While it’s true Rochdale AFC couldn’t be described as an elite football club, plenty of elite players have credited the Dale with launching their careers.
From broken toys who needed to be fixed, to rough diamonds in need of a polish, to academy products nurtured from the beginning, Rochdale AFC has propelled a proud number of players to the Premier League and international stage over the past twenty-five years.
In The Rochdale Connection, Chris Fitzgerald catches up with six of them to find out just how the club helped them and what, in their opinion, it takes to become an elite footballer.
There are stories from cultured centre half Alan…
Author: Chris Fitzgerald