the daggers voice
After the latest set of results I'm afraid that, if they hadn't already, Dagenham & Redbridge fans have finally consigned themselves to the dreaded relegation we had all feared.
Our time as a Football League Club, a League 2 club, and, more importantly, a professional club, is coming to a horrific end which unfortunately will overshadow 24 wonderful years of existence.
And if there's one image that epitomises the season so far, it's the one of fans in a heated exchange with Wayne Burnett who had to justify himself and his team after a shocking 2-0 exit to Southport in the FA Cup first round replay on 18th November 2014. That wasn't this season, but that fateful night in Merseyside led to a disgusting chain of events which ultimately cost him his job and seemingly will cost us our place in the Football League.
As the crucial part of the season arrives and the fear of relegation hits home, teams around us are beginning to play with some spirit and endeavour. But, also, they are starting to grind out points however they can.
Yet we haven't had a game for almost three weeks for various things. So as I and no doubt many other concerned fans watched Soccer Saturday as the likes of York or Stevenage collected an unlikely win, we were powerless.
We missed out on the Easter fixtures, a quick-fire opportunity to pick up back-to-back wins to generate some-much needed momentum. We also lost our fixture on April 2 as our opposition Oxford were in the JPT Final, although that fixture was brought back to an early date where we were beaten 4-0.
Good Friday saw Stevenage somehow collect an unlikely draw at high-flying Oxford United, while York City also managed a draw and Hartlepool picked up three points after a 1-0 success over Wimbledon.
Three days later and Hartlepool again gained a victory, beating Orient 2-0 away from home. Elsewhere, York City suffered a 3-2 loss to Plymouth but, like us, Stevenage didn't play due to International callups.
There was another full fixturelist on Saturday 2nd April when York drew with Orient, Stevenage recorded a victory at Luton and Hartlepool edged out Mansfield. Another disappointing set of results from our perspective.
All of this, combined with our difficult set of fixtures and the fact we are well adrift anyway, means our misery could be compounded and the tears we wanted to prolong could happen as early as Tuesday when we entertain Morecambe at Victoria Road.
Dagenham & Redbridge will be relegated on Tuesday if they fail to beat Morecambe and Stevenage defeat Yeovil. If not, then we will be relegated on Saturday if we fail to beat Morecambe then Portsmouth.
It will be the worst possible end to a season of misery and disappointment.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.