RU Serious?

Have you seen the latest attempt at serious journalism from Rochdale United? We have, and we think there are a few typos.

The article, entitled ‘Mayhem cranks up the rivalry’ is surely riddled with mistakes as we feel it should read as ‘Mayhem cracks up – revelry!’ Why do we think this? Let’s analyse the content of the article:

1 – Mr Mayhem today was overheard talking about Lord Bebbington and his lost Saxons in a supposedly secret meeting.

Supposedly secret? Blatantly leaked seems more appropriate. In fact, we doubt normal Rochdale board meetings, sorry… bored meetings are worth writing home about.

2 –  He has been quoted as saying the Saxons have been lucky this season, riding on a crest of good will and misguided fanaticism.

Lucky? Yes, Saxons have been lucky this season, and they have been unlucky. This is the same for all teams, but there are definite games where points have been dropped. However, less obvious to find a game where the points haven’t been deserved. How about the comment about misguided fanaticism? Hmm. We just don’t know where this has come from. We think the chairman of RU might be ‘losing the plot’ himself. Perhaps it all started last season when Saxons beat Rochdale in a crunch match to decide the league fate of both teams. Perhaps it became more of an obsession for him when Saxons held Rochdale 2-2 at the start of the season, frustrating the Black Knights. We just don’t know.

3 – He’s reported as claiming not a single player from the Saxons side would get a game in the United lineup due to their sheer incompetence, and inability to put on a shirt, nevermind kick a ball.

Well, now there are some well-established players near the ends of their careers in the United squad, some had caps when they were younger, others have played in the HT Masters. Where are the young players getting caps though? Simple answer – there currently are none. Inability to put on a shirt Mr. Mayhem? Martin Frain knows how to wear two: Saxons and England U-20. Enough said.

Now, perhaps we’re being too harsh. Maybe his words were taken out of context. It can happen right? Well, sure. But the next quote from the RU article is far more controversial, and as such, we can confirm that the Saxons board said the following when we informed them of it:

“We take such comments very seriously, and as a result we will be forwarding these comments to the GL Council and asking the President to investigate forthright. We won’t be making any further comments at this time, and will wait for the GL President to respond.”

So, what did RU blog write? Here it is:

Looking at the table however, Saxons sit top of the league by a single point over United, so you may wonder why Mr Mayhem would say this, our sources state that Mr Mayhem had put that down to bribes with the referee and opposition…

It is at this point, that we will bring our article to a close with the following question to our readers: what do you make if it all, and what do you think the GL should do about it?