Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Final Thoughts

It was always my intention to conclude the blog at the end of the 2009-10 season - to end on a celebratory note and see 2010-11 as the start of a different story. Keith Hill’s departure doesn’t change that because he only entered the previous story in 1996 , halfway through it. I also didn’t want to be recording hasty impressions of the current squad which would be inevitable if the blog became open-ended. I  was  hoping  to  finish  before  the  end  of  2010-11 anyway  but  life  got  in  the  way !

I should just mention that there were other players who put on a Dale shirt but haven’t featured because they only appeared in Cup ties and the blog was primarily concerned with the League story. Most famous of these is the guy above, Steve Bywater, who became our record export despite conceding 6 in his only senior appearance in the Autoglass Trophy. Along with Gary Jones he is the only survivor of  the Barrow era still playing  League  football. We also had Steve Wilkinson a useful striker for Mansfield , Preston and Chesterfield who played in a couple of League Cup ties in 1996 while on loan from Leicester. Then there were the mysterious Karl Rose who made his debut in the same Auto Windscreens game as Paddy McCourt in 2001 but was never seen again and David Walsh whose only outing was a substitute appearance at Ewood Park during the 6-1 mauling in  the  League  Cup  in  2000.

Keith Hill’s reign was also noted for the number of players who came and went on short term deals without making an appearance. So honourable mentions to Charles Comyn-Platt , Stephen Vaughan , David Button, Lewis Montrose, Jerome Watt and Michael Lea who never got the chance to show us what they could do.

Then there were some notable appearances in pre-season where the player didn’t actually sign for us. Former Liverpool super-sub David Fairclough scored against Blackburn in the Lancashire Cup in 1986 but that was his only game. Jamie Doyle was apparently one of the brightest prospects in Scottish football when I was getting Shoot ! in the late 70s but failed to impress Eddie Gray in the Lancs Cup games of 1987.
Most bizarrely of all Chris Armstrong was taken on after being released by Leeds then bought by Queen of the South before the start of the season in 2004, a nifty bit of business by Steve Parkin particularly as the player has achieved little in the game since.

So that’s it. The Comments facility will remain open and perhaps some of the picture gaps will be filled but otherwise it’s finished . Maybe in years to come there’ll be a continuation but at the moment I have no plans for that. While remaining a season ticket holder I missed most of the away games in 2010-11 ( surely the worst set of  fixtures ever for a travelling fan ? ) and I can’t see a return to the commitment of the early seasons covered here. Despite  my best  efforts  my  son might want to do other things on  a Saturday and fanaticism in your forties isn’t desirable anyway, suggesting  deficiencies elsewhere in your life.

Thanks for your time and perhaps you might like to explore some of the other blogs under the Clarke Chroniclers umbrella ?

Up The Dale !


  1. Fantastic Blog. Brings back many (not always great) memories!

  2. KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM by steve finnell

    Some Biblical thoughts about knowledge and wisdom.

    Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. (NKJV)

    Do most men fear the Lord enough to trust His written word?

    Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility. (NKJV)

    Wisdom comes from fear of the Lord. Pride is the enemy of wisdom.

    Proverbs 26:4-5 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes. (KJV)

    Do not accept foolish doctrines as if they have merit.

    Proverbs 23:9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.(NKJV)

    Do wise men deny the words of Jesus. Jesus said: Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved... Is it wise God fearing men who say immersion in water is not essential to salvation? Is it God fearing men who say that, Jesus was saying believe and you shall be saved and then as a saved Christian be baptized into a denominational church as a testimony of your faith?

    Proverbs 14:6-8 A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it, But knowledge is easy to him who understands. 7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way . But the folly of fools is deceit.(NKJV)

    Is it the folly of fools to teach and believe that the meaning of, Acts 2:38 baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.., actually means be baptized because your sins have already be forgiven? What could be more deceitful than that teaching that view?

    Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. God's knowledge is found in the Bible and the Bible alone.

    Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;(NKJV)

    When you search for knowledge and wisdom in church creed books, Bible commentaries, and books written about the Bible, are you trusting in the Lord or are you trusting in your own understanding of the doctrines of men?

    Only God has absolute wisdom and knowledge. The Bible is God's instruction book.