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The Noise Conundrum
by Hardy on 11/10/2007

Just why is the atmosphere so different when following the Daggers home and away?

The Noise Conundrum
Anyone who has taken a trip to one of our away days this season will have heard the fervent support that the Daggers travelling fans have generated for the team. The noise and atmosphere generated at places like Southend, Brentford and Leyton Orient seem to have spurred the team on to make that extra effort and all three of those games have resulted in great wins one way or another.

By contrast, at the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium, the quiet has been library like on occasion, with the team having to inspire the fans rather than the other way around.

This isn't a new thing, the loud and proud support at Oxford last season is another example, but I believe it is even more noticeable this term than previously.

So why the difference in support, home to away?

Daggers fans at Oxford 2007 (c. Simmo)

Some thoughts
It has been suggested that the physical proximity of everyone in away accommodation makes the difference, but actually we have been typically getting a whole end at most grounds which means people can choose where to sit, with the noise or away from it. At Brentford, there were actually two groups of Daggers fans singing, one with the drum and the another at the other end of the away stand going too.

Another thought raised in the discussions on the Daggers forum is that travelling away means that people are more into the football as they have done the chats to mates on the way to the game. It even came up that being seated helps. I don't see that one really since the Carling is hardly a hotbed of noise.

How about being under cover generally at away games? Well we were loud and proud at Stockport with no roof, and of course the Sieve provides a roof and a decent atmosphere too when the crowd does occasionally get going.

Is it because it is only the "hard core" support that tends to travel? There were over 750 Daggers fans at Orient on Tuesday, the best part of half the usual home support at the LBB&DS and well over the normal numbers that travel, yet the atmosphere was reported as being superb.

Daggers fans at Accrington 2004 (c Simmo)

I really don't know what the answer is, but I do know that the support they get is much appreciated by the team and management. In his programme notes for Saturday's home game against Darlington, John Still said of the support at Brentford:†

"First things first, the away support was absolutely fantastic. I have to say that nothing surprises me with our supporters but this was extra special. They got behind the players from the first minute and stayed with the players until the last. As itís been said many times by many people but never was it so true as it was on Tuesday night at Brentford, we felt we have a twelfth man playing for us. Thanks for that, absolutely fantastic and please keep it up."

The result of that rallying call was a game watched in almost silence even when the Daggers were on top against Darlington for most of the first half. The Quakers fans were very quiet too given there was over 300 of them proving it isn't just being away from home that gets people going.

So what do you think?
Please contact me with your thoughts on how we can get the atmosphere up at Victoria Road and I will publish them. Email me here.

Daggers fans at Yeovil 2002 (c Simmo)

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