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In 1993,The Daggers lost 1-3 to Wycombe Wanderers Away in the Conference League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg


In 1996,The Daggers drew 0-0 with Welling United Away in the GM Vauxhall Conference 


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An ugly trend
by Alan on 25/02/2002

In recent weeks we have seen an alarming trend on the terraces. Our normally good-natured banter with opposition fans and players has taken on an unpleasant and unwelcome turn - racism.

Alarming trends on the terraces

The type of comments that we have heard vary in their severity and, no doubt, intention, from stereotyping black players e.g. calling Simon Parke of Southport "Lennox" merely because he is black and has dreadlocks, to the appalling monkey noises that a small minority made at the Dover game when a black player was involved in an incident on the touchline.

The minority who are making these pathetic and unwanted remarks should be aware that subjecting people to less favourable treatment on the basis of their skin colour, nationality or ethnic origin is racism, no matter what the perpetrator thinks.

The perpetrators should consider the affect that their actions have on the reputation of the club, the black players who play for us, as well as those who play against us, and their fellow supporters. This is supposed to be a friendly family club for the local community, so let us welcome everyone to Victoria Road on an equal footing.

The excuse given most often for this sort of behaviour is that the perpetrators of some of the stereotypical remarks were just "having a laugh". It is not a laugh. You only had to look at Junior McDougald's face when the monkey noises were made on Saturday to see the hurt that it causes. To give an analogy, if the perpetrators were walking around the ground with their mother and a chorus of "get your tits out for the lads" was directed at her, would they think that was a laugh and join in? I doubt it.

So what can we do?

At its simplest, this is an individual responsibility. People have to make those responsible aware that abuse of a personal or racial nature is not acceptable. Supporters who do make a stand though must be supported by the police and the stewards in the ground. Once again the stewarding of parts of the ground has been found wanting and what started as an isolated incident has now begun to become a regular occurrence.

Legally, the club have a responsibility to prevent such behaviour and are aware of the incidents that have taken place and will no doubt take the appropriate action and ban anyone caught from the ground. Let's hope that it does not come to that, let's hope that common sense can prevail and that we can all accept that the recent behaviour is offensive not only to those at whom it is aimed, but to other fans, players and the club itself.


 

 

 

 

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