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Rochdale name terminally ill youngster in match day squad

Joshua with his father Kevin McCormack Credit: MEN syndication

A terminally ill youngster has been named in Rochdale's match day squad for tonight's match against Hartlepool.

Five-year-old Joshua McCormack has a terminal brain tumour, but tonight he'll be named as one of Dale's seven substitutes for the Checkatrade Trophy clash.

Sadly, Joshua is too ill to attend the game, but tomorrow he'll be visited by his manager Keith Hill and his new teammates at a local hospice.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill says it's an honour to name Joshua a substitute Credit: PA Wire

It is a real honour to name Joshua McCormack as a substitute for tonight’s game. He has touched the hearts of everyone at Rochdale Football Club since we met him for the first time back in February.

No child should have to go through what Joshua is going through and we, as a club and a group of players, will continue to do whatever we can to support him and his family.

– Keith Hill, Rochdale Manager
Joshua will be named amongst the substitutes for tonight's game Credit: Rochdale AFC

Joshua's shirt, number 55, will hang in the away dressing room this evening, and his name will also appear on the team sheet for the game at Victoria Park in the North East.

Joshua, who is from Rochdale, was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year. His family were given the devastating news at the end of September that his illness is now terminal.

Joshua with parents Kevin and Nicola Credit: MEN syndication

Man charged after James Feeney death

James Feeney Credit: ITV Granada

A man has been charged after a man died following an altercation at a pub in Rochdale.

Anthony Reilly, 54, of Prince Street, Rochdale has been charged with manslaughter and assault.

He remains on bail and is due to appear at Rochdale and Bury Magistrates’ Court this Thursday.

At around 8.20pm on Sunday, May 1, police were called by the ambulance service to Reed Hill in Rochdale Town Centre to reports that 65-year-old James Feeney was unconscious and not breathing after being assaulted. He tragically died a short time later.

A 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.


Driver admits causing death of teenage passenger

A young driver has admitted causing the death of a teenage passenger in a 2am smash.

Michael Bowker was at the wheel of a Renault Clio when it crashed into a pedestrian barrier.

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One of his passengers, 16-year-old Chloe Cockton, suffered fatal injuries and died in the arms of her injured sister in the street while they waited for an ambulance.

Credit: MEN Syndication

Bowker, 18, of Croft Street in Rochdale, admitted causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared at Minshull Street Crown Court.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He will be sentenced on Friday, November 25.

The crash happened at 2.20am on Sunday, July 24, in Rochdale town centre when the Clio went into a pedestrian barrier on Bury Road.

Chloe had taken her GCSEs but never found out her results.

A month after her death, Chloe’s family learned she had landed a string of top grades.

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