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In 1993,The Daggers drew 2-2 with Cambridge City Away in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round


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Hardy talks to Steve Heffer
by Hardy on 02/05/2002

With season 2001/02 to over Hardy talks to Dagenham & Redbridge's midfield star Steve Heffer about all sorts of things, past present and future.

Hardy talks to Steve Heffer
Hardy: Thanks for taking time out to answer these questions for us Steve. One of the things that the Daggers' supporters really appreciate is the close relationship with the players. We appreciate the "lap of honour" after every game too.

You started your career with West Ham, did your father's role there have any influence on that?

Steve: Yes, it must have done as me and my brother were both there from an early age, I think about 11 or 12. My brother John went from West Ham to Southend where he did a 2 year YTS and then played for local teams, Barking and Southend Manor before joining Great Wakering Rovers where he has been for the past 8 years.

Hardy: You joined Dagenham & Redbridge in 1999. What was behind your decision to come to Victoria Road?

Steve: I had had 5 years at Boreham Wood, the last one being the least successful, and at the end of that one the Chairman left and subsequently a lot of the players left. I was looking to play a bit closer to home and received a call from Garry telling me that he wanted me to come to Dagenham. I knew Terry Harris from my time at Hendon and also a few of the players and with Dagenham only coming out of the Conference in the past couple of years, knew that they were one of the biggest non league clubs around so obviously I was more than happy to join.

Hardy: How does playing under Garry Hill differ from the other managers you have played for?

Steve: I think Garry's record speaks for itself, wherever he has been the club has been successful. He is more of a motivator than any of the other managers I've been under before and leaves all of the coaching down to Flapper. But he knows what he wants, as do the players, and if he doesn't get it you won't be around for long!!

Some memories

Hardy: Over your career, you have played in some very big matches. Which would you say was the most memorable match you played in and why?

Steve: I think it has to be Charlton at The Valley in the FA Cup 3rd Round. For obvious reasons really, getting the chance to play against Premiership opposition at a Premiership ground and drawing with them. Also seeing the number of supporters we took and the amount of noise they made that day. I will always remember that day........ well until I get Alzheimers obviously!!!

Hardy: Who is the best player you have played alongside?

Steve: I think that would have to be Micky Hazard when I was at Swindon. At that time he was at the end of his career and in the reserves but he was still class and helped me out a lot although I always had to give him the ball!!!

Hardy: And against?

Steve: Ray Parlour. He was in Arsenal's youth team at the same time as I was at West Ham and he was a very hard opponent even then. More recently I think Jim Magilton was different class for a player that can't run anymore!!!

On the season just gone

Hardy: Who were the best team you played against in the Conference in the past season and what impressed you about them?

Steve: Barnet. I think they were the best side we played at home and away this season. In the home game we managed to get a 1-1 draw but it was early in the season and the pace and movement from them was unbelievable. You could tell in both games that they were a team that were very professional and they will certainly be among the favourites for me next year.

Hardy: Last season, you suffered being sent-off in two consecutive matches. Both seemed somewhat harsh to the support, but it is very easy for us to be biased in your favour as we view you as "hard but fair". Do you feel that either were deserved?

Steve: I also thought they were both harsh. The Farnborough one was for two bookings. The first was for a late challenge which I had no complaints about but the second booking I didn't even think was a foul. As for the Dover sending off I think it was just a case of the referee seeing it as retaliation as it was on a player that had committed a similar foul on me earlier in the game, which he only got cautioned for, and I couldn't believe it when he pulled out the red card.

Hardy: You also missed the final game through suspension. How frustrating was it to have to sit and watch?

Steve: Very frustrating. Once the rumour went round that Hayes had equalized most of the lads that weren't playing were running to and from the bar to see how the games were going.

Hardy: I think the one question that every Daggers fan would like to ask you is how the hell you missed that chance against Exeter in the FA Cup? Seriously though, do you think the Daggers midfield scored enough last season?

Steve: My miss against Exeter was due to a terrible bobble just in front of me, did you not see it on the TV replays? The season just gone was not a good season for goalscoring from midfield, I myself have only scored 1 league goal in both of the last two seasons and although I've never been a free scoring midfielder this has been disappointing for me as I have had the chances to score more.

Hardy: You got to play at the back on more than a few games this season, and were very effective. Is that something you enjoy?

Steve: Yes, to be honest I don't really mind where I play as long as I'm getting a game, especially in such a successful side. I have always had spells of playing at the back at every club I've played for and I think that being able to play in several different positions is something that has benefited me through my career.

Hardy: At DiggerDagger we have been charting the antics of Steve Evans, the Boston United manager, over the season. Did anything he said have an effect on the team?

Steve: No. Obviously we were all disappointed when he was claiming that we had banged on the dressing room doors singing "We Are The Champions", but other than that I think he was just trying to wind other teams up to perform against us.

Disappointment

Hardy: Obviously at the end of 2001/02 it is disappointing to miss out on promotion, but what were the realistic targets for the season at the start? Should we be disappointed?

Steve: I think the most disappointing thing was that we lost out on goal difference and that we actually beat Boston home and away. After finishing third last year the target was obviously to improve on that position, which of course we have done, and together with the cup runs we've had I don't think it's been a bad season all in all. If we can improve on this again next year we will be promoted.

Hardy: While everyone is disappointed in not making it to Division 3 for next season, given the mess in football at the moment with the TV money going missing, can we take comfort from being at the top of the Non-league game?

Steve: To be honest, and I know this might sound like sour grapes to some people, I think that it might not be the best of years to go up. When you look at the trouble a lot of the clubs are having over the ITV Sport money not coming through it might not be a bad thing to still be in the Conference and hopefully have the spotlight and Sky coverage that we've had this year again.

On part time football, TV and the internet

Hardy: Had we have gone up, do you think that staying part time would have worked?

Steve: Hard to say really. When you think that half of the teams in the Conference are now full time, we haven't done bad being a part time team. But I think moving up into a Division where all the teams are full time might have been different. Playing teams that train full time week in week out would have been a lot harder and I think the early season results would have decided whether or not the club would change to full time or not.

Hardy: How easy is it for you to get the time to play at the level you do and hold down a full time job?

Steve: For me it's a lot easier than a few of the other lads as I work flexi time. So to get the afternoon off for an away evening game is normally OK, although it can get a bit tiring when you get in at 2am and have to be up at 7am for work!!

Hardy: There were several matches featured on the television this season. How does that affect the team?

Steve: To be honest I think the team always rises to the occasion as we weren't beaten in the 6 or 7 games we played on Sky last season. When you're out on the pitch you forget that the cameras are there, unless of course you miss one from a yard out a la Exeter.

Hardy: We know a few of the Daggers players are secret surfers, do the team look at the various Daggers sites on a regular basis? Who else uses the forums?

Steve: A few of the other lads that work with PC's regularly check the site. I know that Broomy, Janners, Goffs and PT are the main surfers and I am on there daily as it relieves the boredom of work!!!

And on 2002/03

Hardy: Are you looking forward to next season?

Steve: Yes I am looking forward to next season already, although the break will be nice for the next month or so. I think our chances of promotion will be good again next season and we will probably be one of the main favourites, although I think that the league itself will be a lot stronger.

Hardy: Where do you think the squad needs strengthening if anywhere?

Steve: The squad itself is very strong especially as we will have Mathers and Coley back to full fitness next year and they will be like new signings. Whether or not there will be any ins and outs is up to Garry.

Hardy: Who do you think will be the teams that push us?

Steve: I think that a lot of the full time teams that have had a strong end to last season will have a big say. Doncaster, Barnet, Yeovil and Chester for instance will all be up there again.

Hardy: Thanks very much Steve for talking to me, and I can assure you and the rest of the team that the fans appreciate all the hard work you put in and would like to offer congratulations on another great season for the Daggers.

Pictures from the Charlton Athletic FA Cup game at the Valley are copyright Mike Hewitt/ALLSPORT.
The picture from the replay is copyright Phil Cole/ALLSPORT.


 

 

 

 

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