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Tony Burman dreaming of taking Dartford into the Football League ahead of the visit of Skrill Premier leaders Luton Town

30 January 2014
by Steve Tervet

Dartford’s huge home game against Skrill Premier leaders Luton this weekend has got manager Tony Burman dreaming of taking his club into the Football League.

An army of 1,500 Hatters fans will descend on Princes Park for Saturday’s clash, which comes seven days after the visit of Luton’s title rivals Cambridge United.

The Darts’ scrap for survival at the foot of the table seems a world away from the title race but Burman believes they could be up there one day.

He said: "There’s a mile of difference in finances (between us and them) and there’s history behind those two clubs. They’ve been in the League and they’ve done all these things that we’d love to do here.

Tony Burman (Pic Andy Payton)

Tony Burman (Pic: Andy Payton)

"That’s why we’re building, that’s why we haven’t changed things over this bad time that we’ve had. We’ve got a long-term situation at the club, it’s not just about the short-term.

"Yes, we’re having a bad time but we’re still going to try to build.

"One day, just one day, who knows - for all the hard work we’re doing behind the scenes, trying to build the foundations - we may be challenging to go in the League. I don’t know, I hope that’s true.

"The dream is there for me. That’s where we’ve got to go, that’s where the dream’s got to be. You might have to take a step back to go forward but Luton and Cambridge have unfortunately had to take a step back to go forward.

"I don’t know how long it’s going to take but I’d love to be in that situation."

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