Rochdale fan: we can’t buy a win at the moment

This Rochdale fan is worried about his side’s form as they prepare to take on Port Vale.

Thanks to REP for posing the questions 

About the fan…

My username is AT THE PEAK. My real name’s Dean and I’ve been watching Dale for about sixteen years. I used to be a season ticket holder but due to work can only get to about 50% of games now.

About the opposition…

How are your team doing?

Our current form is poor and we can’t seem to buy a win at the moment, although injuries to key players haven’t helped. I would’ve been very happy with a top-half finish at the start of the campaign and I think we’ll manage that, although there was a spell where the play-offs seemed like a very real possibility.

The players to watch?

Callum Camps has a future in the game that goes beyond League One in my opinion. He’s only 21 but has captained the side many times and he is the most creative force in our midfield. He’s also represented Northern Ireland U21’s.

Your thoughts on the manager?

Keith Hill is a Rochdale legend. We’ve only won three promotions in our history and he was behind two of them. Even if we were to go down from League One I wouldn’t want him to leave.

A score prediction and predicted attendance?

We really need a win and looking at your recent results, I think we can get it here. I’ll go 2-0 to Dale with Henderson and Andrew to get the goals. It’s hard to predict the attendance with the £1 entry fee but such is the apathy of Rochdale residents towards the football club, I’d be pleasantly surprised if we managed 5,000+ despite the offer.

A guide for Vale fans…

Any quirky facts?

Tommy Cannon of Cannon & Ball fame was briefly the chairman of the club in the 1980s but left in controversial circumstances.

Any views on players who have appeared for both sides?

Louis Dodds was a decent player on loan for us and went onto be a regular for you for years and always putting in a good shift against us. I wasn’t surprised but was a little frustrated to see Scott Tanser join you on a free as I think he is a really talented player, but he just couldn’t catch a break at Dale following a positive spell when he first broke into the starting eleven.