the daggers voice
Despite a fun-fuelled holiday in Great Yarmouth which culminated in non-stop excitement and neverending ecstasy, I was still delighted to be back at the daggers; the season was nearing and pre-season was concluding. However I wasn't at my prodigal home for a match, this was for the annual Open Day 2015. Unbeknownst to me at the time, it would result in one of the most surreal experiences of my life. Initially we were just intending to make an appearance later on for the photo but, as they do, plans changed and we got there just after opening time. Little did I know, that would be a great decision. First stop was the club shop to purchase my new home shirt and collect my season ticket, whilst Mum took Zac to the TBS stand. Finally I had my chance to caress the new home shirt, it looked very nice and sophisticated. As I anxiously waited for the queue to reduce, my eyes scanned the 2015 calendars for inevitable errors.
Then, I found something: the previous morning I had changed my calendar to August and noticed Hemmings and Boucaud on the face of it, however the back of the calendar depicts Wayne Burnett and his assistants on August. I immediately notified some of my matchday companions, Terry and Jenny, who confirmed my suspicions. Ash and Andre were on June, so I assumed they had been swapped with August, where they were supposed to be. However, I had little time to ponder this mystery as I was now first in the queue and moments away from having a home shirt to call my very own. Finally it was here, I saw the man brandish a shirt packaged to perfection and - after the strip was paid for - I immediately unwrapped it and proudly put it on. Then I could meet Zac and Mum in the stands. Subsequently, Zac wanted some chips. It was no surprise, one sniff of the succulent, exquisite aroma could tempt anyone. Dad obliged, and I was ordered to purchase the food which I swiftly delivered to my four-year old brother. Being a West Ham fan, I was delighted he was enjoying his duration at the daggers as I still harboured hopes of transforming him into a Dagenham supporter. I began to watch the training session, specifically targeting Zavon Hines and Jodi Jones. After this the players departed, ready for the team photo. So I decided to wait at the entrance, so I could greet the players upon their re-emergence. Ironically (you'll see soon), Dad then asked me if I entered the twitter competition to be in the team photo and win a new home shirt and I replied 'No'. But Mum had. I waited for the result. It read @Sarah_Suddell. I'd won! Lead by Jodie Crane, I bounced across the turf toward the halfway line. I was asked by Jodie whether I had the away kit, in which I responded that I had. I sat next to Digger the Dog, contemplating what had just happened and anticipating what would next. I was joined by Zac, Mum & Dad who were equally as happy for me. Together, we watched as the team walked onto the pitch in order of kit number and as Boucaud was named as new captain. I was just waiting for the photo I'd be in, which eventually arrived. It had arrived. I walked up to Wayne & Co, and pondered where to sit in the photo. Tough decision! Wayne advised I sat next to my favourite, in which I responded something along the lines of, ''I don't have a favourite, were all equal and no solitary player can play on their own'' ''I like that Joel. might use that'', was the response. I took my seat behind Wayne Burnett and was in awe as the photographer snapped away. I was in a photo with my heroes! After that, we took some photos with the players and collected the training kit which I opted for. I'm still walking on air now, I'm so thankful to Jodie Crane for organising and administrating this event and of course to Mum, without her this dream day would never had happened.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.