the daggers voice
This week has been gearing up to yesterday's game that never was and saw the Daggers make two signings; one permanent and one on loan.
There has also been no further information on the potential departure of key striker Oliver Hawkins as we approach the end of the Transfer Window.
On Monday the Daggers announced their annual 'Daggers against Racism Day', which this year will take place on Saturday 13th February for the fixture against Guiseley. The event is always exciting and usually generates a significantly larger-than-usual crowd with ridiculously cheap prices. Hopefully this year is no different and creates a bumper atmosphere. Last year saw a steel drum performance outside the ground but unfortunately that was as exciting as the day got....as we slumped to a worrying 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Yeovil Town.
The rest of the week was fairly uneventful until Friday when Daggers announced a double signing. The first addition was Jake Howells, who Daggers were rumoured to be signing around a week previously. Howells, who played under John Still under Luton, chipped in with many goals enroute to the Hatters winning the title and joins the Daggers on an 18-month contract having been released by Eastleigh. The other signing is the loan capture of Jake Sheppard from Reading until the end of the season. The Royals' defender is yet to make a first-team appearance for his parent club and bolsters a Daggers defence which has been hit with injury all season. Hopefully he can follow in the footsteps of Dom Hyam, another Reading loanee who last season flourished under Still.
There was to be more good news on the same day as Daggers issued a Consortium Update on the website. The statement explained how the Full & Life Members had 'overwhelmingly' approved Glyn Hopkin's Consortium which planned to invest 1.3 million. Glyn is a successful businessman with strong connections to the club and, while the process will take months to complete, it's fantastic that it appears to have finally reached a conclusion.
So the next day was matchday as Daggers prepared to host Bromley after a 7-week break. However, the match was disastrously postponed due to a frozen pitch which after being inspected by the referee and both sets of staff uncovered a section of the surface by the Carling Stand that was deemed unplayable. The match was called off under three hours before kick-off. No new date has been set for the fixture.
We're supposed to be away to Tranmere on Saturday in what is a huge match. And to read the latest around the club next week, read Daggers Weekly on Sunday 29th January.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.