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Rochdale continued their fine home form on Saturday with a thumping 4-1 defeat of recently relegated Hereford.  The topic on many people’s lips after the game however wasn’t yet another goal for Chris Dagnall, a goal on Simon Whaley’s home debut, the obligatory Will Buckley goal or a first senior league goal for Craig Dawson. In fact forget goals all together.
Well, not quite all together. The performance of on loan striker Chris O’Grady was simply a joy to behold and despite not getting on the scoresheet, he continues to get …

16.50, Saturday August 29th 2009. Keith Stroud draws the curtain on one of the most memorable Dale games of the decade. Keith Hill’s men have finally ended the 16 year winless run against Bury at Spotland, and what a game it was. Whilst most hyped-up games fail to live up to expectation, this game had everything you expect from a lower league grudge match and the so called 9th biggest derby in the Football League (no, really!).
Or at least the 2nd half did. In truth, the 1st half was a …

It’s one of the first games that every football fan looks for when the fixtures are published, the game that brings the part time fans out of the woodwork, the game where the form book is thrown out of the window. I am of course talking about the first local derby of the season.

This bank holiday weekend sees Keith Hill’s Rochdale play host to “that lot from the other side of Heywood”, Bury. This is perhaps one of the most predictable fixtures on the list all year, not only because …