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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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Lucas's avatar Group Lucas 2013-12-12 19:24
gb 965 posts 104 likes joined Jun 10, 2013
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
Atoobie's avatar Group Atoobie 2013-12-12 20:09
gb 346 posts 39 likes joined Feb 16, 2013
well done man ;) just read start to finish, loving this
NVDTahir's avatar Group NVDTahir 2013-12-13 21:57
gb 640 posts 73 likes joined Oct 21, 2013

Special thanks to PompeyBlue for making this cool banner for me :)

Breakdown of Rochdale Transfer Targets, Kits and more!

The summer break is going well. There has been absolutely no hint of existence from the so-called Manchester Mafia, although anything could happen at anytime, anywhere... so I'm going to keep a wide eye open. They managed to hush things up before, but I wonder how long it will be before the police and the FA find out about the fact that I was involved in the mafia stuff a few months ago. So without any further ado, here are the signings I've made so far for my beloved club this summer:




I loaned out Santangelo and two others so they could find more game-time, and so that Santangelo can maintain his position in the Iranian squad as first-choice goalkeeper. Andrew Tutte, Bersant Celina and Luke O'Neill left the club on free transfers, the first two because they were surplus to requirements and O'Neill because he's a prick he signed a pre-contract deal with Rangers and declined our offer, unfortunately. Tom Lawrence's position at the club was beaten by Jeremie Boga, but that's how football is so he had to leave the club to save his career and I think we did really well to get £80k from Ross County for him.

Transfer targets for this summer...

1. Larnell Cole

Since our main midfielders have been unavailable due to various reasons, I'm looking to chop and change. The arrival of young talent would be key to strengthening Rochdale in the long-term, and Larnell Cole would be the perfect addition for any team like Rochdale.

2. Toni Gorupec

Our quality at right-back is appalling, I need to strengthen that area since Luke O'Neill left the club.

3. Leonel Herrera

Herrera has been a long term target for Rochdale, we even had numerous transfer bids and contracts accepted for Herrera, but he failed to gain a work permit every time. We've sent in a bid for him, let's hope he can get the work permit this time.

4. Keorapetse Mhlongo

After narrowly missing out on him two seasons ago due to work permit issues, we will try to get him again. This time round however, Mhlongo is a free agent, and if we sign him, he will provide competition for McLoughlin for whom I have doubts over for this season.

5. Dejan Stovanovic

Last season his club would not accept a transfer bid for him, but this time, with our increased budgets, we will try to get him again. He will be a star goalkeeper, and would slot into the squad perfectly.

6. Rafael van der Vaart

A very unrealistic target for Rochdale, van der Vaart has been offered to trial at Spotland as he is a free agent. It would be his wages that would make him unrealistic, but if he demands low wages then he would be a definite purchase... only time can tell.

7. Wellington Silva

This former Arsenal youngster chose not to join us last time round because he needed more wages, but we could well be in for him again this summer as we lack depth up front and he would be perfect for the time being, until Deilson arrives in January.

The Kits

Here are the new kits that Rochdale will be wearing this season:



Dell and Nike both chose to renew their deals with the club again, with Dell extending it for one more year, and Nike for three more seasons.

And more...

As for the friendlies, Rochdale will play the following teams, with one of them being Chelsea:

The board also offered me a massive transfer budget for the upcoming season, most of which will be converted to wage budget:

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
NVDTahir's avatar Group NVDTahir 2013-12-13 22:04
gb 640 posts 73 likes joined Oct 21, 2013
@AlexTHFC: Mate, you need to keep him under control :P

@The510Series: Thanks a lot man!

@TK69: Cheers bro!

@BayernAmerica: Thank you Mike! :)

@k1rups: Thanks Krupesh :D

@Pauker: Thanks bro, let's hope we can do it soon! :D

@Lucas: Haha thanks dude! But you broke the scroll on my story... NOOOOOOOOOO! :D lol

@Redwolf0008: Lol thanks a lot Wolfie! :D It's been a pleasure writing it :)
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Nick's avatar Group Nick 2013-12-13 22:40
gb 973 posts 101 likes joined Jun 08, 2013
Nice kits and good luck in the League. You HAVE to get VdV, he's an absolute legend and he's amazing!!!!!!
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue 2013-12-14 00:13
gb 2650 posts 297 likes joined Oct 08, 2013
Really nice update and good looking kits :)
There are some good transfer targets there, hopefully you will be abke to sign most of them!
NVDTahir's avatar Group NVDTahir 2013-12-14 13:39
gb 640 posts 73 likes joined Oct 21, 2013
@Nick: Haha thanks buddy, and I'll try! :D

@pompeyblue: Thanks Josh! I hope so too! :)
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
TVDLC123's avatar TVDLC123 2013-12-14 13:50
00 604 posts 59 likes joined Jul 27, 2013
Just caught up, great job on getting promotion, nice transfers, especially with Keane, and I want a divorce :P
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TylerK's avatar Group TylerK 2013-12-14 14:11
gb 730 posts 55 likes joined Oct 09, 2013
Van Der Vaart would be an awesome signing and the transfer budget is insane for a newly promoted team!

(I didn't realise I had over 200 posts YAY)
AlexTHFC's avatar Group AlexTHFC 2013-12-14 14:20
gb 1789 posts 161 likes joined Jun 12, 2013
2013-12-14 13:50#149284 TVDLC123 : Just caught up, great job on getting promotion, nice transfers, especially with Keane, and I want a divorce :P

Already signed. Hmph.
"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
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NVDTahir's avatar Group NVDTahir 2013-12-14 22:37
gb 640 posts 73 likes joined Oct 21, 2013
@TVDLC123: Ouch haha, and thanks mate!

@TK69: I'd agree haha :)

@AlexTHFC: One step ahead of TVD ;)
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
NVDTahir's avatar Group NVDTahir 2013-12-14 22:40
gb 640 posts 73 likes joined Oct 21, 2013

July-August Friendlies Update + Squad List

I made numerous signings this season, many of which are ready for a first-team spot in the Premier League as we look to stay up and avoid relegation.




Many players went on loan to other clubs for more first-team experience, but Chris Weale and Yven Moyo had to be released due to being surplus to requirements. It was a shame letting Moyo go as he was here at Rochdale since I joined back in 2013, but in order to save his career he had to leave the club unfortunately.

The friendly fixtures went really well this season, we've had a great start:

We played really well in these matches, notching up an undefeated run. We even managed to outplay Chelsea at home, even when they had their main squad up against us... This season looks to go well, I hope it stays that way.


Here is the list of everyone that I have registered for this upcoming season, including squad numbers:





Here are the fixtures for next month, we begin the season against favourites Liverpool at Anfield... and the first home game is against Swansea:

Author's Notes

We had a brilliant pre-season, and we're ready to experience the Premier League for the first time... This is it!
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Couragesand's avatar Group Couragesand 2013-12-14 22:41
00 152 posts 10 likes joined Mar 31, 2013
Good Luck IN EPL. You have a great team.
Making your way in the world today takes everything you got.

Check it out :)
Neal's avatar Group Neal 2013-12-14 23:02
us 3404 posts 401 likes joined Oct 24, 2012
van der Vaart will lead you to glory! ;)
Nick's avatar Group Nick 2013-12-14 23:04
gb 973 posts 101 likes joined Jun 08, 2013

P.s great update

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