Robinson believes in buzz at Daggers and is hopeful that good times lie ahead
PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 September 2018
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Daggers visit Eastleigh in league on Saturday unbeaten in four and with new owners
Matt Robinson says there is a real buzz around Dagenham & Redbridge ahead of their trip to Eastleigh in the Vanarama National League on Saturday.
Daggers head to the Silverlake Stadium in search of a fifth straight game without defeat after Chike Kandi’s second-half goal secured a 1-1 draw at home to Chesterfield last weekend.
Results on the field have picked up at the same time the Essex club have received positive news off of it, with American consortium Victoria Road Football, LLC having brought a majority shareholding in Daggers last week.
That should secure Daggers’ future after months of financial uncertainty following former director Glyn Hopkin’s decision to cease funding the club.
And Robinson is pleased that after a difficult time for all involved with Daggers, things are starting to come together nicely in all areas for the Essex club.
“There’s a correlation between what happens off the field and on it. Everyone is overwhelmed and really happy with the takeover happening off the field,” said the vice-captain.
“The fans have been fantastic this year and have boosted us on the field. I feel like we’re giving something back to them finally.
“The lads have taken their support on board and this year especially, the fans have stood by us and been very important at home and away.
“When we went to Barrow, I don’t know how many there were, but they stayed there until the end and got their reward with a last-minute goal. Their support means a lot to the lads.”
Like everyone involved with Daggers, Robinson has welcomed the news of the successful takeover by Victoria Road Football, LLC.
And the midfielder believes it could mark the start of an exciting era for Peter Taylor’s men.
“Not too many of the boys were here when we hit the financial turmoil of last year, but for everyone involved it is somewhat of a relief to know that the stability of the club is back,” he added.
“It’s an exciting time to be part of the club with the new owners coming in and giving us financial backing, which hopefully will help us push on.”
Robinson is one of few members to have been at the club throughout the recent financial troubles, which could traced back to Glenn Tamplin’s failed takeover bid in the autumn of 2016.
The financial turmoil hit hardest last season, with Daggers forced into selling some of its key players.
At no time, though, did the club miss paying players their wages, which Robinson said made the squad duty-bound to give it their all on the field, despite what was happening off of it.
“Even from when it started, the lads have been told what’s going on and everyone has been crystal clear about the situation we’ve been in,” he said. “As players, it doesn’t change your job; as long as you’re getting paid, your duty is to the club and you do your job on the field.
“At the start of the season, I’m not saying it was anything to do with what was going on off the field, but we weren’t doing our job.
“Over the last week or so, we’ve kick started our season and we’re trying to improve every week.”