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To be a Dagger
by Hardy on 03/06/2010

What does it mean to be a Dagger?

To be a Dagger

When John Still was interviewed in the emotonal aftermath of the 3-2 play off win over Rotherham at the weekend he several times referred to the fact that it is very special "to be a Dagger". He was referring then to the type of player and coach that he looks for when he is casting his eyes over potential recruits.

John told Sky Sports when interviewed on the pitch after the game, while obviously very emotional about the great achievement his team had just completed, "To be a Dagger is something special, it means you have something about you. Not just ability, you have got to have something that makes you want to work hard and fulfil your potential. Daggers never give up, never stop."

The club made a point of inviting a large number of past players to the play off final to watch the game and take part in the day. It is clear that John regards many of those who have gone on to better things as a result of being successful with him at Victoria Road, or moved on in other ways, to still be part of the family. It is that bond which is something that helps this little club with limited resources achieve against the odds time and time again.

Today John has posted an open letter to the supporters of Dagenham & Redbridge at the official website, thanking them for their support over the time he has been at the club and including them in that special band of "Daggers".

DJ Johnny B reflected on some of this also in his thoughts published yesterday here, Tuesday Tears.

DiggerDagger.com would like to publish the supporters views of what it means "to be a Dagger" with any thoughts or stories about how it has affected you. Please email these to me and I'll get them up.

To start you off, my thoughts are below.

John's letter
I would like to thank all Dagenham & Redbridge supporters for their fantastic support over the past 5 years. The support you have shown is a big part of helping lots of the young players we have had here develop and a helping hand toward the success of the team.

It's right and proper that everyone enjoys the unbelievable feeling that has overcome us all in the past few weeks, culminating in winning the Play Off final at Wembley. I believe we have all created a fantastic club and that we are the envy of many clubs that would think they are bigger than us.

I have been very proud to manage this club and want everyone to know that we have created this fairytale by having a team ethic no individual is bigger than the team and the team consists of everyone and you the supporters are part of our team, and remember, to be part of our team you have to be a true DAGGER because that's what makes us the club we are.

Many thanks for your continued support,

John Still

Mike Wainwright (AKA Hardy)

I first watched Dagenham FC at the age of 13, travelling home and away until I was an adult, seeing the old Daggers lose and then win at Wembley, then left the fold for a while until I had kids of my own. Coming back with my own boys to watch Garry Hill's Dagenham & Redbridge was very special, and great days like the game at The Valley cemented my love for this club, it's (now not so) scruffy little ground and its fans.

With DiggerDagger I have followed many of the glory days, and more than a few of the bad ones too and in all that time I can only recall total capitulation by a team in the colours twice, the last half hour of the 9-0 horror show and the game a few weeks later against Gravesend that signalled the end of Garry Hill's time at the club.

Being a Dagger to me means being able to smile wisely at the plastic Premiership fans who have never spoken to any of their team or manager in person and know that when my club has success I can really feel part of it, not watch from the sidelines.

It means that seeing my team go two goals down with 10 minutes left I don't make a run for it to beat the traffic because I know that they won't give up.

It means that over the last eleven seasons I have seen more great days and unbelieveable achievements from my club than I could have done following any other club in the country.

And on Sunday night, the manager, John Still told me, personally, that it isn't over yet.

"If you're proud to be a Dagger clap your hands!"



 

 

 

 

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