Stockdale approach is perfect tonic for a League Two Dale

I have never subscribed to the idea that football has to be beautiful. That’s not to say the game cannot possess beautiful moments between the first whistle and last, but, for me at least, it is a competitive sport where winning is paramount, not something to be ordered from an Avon catalogue. Too much emphasis…More

A blueprint for the lower leagues

As I picked my way among the throng of fellow supporters, milling around the pop-up beer stall and inflatable penalty goals, it truly hit home what this football club means to me… to all of us. The festival occasion Rochdale AFC had put on to mark its 100 unbroken years of Football League membership took…More

New style, new substance

Stockdale mixes it up but Dale still a work in progress If he didn’t know it before, he knows it now – Robbie Stockdale has a tough job on his hands. But the Rochdale AFC manager is certainly equipped for the task. On the day the nation’s media was let loose, I was afforded some…More

Is it time for the poison pill?

Hostile takeover fears relayed to supporters at RAFC fans’ forum Somebody clearly didn’t get the memo that was sent out to the footballing world on 1st June from the collective majority of shareholders at Rochdale AFC. Its message was clear enough – we have the final say in who runs OUR football club. After an…More


Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.

About Me

Chris Fitzgerald is a freelance sports writer who has written two books on his hometown club Rochdale AFC. He has worked in the media since 2002 and is a Scottish Press Awards Sports News Writer of the Year nominee