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Rochdale AFC: The Revolution Is Upon Us

The story of a young manager who unintentionally landed the managerial role at his favourite club...
Started on 26 October 2013 by NVDTahir
Latest Reply on 27 November 2014 by NVDTahir
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Image credits: Kane

Thanks to all who have been viewing my story from the start, it really means a lot and a special thanks to those who have supported Justin Credible's journey to the top of English football. Nevertheless ladies and gentlemen, this is just the beginning... ;)

but once more, THANKS! :)
Well done Naveed :)
Fully deserved all of these views as this is a fantastic story!
Keep up the good work!
@Justice: Thank you for the comment, and I agree he'd make a very good DLP and I'll definitely follow your advice pal :)

@TK69: Hahaha thanks man :)

@ARSENAL_ruleZ: Thank you mate :)

@Pompeyblue: Cheers Josh :) it really means a lot pal
Congrats on the views man. This has been one of my favorite stories so far.
I have enjoyed this story and long may it continue. this is a good shout for a sotm nomination this month
@BayernAmerica: Thanks a lot amigo :)

@jasonvilla4ever: Cheers Jason :D

April-May Update


This month was very unexpected, but each and every point mattered until the end of our first season in the Premier League:

Rochdale AFC 1-1 Cardiff (H)

Barclays Premier League

Ezequiel Lavezzi (12')
Will Keane (pen 86')

Sean Morrison (Cardiff) -- 7.6

Match Review
Possibly one of the easiest fixtures we were going to play in the final run-up to the closing stages of the Premier League season and we fail to grab all three points. Ultimately this could have affected our Europe chances drastically but we were very fortunate.

Wigan Athletic 3-5 Rochdale AFC (A)

Barclays Premier League

Will Keane (26', 54')
Brian Graham (35')
Ben Mee (43')
Fernando Forestieri (45')
Winston Reid (59')
Scott Hogan (60')
Mehdi Yildirim (64')

Will Keane (Rochdale) -- 9.2

Match Review
Wigan never really looked like contenders for this match so I rested a number of key players on the bench. However, we were in for a total surprise as they caught up to our two-goal lead, but we managed to pull off a great victory, which was expected of us.

Southampton 1-3 Rochdale AFC (A)

Barclays Premier League

Reece Brown (85')
Jack Cork (87')
Will Keane (88', 90+1')

Will Keane (Rochdale) -- 8.8

Match Review
All the goals scored in this match were late goals, which shows that both teams received a last minute push from their managers... however, we thought we'd got the victory when Brown scored but they equalised soon afterwards. In the dying moments of the match, Will Keane shut them up by a last minute brace, taking the three points for Rochdale.

Rochdale AFC 3-1 Sunderland (H)

Barclays Premier League

Mehdi Yildirim (51', 62')
Scott Hogan (56')
Charlie Austin (77')

Mehdi Yildirim (Rochdale) -- 8.8

Match Review
Yildirim stole the spotlight today in an Adnan Januzaj-esque style after his brace was all that was needed to secure a memorable victory at Spotland.

Rochdale AFC 3-2 Arsenal (H)

Barclays Premier League

Mesut Özil (1')
Rodrigo Costa (8')
Will Keane (19', 26')
Scott Hogan (54')

Will Keane (Rochdale) -- 8.8

Match Review
Well... what can I say? We were 2-0 down in the 8th minute but I wasn't having any of it, not at all, especially not at this stage of the game. Finally, after 26 minutes of play we equalised due to playing Will Keane as a lone striker up front and playing an ultra-attacking formation which ripped apart Arsenal's defence. Fortunately, an error by former Man Utd man Chris Smalling meant Scott Hogan only had to tap it in from 3 yards and he did, providing us with a memorable victory over the team that beat us 4-1 at their ground.

Fulham 2-2 Rochdale AFC (A)

Barclays Premier League

Felipe Caicedo (16', 65')
Birkir Bjarnason (o.g. 35')
Scott Hogan (83')

Felipe Caicedo (Fulham) -- 8.5

Match Review
This must have been the 10th time Caicedo has scored against us this season, what a lethal finisher. Fulham caught us off guard and managed to prevent us from getting all three points and I was surprised they managed to do that.

Manchester City 2-1 Rochdale AFC (A)

Barclays Premier League

Clément Grenier (21'')
Clément Grenier (o.g. 37')
Samir Nasri (78')

Clément Grenier (Manchester City) -- 7.8

Match Review
How on Earth does a player score for both teams in the same match and win the PoTM award too? Grenier did it in this match. Anyway, this match was a hit or miss for us (a hit, or a draw would have got us into Europe) and sadly we missed our chance this season... but... LIVERPOOL LOST THEIR GAME to Nottingham Forest!! That ensured we're in next season's Champions League totally unexpectedly, I'm elated to lose to Manchester City if we're promised Champions League football next season. Awesome stuff.

Player of the Month

The PoTM award goes to Mehdi Yildirim due to his superb run of form this month. Likewise, the award could have also gone to Will Keane, but it was Yildirim who was chosen in the end.

The Awards

Golden Boot Award

The Golden Boot award goes to Will Keane for his outstanding 23 goals in all competitions and 19 goals in the league. He would have been the Premier League's top scorer as he'd tied with Olivier Giroud of Arsenal and Danny Welbeck of Manchester United, but Welbeck won due to the least amount of playing time of the three contestants. Very, very unlucky for Will Keane.

Most Assists Award

Scott Hogan finally steps down from his crown of being the club's top goal-scorer and has picked up the most assists this season. He created 12 goals and scored 11 himself.

Best Signing Award

Mehdi Yildrim joined in January, but despite that he's scored 5 and created 3 goals in 13 appearances for the club. He is a future star and we are very fortunate his release clause was only £240k at Toulouse.

Player of the Season

Our captain who has been with the club since my first season in charge has once again wowed the fans of Rochdale, and the Premier League with his superb rating throughout the year. He has recently been linked with a move to Arsenal but if he's loyal to Rochdale he will stay. A truly maginificent and inspirational footballer.

Winners of Other Competitions


Congrats on Champions League!!!!!!! Also very quality update friend. Loved the extra of the other leagues.
Wow excellent work on the rise! Great updates and some very good results to end the season and I like the update with the other divisions too!
I LOVE THIS STORY well done on making the champions league!!! :)
Greeeeat story mate! Will Keane is a beassst! Congrats on CL and good luck in 5th season ;)
great season mate some real miracle work
Congrats mate! A very good season you had!
Wow what an achievement! Qualtiy updates, quality story :)
Congrats Naveed, onwards to Europe!
@BayernAmerica: thanks a lot man :)

@K1rups: Cheers bro! :D

@jasonvilla4ever: Haha thanks Jason :D

@Kubik: Thanks lad, and welcome to FMScout :)

@Inquisition: Thank you mate!

@AAN: I agree! Thanks ! :D

@pompeyblue: Thank you Josh :D onwards to Europe it is my friend :)

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