Assistant Manager Chris Beech spoke to Dale Player after Rochdale marked the final game of the 2015-16 campaign with a win…
The 2-1 win over Colchester United secured a top ten finish and ensured Dale achieved their highest ever League 1 points total, surpassing the previous record which was set in 2010-11.
Beech admits he and Manager Keith Hill are very proud of the players.
“Historically we’ve been a small club but recent history has seen us surpass certain landmarks, so to get 69 points bodes well for the summer and for next season.
“If you look at our past, we’ve had some unbelievable individuals playing for our club who are plying their trade right now in the Premier League, so for this group of players to do that over this season is superb. Keith, myself and the staff are very proud of them.”
As announced earlier in the week, Hill was unable to attend the game after flying out to America on a family matter.
Beech says the three points are for Keith and Keith Snr.
“Keith obviously couldn’t make today’s game because he’s in America seeing his Dad who is poorly.
“He [his Dad] has got a brain tumour that he had removed last week, so he’s supporting his Dad and he has gone out there with his Mum and his two sisters.
“We’ve all just had a beer in the changing rooms and sent him picture, wishing Keith Snr to get well as soon as possible - I’m sure he’ll respond well to his chemotherapy.
“We wish him well and we’re thankful that we could deliver three points for our Manager. We’ve sent them straight over to America.”
Beech also praised the 209 supporters who made long the trip for the game at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
“It’s unbelievable. I’m so pleased to get the three points for them. I’m also really pleased that they’ve been able to see us get the 69 points.
“And it’s not just today, they’ve come on the journey with us [throughout the season] to support the players and the staff. It’s really commendable.”
The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD.