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Daggers Confirm Bastock Signing
by Hardy on 28/10/2004

As was strongly rumoured yesterday, Dagenham & Redbridge FC have this morning confirmed they have signed ex-Boston United goalkeeper Paul Bastock.

Daggers confirm Bastock signing
As was strongly rumoured yesterday, Dagenham & Redbridge FC have this morning confirmed they have signed ex-Boston United goalkeeper Paul Bastock as short term cover for Tony Roberts who received a two match suspension for his second red card of the season last Saturday at Farnborough Town.

The statement at the club's Official Site reads:

The Daggers have signed unattached goalkeeper Paul Bastock on a short term basis. Paul is the record appearance holder at Boston United where he was recently released and has also played for Kettering Town. With Tony Roberts suspended for the game against Crawley Town on Saturday, John Still explains the decision to bring Paul to the Club.

“We had signed Martin Brennan as our second string goalkeeper but unfortunately his first game in six weeks was in our reserves on Tuesday night. Having had a conversation with Martin, it was felt that at this particular time he hadn’t had the sufficient amount of games or the training where everyone concerned, including Martin, felt that he could do himself and the club justice.

“Because of the importance of the game, the decision was made to look for someone who could come in and play. Being the FA Cup it is a very difficult situation because clubs don’t want players they have contracted to them to go and get cup-tied. Having had a conversation with Paul Bastock he decided that he would come to Dagenham & Redbridge for the number of games we need cover for even though he was going to cup-tie himself and in doing so make his prospects of finding another club more difficult because a cup-tied goalkeeper doesn’t carry as much weight as a non cup-tied goalkeeper. I think we have to thank Paul for his help in our time of need.” says...
This decision has farce written all over it.

Sure we have a short term goalkeeping problem but that is down to a lack of discipline from an experienced player in Tony Roberts, which is not the first this season which already has seen the Daggers pick up 5 red cards. The lack of cover for Robbo is down to John Still letting Abiodun Baruwa walk out last time Roberts was suspended and then us signing a player last week in Martin Brennan who is, by admission above, not ready to play first team football.

To then fill the gap by signing Paul Bastock, a figure who, while no personal blame was attached to him for Bostongate, was at the heart of things at York Street under Steve Evans for many years quite frankly stinks. John Still claims he loves our club, in which case he should know that feelings still run deep over what Boston United did to it. Bastock was one of the players named in the FA Charges against the Pilgrims and was pretty much part of the furniture at the club. Does anyone seriously not believe he knew the gist of what was going on?

For Bastock himself, the game is a no-win situation. If he has a good game then he'll still be a cheat. If he throws one in his own net then he will be a cheat that cost us an FA Cup run. Was there really no other goalkeeper available to cover this?

Tonight at the clubhouse there is a Fans Forum starting at 8:00pm. I'll be there asking John Still what the hell he is doing. I suggest it will be a lively night.

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