Remember This? – Rochdale

City take on Rochdale in the 2017/18 EFL Trophy at Spotland - Courtesy Graham Burrell

Hopefully, you enjoyed the first instalment of our ‘Remember This?‘ series, and so for now, we shall do another.

This weekend it is Rochdale at the Bank and whilst one game would be an obvious choice for the feature, we won’t be visiting the 7-1 win. If you wish to, feel free to relive it here.

Let’s ease in with a player to have featured for both, shall we?

Played For Both

There are plenty of players who played for both sides and I know, deep down, Alan Johnson (journalist) will be wishing I’d picked Alan Johnson (defender). I couldn’t pick anyone other than a huge favourite of mine, and everyone’s I guess – Mark Bailey.

Bailey appeared against the Imps for Rochdale a few times, the first of which came as they beat us 2-0 to deny us a play-off place at the end of the 96/97 season. He eventually drifted out of the Football League, finding his way to Northwich Victoria and Keith Alexander. You could just say ‘the rest is history’ and move on, but that would be a big disservice to a solid character.

He was arguably one of the best right-backs of a generation to ply his trade at Sincil Bank, and was voted 59th best player of a generation by you lot earlier this year. He signed in 2001, and survived those dark days of administration before becoming an integral part of the Imps team that made the 2003 play-off final. He was also instrumental in taking us to the semi-finals the year after and even scored to put us ahead on aggregate in the second leg against Huddersfield (pictured).

He left after the failure to make the finals and in June of 2004 he signed for Macclesfield Town. Injuries hampered his career there and he was unlucky to miss out on a play-off final appearance as Macclesfield lost to the Imps in the semi-final. He joined up with former manager Keith Alexander for a third time in 2006 signing a month to month deal with Peterborough, but only appeared twice before retiring from the game.