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Monday, April 28, 2008

Snippets: Safety for Tony Roberts' Dagenham...Memorial for Robbie James...Simon Royce Award...Gianni Paladini's Fourth Anniversary

BBC - Still hails Daggers 'fairytale'
Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still says the feeling of surviving relegation from League Two on Saturday was even better than winning promotion.
The Daggers came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Darlington to ensure safety.
Still told BBC London 94.9: "They've been fantastic all season, and the achievement of staying up far outweighs coming up last year.
"The boys that came up were legends last year, and the boys that have kept us up are even bigger legends."
He added: "On our resources, we are a million miles behind the worst off club in this league, it's an absolute fairytale." BBC

See also Dagenham Official Site

Wales on Sunday/Lisa Jones - Legend Robbie’s bust is unveiled
A BRONZE bust of former Wales and Swansea football legend Robbie James was yesterday unveiled to a crowd of the city’s faithful.
The midfielder’s teenage son Luke did the honours at the club’s Liberty Stadium, surrounded by many of his dad’s team-mates from the late 1970s and early 1980s, ahead of the Swans’ last home match of the season against Leyton Orient.
James, who won 47 Welsh caps, collapsed and died while playing for Llanelli in 1998, aged 40.
The bronze bust (right) was the brainchild of his son Luke and will stand near the stadium’s ticket office.
He said: “I just wanted something so everyone would remember him. At the start I did not know how it would go but many people have really helped and I would like to say a big thank-you to them.
“I’ve seen it (the bust) and I’m really pleased with it. When I saw it I was gobsmacked – it looks exactly like him.”
Swansea-born James played almost 400 games for Swansea and did stints with Cardiff, Stoke, QPR, Leicester and Bradford.
He’s contributed to Swansea’s rise from the Fourth to the First Division between 1978 and 1981. Wales on Sunday

The son of Swansea and Wales soccer legend Robbie James said he just could not get over the likeness to his father of a bust unveiled at the Liberty Stadium this weekend. ..... The bust, which was unveiled before the Swans thumped Leyton Orient 4-1, is a fitting tribute to the sporting legacy left by one of Vetch Field's all-time greats, a man who played in all four divisions of the Football League during the Swans' epic rise to the heights of the old Division One during the glory years of the 1980s.
Kind-hearted fans, including some who were too young to be among those who were thrilled to witness Robbie's surging runs and rocket shots, raised around £7,000 for the unique memorial..... Report

Simon Royce - Gillingham Official Site - Royce Wins Sponsors' Player Of The Year
Gillingham goalkeeper Simon Royce has won the 2007/08 Sponsors' Player of the Year award.
The 36 year old beat off the challenge of defender Simon King and midfielder Adam Miller for the award chosen by the staff of KRBS.
Gillingham Official Site

Four Years Ago, today came the announcement: Gianni Paladini Bought into QPR

BBC - Paladini buys stake in QPRItalian businessman and agent Gianni Paladini has bought a 22% stake in Queens Park Rangers.
Paladini, who has represented Fabrizio Ravanelli and Benito Carbone, has invested around £650,000 and more cash may follow in the future.
QPR have been seeking investors since coming out of administration in 2002....

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