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Monday, 20 December 2010

Rochdale Announce United Feeder Club Agreement

United Boss SoP and Rochdale Chairman Sepp Blatter yesterday

English Division 3 side Rochdale have announced an agreement with one of the powerhouse's of world football, newly crowned EC7046 Champions Manchester United, to become a feeder club for the Division 1 side.

Rochdale reached out to form this alliance in order to pave the way for Uniteds stars of tomorrow to receive valuable playing time and much needed experience of first team football and also organising player development programs, and joint marketing opportunities that will serve to benefit all involved.

As part of the agreement Rochdale will make yearly visits to Uniteds Carrington training ground during pre-season so the young players in the Rochdale squad can get a feel of what it is like to play at a club the size of United.


The first players to be sent to the club will be midfielder Darron Gibson, defender Chris Smalling and French Winger Gabriel Obertan. When asked about his new recruits Manager GaryMack said "Its fantastic news that we have these guys coming in, they will be welcome editions to the team and hopefully help us finish abit higher than we did last season" adding " Its a great partnership were forming with United and will benefit both teams... we get some exciting young talent that will strengthen our squad and United get to see their younger players in action".

Defender Smalling is relishing the chance of playing in the third tier of English football "Its a competitive division with alot of good players, so it won't be easy, but that is why we are going, It will let us show the manager back at United what we can do, and hopefully if we play well enough we can go back and play in the United First team"

So it looks like a good deal all round for both clubs, and with Rochdale just scraping survival this season, the added quality of the United youth ranks will be welcome news to the Dales fans


  1. Excellent article.

    This is great news for Rochdale and they'll certainly benefit from this scheme.

    Is this the way ahead for clubs. ?