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Uddin hails old club for making stand

16:30 29 January 2015

Anwar Uddin (pic: Dave Simpson).

Anwar Uddin (pic: Dave Simpson).

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Dagenham & Redbridge captain Anwar Uddin during the 2007/08 season (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Dagenham & Redbridge captain Anwar Uddin during the 2007/08 season (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

Anwar Uddin has praised former club Dagenham & Redbridge and is excited about the unveiling of a mural on the Barking & Dagenham College Family Stand at this weekend’s ‘Daggers Against Racism’ day at Victoria Road.

Wayne Burnett’s team host Cheltenham Town on Saturday, with tickets in advance as cheap as 50p, and a mural has been created on the family stand in partnership with the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) and Kick It Out to portray parts of the club’s history.

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

It will be unveiled before kick-off and Uddin, a diversity and campaigns manager for FSF, has praised the work of the club he captained during his playing career.

“Some of the ideas that have popped up in my email have been fantastic and really taken me back down memory lane,” said Uddin.

“I wanted to involve my old club and the Family Stand is a bit plain so we spoke to the club and came up with the idea to put a mural there.

“We have been getting ideas about Ted Hardy taking the team to Wembley and the Conference winning side.

“Some emails have also been from fans who have supported the club for over 50 years and telling us ideas and memories that some people wouldn’t even know.

“But that is what it is all about – getting memories from all types of fans that mean something personal to them.”

Uddin believes Daggers do a ‘great job’ of improving diversity and raising awareness in football – with their ‘Daggers Against Racism’ day a prime example.

He also loves the feel he gets from the club and insists his best football years were at Victoria Road.

Uddin added: “Dagenham are doing a fantastic job as a club to improve diversity in football.

“I am really happy with the work the club does and I hope this is the start of a long-term relationship with my role at the FSF.

“It is fantastic what the club does in terms of ‘Daggers Against Racism’ day, working with local communities and their school visits.

“I spent the best six years of my career at Dagenham and I could never forget about the club.

“I speak to Wayne Burnett on the phone and when I ring up I speak to Pat, who still works behind the bar. It doesn’t matter if it is Steve Thompson, Teresa Parish it is always the same friendly welcome.”

Uddin is also pleased the issue of racism and diversity is improving in football, adding: “I think there has definitely been a change. You only have to watch the football at the weekend and when the camera pans to the crowd you see a diverse crowd.

“At the end of the day we are all there to support a team, so who you are should never be an issue.”

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