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

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Parliament Speaks
by Hardy on 24/07/2002

Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas has raised the issue of the FA's decision on Bostongate in Parliament in an Early Day Motion asking the FA to explain it's thinking.

Bostongate raised in Parliament
Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas has raised an Early Day Motion asking the for an explanation of the FA's decision on the punishment for Boston United for their "financial irregularities".

Early Day Motions are a way of raising issues that are deemed of interest to individual members in Parliament and are often a way of highlighting a local issue in the hope to get some action. One member will sponsor the motion and others are asked to sign to show their support. To date 18 other MP's have signed the motion entitled "FA Inquiry into the Conference league", which is EDM 1672.

The wording of the motion has been published this morning and is as follows:

"That this House calls on the Chief Executive of the Football Association to explain the inadequate verdict of the three man FA hearing which allowed Boston United, Champions of the Nationwide Conference League, to retain their promoted place in the Football League after pleading guilty to six charges of contractual irregularities; notes that by breaking the rules of the game, Boston United will now make a considerable financial gain by playing Third Division football this coming season and that their fine of 100,000 pales into insignificance compared to the 500,000 which the club can expect to receive as a member of the Football League; further notes that the FA deducted four points off Boston for this season's Third Division campaign when the club broke the rules during last season's Conference matches and that if the hearing had deducted points from last season's totals then the Championship would have been awarded to Dagenham and Redbridge FC who would have been promoted; believes there to be growing concern within the game that this verdict has initiated a cheats charter which could tempt other clubs into beaking the rules for self gain and could therefore destroy public confidence in the way football conducts itself; and urges the Chief Executive, who made it clear from the day that he took office that he wished to clean up the game and would crack down hard on clubs that broke the rules, to explain the hearing's decision, which contravenes those sentiments and brings the sport into disrepute."

Jon Cruddas
Jon Cruddas was very vocal before the hearing and his interest in the matter was reported in many newspapers. Many cynics, including me I have to admit, thought that he may be bandwagon jumping with his interest in this matter, but we now understand that he is a regular at Victoria Road.

Dave Simpson, the Daggers Press Officer said earlier this week "Mr Cruddas is a football fan and more importantly a fan of his local team. He pays like other supporters to watch games at Victoria Road and attended the majority of them last season. He was also spotted at a couple of away games."

He went on to say "As a club we get on very well with our local MP and Council and hold meetings with local residents twice a year. Such is our involvement with the local community, we have won the Essex Business award for Community work for the past two years."

EDM 1628

There was a further EDM raised on the issue, EDM 1628, which was raised by John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington on the 15th July, before the FA hearing. This is entitled "Rulebreaking in the Conference League".

This reads "That this House calls upon the Football Association to take decisive action against any club within the Conference League found to have gained an unfair advantage over its rivals by breaching the financial regulations governing the Conference League, and that this action should include demotion from the Conference League."

DiggerDagger's view

Early Day Motions rarely have much more effect than highlighting an issue but can occasionally result in action if support in Parliament is overwhelming. One such piece of legislation was the implementation of "Pet Passports".

While some observers, particularly ones based in Lincolnshire will believe that this is a waste of time, it does show some of the depth of feeling resulting from the FA's decision last Friday. Once again the timing is against the Daggers in this one since Parliament has just broken up for its summer recess.

Thanks to Jon Cruddas for caring about a local issue sufficiently to make himself heard.

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