the daggers voice
As we are without a game today due to International Duty, I have decided to compile a list of my favourite Daggers games of 2015. Just to clarify, these are only games I have witnessed that happened last year, so any games I did not attend will not be in here.
At Number Ten:
10. Home v Luton Town
01 November 2015, Sky Bet League Two
This foggy Sunday afternoon brought a 2-0 loss in East London but what was more memorable was what happened after the game, where I was privileged enough to meet all the players in the hospitality lounge. I also left my Tigers match at half time in order to make the 1pm kick off. One of their goalscorers, Guttridge, would later sign for us.
09. Home v Bury
03 January 2015, Sky Bet League Two
To secure the double over a team who would eventually get promoted and not conceding once is pretty rare. At this time, when recovering from injury, a Rhys Murphy goal was too; but both of these combined to ensure this frosty January afternoon ended with three points. His last ever Daggers goal.
Billy Kee may have scored the goal which all but condemns us to relegation after another late goal led to another late loss against Accrington.
This is becoming all too familiar to Daggers fans who yet again saw their side spurn several chances which they really should've taken.
Unfortunately Accrington, fortunate to remain level at this point, were afforded too much space in the box with just minutes remaining and Kee - who Dad correctly highlighted as their main man prior to the game - struck to send the small contingent of Stanley fans into jubilation.
The result leaves Dagenham two points short of York and seven points from safety but, knowing they are without a game for three weeks, by the time they next play they could already be relegated to the National League.
After Saturday's long-awaited first home win of the campaign fans were unusually optimistic ahead of the rearranged midweek fixture against play-off chasing Carlisle, hoping they would be like buses. Unfortunately this game was just tedious and did absolutely nothing for either side and their end-of-season hopes.
I would be with Mum for this fixture for the first time since last month's entertaining loss to Wycombe and we left quite early for the clash with the Cumbrians. During the journey, we discussed many things including Daggers hopes for that night, which I cited as quite high. I regret that now.
It's taken over 300 days, two managers and 17 games, but Dagenham & Redbridge FINALLY have a home league win this season.
Having lost to Yeovil Town last week we faced an even bigger game as we took on 23rd-placed York City. Even though we collected a point in midweek at Notts County, this game was a must win if we had even the slightest chance of survival.
Aswell as this, I had a much better feeling about this fixture. We had won both of our last two home games against the Minstermen by two goals to nil so had a relatively good record against them, and unlike last week thought our chances of winning were very high.
That morning, with my mind firmly focused on the crucial clash which would take place that afternoon, I typed up my preview, watched some youtube videos and watched television, before leaving for training at five past ten.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.