Rochdale’s church-heating expert hopes Forest won’t have an FA Cup prayer

Chairman Chris Dunphy warms to FA Cup tie against Championship side Nottingham Forest but is realistic about Rochdale’s promotion prospects
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Chris Dunphy’s refreshing take on how Rochdale should operate is best summed up in the song regaled to the chairman by fans at Spotland. As a self-made man whose business is church heating and who has written a tome on energy-saving entitled How Green is my Church, Dunphy’s acumen has proved invaluable since taking over in 2006.

“Rochdale is an unusual club. We know fans have bought into it because last season they were chanting on the terraces: ‘Top of the league and paying our bills.’ They are proud of the fact Rochdale have never been wound up, not reinvented themselves,” Dunphy says.

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