Date:Friday October 4 2013
Ok readers the jury has taken it upon itself to vote for the Rochdale Top Tenuous.
Before the countdown they would like to thank everybody for their contributions no matter how bizarre; a piece from FACT re Rochdale's engine guru Al Melling designing engines for BMW and PST member Mark Trapani selling BMW's or utterly leftfield from the likes of Lemmi who went to university with someone called Sam Kershaw who had absolutely no family links whatsoever to broadcasters and DJ`s Liz and Andy Kershaw who hail from Rochdale.
As always not all entries could make the Top Ten so to warm you up before the big countdown here's a selection of those that didn't make it.
Lemmi told us that The Rochdale Cowboy is a song by Mike Harding. Mike also recorded a song called Accrington Pals. Pompey played Accrington Stanley earlier this season and are playing Rochdale this weekend.. not bad eh?
On a similar theme Khodgkins informed us that the last time Pompey played Rochdale was the same year as the Rochdale Cowboy played the Guildhall and he was 'lucky' enough to be at both the match and the Mike Harding gig.
Lemmi also told us that both Harry Middleton & Steve Middleton played for Pompey and that Middleton is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale. Nice one Lemmi but I think a submission from Cornypomp later in the article may steal your geographical thunder.
On a footballing note PompeyTim offered the fact that former Pompey player Daryl Powell was nicknamed "Cyril" and another famous Cyril was the 29 stone dis-graced ex-Rochdale MP Cyril Smith.
So there's your little taster .. Now for the Top Ten.
This weeks No.10 is a joint entry with Lemmi who offers the information that the village of Portsmouth, West Yorkshire, is only 13 miles from Rochdale, whereas PFCBlue tells us that the No.589 bus passes through both Rochdale and Portsmouth.
Making No.9 this week is our Editor Pompey Rug who makes reference to some better times at our club, Rug says..
Rochdale, like Pompey played at Wembley in 2008 but whilst the Blue Army were celebrating an historic FA Cup Final victory, Rochdale were losing 3-2 to Stockport in the League Two play-off final.
At No.8 we are reliably informed that Rochdale is probably best known for its Co-op. Yes it is true; the beginning of the Co-operative movement, which includes the well known national supermarket chain started in Rochdale. So what has that gotta do with Pompey?
Well it is the Co-op in Francis Avenue that Chix frequents every matchday to extract some of his hard earned dosh from the ATM in order to purchase alcoholic beverages for many of his less wealthy and indeed poverty stricken (so called) friends and family who feel they should not dig into their benefit for such luxuries such as beer when fags have to be bought and onesies have to be washed.
Not as high as last time but Sea-juicer still hits the top ten at No.7 with a self proclaimed 'brilliant` link. It is not about Curry Shops or even pubs this week but burger vans instead. Juicer explains "Outside of Spotland (Rochdale's ground) is a burger van that sells burgers just the like the burger van outside Fratton Park but the only difference is that he hasn't been arrested at the burger van in Rochdale..... yet !
There's a couple of quickies at No.6. and No.5. PompeyTim mentions that both Portsmouth & Rochdale have a quasi-motorway A road. Pompey has the A3(M) & Rochdale the A627(M). Chix pops up with the very tenuous offering that Rochdale's STD code is 01706 and before the move to 023 on 22 April 2000 Pompey's STD code was one digit less ....01705.
What we don't know is why anybody would admit to having an STD code !
At No.4 we have a joint offering from among others the Toast Team.
Various players have played for both Pompey and Rochdale including Dan Cuncliffe, Kelvin Etuhu, Josh Thompson, Andy Turner, Colin Blant, Kevin Long and off course our very own 'Macca' but the most infamous has to be Phil Ashworth. Eastneydave takes up the story..
Phil Ashworth scored four goals in four games in the autumn of 1979. Signed from Rochdale Reserves by boss Frank Burrows most fans thought he was bonkers!! Pompey had two rather useful strikers in Jeff Hemmerman and Colin Garwood and Phil it thought was only cover. But after a run of nine wins in the first ten games Darlington came to Fratton Park and Burrows gave the number nine shirt to Phil.
The game was crazy with goals every few minutes. Ashworth netted twice and Pompey won 4-3. Two away games followed and Phil was banished from the squad and then Bradford City who were alongside Pompey at the top came to Fratton Park. A huge crowd was expected for the match and nearly 24,000 watched a recalled Ashworth score within the first minute and again just before half time as Pompey ran out 4-1 winners. With that Burrows dropped him again and although he did start two more home games in the next month that was it. Not a five minute wonder but a two week wonder who we will never forget. Everyone saw those goals!! Far more than were the official attendance anyway.
Four games, four goals and four wins - that's what legends are made of!! Phil he went on to Scunthorpe and was never heard of again.
No.3 this time around is another from Chix who told us that one of Rochdale's most famous sons is snooker player and Big-break star John Virgo ... and in tribute to his stardom 8.33% of Rochdale's population were (and still are) born within the Virgo star sign.
That in itself it not that odd but by a strange coincidence 8.33% is approximately the same percentage of people born with that very same star sign living within the Portsmouth post codes - Weird eh !
Deciding on the no.1 position this week was very tough indeed but a decision was made and CornyPomp was awarded the runners-up spot for this 'smoke induced double whammy rambling'
"What struck me straight away... (as I homed in on what I think will be the superlative answer to this question) is the fact that both places are situated within the confines of the Great British Isles. The only mapping source that disagrees with this is I-Phone mapping 2012/i which places Rochdale 18 kilometres outside Stockholm... You can take your chances there if you're brave enough...
A more definitive link though that 'both' places share, is the unknown fact that both have a naval presence. Portsmouth of course has the Royal Navy, jolly jack-tar and all that. But Rochdale too has a navy. Who together with their counterparts in Birmingham, set sail for the coasts of the West Country every summer where they proceed to head over the horizon in every craft imaginable in all weather conditions causing chaos amongst the local search and rescue services...
Anyone disputing the above facts don't call me, I'm just an offshore telephone answering service. I'm also starting to feel rather light headed after smoking a rather suspicious rolled cigarette that a friend said would... calm my nerves.
So we reach No.1 and the prestige goes to Pompeyrug who after hours of searching came up with this blinding top tenuous link .. take it away Rug.
Bill Oddie, born in Rochdale of course, is of'The Goodies' fame.
The Goodies once aired an episode in 1982 called 'Football Crazy' which featured (as himself) none other than former Pompey director Fred Dinenage.
And thats 'how, for now' to link Rochdale's Oddie to Dinenage and therefore Portsmouth! I thank you...
And we thank you too Rug.. and all other contributers this week.
So that`s your lot from ten to one and then some.
I dread to think what tenuous rubbish we will come up with for our next home game against Bury...
Cue Sea-Juicer having buried people in Pompey but not having buried anybody in Bury ! .. The mind boggles !
Thinking caps on people
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Date:Friday October 4 2013
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