The segregation argument rumbles on and whether it was a good idea to have no segregation against MK Dons at the weekend. Apart from a few idiots at the end who decided to try and have a fight with a few Dons supporters it all went relatively well I thought. I can assure you that they were just a few idiots, because unfortunately I came into close contact with one of them who thought it would be "a right laugh" to try and have a fight, the worst thing about this was he only looked about 13, what does this say about some young people, but that is for another blog. This of course is not the right action to take and we know that none of the regulars tried to start anything no matter how frustrated and disgruntled we all felt at that late winner.
As the PA announcer said several times on the day, the two clubs had been chosen because of their great disciplinary records with the fans, regarding fans being chucked out of games. All credit to MK Dons, I don't think they did anything wrong if I'm honest, they cheered when their team scored a vital winning goal, we'd do the same wouldn't we ?? Saying that I don't think the majority of our supporters did anything wrong, I'm sorry if I'm running over old ground here, but it was only the select few idiots that have slightly tarnished our reputation as a family and friendly club. The Football League Show reported that their were some ugly scenes, including coins being thrown and some pretty loutish behaviour, however this was reported in by an MK Dons fan, who I have to say aren't the most particularly liked club in the League and perhaps a little bit of exaggeration was used, concerning "the police holding back." Forgive me if I'm wrong and by all accounts i may well be, but I do not believe that the way that was described reflects on the whole on the day and the way the Dons fans were treated. They have to remember that we were NOT given a choice about this either, it was designated as that day and whether us or they liked it or not, there was nothing we could do.
Dagenham & Redbridge one of the friendlies clubs in the leagues I should think, after all, how many clubs would let opposition fans into their own part of the ground, the Daggers "territory" if you like. Personally I feel that they were treated extremely well by all involved apart from those few idiots. A great congratulations for the fans of our club, exchanging in some good banter, but I do understand where some fans are coming from when you say it's awkward. Most people do "chat" about other teams and the other fans can obviously not hear you, but when they can some people find it slightly harder being themselves and expressing the views you usually would on matchday. One of the main factors was that perhaps this was not the best day to pick a "non segregation" game. After all with tickets going as low as 99p for adults , you are bound to get a couple that come in absolutely off their head just looking for a fight, when there are innocent families there just looking for a good day out. I'm not saying these "non segregation days" are a bad idea, nor am i saying that tickets for 99p are a bad idea. I'm saying have both in a season, but not in the same game, because something was always bound to happen. Like a fellow blogger expressed earlier, Ricky B i believe it was, do non segregation against clubs we have a good bond with like Morecambe or a team of that ilk.
It may have only been a minor fight, but I'm sure some little kids were scared at the end, and because of those few people they may be afraid of coming back to the Daggers again.
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed my view.