- Jan 24, 2015
- Reaction score
Sir Richie Barker and Adam Rundle were team mates at Mansfield.Just looked up the game. April 2007. Pools already promoted, Dale had hoisted themselves from bottom at Christmas to comfortable top half safety, thanks to appointing Keith Hill for the first time. A sunny day, big away following, beer flowing, everyone having a laugh (probably at the expense of Darlington and their daft/criminal chairman). Even an early goal for Dale by Glenn Murray didn't spoil the party atmosphere.
Still 1-0 to Dale after 75 minutes, when a somewhat agricultural tackle by Richie Barker on Adam Rundle led to a penalty for Dale, which Chris Dagnall converted, and earned Barker a red card.
I think Andy Monkhouse was of the opinion that Rundle had dived, so the first time the latter got the ball after the restart Monkhouse tried to kick him into orbit. Doolan intervened and battle commenced...
The ref did well to stop the fracas continuing, showing Monkhouse an immediate red and pointing straight to the tunnel, but keeping Doolan on the pitch for a 90 second bollocking, until Monkhouse had gone into the stand, before showing him his red card. Don't know if they had any "afters" in the dressing room, but at least this allowed the match to be finished - ended 2-0.