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2 hours ago, glemiln said:

They look delighted to be there - it will be harder still after seasonal indulgences!  Some new faces (to me) in the two last groups.

Some "more" Mayfield players 🤯

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7 hours ago, RoryBel said:

Some "more" Mayfield players

This year is a rebuilding year, a portion of the squad won't be here in 2021. Remember we were late to sign players because we were finalising the takeover. I just hope that doesn't get used as an excuse if things aren't going well five games down the line.

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56 minutes ago, mickhornet said:

The take over saved the club.

Yes I agree and I'm 100 % for it. But there were a lot of excuses last year about why we didn't win games, I hope people don't use it as an excuse.

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17 minutes ago, The Lad said:

Yes I agree and I'm 100 % for it. But there were a lot of excuses last year about why we didn't win games, I hope people don't use it as an excuse.

If they are unprepared they will struggle. That's a fact, not an excuse.

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50 minutes ago, Stu Russell said:

If they are unprepared they will struggle. That's a fact, not an excuse.

They have had a whole pre-season that was the "issuse" last time, just look on Twitter.  But I had a feeling people will use it as an excuse if we don't get off to a good start. We are in a lower league and while the squad may not be as good as last year on paper, we have to be looking at a playoff place or just missing out on one. Or better peroformances he's had pre-season now and picked players he wants admittedly not from a big pool, this is his squad now.

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Better players might have been signed if Andy Mazey had come in with his offer sooner, but to say there has been full preparation with a full squad is not exactly true is it. They will do well to be competitive enough for top three.

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On 22/12/2019 at 13:06, The Lad said:

this is his squad now.

I thought our signings were currently around 13 players - I guess not a few additions (or loanees) before 5 Jan friendly and certainly before the season proper.

 

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Does anyone know if we are still using Mayfield's ground for a few of the home games next season, due to the football resurfacing the pitch? I know there was talk a fre months ago. Not heard anything since ?. 

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Andy Mazey’s Rochdale Hornets vision

 Matthew Shaw  December 27, 2019
MazeAndy-LROCSB-MM-675x360.jpg December 27, 2019

Having seen the final ratification of the sale being signed and sealed on Monday, former Swinton Lions chairman Andy Mazey is now one of five new owners of Rochdale Hornets.

Mazey, along with fellow new directors Tony Sheridan, Richard Heyes, Peter Smith and current club president Paul Ormerod, have taken the Hornets from a fan-owned organisation to a privately owned club.

Having previously had unanimous backing for the change in ownership, Monday’s vote was merely a formality, and Mazey, plus the other owners, have already been putting the hard graft in to breath life back into a Hornets side relegated from the Championship in 2019.

And it was the future he can envisage that tempted Mazey back into the game, just months after resigning from the board at the Lions.

“We’d taken a bit of a leap of faith and have been helping out behind the scenes with building a quad for several weeks now,” said Mazey.

“We’ve been working with them in good faith because it was important that we got to Christmas and we weren’t in a bad place with the pre-season games due to start in the New Year.

“We weren’t putting ourselves at risk but we were helping out where we could.

“It is exciting times. Now that everything has gone through we can start investing more into the club and start executing our plans and vision.

“I can see huge potential in the club and I feel that I can do here, what I couldn’t do at Swinton.

“I was a club sponsor at Swinton and they were in a serious financial struggle before I picked them up two years ago. They were just a couple of days away from going into administration.

“We turned the club around and had a successful couple of years – from being almost relegation certainties and having the lowest budget, we finished ninth in the Championship last season.

“We brought in some great young players, had a great set of staff and got the club on a really good footing.

“But we felt it just didn’t have the potential. It was not in Swinton and we felt it was going to be difficult to do anymore with them as things stood and it would have been tough to maintain what we were doing.

“We had to move it in a different direction and we would have been Manchester Lions in 2020 if we’d have been able to do what we felt we needed to, but the fans didn’t want to go in that direction.

“We moved on at that point as we couldn’t do anymore but I saw some real potential in Rochdale as Rochdale.

“There is a first-class stadium in the town, first-class training facilities at Hopwood Hall, a player pathway and a great amateur game in the town. So there is a lot of the building blocks here that you would need for a successful club already in place.

“It just needs some investment, strong leadership and people who can put all those blocks together to build a strong club.

“We are proud of what we did at Swinton, and we did leave them in a good place, but there just wasn’t the potential to keep that going as a Championship club outside of Swinton.

“But with Rochdale, the starting position is going to be difficult as we’re in League 1, and it’s going to be a longer-term project, but I genuinely believe that all the potential we need is there.

“If we can engage the local community and the young people to get some bums on seats we can really turn this into a powerful club over time.”

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2 hours ago, Joe 90 said:

If we can engage the local community and the young people to get some bums on seats we can really turn this into a powerful club over time.”

Let’s hope the ambition is realised....season 2020 will be a stern test for the new squad, particularly against the seasoned clubs in League 1, but confident of the ”team” giving us a happy new year....starting with a good performance v Widnes.

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On 27/12/2019 at 15:15, glemiln said:

Let’s hope the ambition is realised....season 2020 will be a stern test for the new squad, particularly against the seasoned clubs in League 1, but confident of the ”team” giving us a happy new year....starting with a good performance v Widnes.

I think the friendlies are a good chance to see where we are, widnes maybe a blowout but swinton and oldham are realistic wins. For me I would settle for a loss against swinton and oldham depending on the score and performance. Friendlies are more about the performance rather than the win.

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I am under no illusions, they are going to be taught a lesson by three established teams. It will be a test of damage limitation and not letting their heads go down. If they can get through that and somehow gel as a team themselves, then there will be hope of a successful beginning to the league campaign.

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40 minutes ago, Excolt 1 said:

have seen  the Widnes 20 man squad and it has no first teamers.

Three may feel more at home at Hornets - potential dual-reg?

At least 7 of Widnes’ nominated 25 first team squad taking part including 2 recent signings

A good performance by Hornets (to push last season’s results further back in memory) would be a great fillip for fans & future.


Dec Baker

Ollie Brookes

Jordan Brown

Owen Buckley

Brad Calland

Jordan Case (trialist)

Liam Cooper

Connor Dwyer

Jacob Dugdale

Joe Edge

Sean Findlow

Billy Glover

Jayden Hatton

Lewis Hulme (trialist)

Calum O’Neill

James Rutledge

Reece Storey

Josh Wilde

Connor Williams (trialist)

Callum Wood (trialist)

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Some interesting names to learn/abbreviate in the squad/trialist update:

Munyaradzi Sumanyanga;  Guilherme De Sousa; Padraig Anglin

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4 hours ago, glemiln said:

Some interesting names to learn/abbreviate in the squad/trialist update:

Munyaradzi Sumanyanga;  Guilherme De Sousa; Padraig Anglin

Munya, Big G and Patrick ? 🤷‍♂️

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