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Away v Sutton United
Monday 29th August 2016; 15:00 | Vanarama National League | Gander Green Lane
This would be both my first league away game of the season and my first ever taste of Bank Holiday football. Dagenham & Redbridge sat second after what could only be described as a rapid start and two days earlier we had blitzed Wrexham 3-0 infront of the BT Sport cameras. Of our three away games so far, we had won two of those so, needless to say, I was excited ahead of my trip to Gander Green Lane, a far cry from my first away game of last season, against Charlton at the Valley. The outcome would be the same though.
The morning of the game I wake up early, in good spirits. Me and Mum have already planned our journey precisely. It wouldn't be hard at all and would only cost around £2 in total. At around 9.30am, we leave the house and, after stopping at Co-op for snacks and match supplies including chocolate and drinks, get on the first of three trains that would take us to Sutton. The first train is from Becontree to Mile End, the second from Mile End to Bank and the third and final one from Bank to Molden. The journeys are actually ridiculously easy. I spend most of the train trips alternating between chatting with Mum, and reading this week's Non-League Paper.
At around 11am we exit our final train and discuss where to eat. At this point we are around 45 minutes/60 minutes from the ground so decide to kill some time by getting something to eat at Wimpy's, a joint I had never previously sampled. A delicious meal of Burger and Chips later, we exit and search for the bus stop where we would resume our journey. The bus stop is initially hard to find although we eventually decipher which way we are going so which bus we need to take. Unfortunately, though, due to Bank Holiday service, our bus only runs once every half an hour. Across our bus stop is a building with Kingston Council written on the front, and instantly my mind races back to that hellish journey by train to AFC Wimbledon two years earlier. This, though, has been nothing of the sort.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.