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     On This Day

In 1993,The Daggers beat Telford United 4-1 at Home in the GM Vauxhall Conference 

In 1995,The Daggers lost 0-3 to Slough Town at Home in the Conference League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg

In 1999,The Daggers beat AFC Sudbury 2-1  Away in the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round

In 2004,The Daggers lost 0-4 to Aldershot Town Away in the Nationwide Conference 

In 2010,The Daggers lost 0-3 to Bristol Rovers at Home in the NPower League One 

In 2012,The Daggers lost 0-1 to Northampton Town at Home in the NPower League Two 



The Gaffer

Give The Man A Break
by Hardy on 28/01/2005

There have been just a few murmurings recently about the management of the Daggers. Hardy puts his point of view.

John Still - Give the man a break!
There have been just a few murmurings recently on the Fans Forum about the management of the Daggers in recent weeks as the it reaches a point where it starts to become obvious that the season is all over bar the blooding of a few youngsters over the coming couple of months. It has been a bit of a roller coaster again with two poor runs of consecutive defeats and some horrible performances interspersed with some great results.

I spent a while going back over the interviews John has given to BBC Essex (which can be found here) and throughout the ups and downs of the current season the message remains consistent, the club is rebuilding, we need to bring the youngsters on slowly, money is tight and there are no miracle cures. Win or lose John does not get over excited or over critical and there is obviously a deep understanding of what the Daggers are about as a club.

John was not my first choice for manager when Garry Hill left the club as I thought he was too much the "safe" choice, and we have had a couple of major disagreements over issues like bringing in Paul Bastock as emergency cover, but his consistent straight talking style has won me over now and I really believe he is a man with a clear view of what is needed to get the Daggers moving forward once again and challenging for honours in the future.

John has given youth a chance and the vast majority of the players signed have been ones with a bright future ahead of them. They may prosper or not, but if they do the Daggers will profit in the future either on the field or by selling them on to bigger things. It is somewhat ironic that most of the mad blood rushes this season have come from the experienced players with Tony Roberts, Ashley Vickers, Tim Cole and Jake Leberl being the recipients of the costly cards.

Ashley Vickers sees red at Aldershot
(copyright Dave Simpson)

January 24th
January 24th is apparently this is the most depressing day of the year although I published my tale of misery on the 20th. Now the days are getting noticeably longer, and the Daggers have actually won a game in 2005, the tricky match at Hereford last week.

I stand by what was said in the article regarding the funding of the club and believe that not enough is being done to minimise avoidable costs, and that the supporters are being asked to dig ever deeper. The club has to find ways of getting money in that do not always involve the fans coughing up. Not easy, and all ideas will be gratefully received.

The solution may have to be to support the manager in building a good young team that will attract more fans through the gates to raise more money going forward. Covering the pitch when frost is forecast would help too!

The solution most definitely is not changing horses at the moment and looking to change the manager.

Looking forward
So 2004/05 is now heading down the closing straight. The Conference is the most competitive I can ever remember with the exception of runaway leaders Barnet with any other club down to the Daggers in 13th still in contention for a play off place. I don't believe we can make it this time, nor do I think we are ready, but we could well finish comfortably in the top half of this division and that will be a major triumph for John Still given his starting point.

If along the way we can prepare players like Craig Mackail-Smith, Glen Southam, Scott Griffiths, Danny Foster, Shane Blackett, Tom McGowen and Tony Boot to be ready for a real charge in the next couple of seasons then this season will have turned out to have been a great one.

Whatever happens on the pitch in the next three months, John Still deserves our undivided support.

John Still briefs Tom McGowen at Burton last season
(copyright Dave Simpson)

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