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Chairman reflects on Dale’s tough season ROCHDALE’S 1-0 win over South- end ensured that that the club will be playing League One football again next season. This will mark a sixth successive sea- son in the third tier of English football which will mark a new record at this lev- el for the club. At the same time, the Youth Team’s 3-0 victory over Fleetwood ensured that they finish runners-up in their League – which gives hope and encouragement for the future. This is a much deserved vin- dication of all the hard work from every- one involved with the RAFC Academy. Chairman Andrew Kilpatrick reflect- ed on the season and said: “This is not to pretend that it has been the easiest of seasons! In the dark days of early March when we were 23rd in the League it was hard to envisage that we would have secured our League One survival with one match to spare. This is a great testa- ment to the positive changes that Brian Barry-Murphy, Tony Ellis, Lee Riley and their team have made since taking over. “Nor should we forget the foundations that were laid by Keith Hill and Chris Beech in previous seasons and, as a club, we will always be grateful for the 70 runners in Memorial 5k OVER 70 runners raced around Whit- worth’s Cowm Reservoir for the an- nual Geoff Doggett Memorial 5k. Participants took in two laps of the reservoir, beginning from the Cock and Magpie pub on Tong Lane. Salford’s Gammar Adam won the race in a fine time of 16:00, and Helen Smith was first lady with 18:14. Whitworth’s Pride of Britain star, Ella Chadwick, 11, was guest starter at the Andems race and also presented prizes to the winners. In October 2018, Ella, who was born with a rare kidney disease, was rec- ognised with the Child of Courage Award at the Pride of Britain awards ceremony, and has since had a local race named after her. Parnell brings back belt QUEENSWAY ABC’s up and coming star Parnell Lees travelled to Penrith, Cumbria for the MTK 2019 Box Cup, which saw more than 120 boxing clubs attend with over 400 boxers fighting it out to land the main prize, the Lonsdale belt. Parnell Lees was boxing in the youth category in which he was the youngest entrant. In his first round he boxed a very strong lad from Beartown ABC being two years his senior at 18 which made a big difference. It was a close bout in which both lads enjoyed success, but Parnell was cleaner in his work and finished the third round stronger which gave him a place in the final on split decision. In the final Parnell was up against a tall and rangy fighter in Tim Murphy from Love ABC CPC. At the end of round two Parnell knew he had won the bout already but want- ed to cement it properly and produced a very dominant final round to land the belt. Matt’s ‘War Chest’ launched as Hall returns to Hornets TWO of Rochdale Hornets’ most successful players of recent times have reunited at the club – and are now spearheading a fund-rais- ing drive to help stay in the betfred championship. Matt Calland has been appointed as the club’s new coach with Martin Hall as di- rector of rugby, 28 years after they first lined up alongside each other on the field. Now the pair are focused on the battle at the foot of the Championship, and the club has launched “Matt’s War Chest” fund, which will exclusively be used to aid the signing of new players. Over £4,000 was pledged in the first few hours after Calland was appointed, and Hornets are now appealing to businesses and supporters to help boost the fund. The idea was the brainchild of life-long supporter and lo- cal businessman Gavin Reyn- olds, and implemented im- mediately by Hall, who says it will be crucial in coming weeks. Hall said: “Everybody at Hornets is now focused on retaining our Championship status, and to do that we’re looking to bring a number of players to the club. “The club is on a stable fi- nancial footing at present due to the generosity in recent years of Paul Ormerod, and everything raised will go di- rectly to signing new players for Matt’s squad. “Gavin came to me with the idea of a signings fund and we had a superb response to it as soon as Matt was announced as coach. “Now we are hoping to re- ceive further backing and have already begun talks with clubs over a number of potential targets.” Hall and Calland played together in the last Rochdale team to feature in the top flight in the 1990/91 cam- paign, and then alongside each other in the Lancashire Cup final against St Helens the following season. They both went on to have significant success after leav- ing the club – Hall winning every major honour in the game at Wigan, and Calland lifting a Super League title with Bradford and featuring in two Challenge Cup finals at Wembley. They then teamed up again in 2001 when Hall took over as coach of the club and Calland was still playing, as Hornets finished third in the second tier for three straight seasons. Rochdale chief executive Steve Kerr said: “The club has seen a massive surge in interest following the ap- pointment of Matt as coach, with our social media chan- nels receiving the most traffic of my time at the club. “There has already been a remarkable take-up for ‘Matt’s War Chest’ in the first 24 hours, and with Martin working alongside him we now appeal to businesses and supporters to come forward if they are able to help our fight against relegation.” Supporters and busi- ness that want to contrib- ute to “Matt’s War Chest” can initially contact the club via mattswarchest@ or by ringing the club office on 01706 648004. Win for sailors ADAM McGovern and Ellie Davies, in a GP14, com- fortably won the first and second races in light airs at Hollingworth Lake Sail- ing Club. The currently reduced water levels not only make launching boats in the har- bour more difficult but also increases the wind shadows in lighter winds. The more experienced sail- ors did best overall while the junior sailors, in Toppers, struggled to make an impact. Richard Marsh, with daughter Jess in an RS200 came second in the first race, ahead of Stuart Bates and Heather Marsh in a Mer- lin Rocket. Stuart and crew then sailed into second place in the next race. However, for the third race, only five boats took to the water. Walking footballers called up for over 70’s STEVE Colesby and Bill Charlton, who are members of Rochdale Walking Football Club (RWFC), have been se- lected to represent the North West over 70s team. The 6-a-side North West team will play regional teams throughout the UK and players from various teams will be chosen to form an England squad. Steve and Bill have been active members of Rochdale Walking Foot- ball Club for the last five years and were selected for North West over 70s team from over 50 appli- cants after attending two trials in Wigan. Rochdale Walking Foot- ball Club, who work close- ly with Link4Life and Ro- chdale AFC, participate in many local and national tournaments with some considerable success. Last year Rochdale AFC Strollers, one of the RWFC teams, were unde- feated whilst representing Rochdale Football Club in the EFL over 60s national trophy and reached the fi- nals played at St. George’s Park, the home of the full England Team. Paul Gardner, Pro- gramme Manager Health &Wellbeing for Link4Life, said: “This is a great re- sult for Steve and Bill and we’re wishing them the best of luck throughout the tournament.” U13’s crowned champs TO cap another out- standing year for Ro- chdale’s RU Under 13 Boys, they were crowned Champions of Lancashire after a close encounter with Waterloo RUFC. The match was hosted by Waterloo, due to four Lancashire Finals being held at Rochdale RUFC. Having another suc- cessful season undefeat- ed in their match games, Rochdale U13s have once again proven the quality of the boy’s game in Rochdale. This season is the eighth year some of the boys have been togeth- er and the skills they have developed and the strength and stamina which has been built up with their coach- es has brought them through some very tough matches. After a gruelling eight months of autumn and winter rugby, the squad have shown that they are an exceptional unit. A spokeperson for the parents said: “As all the parents have said year on year, we and our boys are here for the family atmosphere which Roch- dale RUFC present every time we are there. “RRUFC, has been an integral part of all our families and we are proud to say, thank you for all the opportunities you have given our boys and the family hospitali- ty you have given us all.” The successful U13s team very positive contributions that they made during their time at Rochdale. “The response of the players to the management change has been magnif- icent. It would have been all too easy to have accepted what looked to be our fate but the attitude, determination and sheer will-to-win that they have dis- played has been something about which we – and they – can be immensely proud and, again, this can give us hope that we can build on these foundations. “There have been changes as well within the structure of the club. Chris Dunphy stood down from his role as Chairman and is due our thanks for his contribution to the club over many years. There have been other changes at board Level, most notably the arrival of Tony Pockney who brings a level of fi- nancial rigour which we hope will allow us to keep the club on a sound footing and capable of surmounting the chal- lenges that face all clubs at this level of the game. “The staff continues to work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the club and I do not exag- gerate when I say how lucky we are that they give this level of commitment week in and week out. “Most importantly, to you the fans, my sincere and heartfelt thanks. Ro- chdale Football Club cannot survive without your passion and support and I know from conversations with many of you how important it is that we contin- ue to strive for success both on and off the field. “August will be on us again before we know it but, in the meantime, we will be doing all we can to prepare for the new season and for what we all hope will be a successful and rewarding campaign.” Matt Calland is back at Hornets as head coach 32 May 2019 Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent SPORT