Girl On A Terrace

Girl On A Terrace

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    Girl On A Terrace is a football website written from the perspective of a female football fan; it aims to give female football fans a voice in a predominantly male world. Focusing on the lower leagues of the English Football League, it goes to show that women can love football just as much as men – and as we say – with a touch of lip gloss!
    Set up in February 2011 originally as a personal blog, Girl On A Terrace started out simply as Sarah‘s rantings about being a Rochdale fan, but this soon evolved into something much more and extremely unexpected. Within a matter of months, Girl On A Terrace had already firmly established itself among other established football blogs with a unique twist that everything was written by Sarah – the face of Girl On A Terrace.

    In the months to follow Sarah and Girl On A Terrace was featured on The Guardian, in World Soccer magazine and various other well-known football blogs, as well as being profiled and interviewed for a whole lot more websites and publications. Girl On A Terrace is also now a feature in every official Rochdale AFC match-day programme, written by Sarah and offering her opinion about the ongoings at Spotland.

    Within less than a year of being born, Girl On A Terrace has become a well regarded football blog offering fans a different look at the world of football.

    In January 2012, almost a year after its set up, Girl On A Terrace was re-born with a brand new look and feel.



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  • Relegation…why I’d already come to terms with it

    Posted on May 7, 2012
    Although most of you probably already know, I’m a Rochdale fan. So it would be fairly easy to see that this season hasn’t been the best for us…we’ve won 8 league games all season and finished rock bottom of League One relegated against Chesterfield with two fixtures remaining.

    After finally achieving our first promotion in 41 years back in the 09/10 season and a fantastic first run last campaign where we finished just outside a play off spot, it’s clear to see that it didn’t really work out how we had hoped this time round.

    We lost management team Keith Hill and David Flitcroft along with a number of backroom staff as well as key players like Chris O’Grady, Craig Dawson, Matt Done and Scott Wiseman…it was looking pretty bleak already…couple that with a management appointment in Steve Eyre (and temporarily Chris Beech) that never worked out and our fate was pretty much sealed a good few months back.

    I remember not feeling bothered when our relegation was mathematically confirmed, I tweeted about it on Twitter saying I was relieved to see that “R” finally next to our name…it’s an odd feeling to not have much of a reaction, but to be honest, I’d already had a long time to come to terms with it. I think ever Rochdale fan knew we were down months ago, we’d had time to let it sink in and we knew it was inevitable. We’d already been discussing which fixtures we were looking forward to in League Two…Fleetwood was a popular one!…and we’d already been talking about the released and retained lists.

    We saw little glimpse of a possible comeback, times when we thought “wait a minute, could we actually do this?” but they were just teasing us, those three goals we scored in the last 11 minutes against Exeter to win 3-2 were just teasing us and showing us what we could have been.

    While fans everywhere else mourned their relegation this weekend we were just relieved that the season was finally over…I don’t think anyone was particularly gutted, we went through that grief a hell of a long time ago when we realised what had happened to our beloved club.

    So, why had I already come to terms with it? Right at the start of the season we knew it was going to be a struggle, just looking at the league and the clubs coming into it…the likes of Charlton, Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons and Sheffield United…then us!

    When Keith Hill and David Flitcroft (Hillcroft) left for Barnsley, I already knew that we were going to struggle. Hillcroft brought a new generation to Rochdale, they had a “no fear” attitude that surrounding the squad and they didn’t take any sh*t. They loved the club and everything it stood for, they were determined to prove that Rochdale could actually achieved something…and they did just that.

    At the time we were pretty p*ssed that they left us the way they did, but any real Rochdale fan can look back and have nothing but thanks to Hillcroft for what they did. But when they left they ripped the soul out of the club, they took key backroom staff with them and two of our best players in Scott Wiseman and Matt Done…we literally felt like everything that had been built up over the past few seasons had been snatched away in a matter of moments and we were left with nothing. I think Hillcroft leaving was harder to deal with than relegation has been.

    Then there were star players Craig Dawson and Chris O’Grady. Dawson, is just Dawson…a local lad done good who was actually a Rochdale fan, we sold him to West Brom and he was loaned back for the season but the time had come for us to say goodbye. One of the most emotional scenes I’ve ever seen at Spotland was Dawson saying goodbye to the fans on the final home game of the season where he walked all around the ground shaking hands with everyone he could.

    And Chris O’Grady well he headed off over the hills to Sheffield Wednesday…two of our main players gone, just like that. Add into that poor management appointments in Steve Eyre and temporarily Chris Beech and it just never worked out for us. I often wonder if we secretly knew our fate was sealed right at the start of the season but wanted to remain positive for the sake of the players.

    Who do I blame? No one. A lot of Rochdale fans blame Steve Eyre for our position but I’m not so sure. This season was always going to be a tough one and I think too many things happened for us to place the blame in one party. I firmly believe that a number of things contributed to where we stand now and unfortunately a lot of those we had no control over.

    So where do we head now? We go into League Two with all the experience we need to make a decent battle to be up there come the end of the season. At our helm is an experienced manager who I have every faith in to make the right appointments and the right decisions

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