the daggers voice
''Dagenham and Redbridge look a completely different side to about ten or fifteen minutes ago when they were on the back foot, and here's Benson..................BRILLLLLLLLLIANTTTT!''
30th May 2010.
The greatest ever day in the history of Dagenham & Redbridge.
Tiny Dagenham and Redbridge, who had no right to be in the Football League altogether, let alone the third tier, were only promoted to the League in 2007. Now they were just 90 minutes away from playing teams like Southampton, Charlton and Brentford. It didn't seem real and, at the time, I didn't appreciate just how much of an achievement it was.
I was just seven years old and, therefore, can only recollect a couple of moments from this day. I remember exiting the train station and, daunted by the sheer volume of people, gripping onto Mum's hand. Then I remember joyfully singing 'Rocking all over the World' when the miracle of us being promoted actually happened. Oh, what a day it was, and I only wish that I was older at the time, so I could remember it more.
What made it more special was that it was only my fourth game watching Dagenham, and I was unknown to the club. Yes, this sounds hypocritical, because I'm always complaining about 'fans' who only ever turn up for the big games, but back then I was just that. And, regardless of the outcome at Wembley, I was gripped by the club, and wasn't just there under the misconception that we were always successful. But the reason why it's special is that it is one of my earliest Dagenham memories and, even though our fortunes have dropped since then, that day set the foundations for my love of the club.
Nobody gave Dagenham a chance coming into the playoffs. We had just crept into seventh place thanks to some last-gasp winners (one of which was by Montgomery in the sixth minute of injury time in my first ever game, against Burton) and were written off by most. The three other teams were Aldershot, Rotherham and Morecambe, and we would come up against the latter in the semi-finals. Morecambe had done the double over us in the league, but this would be a different story..........
It was all over after the first leg as Dagenham made playoff history with an unbelievable 6-0 first leg mauling, with Josh Scott scoring four and Benson bagging two. It was ridiculous and rendered the second leg almost unimportant. Daggers would end up losing 2-1 (meaning a 7-2 aggregate triumph) - but it didn't matter. They would be going to Wembley on May 30th. And they would be facing Rotherham.
And we only went and won.
I am Joel Page, Dagenham & Redbridge FC fan. Here I will share some of my experiences.