Day: March 29, 2011

Match Of The Midweek: Dagenham & Redbridge 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

So near, yet so far. Brighton & Hove Albion travel to North-East London to play Dagenham & Redbridge in a league match for the first time this evening with the scent of promotion heavy in the air. That Gus Poyet’s team has been the stand-out team in League One this season is inarguable, but in recent weeks they have started to give the impression of being a team that is starting, just starting, to run on empty. They keep on winning – Saturday’s 2-1 win against Swindon Town at Withdean was their seventh in a row – but their performances have become somewhat scrappy in recent weeks. While this deterioration may be a cause for concern in some respects for their supporters, others may interpret it in a more positive light. Brighton have been a little lucky in recent weeks, but that can be even more valuable in the long term than playing well. With a fourteen point gap between the Seagulls and third-placed Peterborough United, the finishing line is almost in sight. Dagenham & Redbridge, however, will provide a stern test this evening. It seems difficult to believe that, just four years ago, they were a non-league club (the most visible remaining remnant of which, their Victoria Road ground, remains a non-league ground at heart in spite having had a smart new stand built at one end of...

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Home Again? Enfield Town, Enfield 1893 And The QEII

The football situation in Enfield, North London, has been confused and fractured for several years. Jason LeBlanc writes on the present and the future of football in the borough. The Prime Minister will be aware that there are two great football clubs in north London, Tottenham Hotspur and Enfield Town. —Labour MP David Lammy (Tottenham) When Mr. Lammy began a request of the Prime Minister in this fashion, it was with a view to the larger club’s desired move on the Olympic Stadium at Stratford.  With the London Olympic Legacy Company seemingly wobbly in its awarding of this post-Olympic property, the Premiership side made an audacious last minute entry into the horse race for the Marshgate Lane stadium that was ultimately thwarted by fellow Premiership side West Ham United and Newham Council.  Tottenham’s bid was likely doomed from the start—what with supporter sentiment mostly against the bid in the form of the “We are N17” protest and the fact there was a former Arsenal man on the board casting a vote. There is a certain history of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal when it comes to boardroom votes that never seems to go the way of the Lillywhites.  Conspiracy! (kidding) So, while Daniel Levy and Co. had their attempt loudly denounced and trounced, North London neighbors Paul Millington and the Enfield Supporters Trust quietly went about their business in the...

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