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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...
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NVDTahir's avatar Group NVDTahir 2013-12-11 23:17
gb 640 posts 73 likes joined Oct 21, 2013

April Update

This is the final game of the season, it was hectic and here's how it went... (click the spoilers to view how each half unfolded).

April was the deciding month for us, it was either promotion or uncertainty and I reckon we did well:

Rochdale AFC 1-0 Burnley (H)

Sky Bet Championship

Scott Hogan (pen, 86')

Scott Malone (Burnley) -- 7.5

Match Review
We did well to hold onto a point here at Spotland, but Scott Hogan ended up smashing home a penalty to win us the match.

Sheffield Wednesday 0-3 Rochdale AFC (A)

Sky Bet Championship

Scott Hogan (16', 40')
Rhys Bennett (90+1')

Luke O'Neill (Rochdale AFC) -- 9.0

Match Review
A very good game, we dominated them. EXACTLY what we needed at this stage of the league, spot on.

QPR 2-1 Rochdale AFC (A)

Sky Bet Championship

Rhys Bennett (5')
Nick Powell (29')
Loïc Rémy (80')

Loïc Rémy (QPR) -- 8.3

Match Review
We played really poorly against QPR who were much further down the table in 15th place, we should have got the victory and this loss ultimately dented our chances to win the title... which would have been phenomenal.

Rochdale AFC 2-0 Leeds United (H)

Sky Bet Championship

Mamadou Niang (46')
Scott Hogan (90+2')

Nicholas Ioannou (Rochdale AFC) -- 7.8

Match Review
We finally beat Leeds at home, after losing to them at their stadium previously. This was a massive step forward towards promotion.

Brighton 0-3 Rochdale AFC (A)

Sky Bet Championship

Brian Graham (7')
Scott Hogan (47', 52')

Scott Hogan (Rochdale AFC) -- 9.0

Match Review
We won this one with a solid result, one which we thoroughly expected.

Rochdale AFC 1-0 West Ham (H)

Sky Bet Championship

Plaisir Bahamboula (13')

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale AFC) -- 8.1

Match Review
The final match which got us all tensed. It was one of the best days of my life.

Player of the Month

Even though Scott Hogan scored 6 goals in 6 games, I had to give the PoTM award to Ian McLoughlin, who kept an amazing total of 5 clean sheets in the 6 final games, which ultimately helped us to promotion... He has been a great signing.

Author's Notes

I never thought we'd have done this guys. NEVER in my dreams did I imagine myself lead Rochdale to back-to-back promotions to the top-flight. I just hope we can stay up next season and maybe the season after that we can fight for a cup competition? ;)
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
shylax's avatar Group shylax 2013-12-11 23:18
us 1104 posts 65 likes joined Dec 28, 2012
Congratulations on promotion to the Prem, as well as back to back promotions!
let the machine live your fantasy
Couragesand's avatar Group Couragesand 2013-12-11 23:19
00 152 posts 10 likes joined Mar 31, 2013
Making your way in the world today takes everything you got.

Check it out :)
Neal's avatar Group Neal 2013-12-12 02:19
us 3404 posts 401 likes joined Oct 24, 2012
Wow, I ought to go into professional commentary :P
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue 2013-12-12 08:17
gb 2650 posts 297 likes joined Oct 08, 2013
Congrats on promotion to the BPL :)
k1rups's avatar Group k1rups 2013-12-12 10:04
gb 1723 posts 311 likes joined Jun 03, 2012
Great match report haha and congrats on the promotion!
NVDTahir's avatar Group NVDTahir 2013-12-12 18:00
gb 640 posts 73 likes joined Oct 21, 2013
@ebEliminator: Thanks Eb!

@CourageSand: Cheers fella!

@Neal: yup haha, you do!

@PompeyBlue: Thanks Joshua! :)

@k1rups: thanks a lot amigo! :D
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
NVDTahir's avatar Group NVDTahir 2013-12-12 18:03
gb 640 posts 73 likes joined Oct 21, 2013

The Awards

Golden Boot Award

The Golden Boot award goes to Scott Hogan for his 23 goals in all competitions. He has been phenominal this season and he continues to get better every single season that he stars in, let's all hope he keeps this up for the future... This is his third successive Golden Boot Award.

Golden Helper Award

Brian Graham has been a surprise this season. He has scored a total of 18 goals in all competitions, but has also notched up 11 assists. He is an ultimate BEAST despite his star rating of 2 stars.

Best Signing Award

Justin Schmidt had a bit of a rocky start to the team and to English football, but he has since become accusttomed to England. He's been capped several times by Bosnia-Herzegovina and has also been called up to the national team for the Euros. He will be an insane player in the Premier League, all because we signed him for just over £220k... A true bargain.

Player of the Season

Even though he is on loan, Nicholas Ioannou has been the main centre-piece of our defence this season and the whole defensive line was built around this Manchester United youngster. He is a boulder in the heart of defence and I'd love to try and sign him on a permanent deal in the future, maybe even next season.


You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
AlexTHFC's avatar Group AlexTHFC 2013-12-12 18:05
gb 1789 posts 161 likes joined Jun 12, 2013
*flips hair* I told Tanay not to go streaking in Rochdale games!
"im now in the premier league i got back to back promotions i am the greatest suck a poo" - PC Plod
"Hatters gonna hate" - RicardoKishnaajacied
"yh" - fzemdegs/Walter
"When I was inside Feliks" - Walter
"I don't Lloris" - Beloved Thong
The 510 Series's avatar Group The 510 Series 2013-12-12 18:09
am 631 posts 49 likes joined Aug 06, 2013
Well done for going up... again! :P
Yes, I am still alive. Amazingly.
TylerK's avatar Group TylerK 2013-12-12 18:09
gb 730 posts 55 likes joined Oct 09, 2013
Wahey! Well done on getting to the prem!
MJK46's avatar Group MJK46 2013-12-12 18:47
aq 3402 posts 325 likes joined Aug 27, 2013
Congrats and good luck in the EPL!!
Give my FM17 Story a read Paris FC: Une Ambition Capitale
k1rups's avatar Group k1rups 2013-12-12 18:58
gb 1723 posts 311 likes joined Jun 03, 2012
Congrats buddy enjoy the BPL
Jer's avatar Group Jer 2013-12-12 19:17
yt 3609 posts 558 likes joined Dec 16, 2012
Congrats on the BPL promotion mate, winning it will be a possible ambition!
Lucas's avatar Group Lucas 2013-12-12 19:18
gb 965 posts 104 likes joined Jun 10, 2013
2013-12-12 02:19#148887 Neal : Wow, I ought to go into professional commentary :P

We make a great duo buddy;)
Current Team: AS Monaco & Tunisia
Past Clubs On Save: Real Unión
Year: 2017/18
Manager: Dionisio Villanueva
Honors: 1 x Spanish 2nd Division B2, 1 x LIGA Adelante, 1 x Spanish Cup, 1 x LIGA BBVA, 1 x World Cup

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