the daggers voice
On 16 November 2010, I made my first ever trip to Leyton Orient for my first ever away game. That night, we lost 3-2, conceded in the first three minutes, an Orient player scored a brace, we scored twice in a minute to make it 2-2, and Orient scored a third soon after to win it.
Five years on, I made what could be my last trip to Leyton Orient, where ironically we lost 3-2, conceded in the first three minutes, an Orient player scored a brace, we scored twice in a minute to make it 2-2, and Orient scored a third soon after to win it.
But, whereas on that cold November night five years ago we lost our place in the FA Cup, this loss to our local rivals means we've lost something much more important than that: our Football League status. Next season we will be playing National League football against the likes of Barrow and Guiseley.
We came into the fixture knowing we had to win against Orient, a difficult task in itself, whilst also hoping that Newport could overcome fellow strugglers Stevenage away from home. I travelled with Nan for the clash, with the distance from hers being shorter than from mine to Daggers.
I travelled on the Friday after school in the torrential rain. That night I watched some television, read some magazines, read match previews and articles, before going to bed later on. The next morning, we leisurely had breakfast and left at around midday.
What followed was one of the easiest journeys I have ever experienced. Within half an hour of getting on the number 69, we had arrived at the stadium and were speaking to Scott outside the turnstiles. Finally, time passed and we entered the concourse at around 1.30pm, before waiting for the arrival of the programmes.
We had brought our own food instead of buying something at the 'Corner Flag Kiosk.' We were then informed that the person selling the programmes was late, but finally he emerged and I was able to acquire one. My first impressions of the programme were that is was very nice and, based on the front and back covers, would provide a good read.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.