the daggers voice
After the disappointing trip to Barnet on Saturday, during which I felt completely underwhelmed, Dagenham had a chance to immediately rectify that with a victory against Notts County in midweek.
I would be with Spencer, whose only two previous Daggers games were a 1-0 loss to MK Dons in 2011 and the victory against Hartlepool earlier this year, for this fixture after the Billericay pre-season fixture we intended to go to was cancelled.
That evening, I was picked up by Spencer at Parsloes Park following a light training session, where we went directly to the ground. Knowing we would be getting the autographs after the game, we decided to go straight to the clubhouse.
It was a grueling week but finally it came to an end. Even though I love school, the week leading to a game tends to be much more elongated than usual. This was no different, but time did elapse and I could prepare to board the bus home for the final time before my eagerly-awaited early birthday present that was Barnet away.
The previous day, upon it's release, I was in awe as I unveiled the packaging on the spontaneous present that was FIFA 16. Another unanticipated amazing early birthday present! I immediately inserted it into the console and lined up none other than Barnet v Dagenham & Redbridge, obviously. It ended 2-0 to Wayne Burnett's boys but I obviously could distinguish between fiction and reality. And the reality illustrated just how difficult the six-pointer clash at Barnet would be.
Three away games had passed since my last home game and time was progressing ever so slowly. Finally, the day of the inaugral game at the Chigwell Construction Ground began - although it wasn't worth waiting for. I had high optimism for this match. We had recently defeated Northampton & Cambridge away but that was proceeded with a narrow loss at Carlisle last weekend. Even so, I had heard we have been playing well so was desperate to witness one of these rejuvenated performances.
We had come close the last home game. After a great start in which we led at half time, the second half saw Stevenage equalise and deny us victory. The game actually sort of crept up on me. I'd usually be staring endlessly at the clock on matchdays but today I decided to upload some blog posts and update my website. Suddenly, it was quarter to twelve. After closing up on the laptop and preparing for the huge spectacle (sarcasm) me and mum were dropped off by dad and conducted the slow walk into the ground; soaking up the warm and homely environment. I'd successfully negotiated Barnet & Stevenage away and so was absolutely overjoyed to collect my tickets and book the coach.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.