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January Depression
by Hardy on 20/01/2005

It is not unusual for January to be a depressing month, but January 2005 is proving a really miserable one for the Daggers.

January depression
January is often the month when the dreary depression of a long British winter leads people to become fed up with the world. I'm normally an optimistic sort of chap, but right now the state of things at Dagenham & Redbridge FC have got me moaning away with the grumpy old men. 

For Daggers fans in recent years it has been so different. Between January 2001 (right) and 2003 Daggers fans had the FA Cup to brighten the gloom and how watching the game at St James's Park, Exeter, last night brought home memories of those times, tinged with a little hint of jealousy.

Last season the FA Cup was long gone by January, but the club had probably it's two best results of last season during that month, beating Shrewsbury 5-0 and then winning 4-2 against Barnet at Underhill (left).

For Daggers fans and staff alike this time around after a December in which it looked like the team had really turned a corner, it really has been a depressing January. 

So far the club has a 100% record in the first three weeks of 2005, played 4, lost 4 and the nature of the three of those defeats I have seen against Canvey Island, Northwich Victoria and Bishops Stortford have been frankly appalling. All three should and could have been won. In all three we let in early goals, in two we were 2-0 down inside 25 minutes and chasing the game long ball style.

On Saturday if we lose against Hereford United at Edgar Street we equal the record run of five consecutive defeats set earlier this season after twelve seasons when the worst run was four in a row, including the Carr/Cusack era. We are then being told we are taking a second string team to Margate in the Conference League Cup which could make it six in January with three teams we have already lost to this season coming up in the following week.

At the time of writing the poll at this site shows that 93% of people think that the Daggers season is effectively over or probably over already with three and a half months to run. This is hardly going to get people through the gates is it and will only go to deepen the club's money problems discussed below. 

When is the gloom going to lift? 

Please John Still and the lads, can you surprise me on Saturday and get a result!

Money Troubles

The club announced that it had a problem with a budget shortfall at the Fans Forum in October and since then supporters have had a virtual collecting tin shoved under there nose at every opportunity. Today the club has been chasing hard for people to take up the 250 Club once again.

At the Northwich Victoria game I paid my 20 to get myself and my two boys in, paid my 1 extra on the "Golden Gate", bought my 2.50 programme full of adverts and spent 2 on four golden goals for the kids and then got assailed by a guy touting the club's 250 Club while my kids queued up for their burger and chips at the snack bar. Enough already!!

From a couple of the posts today in response to a plea from Steve Thompson to support the 250 Club on the Online Forum, it seems I am not alone in this view.

The Vics game was a couple of weeks after the highly expensive loss of the Canvey Island game, lost to frost on Boxing Day. I was bringing three extra adults to that game which would have swelled the gate and all of whom would probably have been talked in to buying tickets in the car draw, which I understand has made much less than it should have. I am sure I was not the only one bringing along Christmas guests to that game which is always a big day for the club bar too.

The decision to postpone the game just an hour before kick off was in most people's opinion a very poor one by match referee Mr Tomlinson who was obviously influenced by the Canvey Island players at the time. However, I now understand that the pitch was left uncovered on Christmas night after all the weather forecasts said that a heavy frost was expected.

Might the use of the covers on Christmas night have made the difference and meant the game was played? It almost certainly would have made the difference to a borderline decision by the referee.

How much did the club lose that day?

The Vics game was also a week before the Daggers lost an FA Trophy game that they should have won to net 4,000 in prize money and an eminently winnable home draw against Leyton and another potential 5,000 and a place in the last 16. In that game Glen Southam (left) was not available to play because of a daft clause in the transfer contract signed by the club management precluding him playing against his old club, a game he would have been well up for and may well have made all the difference.

A couple more trivial gripes, but ones that again cost the club money and points to problems in the way things are being run at the moment.

Firstly, in October last year I tried to buy a replica away kit for my youngest to be told that there were no shorts or socks available. I tried again early in December and still no shorts or socks. They did arrive, but by that time Christmas was sorted so the club missed out on my money.

Secondly, the club announced that it had copies of LMA Manager available in the club shop when it was released, all of the cost of which would go to the club. When I asked about a copy, shop staff had no idea about it. I'm sure all the club's copies were sold eventually, but not to me.

A lot of little things adding up to a fairly serious set of troubles for Dagenham & Redbridge FC at the moment then, on and off the pitch. It is seriously time the club got its priorities sorted out on and off the field before coming back to its supporters for more of their hard earned cash.

Oh and by the way, if anyone out there wants to help out with the costs of hosting this site, please get in touch.


 

 

 

 

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