the daggers voice
As Rory Gaffney wheeled away in celebration after dancing through the depleted Dagenham defence and slotting into the corner for Bristol Rovers second goal, tensions in the home end boiled over as a toxic atmosphere took hold.
Incensed fans wielding ''BURNETT OUT'' banners suddenly erupted in fury whilst chorusing the very words written on the paper signs, whilst also chanting 'sack the board' and singing the name of ex-chairman Dave Andrews.
A third Bristol Rovers goal did nothing to tame the wildly aggressive home supporters as the rage only increased. Finally the game was over but unfortunately things continued in the boardroom where another heated confrontation was reported.
Dave Andrews was apparently in tears as Steve Thompson and current chairman Dave Bennett desperately tried to calm things down, to little avail. On the forum, frustrations continued with fans screaming for Burnett to be sacked.
Meanwhile I sat dejectedly on the train amongst raucous Bristol Rovers fans who were celebrating wildly after their comfortable 3-0 win, which meant we returned to the bottom of the table.
What next for Daggers? Where do we go from here?
The only positive from the day was chatting to some really friendly Bristol Rovers fans which managed to take my mind off the horrible situation my beloved club found themselves in.
That night, as it was School Holidays, I went directly to Nans' in Plaistow but not before having to suffer the trauma of Stratford for Christmas shopping. By the time we returned back to hers it was around 7pm.
I also scoured the forum and watched Football League Tonight, otherwise called ''Championship tonight'', and relived the moment the game changed from a potential victory to an emphatic loss.
That moment in the 33rd minute when the game suddenly changed, as Lee Brown lashed an effort into the corner following a well-worked free-kick routine which was able to easily undo the Daggers.
Until then the day, and the week infact, was actually going quite well.
I had been to Crawley on Saturday in a phenomenal awayday, despite us narrowly suffering a 3-2 reverse. On Wednesday I had discovered little Dagenham would be facing Everton at Goodison Park in the third round of the FA Cup.
Therefore my buoyant mood was carried into the fixture with the Gas, where we were hoping an early Christmas present would give us our first home win of the campaign. After all, nobody wants to be bottom at Christmas.
With Nan again for this clash, we met up and were at Victoria Road soon after. But too late for the coach unfortunately and, knowing we had a tight schedule of shopping to strictly adhere to after the game, I didn't know what to do.
But, as always, Nan did. She spotted somebody, presumably a kitman or something, returning to the coach to get something, and suggested I asked him politely whether he could go into the changing rooms to get the signatures.
I asked him and he thankfully said yes. I was delighted! Soon he returned with the signed programme and I thanked him for the kind gesture which ensured I got the autographs.
We then entered the clubhouse to get drinks and read the programme, speaking to some other Bristol Rovers fans. Like a lot of teams this season, Bristol Rovers struck me as being a nice club.
They are a huge club aswell, with a large fanbase. However, they spent the last season in the Conference before triumphing in the play-off final to make an instant return. I had actually been to Bristol, when Daggers travelled to City in the FA Cup not too long ago.
Then we went through the turnstiles where the frosty surroundings greeted us. It was absolutely freezing. After getting food, and going to our designated 'spot', the teams emerged and were cheered on.
But the rest, as they say, is history.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.