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In 1993,The Daggers beat Bath City 2-1 at Home in the GM Vauxhall Conference 

In 1994,The Daggers drew 2-2 with Northwich Victoria Away in the GM Vauxhall Conference 

In 1995,The Daggers beat Farnborough Town 3-1  Away in the GM Vauxhall Conference 

In 1997,The Daggers drew 1-1 with Hitchin Town at Home in the ICIS League Premier 

In 1999,The Daggers beat Hampton 2-1  Away in the Ryman League Premier 

In 2004,The Daggers lost 0-1 to Halifax Town at Home in the Nationwide Conference 

In 2006,The Daggers drew 2-2 with Canvey Island at Home in the Nationwide Conference 

In 2010,The Daggers beat Burton Albion 2-1 at Home in the Coca Cola League Two 

In 2017,The Daggers drew 2-2 with Sutton United at Home in the Vanarama National League 

In 2018,The Daggers lost 1-3 to Bromley Away in the Vanarama National League 



Rumblings at the Vic

Crisis? What crisis?
by Hardy on 12/11/2001

There are a few rumblings down at Victoria Road at the moment regarding the form of the team. Is there a crisis brewing, or is it all hot air and opinions?

Crisis? What crisis?

There are a few rumblings down at Victoria Road at the moment regarding the form of the team with fans and certain elements of the press lining up to criticise the way they are playing at the moment. Is this justified?

A glance at the league table today tells a significant story. The Daggers are top, with 41 points from 18 games, with a point and a game in hand over Boston United. They also have the best defensive record in the Conference having let in just 16 goals, and have scored more goals, 33, than anyone other than Boston.

The club is also through to the first round proper of the FA Cup, and in the third round of the LDV Vans Trophy having beaten two football league sides in thrilling games at Victoria Road.

Looking a little at the in depth statistics available at the Conference Guide reveals more good news. The club is second in both the home and away tables for the season, behind Boston in the away table (mainly because they have played 10 away to The Daggers 8) and Nuneaton in the home table. The Daggers are also top of the form table on goal difference from Boston.

A click on the sequences reveals The Daggers are ahead in consecutive wins over the season (6), consecutive away wins (7), and games unbeaten for the season and currently (9 tied with Boston). A click on the top scorers link shows the most telling story. Top of the pile there is Mark Stein with 13 and second is Ken Charlery with a total of 12 including 2 in the FA Cup.

Lies, damn lies and statistics?

So is all this a case of statistics not telling the whole story?

Certainly the team has struggled in its last few games to impress starting with the game at home to Nuneaton. In this match it seemed like the midfield was getting neck ache from watching the ball sail over their heads the whole game as Robbo whacked the ball in the general direction of Ken Charlery. Dire to watch for an hour, suddenly The Daggers got the ball on the floor and wham 1-0 up. The result? 2-0 and another 3 points in the bag.

Then came the trip to Basingstoke in the Cup. Having dealt a few cup shocks in recent times, no-one should really be surprised that this was a tough game, but the second half was pretty much one way traffic and Robbo's use of the "get out of jail free card" in injury time a real headline grabber. Next up, Luton in the LDV, again, not a great first half performance, but a deserved win in the end and the performance of the round award for the clubs swelling cabinet.

Basingstoke came for their replay, played well, and left on the end of a 3-0 deficit and a lesson in finishing, and on Saturday, in front of the Sky cameras, Northwich grabbed a point and could have had more in the end, although could well have been dead and buried at half time.

So are things really all going wrong?

Lets have a little faith

DiggerDagger believes the truth is somewhere between what the statistics say, and the current mood of gloom that is descending on parts of the support.

What the club was missing last season was, it was almost unanimously agreed, a 20 goal a year striker. We now have two in Stein and Charlery, and they are both delivering the goods at the moment. That is really why the team is where it is now. Steino's finishing at times has been completely clinical with goals like that against Stevenage, and again on Saturday, being a cut some way above the usual fare in the Conference. Oh Kenny, Kenny has scored 4 in 7 games, and has made at least 2 more, the first against Nuneaton, and the own goal in the Basingstoke replay spring immediately to mind. His goal against Basingstoke was a real beauty too. These two are going to win us games on sheer finishing power alone. Indeed, they have done already.

In other departments, between the sticks Robbo seems to be on fire at the moment. A couple of saves he made on Saturday were of the absolute highest order. Defensively the team look a lot less secure than last season, and yet the statistics say they are the best in the league. The worry here is a lack of depth in resources with Lee Matthews and Tim Cole out for the foreseeable future, however Mark Smith has proved a completely invaluable signing, particularly in the circumstances. Lee Goodwin and Ashley Vickers and the underrated Mark Rooney are all playing well too.

In midfield, the team have sorely missed Steve Heffer during his suspension, and thankfully he ought to be back for the ESC match and able to resume his role as grafter for the side. Paul Terry doesn't look the same player without Steve along side him. Mark Janney is a little in and out as always, sometimes brilliant, sometimes anonymous, and the team is also missing the outlet on the left that Matt Jones provides. This is probably the first choice midfield four, but it hasn't played together for a while now. Backup, in the form of Steve McGavin, Mark Brennan, Danny Hill, Danny Hayzelden, Jason Broom and an out of position Danny Shipp have done OK but have not managed to replace Heffer and Jones.

The strength of Dagenham & Redbridge under Garry Hill's management has been a strong team work ethic and a never say die attitude. The work ethic is being questioned by the current front pairing, but realistically can the fans expect two guys in the back half of their 30's to run and run like Junior and Danny Shipp did last season? That pair contributed 20 goals last season though for all the huff and puff, compared to 17 already by "the badger boys". The teams style has changed to accommodate the strengths of Charlery and Stein, and the result is we are top of the league a third of the way through the season.


Football is all about opinions and DiggerDagger has no problem in seeing a few negative ones flying about.

DiggerDagger's opinion is that while not all in the garden is rosy, and the team has ridden it's luck recently, there are many, many more things right than wrong. Lets all get behind the boys and do our bit to keep pushing to see what can be achieved this time around. There are going to be ups and downs before the season is over and the supporters have their part to play in helping the team through the times when things aren't all going right. We have been rather spoiled by the last two and a half seasons of almost unbroken achievement and DiggerDagger believes that is what is showing in the current discontent.

Lets hope there are more ups than downs, and that the downs are little ones.

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