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|Eve of a new season|
at 23:25 11 Sep 2020
This is going to be a long eight months. Or even longer than that. In some ways the uncertainty around Dale is mirrored in the world at large, with this last week giving another jolt of reality that we really can’t be sure what’s going to happen between now and when we win the play-offs at Wembley.
With that in mind, judging the mood of Dale fans becomes as difficult as working out where everyone stands on lockdown restrictions and Covid stats, so maybe it’s a decent time for us all to try and reduce the stress and pressure of constant debates on what our position is. There’s no doubt whatsoever that the club has made plenty of mistakes and our likeable manager has been dealt a tough hand; something he hasn’t been shy about discussing in an eloquent, yet firm way as he constantly references how short we are in numbers. And that’s where we possibly have an opportunity as fans to take a step back and allow him to fight our corner when we rightly bemoan how few options there were/are in certain areas of the team. By backing the manager and his current squad, one which appears united and determined going off the two cup games, it means fans can concentrate on games of football as the current chaotic world continues outside of those 90 minutes or so.
That’s not to say that the analysis and concerted attention to the actions of the rest of the club don’t matter, because they really do if Rochdale are to get through all this like any other business who has a fight on its hands. But it might be that for fans it’s fighting the battles that matter is where the focus should be. Could be way off the mark, but there’s a sense that the club’s shortcomings, which needed to be pointed out and held up as an example of how things could be better, are starting to overshadow some of the efforts of those who will go out looking for three points tomorrow. It’s something I’ve been guilty of in the past, albeit for the right reasons just like all fans who look for the club to improve, because it can be draining and distracting.
That was possibly a load of nonsense and it most definitely isn’t a vindication of those at the club who have the ability to deal with the concerns of supporters with better decision making and, most importantly, effective and consistent communication. No, it’s merely a lot of words that will possibly make tomorrow afternoon a bit more enjoyable at the start of a very tough season.
And then Brett Pitman will get a last minute winner.
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at 22:17 7 Sep 2020
This may have already been posted, if so apologies, but it was something that was mentioned in the latest Trust newsletter and contains a lot of information.
Amongst all the regulations and impact on our matchday experiences, there was an unintentional (I think!) amusing bit with an admittance, at last, that the tannoy is too bloody loud:
<< How does no music add to safety?
Government guidance states that when loud music is played, it encourages supporters to shout to be heard and this is considered to be a higher risk of spreading the virus.>>
|And so it begins. Again. |
at 20:39 22 Jul 2020
On top of everything else going on, the possible implications of this could be huge to the English game.
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