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Season 2001/02 Review (January to April)
by Nelson on 07/05/2002

So 2001/02 is over at last and all Daggers will be feeling down. Was it a good season though? Nelson reviews the second half of it month by month.

2001/02 Season Review - Part Two
So the Daggers season had been going well up until the New Year.

Lying in second in the league, only two points behind Boston United and with a match in hand. We were still in the FA Cup and FA Trophy as well as the Essex Senior Cup.

The season was shaping up very nicely and it looked like we were in with a great shout of the title.


January arrived with the media circus arriving in force at Victoria Road. Almost exactly a year after the Daggers' heroic draw against Charlton Athletic at the Valley and the Club was gearing up once again to face a Premiership team.

Following the win over Exeter City in December, the talk amongst the fans was almost exclusively about the FA Cup 3rd Round tie at home to Premiership strugglers, Ipswich Town, and whether manager Craig Burley would be sending down a full-strength team.

When Junior McDougald (right) gave the Daggers a deserved lead after 18 minutes, it again looked like a shock was on the cards, but the professionalism of the Tractor Boys eventually shone through and the Daggers were beaten 4-1. Few would argue that the result flattered Ipswich.

Eastbourne Borough were beaten 1-0 in the FA Trophy to put the Daggers into the hat for the 4th Round and a comfortable 5-1 win over Ford United put us into the 5th Round of the Essex Senior Cup.

The return visit of our friends from Forest Green was them return to the Lawn with a point after some poor finishing from the Daggers and another peculiar refereeing display from the awful Mark Ives.

The Daggers finished the month four points behind Boston with a single match in hand.

February started with Telford United's second visit to Victoria Road, this time for the FA Trophy 4th Round tie. Yet again, the Bucks took the honours in a 2-0 win following a below par performance from the Daggers which had the support worrying about the future.

An early goal for Farnborough compounded our worries but the Daggers fought back to win 2-1 with Tony Roberts particularly impressive.

Any thoughts that the Daggers were going to hit a run of form again were dispelled when they passed up a great chance to reclaim the lead in the title race, only managing a 1-1 draw against Hayes. The result was all the more disappointing seeing as Hayes' goalkeeper, Bertrand Bossu had been dismissed in the 67th minute (right).

An excellent performance at Yeovil Town saw the Daggers return with a point after a 3-3 draw and a solid 2-0 win over Billericay Town at New Lodge put us into the Semi-Final of the Essex Senior Cup where we would face Purfleet at the Thurrock Hotel.

An unconvincing 1-0 win over basement club, Dover Athletic, saw the Daggers end the month four points ahead of Boston United with the next match being the percieved title decider against the Pilgrims at Victoria Road.


In a very dour televised match against Boston United, a rare Ashley Vickers (left) goal was all that separated the sides and the seven point lead they had developed over the Pilgrims was starting to look unassailable

A solid performance at Broadhall Way against Stevenage Borough showed a marked improvement in the team's play and a 3-1 win left the Daggers still six points clear.

When Barnet travelled to Victoria Road earlier in the season, they had been one of the best sides we had faced and they proved this with a comprehensive win over us at Underhill on the 19th. The Daggers were never in the match and a 4-0 reverse saw the Daggers first league defeat on the road.

The defeat at Barnet proved to be the start of the Daggers' worst run of the season and a defeat at Leigh RMI, a draw at Morecambe and another poor defeat at Nuneaton Borough in which Stein (right) was dismissed left us five points adrift of the Pilgrims, albeit with a match in hand.

Coming into the last Month of the season, it was looking as though the title would definitely be heading to York Street, but a 3-2 win in a highly entertaining televised match against Morecambe and a 2-1 win at Northwich gave us renewed hope.

A 2-1 win over Stalybridge Celtic put the Daggers back on level points with the Pilgrims with only five matches remaining. The match was particularly memorable for a wonderful goal from Danny Hill (left).

Next came a bizarre match at home to Doncaster Rovers. Again live on Sky, the Rovers side seemed intent on playing in an overly physical style of play and suffered two contentious dismissals. The Daggers won 1-0 thanks to another goal from Danny Hill. The win put the Daggers back on top of the league, albeit only for a day as Boston beat Leigh the following evening.

With the Daggers having been handed a walkover in the Essex Senior Cup after Purfleet's refusal to play the Semi-Final on the date specified, the Daggers were to face last season's opponents, Canvey Island, in the Final at Roots Hall, Southend. As the match was scheduled for the day before our match at Hereford, the team was largely unrecognisable and Canvey won the match 6-1.

With only four matches to go, the Daggers travelled to Hereford and were holding their hosts to a 0-0 draw. Knowing that Boston were losing 2-0 at Scarborough, the Daggers knew that they would reclaim the lead in the title race if they could return to Essex with a point. It came as a hammer blow when Hereford scored in the dying minutes of the match.

A scoreless draw at Scarborough left the Daggers two points behind the Pilgrims, knowing that they must win their last two matches and hope that Boston slipped-up for us to be playing in Division 3 in 2002/03.

A comfortable 2-0 win at Woking and Boston's draw at Morecambe took the title race to the last day of the season. Both teams were on the same number of points and The Daggers needed to better Boston's points haul from the day to take the title.

Despite being down to ten men, the Pilgrims duly beat relegated Hayes to take the title and the Daggers' 3-0 win over Chester City in front of a record home league crowd proved irrelevant.

Again, Garry Hill was awarded the Manager Of The Month award, but the main prize had slipped through our grasp after being there for the taking.

So near but yet so far
So the season was over and the dust had settled. We'd come so close to winning the league and yet had nothing to show for it.

The support were, understandably down, the gloaters from Boston were out in force.

It seems strange that the Club's most successful ever season should be tarnished by disappointment.

Had anyone offered us the runners-up slot in the league, another FA Cup run, the LDV wins and two of the top three scorers in the league back in August, we'd have taken it and yet it feels like we've failed.

In truth, we only have ourselves to blame for not going up. There were several matches where we should have won. There were also matches where we should have managed a draw. The result at Hereford was the final nail in the coffin. Our tactics left a lot to be desired and playing for a draw seemed like the wrong decision at the time.

The Club has achieved so much this year:

  • First time top of the Conference
  • Highest Conference points Tally
  • Highest final Conference placing (2nd)
  • New record home gate (Ipswich Town)
  • New record home league gate (Chester City)
  • "A Grading" gained
  • 3 Manager Of The Month Awards
  • LDV Best Performance Award
  • 4 Hattricks (2 for McDougald, 2 for Stein)

So where do we go from here?

With the release of Matt Jones, Mark Brennan and Jason Broom, it is clear that Garry needs to strengthen the midfield if we are to stand any chance of challenging for the title again in 2002/03. There are bound to be a number of changes to the squad over the Summer and, if Garry's past record is anything to go by, these will be astute signings that will address the problems we have had this season.

The Club is in great shape financially and has one of the best management teams in the business.

There's no reason why we cannot improve again next season and go all the way.

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