatching victory in the dying minutes Less than half an hour from the final the Coventry tilt at glory was over. The strength of the book is in the memories and testimonies of players (including opposition), officials and others involved. It’s never a dry factual narrative but a momentum of emotion and memories that convey well not only the one season but a period in the life of Coventry City. A team that had Tommy Hutchison, Mick Ferguson, Les Sealey, Ian Wallace and Mark Hateley was bound to have character and it comes to life fully here.
  14. Rochdale

    Interesting to see how the Rochdale public has been caught up in Cup fever. Getting on for nearly 3000 last night ..,,,
  15. Ex players and that

    Curtis Main scores for Motherwell