So far this winter its been wet, wet, wet. Matches at Dartford FC have been postponed since 4 January. The most recent match to be played was on 25th January against Cambridge United. The pitch was ‘just’ playable, incredibly muddy and went ahead despite the forecast. Then in the last ten minutes we were deluged with a torrential downpour of biblical proportions and there have been no home games scheduled until Tuesday 11 February. Let’s hope the pitch has recovered.
While parts of Kent have suffered as a result of flooding, Dartford has got away relatively lightly. There have been recent flood warnings for the River Cray fairly close to Dartford, and a part of the road across the marshes to the Dartford Tunnel has been closed for a week or more, no doubt causing congestion on other routes. This road was grandiosely called “University Way” when opened. But no university ever materialised as the former Naval College at Greenwich became available to the University of Greenwich (the old “South London Poly”), and its need for a campus north of Dartford disappeared. (it would probably have sunk into the marshes, anyway!) so the road was eventually re-named ‘Bob Dunn Way’. Bob Dunn was a Conservative MP for Dartford in the 1980s and 1990s. What’s Bob Dunn for us, you might ask. Apart from campaigning for the university campus, not a lot as far as I can find. He seemed to be the last of the Dartford MPs who seemed to take Dartford as a constituency for convenience, since he appears not to have had any other connection with Dartford, coming from somewhere near Manchester. He was succeeded by local doctor in 1997 by Howard Stoate and then currently by local solicitor Gareth Johnson in 2010.