Go Away: Rochdale

Go Away: Rochdale

Situated in the dale of the River Roch, it’s not known how Rochdale came by its name. The settlement’s history begins with an entry in the Domesday Book under Recedham Manor, and according to local records weekly markets were initially held in Rochdale from 1250, but they soon found they were missing valuable morning trade and so nowadays they’re held from about 0900.

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Go Away: Barrow AFC

Go Away: Barrow AFC

Barrow is known as Barrow-in-Furness ironically, because it’s actually f***ing freezing. Located on the Furness peninsula in what is now Cumbria, historically Barrow is part of the hundred of Lonsdale – a collection of fifty pairs of cheap trainers. In the Middle Ages the Furness peninsula was controlled by the Cistercian monks of Furness Abbey. The abbey was located in the Vale of Nightshade, named, as you might imagine, after the Duel specialist on Gladiators.

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Go Away: Hartlepool United

Go Away: Hartlepool United

The Ronseal of the North East, Hartlepool is so named because it’s an area where hart (stags) were known to drink from a pool. The initial settlement grew around an Abbey which was founded in 640 by Hieu. The first of the saintly recluses of Northumbria, neighbours would presumably describe Hieu as a quiet woman who kept herself to herself.

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Go Away: Northampton Town

Go Away: Northampton Town

Years ago I arrived at Northampton for a Rovers match unsure how to get to the ground. Spotting a bloke in a claret and white scarf leaving the station ahead of me I chose to follow him. All was well and good for about 25 minutes, until he then suddenly turned left, went through a gate, up a path, took out his keys and went into his house. To ensure this same fate doesn’t befall you, here’s our guide to Northampton Town.

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Go Away! Walsall

Go Away! Walsall

New season, new division, new opponents, new feature. League One. Just the name alone is enough to send a chill down your spine. A new place, a darker place. Home to the unfamiliar (Crawley), and the long forgotten (Stevenage), it is a savage foreboding environment into which we must stride purposefully and show no fear, because ultimately these towns and these teams are just as frightened of us as we are of they.

To help you acclimatise to this unfamiliar environment the fanzine has decided to launch this new feature, a comprehensive guide to the towns and clubs that the Rovers will visit, and you may venture to this season. This new travel series; ‘Go Away!‘ begins with tomorrow’s opponents, Walsall. Happy traveling. Continue reading “Go Away! Walsall”