The state of things

It’s an honour and privilege to host an article by fellow (and more successful) Rochdale journalist Mark Hodkinson on how he views the current situation at Rochdale AFC. Mark, like me, is a lifelong Dale supporter and author of the brilliant The Overcoat Men. He was sure of himself, adamant: ‘He’s a Number Two, always…More

A window of opportunity

Have Rochdale AFC done enough this January to ensure League One survival? Last weekend, Rochdale AFC achieved something that has proven to be a rare commodity this season – three valuable league points. It wasn’t attained during a high-scoring thriller either, as has been the trend in games involving Rochdale since the turn of the…More

What now for Brian Barry-Murphy?

A turbulent run of results for the Rochdale AFC manager raises questions about the future Let’s get one thing straight – Brian Barry-Murphy is not the Anti-Christ. It’s easy in football, when dissecting a manager’s performance, for the lines separating their professional and personal make-up to become blurred. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting…More

I’m an Englishman in New Lanark (well, about 23 miles away)

I don’t take coffee, I take whisky, my dear. As an Englishman living in Scotland, I just want to say congratulations and slainte to the Scottish national team on qualifying for the European Championships next year. Not only is it great to see our dearest rivals back on the big stage after an absence of…More


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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