Thursday, 23 September 2010

Close to the action

My midweek venture to Dagenham & Redbridge, to see old locals Exeter City the other night, meant a well-located seat in the Marcus James Stand at what used to be called the Glyn Hopkin Stadium, is now the even more prosaic London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Stadium, and is still known by many East London fans as Victoria Road. In an unexpected act of generosity, the Daggers let the away support use the newest and best part of their ground, out of which the plastic and canvas players' tunnel is extended... ensuring that the home team arrive onto the pitch to a rousing chorus of boos. Curious. Still, you get a very good behind-the-goal view, hence my small snippet of video action. Sadly, it isn't possible to get a shot like this at Dumbarton. Thankfully, though, many second and third division Scottish grounds still have terraces you can wander around. My first choice is to be able to patrol the ground and view proceedings on the pitch from a number of angles during the course of the game. Failing that, pleasant modern facilities such as those at Dagenham are just fine. Mind you, they charged £22 for the privilege, Ouch! I know you need the money, but it's only League One you're in, fellas...

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