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The Pure DFC Punter – 19th November 2011

Current state of play

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Dartford travel to Hampshire on Saturday to take on a resurgent Eastleigh side. Eastleigh, who have won their last three matches at home in the league, and their last three league matches anywhere, will be hoping to continue a run against Dartford at the Silverlake which sees Dartford yet to score at Eastleigh in three games. Dartford, on the other hand, are going through a lean spell lately, and a draw last weekend at home to Weston-super-Mare is the latest misfire from the Darts.

Bets of the match:

I am hoping to be wrong again, but with Dartford failing to score in three matches at Eastleigh, and the comparative form of the two sides, 2.6 with Victor Chandler is a good price for the home side.

1 point: Eastleigh @ 2.6 (VC Bet)


Eastleigh v Dartford

The Darts will travel to in form Eastleigh on Saturday with a chance of completing a double on their opponents.

Silverlake Stadium is not exactly Dartford’s favourite ground to visit having lost all three times in the past. What makes it worse is The Darts have not even scored and have conceded twelve times.

Richard Graham on the ball against his former team

In September the two clubs met at Princes Park when Dartford recorded a maiden victory over The Spitfires. Charlie Sheringham opened the scoring after two minutes and doubled the lead in the second half. A last minute own goal made sure Dartford took maximum points with a 3-0 win.

Last season The Darts were beaten by the same scoreline in Hampshire as they were still getting to grips with the Conference South. Eastleigh looked comfortable throughout the match and took the lead just before half time. The scorer of that goal was Dartford’s Richard Graham who will return to his former employers for the first time since joining The Darts in the summer. Just past the hour mark Eastleigh scored again courtesy of a Tom Bonner own goal and in the last minute Anthony Riviere made it three.

The Darts could record their third consecutive league win on the road after beating Thurrock 3-0 and picking up an excellent 2-1 win at Salisbury City. If defeat is avoided Dartford’s unbeaten run will stretch to four after the 1-1 draw at home to Weston Super-Mare.

Tony Burman was disappointed with the draw against Weston Super-Mare and feels his side lacked ‘spark’, he told PURE DFC: “It’s two points dropped, the best thing we can say is we didn’t lose”, he added: “There was an opportunity there for us to take and we did not take it”.

Eastleigh have made vast improvements over the last two months after a terrible start to the season they are now in twelfth place. The Spitfires went full time in the summer and so a clear out of players left the club in transition. Ian Baird’s side picked up two wins in the first ten league games and struggled at the bottom of the table. However, The Hampshire club approach Saturday’s fixture on the back of five wins in seven, including three successive victories at home.

Baird has recently acquired the loan signing of Michael Green from Port Vale and extended Graeme Montgomery’s the loan spell from Aldershot Town. He has also added Chris Flood of Dorchester Town on loan who has scored four Conference South goals this season, one for The Spitfires. Summer signing Ryan O’Hara has left the club whilst Henrik Breimyr has returned to Aldershot. Briemyr played nine times but his involvement with Norway’s under 19 squad limited his availability.

It could be tough for The Darts to break their poor record at the Silverlake Stadium. Eastleigh’s home form matches Dartford’s away record of four wins, two draws and two defeats. It could well be a tight encounter on Saturday.

Current Form (league only)

Last five Eastleigh matches at home Last five Dartford matches away
Won 4-1 v Maidenhead United Won 2-1 v Salisbury City
Won 3-0 v Welling United Won 3-0 v Thurrock
Won 2-1 v Staines Town Lost 1-3 v Boreham Wood
Drew 1-1 v Hampton and Richmond Won 2-1 v Farnborough Town
Lost 0-2  v Bromley Lost 2-3 v Basingstoke Town

League Stats – Eastleigh (12th) v Dartford (3rd)

Eastleigh average home attendance: 504

Highest home attendance: 665 v Woking/ Lowest: 391 v Welling United

Dartford average away attendance: 747

Highest away attendance: 1455 v Dover Athletic/ Lowest: 441 v Boreham Wood

*attendances from

Did you know…

Dartford have scored in their last eleven league fixtures.

Eastleigh have failed to find the net the most times in the Conference South this season. Out of seventeen games The Spitfires failed to score in eight matches.

The Darts have scored in the most amount of league games, only failing to score once. However, Dartford have never scored at Eastleigh in the league before.

55% of goals conceded in the league by Dartford happen in the first half hour.

Stats and Trends – 19th November 20111

Matches on this day:

1892: (H) – Chatham Excelsior – Unknown Score – Friendly
1898: (A) – Bromley – W3-1
1904: (H) – Catford Southend – 0-3 ABANDONED
1910: (H) – Rochester – W1-0
1921: (H) – Royal Naval Depot – W1-0
1927: (H) – West Ham United Reserves – W3-2 – Friendly
1932: (H) – Tunbridge Wells Rangers – W2-0
1936: (A) – Margate – L0-4 – Kent Senior Shield
1938: (A) – Chelmsford City – L0-2
1949: (H) – Kings Lynn – L1-2 – FA Cup Replay
1955: (H) – Bath City – W3-0
1958: (A) – Headington United – W2-0 – Southern League Cup
1960: (A) – Clacton Town – L2-6
1966: (A) – Hastings United – D1-1
1977: (A) – Telford United – L0-2
1980: (A) – Sheppey United – W6-2 – Kent Senior Cup
1983: (A) – Millwall – L1-2 – FA Cup
1985: (H) – Bournemouth – L0-2 – FA Cup Replay
1988: (A) – Kettering Town – L1-2 – FA Cup
1994: (A) – Kent Police – W1-0
1997: (A) – Baldock Town – L1-3
2001: (A) – St Leonards – W4-2
2002: (A) – Folkestone Invicta – L0-1 After Extra Time – Kent Senior Cup
2005: (A) – Great Wakering Rovers – W1-0


– DFC have never scored away at Eastleigh in three visits
– DFC have only won six times away on this day out of fifteen
– DFC have had six straight away games on this day before this match.

Against our visitors – last 5 matches

20/12/2003 – Away – Lost 0-5
03/04/2004 – Home – Lost 1-5
16/10/2010 – Away – Lost 0-3
15/03/2011 – Home – Drew 0-0
10/09/2011 – Home – Won 3-0
Versus Eastleigh

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 6 1 1 4 4 17
Home 3 1 1 1 4 5
Away 3 0 0 3 0 12


Post match interview (H) Weston-super-Mare

Interview with Tony Burman following 1-1 home draw with Weston Super Mare.

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Princes Park – Five Years and Counting

Fans are waiting full of excitement by a brand new entrance having passed through the Dartford F.C gates. Supporters gather in the temporary beer tent; people surround the entertainment stage. After years of waiting a new era is beginning.

Watling Street's Daniel Homes Stand

It’s been nineteen years since Dartford’s darkest day when, after four league fixtures, the club withdrew from the Southern League. Watling Street had been sold to creditors and within months destroyed, crushing any hopes of playing there again. The Daniel Homes Stand was no more, the amber seats removed, the ground nothing but a memory and the perimeter wall.

The club returned and Tony Burman gave his side a pep talk from the dressing room. The Darts were back and the anticipation of the hardy souls on the terraces greeted the team as they entered the pitch, 1993, Oxford Road. A ground share with Cray Wanderers meant Dartford were able to compete in the Kent League and start over again: the club had survived, albeit without a home.

Loyal supporters stayed but the good old days had gone and in their first season as a reformed club a sixth place finish was achieved. An average attendance of over 300 seems small, but in the Kent League no one could match the loyalty of Dartford fans home and away. After three years in the Kent League Dartford won the Kent Senior Trophy under Tony Burman, and in May 1996 promotion was achieved to the Southern League.

From Oxford Road to Park View Road to Ship Lane to Stonebridge Road, from Kent League to Southern League, from Weymouth to Corby. Dartford travelled half the country for 14 years. Tony Burman, Gary Julians, and Tommy Sampson led the black and white without a home; the club soldiered on but at least they existed.

10 April 2004 and there was hope amongst the club and supporters. News broke to the Dartford faithful when the Borough Council announced it would provide funding for a new abode. The months counted down, planning, budgeting, meetings, obstacles and approvals.

14 November 2005 construction started. By this time Tony Burman was back in charge having taken over as caretaker manager for the second time. At last there was a buzz back around the club, something to look forward to.

Dartford enter the Princes Park pitch

Tommy Osborne proudly leads out the team. They line up to shake hands with opponents and officials. Fireworks and smoke greet the teams. A minute’s silence to remember the fallen on a day to remember.

New fans, old fans and townsfolk gather inside shoulder to shoulder. A wonderful new home had opened to the Dartford public and Horsham YMCA are the first guests. An unusual atmosphere develops mainly because everyone was taking in the new surroundings and features Princes Park offers. Everyone siding with The Darts want the side to win their homecoming match so a sense of nervousness, curiosity and excitement mixed beneath the grey skies. For the Dartford fans following the side through thick and thin, for the town and everyone involved in making the new stadium happen, the afternoon gathers pace.

Ryan Hayes sends in a cross from the right and Brendon Cass nods the ball into the net. The striker darts to the left corner flag and slides on his knees The first goal at Princes Park brings euphoria.

Cass scores the first ever goal at Princes Park

The visitors plug away in an attempt to spoil the party and win a corner. Andy Ottley whips the ball into the penalty box, his brother Matt heads the ball goalwards and a few cheers come from the Horsham bench. Dartford stunned, the game level; how dare they gate crash our party?

Ryan Briggs delivers a free kick, the ball falls to the feet of the prolific Cass. He shapes his body, the ball bounces up and on a half volley slams in his second goal. Running to the opposite corner flag Cass celebrates in front of a delightful section of the crowd. The Darts in front again.

Half time brings a brief respite and a chance to take in what exactly has happened so far. A band and a couple of freestyle footballers out on the pitch entertaining the sell out crowd keep the show going.

Dartford kick off the final forty five minutes and crowd favourite Eddie McClements is putting in an exceptional performance. The midfielder smashes a shot from distance with his left foot and the ball screams past the Horsham goalkeeper, the top corner of the net bulged. A terrific strike sends fans into ecstasy.

Horsham begin to find a way back and showing promising signs with half hour or so to play. The Darts not over the finishing line yet. Another corner is sent in by Andy Ottley and Steve Davies leaps to header the ball beyond Kevin Hudson, the Sussex club pull back a goal.

Nick Barnes enters the pitch as a substitute returning for his second spell with The Darts not knowing what was to come. Barnes cuts in from the right, hits a long range shot, a deflection loops the ball over the stranded goalkeeper and seals the match. The homecoming couldn’t get any better.

Dartford fans celebrate a great occasion

How apt it is for Tony Burman to begin another new era and how fitting it is for Dartford to score the first goal at a new home and win. No one wants to leave, the players and management parade around the pitch exhausted but appreciating the support. Spectators overwhelmed by a hectic day full of emotion, the odd tear shed, the occasional lump in the throat. Dartford F.C could not be more together.

The players step off the turf, the terraces still packed, the town still buzzing, and the supporters full of excitement. 11 November 2006, Princes Park was born. Happy Birthday.

Did you know…

The first team line up at Princes Park was: Kevin Hudson, Tommy Osborne, Anthony Hogg, Anthony Henry, Richard Avery, Lew Watts, Ryan Briggs, Ryan Hayes, Brendan Cass, Eddie McClements, Dave Martin. James Carter, Nick Barnes and Steve Hafner were used substitutes. Glenn Billinness and Brad Potter were unused substitutes.

Ryan Hayes is the only player left from that season’s squad

Dartford’s competitive record at Princes Park is Won 73, Drawn 32, Lost 31, For 295, Against 172



The Pure DFC Punter – 12th November 2011

I’m sure there’s never been a more pleasing losing bet than last weekend. The Darts travelled down to Salisbury City and took all three points. As a correction, Salisbury City had only lost once all season (they won in the FA Cup, contrary to what was previously written) so the bet could have potentially been bigger. None-the-less, we move on to Saturday.

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Dartford kicked off their season with a 4-0 away victory to Weston-Super-Mare back in August (seems a long time ago, doesn’t it?), but since that point, WSM have improved (bar a blip in the last few weeks). One thing is for sure though – there’ll be no bet on this match from us.

Bets of the match:

Dartford will want to get back into their stride at home, and unfortunately, at 2/5, there just simply isn’t any value in it.

No bet.

Running for Oscar – please read

As you may or may not be aware, Tony Saunders of All About Image, long time sponsor of Pure DFC, lost his son Oscar to cancer in the summer. Oscar was only two and a half years old.
Tony is, in 2012, going to be running the London Marathon, and will be raising money for Children with Cancer. In Tony’s own words, he doesn’t even run to the bar so this will be a significant challenge. If you’d like to donate to this very worthy cause, you can visit – you’ll find more on Tony and family and his reason for doing this.
If you do wish to donate, please feel free to put Pure DFC next to your name – if you wish to remain anonymous, that’s fine too – please just include Pure DFC in that section, so that Tony can thank everyone collectively when he has been successful.
As you can imagine, there is a hell of a lot of training to be done and Tony will be doing his training around the Dartford area. He has printed up some “Running For Oscar” training shirts, and will have “Powered by Pure DFC” on the back, so if you see him out and about, please give him as much support as you can.
The link again is
Thanks for your support, and we’ll make sure this is updated between now and race-time.

Stats and Trends – 12th November 2011

Matches on this day…


1892: (A) Horton Kirby – Unknown Score – (Friendly)
1898: (H) – Grays United – W4-0
1904: (A) – Holmesdale Sevenoaks – 2-1Aban
1910: (A) – Metrogas – L0-3
1921: (A) – Bexleyheath – W3-1 (Kent Senior Cup)
1927: (H) – Worthing – W3-0 (FA Cup)
1932: (H) – Northfleet United – W2-0 (FA Cup)
1938: (H) –Corinthian Casuals – D3-3 (FA Cup)
1949: (A) – Kings Lynn – D1-1 (FA Cup)
1955: (A) – Tonbridge – L1-2
1958: (H) – Gloucester City – W3-1
1960: (H) – Yeovil Town – L2-4
1966: (H) – Banbury United – D1-1
1969: (H) – Hastings United – L1-3
1974: (H) – Boston United – W3-1 (Inter League Challenge Match, 1st Leg)
1977: (A) – Minehead – L1-3
1983: (H) – Bedworth United – D0-0
1988: (A) – VS Rugby – D1-1
1994: (H) – Canterbury City – D1-1
1996: (A) – Tooting and Mitcham – W3-2 (FA Trophy Replay)
1997: (H) – Cambridge City – L0-1 (FA Trophy Replay)
2005: (A) – Margate – W1-0 (FA Trophy)


– DFC have not won on this day at home since 1974 (v Boston United)
– There has been no league match played on this day since 1994 (v Canterbury City)

Against our visitors – last 5 matches

16/08/2007 – Away – Drew 0-0
13/12/1997 – Home – Drew 3-3 (Played at Barking FC)
04/09/2010 – Home – Won 4-1
08/02/2011 – Away – Won 1-0
13/08/2011 – Away – Won 4-0

Versus Weston Super Mare FC

  Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
Total 7 3 3 1 13 7
Home 3 1 2 0 8 5
Away 4 2 1 1 5 2


Dartford v Weston Super-Mare

Princes Park plays host to Weston Super-Mare on Saturday on its fifth birthday weekend.

The Darts will hope to give its home the perfect gift with a win, three points and a successive league double against the Seagulls. The two clubs met on the opening day this campaign and Dartford ran out 4-0 winners. It was a great start to 2011/2012 for Dartford’s second season in the Conference South when Elliot Bradbrook scored after fifteen minutes. Tom Bonner sneaked round the back to the far post to nod home from a corner to give the Darts a two goal lead.

Mid way through the second half Rayn Hayes delivered a beautifully weighted cross field ball which was expertly controlled by Charlie Sheringham’s chest, the striker dinked the ball over the on rushing Lloyd Irish to increase Dartford’s lead. Five minutes later Sheringham netted his second when he was left unmarked at the far post to head in Dartford’s fourth.

Weston Super-Mare 0 Dartford 4 – Highlights

James White's superb curling shot finds the back of the net

In last seasons corresponding fixture The Darts had to wait until the stroke of half time for Sheringham to score a penalty. Two minutes after the break Weston’s Marcus Duharty had the sides level then in the space of four minutes the game changed dramatically. James White’s persistence and wonderful finish gave Dartford the lead and an own goal by Martin Slocombe followed a minute later. Sheringham scored again in the 71st minute to give The Darts a 4-1 win. The return fixture in February this year was settled by Sheringham’s 73rd minute winner.

Dartford 4 Weston Super-Mare 1 – Highlights

After a difficult week Tony Burman was pleased with the 2-1 away win at Salisbury City last weekend, he told PURE DFC: “I was delighted with the performance, I knew it would be a better one and knew it would be a tough game. The players not just on the pitch but on the bench were excellent”, he added: “It is a really tough place to come. The goal against us is a deflection after a couple of minutes which was hard to take but fair play to the boys they’ve come back and I’m delighted for them”.

Burman felt his side put in another intelligent display especially after the disappointed of getting knocked out of the F.A Cup, hecommented: “We trained really well on Monday and Thursday night and we were focused on getting the three points. I’m delighted with them that they have come to a place like this, which is tough, and got three points. We played well and controlled the game and we played with a lot of intelligence”, he continued: “We’ve done what teams do to us at Princes Park when we’re at home. Playing one up like we have done, it does actually work. It’s difficult to defend and we done that to Salisbury today and thoroughly deserved our win”.

Jacob Erskine nods Dartford's winner

The two new signings made a positive impact on Saturday with Jacob Erskine acting as a fulcrum for Dartford’s attacks. Erskine was rewarded with the winning goal which was just as important as the save made by Lou Wells in the dying minutes. Wells had a solid game on his début despite the unfortunate deflection which opened the scoring for Salisbury in just the second minute. Jon Wallis also had cause to celebrate when his free kick levelled the scores and opened his goalscoring account for The Darts.

With Wells replacing Andy Young, who was released by the club last week, and Deren Ibrahim being left on the bench Burman admitted that this was the side of his job he does not enjoy, he said: “I had to be fair to Youngy and I spoke to him on the Wednesday night and I had to be fair to Del as well. People don’t realise all those things go on and they just think you just drop people and leave them up the swanny and we don’t, it’s not the way we deal with things here”, he added: “It’s one of the parts of the job you don’t like, it gives me no pleasure whatsoever what happened with Youngy. He’ll bounce back and he’ll get himself another club”.

The excellent 2-1 victory away to Salisbury City has left The Darts in fourth place, a win which was important considering the top sides also won on the weekend.

Weston Super-Mare will visit Princes Park hoping to put an end to their Dartford voodoo. In the last three meetings they have scored once and conceded nine times. Five of those goals came from Charlie Sheringham so they will pleased he has moved on to AFC Bournemouth.

Last weekend The Seagulls were defeated by a Barry Cogan goal in injury time when they travelled to The Crabble to face Dover Athletic in a feisty match. Speaking to assistant manager Jon Haile felt his side was unlucky not to avoid defeat, he said: “As for the performance our game plan of trying to draw them in and catch them on the counter almost worked”, he added: “Overall I was proud of how the players applied themselves with every decision going against them throughout the game and it was disappointing to lose the game four minutes into injury time but that is something we will learn from”.

Weston Super-Mare currently occupy thirteenth position. On the road Weston have claimed victories against Thurrock (3-0), Maidenhead United (3-1) and Dorchester Town (3-1). However they have lost their last three away fixtures against Hampton and Richmond, Woking and Dover Athletic. The Seagulls are winless in five league matches picking up just two points out of the last fifteen.

Tom Champion will be available to select after serving his one match suspension. Jon Wallis returned on the weekend and Matt Jones was on the bench. Marcus Duharty, the last Weston player to score against The Darts is regaining fitness on loan at Mangotsfield United. Former Dover Athletic striker Ben Hunt and fellow forward Mike Mackay have been released by The Seagulls.

Current Form (league only)

Last five Dartford matches at home Last five Weston Super-Mare matches away
Lost 1-2 v Truro City Lost 0-1 v Dover Athletic
Won 3-1 v Tonbridge Angels Lost 1-4 v Woking
Won 2-1 v Staines Town Lost 1-3 v Hampton and Richmond
Won 3-0 v Eastleigh Won 3-1 v Dorchester Town
Won 3-1  v Bromley Won 3-1 v Maidenhead United

League Stats – Dartford (4th) v Weston Super-Mare (13th)

Dartford average home attendance: 1190

Highest home attendance: 1550 v Bromley/ Lowest: 937 v Hampton and Richmond

Weston Super-Mare average away attendance: 534

Highest away attendance: 1462 v Woking / Lowest: 156 v Thurrock

*attendances from

Did you know…

Dartford have scored in their last ten league fixtures and in every home match in the league this season

In the 2-1 victory at Salisbury City on Saturday it was the first time in 35 games a substitute was not used by Tony Burman. The last occasion was on 22 February 2011 away to Dorchester Town

Weston Super-Mare are one of four teams not to have drawn an away match in the Conference South this season

The Seagulls failed to score on their trip to The Crabble which was the first time they fired a blank on the road in the league this season

In the Conference South 2011/2012 season, Weston Super-Mare are yet to net a goal in the fifteen minutes leading up to half time


Post Match Interview v Salisbury City

Interview with Tony Burman following 2-1 victory away to Salisbury City.

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