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2001/02

Season 2001/02 Review (July to December)
by Hardy on 02/05/2002

So 2001/02 is over at last and all Daggers will be feeling down. Was it a good season though? Hardy reviews the first half of it month by month. Nelson will be publishing a review for January to April shortly.

2001/02 Season Review - Part One
The season is finally over and Daggers fans can pack away the silly red and white hats and valium for a while until it all starts again in August 2002. So how will season 2001/02 be remembered in the years that come?

Well of course it will the year of so near and yet so far. The year we just failed to make it to the promised land of the Football League. Right now that is so close that it is difficult to see past the disappointment but if you actually take a step back it was another great year to be a Dagger.

Another magic cup run with the TV demolition of Exeter City and Mark Lawrenson calling Garry Hill "cute" on Match of the Day. Two great nights in the LDV with come from behind golden goal winners against third division teams. Another great year in the Conference that saw us the top semi-pro side in England for the second year in succession and saw us in the top two from late September right through to the end of the season.

Oh and we also reached the final of the Essex Senior Cup.

Strangely enough I think I will remember it as the season of the minute silence (right). Starting with September 11th in the first half of the season and then with half the Royal Family popping their clogs in the latter half is seemed like they were compulsory before every game at one stage.

Who will remember that September 11th 2001 was the day that Dagenham & Redbridge were first top of the Conference?

July/August

The season got underway in the West country with friendly wins over Bideford and Tiverton, and further friendly victories over Erith and Shamrock Rovers and a comprehensive defeat by a good Colchester United side at Victoria Road. The win at Erith was costly though with Lee Matthews damaging a knee that cost him the whole season.

Tim Cole was also injured in pre-season cracking a bone in his ankle and that pretty much cost him the season too when he repeated the injury on his come back in November against Orient. Tim would finally get back in February 2002. Both Lee and Tim were sorely missed.

August came in with a bang with the held over Essex Senior Cup Final against Canvey Island. After a series of brawls (above), two red cards and one of the worst displays of refereeing ever (until the Doncaster Rovers game at least) the cup was eventually won 5-3 on penalties. Robbo danced round the ground with the cup and the new stand, soon to be renamed the Carling Stand, was open.

West Ham came and went for the Jason Broom testimonial with the usual moans of "I thought it was their first team?", Joe Cole making a cameo appearance in the first half and a few other remotely familiar names on the field. Also true to form Jason missed the game through an injury picked up in the ESC Final, and came on only for the last two minutes to stand in the centre circle.

Spurs brought a pretty good reserve side including Simon Davies who subsequently broke through into the first team and looked every inch the Premiership player on the night. Both the Spurs and Hammers games ended 2-2 and were good value for those that attended, despite the moans about the strength of the teams fielded.

The first real game of the new season saw Southport (right) visit for a 1-1 draw that hinted little of what was to come over the following months, and with the midweek away game at Margate also drawn there were comments on the boards that the team was going to struggle to match the performance of 2000/01. Fickle people aren't they, football fans!

The first 3 point haul of the season saw Telford comprehensively beaten 4-1 at Bucks Head, then Woking were dispatched 3-1 on Bank Holiday Monday to leave the Daggers unbeaten and second in the league at the end of August.

September

The 1st September 2001 will be remembered long into football history for one thing, Germany 1 England 5. Daggers fans will also long remember it for the hospitality given by Forest Green Rovers who, despite being beaten 4-2 on the day, laid on a welcome in their club for Daggers to watch the international.

Things were less friendly the following Tuesday as a good Barnet side came to Victoria Road and left with a well deserved point. Barnet looked a good side that day and would prove it, sporadically, throughout the season The trip to Stalybridge ended with another 3 point haul, but some of the luck that stayed around for a lot of the season surfaced as the Daggers rather pinched it 3-2.

September 11th 2001 is another day that will ring in history, and it was with visions of the World Trade Center towers crumbling into dust that Daggers fans watched with very mixed feelings as the Daggers beat Hereford 1-0 to go top of the Conference for the first time ever. A very strange day.

Leigh RMI arrived on the following Saturday, and it was top vs bottom, a banker home win. After another minutes silence for the World Trade Center, Leigh proceeded to win convincingly, albeit by just 1-0. Pessimistic Daggers left the ground muttering that at least we got to be top for one game even if Simmo, in his excitement, forgot to print the table proving it in the match programme.

Our defeat let Boston United back to the top and it was to York Street that the team travelled next, coming away with an important 2-1 win that allowed the Daggers to leapfrog back to the top and would loom important in coming months.

Chester were beaten 1-0 at the Deva and then a memorable month ended with Mark Stein's hat trick in a 4-2 win over Scarborough at Victoria Road. Garry Hill (right) was named manager of the month and the Daggers were top of the Conference.

October

The winning streak continued into October with Stevenage, Farnborough and Dover all beaten by the odd goal, although Steve Heffer manager consecutive red cards at Farnborough and Dover, both of which immediately preceeded Mark Stein winners. The Farnborough game saw the Daggers debut of Ken Charlery (left), signed on a free transfer from Boston United and subsequently the source of much amnity between the two clubs fans. Next up were old adversaries Yeovil who came and busted the streak with a hard fought 1-1 draw at Victoria Road.

Then came the start of a new adventure, the LDV Vans Trophy. Leyton Orient arrived at Victoria Road and left on the end of a 3-2 golden goal victory by the Daggers having led 2-0 in the second half.

A team of stewards in bright orange jackets from Nuneaton Borough were beaten 2-0 before the Daggers headed off to Ryman Premier side Basingstoke Town (right) for the start of the seasons FA Cup adventure. Again they found themselves 2-0 down and into the second half, but this time it was a remarkable last minute equalising strike by goalkeeper Tony Roberts that rescued them. The goal was apparently the first by a 'keeper in open play in the long history of the FA Cup.

October closed with another great cup match, the LDV second round game against Luton Town, won again 3-2 from 2-1 down and an extra time golden goal from Ashley Vickers this time. The win won the LDV performance of the round award. October closed with the Daggers still top, and Garry was manager of the month again.

November

The Basingstoke FA Cup replay was a routine 3-0 win before another first for the Daggers, a home league match live on Sky TV. Northwich Victoria were the visitors for a 12:00 kick off and in the Autumn sunshine the points were shared 1-1 in a game in which the Daggers dominated the first half but were lucky to survive with a point in the second.

Junior McDougald, who missed the early exchanges of the season with a hamstring injury, announced that he was back to Garry Hill with 4 goals in a 7-2 Essex Senior Cup third round win over Harwich on a wickedly cold evening before Southport visited again for an FA Cup 1st round proper meeting which was won 1-0 (below).

Daggers fans gathered round their trannys (not Steve Evans) to hear the club drawn away to Exeter City in the FA Cup 2nd round, a match which was then promptly chosen to be on Sky live again. All that was yet to come though as the team headed up to the bear bating ring at Belle Vue, Doncaster, on the next Saturday. A typically bad tempered meeting between the sides ended 0-0 but with the Daggers a man short, losing Lee Goodwin on a red card to a bout of amateur dramatics from Rover's Neil Campbell. The result dropped the Daggers back to second at the end of the month, and Boston were back on top.

There was one other date to remember in November 2001. On the 26th DiggerDagger.com hit the net.

December
December began with a series of road trips. First it was upt' north to scouseland to play Southport. This was another "if only" game with Southport gaining an injury time equaliser to nick a point. Later in the year Boston would go to Haig Avenue and steal all three with two late goals from 2-1 down. At the time though it looked a good point won, if a little disappointing not to bring all three home.

Midweek it was off to Bristol Rovers for the LDV Vans Trophy Southern Area Quarter Final - why is ot the less important the competition the longer the name? With more than an eye on a live TV date in the FA Cup a few days later the Daggers revived the Pirates season, and Nathan Ellington's career in getting stuffed 4-1, a result that was our only away defeat in any competition until March. The Pirates then went on a winning run that probably saved them from the drop as they eventually ended up 23rd in Division 3.

The big one came on the following Saturday, a 5:35pm kick off at the real St James' Park, Exeter. After all the build up the game was dire, but the Daggers in attendance, who stood on a terrace that Hayes would be ashamed of (is Division 3 really the promised land?), at the end applauded a job well done and a replay at Victoria Road. The watching Sky viewers will have long since dozed off and even the Daggers that set their tapes will have recorded Eastenders over it before too long.

Margate were the meat in the Exeter sandwich (Grecian kebab?) and left with a 4-1 drubbing after a great second half performance. Sky had apparently decided that it couldn't possibly be as dull again and turned up for the replay too. Mark Stein pulled up after just three minutes with a hamstring injury but super sub Junior came on and was instrumental is the Daggers being 3-0 up at half time. Mark Janney (left) had a blinder and a full back called Power (below) would not be sending him a Christmas card. Arriving home in time for the Match of the Day highlights and watching it all over again was one of the memories I will carry for a long time.

Telford came for the next one, and in an "after the lord mayors show" game left with a 5-1 victory in a game that would have put them back on top of the Conference with a win. Never mind Dagenham & Redbridge, the team should be named Jekyll & Hyde after that! As the Daggers fans drifted to the gates Scammers announced that team 2nd at Christmas always wins the league. If he suggests a horse, keep your money safe.

The Daggers did retake the top spot on Boxing day, beating Hayes 4-2 at Church Road (left) but New Year saw them second to Boston still two points behind but with a game in hand, and looking forward to a visit from the Premiership's then bottom club Ipswich Town.

Given all that, Daggers looked forward to the New Year with relish.

Click Here to read Nelson's review of the rest of the season


 

 

 

 

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