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DoDTS

The PL League Boss
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Good Friday and it's Rochdale away, have you been before any memories?

We have played at Rochdale 23 times and have a good record there having won nine drawn six and lost eight, to jog your memory these are the matches:

1958.-59 Division Three 1-1
1960-61 League Cup Rd 2 2-5
1966-67 Division Four 0-0
1967-68 Division Four 1-0
1968-69 Division Four 0-3
1972-73 Division Three 2-3
1973-74 Division Three 1-1
1976-77 Division Four 0-0
1977-78 Division Four 2-1
1980-81 Division Four 2-0
1984-85 Division Four 2-2
1985-86 Division Four 1-2
1986-87 Division Four 2-1
1989 -90 Division Four 1-0
1998-99 League 3 0-1
1999-2000 League 3 0-2
2000-01 League 3 1-0
2001-02 League 3 1-0
2002-03 League 3 2-1
2003-04 League 3 1-1
2004-05 League 2 0-2
2012-13 League 2 2-4
2013-14 League 2 3-0

My first visit was in the 1967-68 season when on the 17th February a John McKinven goal gave us a 1-0 win in front of a massive 2,370 crowd. I went on the Youth Section coach which left Roots Hall just before midnight on the Friday night arriving in Rochdale about 7.00, time for 20 a side football before the Pubs opened .

The next season 1968-69 the coaches had been stopped and on the 28th December we went to Rochdale on a party rate train ticket for about 20 of us, however when we reached Manchester we found out that the match had been postponed so went to see Bury play Fulham instead.

The match was rearranged for a Tuesday night the 31st March (from memory) half a dozen of us arrived at Euston in deep snow, but knowing that there was a good chance of it being called off. We arrived at Rochdale and the gates were open we went inside the pitch was totally white, yep called off again. Nobbler had a word with Ernie Shepherd our then manager, and persuaded him to give the six of us a lift back on the players coach.

So third time lucky (or perhaps not). There had been a lot of matches postponed that season and we ended the season with four away games the last but one being Rochdale on the 10th May, we had already missed out on promotion, while it was Rochdale's last match of the season and they were having a promotion party. They had a then record gate of 9,095 and beat us 3-0 and in all honesty a miserable away match for us.

Somehow after going three times to see one match I haven't had the inclination to go back again.

So what are your stories?
 
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