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     On This Day


In 2000,The Daggers beat Leyton Orient 1-0 at Home in a friendly match


In 2001,The Daggers beat Bideford 3-2  Away in a friendly match


In 2002,The Daggers beat Tiverton Town 3-0  Away in a friendly match


In 2005,The Daggers drew 1-1 with Thurrock Away in a friendly match
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In 2009,The Daggers beat Thurrock 2-1  Away in a friendly match


In 2010,The Daggers beat Thurrock 4-1  Away in a friendly match


In 2013,The Daggers lost 1-2 to Crystal Palace at Home in a friendly match


 

 


Gone but never forgotten

Garry Hill Tribute
by Dave Simpson on 17/04/2004

Dave Simpson has written a moving tribute to Garry Hill who left the club after nearly five years as Manager on the 3rd of April 2004.

Garry Hill

Dave Simpson has written a moving tribute to Garry Hill, who left the club after nearly five years as Manager on the 3rd of April 2004, in the programme for the final home game of the season against Halifax Town. 

The item is reproduced here with permission.

Immediate success

Five years ago, the Supporters Club wrote in their programme notes “Ted Hardy is an almost impossible act to follow”. Thankfully the Dagenham & Redbridge management Committee appointed the right man and Garry Hill achieved more success than any manager the Club has had and could have ever dreamed of.

Besides the Ryman League title victory by 24 points in his first season, the Club won their last ten matches of that season and Garry rightly won the Isthmian League manager of the season.

"Consolidate"

In almost every interview the following year he used the word “Consolidate” when talking about how the team would do in the Nationwide Conference. In truth the word “consolidate” never came into the equation as the Club finished in a remarkable third place. The Cup run that year was beyond every Daggers supporters greatest expectation. After a much delayed qualifying round victory over Hendon, victories over Hayes and a last gasp winner at Lincoln gave the Club a dream third round tie at Premiership Charlton Athletic. 

Most supporters went to the Valley with the hope that the Club wouldn’t be disgraced and few could envisage the fact that the under dogs led 1-0 at half time. As the game drew to a close the term “It can’t happen” became more of a “might happen” and only a deflected goal three minutes from time robbed Garry Hill and his side of arguably the biggest FA Cup upset of all time. 

The replay, delayed by a frozen pitch, saw the attendance record smashed at Victoria Road and again Garry Hills Daggers fight to the wire, losing 0-1 in extra time and having a goal ruled out for pushing. The newspaper coverage was immense and suddenly the name “Dagenham & Redbridge” was known all around the football world.

Other notable achievements by Hills side that year included a nine match winning run and a Ryman One-to-One charity Shield victory over Farnborough Town.

Hill v Evans

Garry was involved in an ongoing battle on and off the pitch in 2001/2 with Steve Evans at Boston. Garry always came across on the television as the “nice guy” and that proved the case at the end of the season. The Daggers were always in the top two throughout the season and lost the title on goal difference only to find out a few weeks later that the Lincolnshire side were guilty of illegal payments to players. Instead of punishing them that season, they were allowed to be promoted and the Daggers were as Garry put it “kicked in the teeth”. 

Again the Daggers made the third round of the FA Cup and enjoyed numerous column inches of the newspapers. The injury to top scorer Mark Stein in the home replay with third division Exeter City didn’t worry Hill and his substitution by Junior McDougald helped show the whole country via Sky TV just how good this Dagenham & Redbridge side was. In the third round, McDougald’s goal gave supporters in the new record attendance at Victoria Road, the belief that they could knock Premiership Ipswich Town out. Reality bit though and the visitors triumphed 4-1.

Garry was awarded the Nationwide Conference Manager of the Year award at the end of season League awards dinner.

Another near miss

A slow start to the 2002/3 season was accredited to the disappointment the previous season and after heavy defeats to Doncaster Rovers and Chester City, supporters started to doubt Hill's ability. He proved everyone wrong though as his team went one better in the FA Cup and reached the fourth round proper. Norwich City were more than grateful to score a last minute winner and put the visitors out in the cruelest of ways. 

Out but not down, Hill installed the fight in the players to win a new Conference record of ten consecutive victories and push themselves into the play-off places. He even plotted where the Daggers had to finish in the top five to have the best chance of a victory over two legs. Garry led his team out at the Britannia Stadium last May having seen his side defeat Morecambe. 

Despite going two goals behind he motivated them enough to force extra time with two goals. A golden goal is a very cruel way to lose out on promotion and for the second year running Garry had the job of trying to pick the players back up again.


Garry Hill at the Britannia Stadium
(Copyright Shaun Botterill/Allsport)

This season

Some say that Garry Hill has been the victim of his own success and that is probably right over the past year. Instead of all the Cup runs that the Club have been blessed with over the past four years, this time they faced humiliating exits at lower league clubs in early rounds. The nine goal thrashing on live TV was humiliating for both Hill and the Club and he must have contemplated ending his stay then. Instead he waited another month and announced his resignation at Scarborough for the end of the season. 

A performance lacking any of Hill's characteristic trademarks by the team against Gravesend & Northfleet saw to it that Hill should bring forward the date of his departure and he was deprived of the chance to say a final farewell today.

Throughout his reign Garry has always enjoyed the success with the supporters and included himself as one of the clubs biggest. After announcing his resignation to the team at Scarborough, he boarded the Supporters coach to tell them of his intention. Tears were shed that day and now Garry is a Dagger no more but leaves behind without doubt the greatest and most successful moments in the Club history. 

The Future

Garry will manage again although he has stated he will not take a job before the season has finished despite offers. One thing is for sure, Garry Hill will be successful wherever he goes and who knows, may one day return.

Garry Hill is an almost impossible act to follow.... 


 

 

 

 

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