Saturday the the Daggers opened the 2004/05 season with a 1-0 win over AFC
Wimbledon in front of 1,009 at the Glyn Hopkin Stadium.
The game featured a number of triallists for both sides and was won by a 50th
minute header by Craig Mackail-Smith from a Mark Janney cross. The Daggers also
hit the woodwork twice in the game which was a decent work out for those that
Dagenham & Redbridge: Tony Roberts, David McSweeney, Lee Flynn (capt)
(Adam Connelley 89mins), Shane Blackett (Anwar Uddin 46mins), Grant Cooper (Tim
Cole 46mins), Danny Hill (Mark Janney 46mins), Fraser Toms (Tony Boot 46mins),
Jake Laberl (Ben Eaton 83mins), Paul Hakin (John Taylor 46mins), Jack Midson
(Charlie Bull 79mins), Craig Mackail-Smith (Tony Perfect 79mins). Unused sub:
The Daggers have announced on the Official site that John Still has targeted
former Premiership and England International Warren Barton as a player he
wants to bring to the Glyn Hopkin Stadium.
Warren started his career with John Still at the Club in a former guise (Leytonstone
Ilford) in 1989 before moving to Maidstone United, Wimbledon, Newcastle
United, Derby County and Queens Park Rangers.
Talks are already underway between the player and manager and Barton has a
few personal issues relating to his own business to sort out before agreeing
to join the Club. The full-back is keen to further his coaching and although
he won’t be arriving at the Daggers as a coach, there will be opportunities
for him to help out in training sessions.
Long time Dagger, and all time club top scorer Danny
Shipp has been released by Dagenham & Redbridge FC. His contract was
cancelled by mutual consent and it is understood that he is talking to |PurfleetThurrock
Danny joined the Club from Northern Irish League side Coleraine whom he had
joined from West Ham in a £150,000 deal in 1996. Prior to this he had spent
two periods on loan at Victoria Road from the Hammers in 1992 and 1994. Danny
is the Daggers record goalscorer with 105 goals making 305 appearances along
Originally a centre forward, Danny was converted to midfield by Garry Hill
over the last few seasons where he always gave his all but never really had
the impact that he did up front.
DiggerDagger wishes him all the best for the future and thanks for the
Danny Shipp (c Dave Simpson)