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talking of adult feelings daggsy...difficult ones as well...do you actually have any guilty thoughts about the rape and pillage of redbridge forest when your own club went skint.... <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

 

I seem to recall that you were in our league at that time but the subsequent 'merger' and cash injection from the land development sorted you out quite well....you might want to consider that and re-read your own philisophical posts to treeboy.... <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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If I remember rightly, Uncle, the 'rape and pillage' of Redbridge Forest allowed them to be promoted to the Conference through a ground share at Victoria Road. They had only been in existence for less than five years, an amalgamation as they were of two other local teams . . .

 

The merger of Dagenham and Redbridge Forest, from memory, resulted in a squad that contained probably eighty or ninety percent Redbridge Forest players. From a playing perspective, as a Dagenham supporter, we may have suddenly been promoted to the conference via the merger, but we lost a whole team of players as a result . . .

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>>>but we lost a whole team of players as a result

 

No - you lost an entire club - it was called Dagenham FC.

 

Redbridge Forest were only in existence for three seasons, two in the Isthmian Lge and one in the Alliance Premier Lge - prior to that, they were known as Leytonstone Ilford incorporating Walthamstow Avenue.

 

Prior to this there were two teams - Leytonstone Ilford (briefly known as Ilford & Leytonstone) was one and Walthamstow Avenue was the other.

 

Prior to that there were three teams - Ilford, Leytonstone, and Walthamstow Avenue - and of course Dagenham.

 

Now there is only one.

 

Much as I admire what Dagenham & Redbridge have done for local football, I doubt very much that anyone who supported the "lost" teams will agree, expecially if they live in Ilford, Leytonstone or Walthamstow, and no longer have a decent team to follow.

 

And for the record - I was completely against the merger.

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hhhmmm.....we'll beg to differ...RF history goes back to the 50's and your land grabbing carpetbaggers took it away....okay ...thats life but as welcome as you are on here...(its all ancient history as are our problems)

 

please please please do not take the high moral ground with us... <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

 

there's a good little dagger... <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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I do happen to agree with every single point you make there D04, and couldn't have expressed it better myeself. The loss of Dagenham FC was a sad, sad day but I suppose that I can delude myself that it still exists by walking down the same road to the ground and picturing myself sitting on the now terraced over grass mound behind the Pondfield Road goal that I spent so many happy, frustrated, wonderful times.

 

As you say, D04, supporters from the other amalgamated teams no longer have that opportunity . . .

 

As to the moral high ground, Uncle, any steps that I take upon that hallowed place are taken whilst wearing the walking boots of jest and a warm fleece of amiability . . . but then I'm sure you knew that anyway . . .

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ha ha ...okay...fair point and well done for having a sense of irony and humour...'tis a prerequisite of surviving on here duntyaknow... <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />

 

I now pronounce on behalf of the grand order of urchinereo you to be the second 'onoury dagger urchin...' <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

 

oak leaves and ribbons will be presented upon your first visit to the hallowed emerald green field... <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

 

and...

 

I must be getting slow in my latter years but where have I seen those spaced three dots before....a 'simple' answer I am sure... <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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