City go to Town in a real Away from Home

The Daggers Diary team head up the M1 to see what is going on at Northampton when Coventry are at “home”.

When it was announced during the summer that Coventry would be playing home games at Northampton, it was almost a given that we would try to attend. As the fixtures had already been announced, many of the games would be played on a Sunday, which also meant that it wouldn’t clash with our Daggers fixtures.

Of course, we waited to see what kind of attendance would be at the first game against Bristol City, before we could gauge what kind of crowds the club would be attracting, but the two thousand or so that paid to go in meant that we wouldn’t have too much trouble getting tickets.

1184954_10153209388545223_1887317190_nThere is though, a moral issue to be confronted about this. From an outsiders point of view, the whole thing is a minefield of opinion, what’s correct and what isn’t. From what I can understand of the whole issue, the point is that the owners of the club, SISU, won’t pay the rent on the Ricoh Arena, which is owned by a separate company, and it is this that has precipitated the move from the city of Coventry. There have also been two periods of administration, and you then have a club that has been in a right old mess in the last ten years.

It was late in the day that the Football League sanctioned the move but, and I may be wrong here, but does this have some of the hallmarks of when Wimbledon were allowed to move to Milton Keynes? I know that there is an agreement in place whereby the club have to be back in Coventry in three years time, but is there any chance that this will happen? Allowing a club to move out of the place that it represents is never a good move. It took Charlton six years to get back to their home town, Brighton took a couple of years (at Gillingham) to get back home, eventually pitching up at the Withdean and Rotherham spent some time at the soon to be demolished Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield before eventually getting back to town, just a few hundred yards along to road from the their original home. Continue reading

Dark days for the Daggers

Saturdays defeat at Wimbledon dumped Dagenham and Redbridge to the bottom of the Football League.  Things look bleak but with a home game against fellow relegation rivals Northampton Town next up perhaps they could take a massive step to saviour.  Brian Parish gives us the story of the evening.

Ten days ago, after beating Bradford to complete a run of seven points from a possible nine, the clouds (although still very noticeable) were lifting with the hope that we might, just might, get away from the bottom of the table and closer to preserving our football league status. Fast forward to tonight, and two straight defeats have sent us back to 24th, and last in the football league. The clouds are gathering again, and this time, it looks like it could get very dark indeed.

March was always going to be a busy month, with seven games scheduled for these 31 days, but thanks to a postponement in mid-February, this was increased to eight, and tonight is that re-scheduled fixture. And not just any fixture, but one that is assuming the role of a major, pivotal point of our season. Our opponents are Northampton Town, who are just a couple of points and places above us. This is one of those games that the term “six-pointer” was invented for. Continue reading

Cobblers to them

Brian Parish continues to suffer as Dagenham & Redbridge add away day blues to their home woes away at Northampton Town.

After two disappointing home games, it’s time for the Daggers to hit the road again, and today it’s a trip up to Northampton. Despite my protestations that I wouldn’t be attending an away game until at least November, I gave in late on Thursday afternoon, and managed to secure a lift to the game with Dan. Part of being a fan is hoping that (even when the evidence points to the contrary), you just feel that the corner is about to be turned and that this will be the game that launches your team up the table to the glory that is inevitably waiting.

Not that many of those making the journey north have much in the way of confidence, but hope does spring eternal, even when your team hasn’t won in a month, and can’t seem to score more than one goal a game. Continue reading