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19 January 2021
Stockport County
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Sutton United
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     On This Day

In 1998,The Daggers beat Carshalton Athletic 2-0  Away in the Ryman League Premier 

In 2004,The Daggers beat Barnet 4-2  Away in the Nationwide Conference 

In 2009,The Daggers drew 1-1 with Barnet Away in the Coca Cola League Two 

In 2012,The Daggers lost 0-5 to Millwall Away in the FA Cup 3rd Round replay

In 2015,The Daggers lost 0-1 to Northampton Town Away in the Sky Bet League Two 




The first week
by DJ Johnny B on 19/08/2007

DJ Johnny B gives us some of his thoughts on the first week of the Daggers as a Football League team.

The first week
DJ Johnny B gives us some of his thoughts on the first week of the Daggers as a Football League team.

He concludes that we are (probably) going to be OK!!

Graffited pendoloino and Rooney replica shirts
Game 1: Stockport County 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 0

Well, it was a pretty admirable effort and a good day out to see our first ever league game. It’s always a real shame to concede so late in any game but, in truth, Stockport deserved their win – their passing was superior and they kept searching for the winner (and a cracking one it was too). 

Good to go to a ‘new’ ground and very pleasant it was to bask in the Stockport sun. If I had any concerns about our survival and competitiveness at this level it would only be if Stockport turned out to be one of the middling or weaker Division 2 sides and I don’t think they are/will be (in fact they hadn’t conceded a goal for well over 4 hours). 

We may have to play every game like this one, though – as if it were a one off make or break cup tie/championship decider, nothing less will suffice. Slight worry about where all our goals might come from (today Paul Benson, right, was off the pace) and also that we could quite easily finish our first week as a league club having lost 3 games but we’ll see. 

Interested to see the players travelling to a match on the train again after the York experience last year!

Warm rain and other oddities
Game 2: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 Luton Town 2

Another good performance against a team who actually didn’t look as good as Stockport despite the divisional difference.

We do need to get a bit of ‘run of the ball’ on our side – did we use all our luck up last year?! So nearly scored and then immediately conceded a soft penalty at the other end. Ref tonight (why did he totally ignore all the time wasting once we’d got a goal back?) not as good as the ref at Stockport – he was excellent, a class above most conference officials seen over previous years. 

Biggest disappointment for me was the crowd – just under 1800 – even if it did look more than that from the main stand. Interesting note (and not sure how many saw this): an animated, arm waving John Still (left) kept the players in their post match huddle for some minutes before releasing them to warm down.

So Close!
Game 3: Dagenham & Redbridge 2 Wycombe Wanderers 2

What a great game (more like a cup game than Tuesday night), never a dull phase throughout! Who’d have put money on Sam Sloma (right) getting our first ever league goal? And what an incisive pass by him to make possible Moore’s cool finish and a 2 goal lead. 

I felt it was inevitable that if/once Wycombe got one back that they could easily get two; there was still three quarters of an hour of football to play after the second strike. Maybe we should be pleased the equaliser came so late thus preventing the chance of a third! Some memorable performances, especially from Southam (has he ever played that well?), but, again, perhaps it was predictable that we would tire towards the end having put in so much effort.

ITV goal highlights on Sunday clearly show Foster’s weary challenge to be in the box so that puts that one to bed. Not on ITV but in front of us: straight after the penalty decision was a rather unsavoury and undignified reaction: the Wycombe manager haranguing the 4th official in attempt to get Foster (left) a second yellow card. It was cheap and childish – could he not concentrate on the award of the penalty lifeline for his team? 

Final puzzlement: surely there were 3000+ there or have I lost half a century’s judgement?

7th Day Conclusion
Three stirring performances with not a lot of luck going our way. We’ll almost certainly need to perform like that throughout the season, which is no mean ask. And it will be a white knuckle ride for us supporters, particularly in the last 20 minutes of games. But if our first 2 league opponents are likely top 10 as I suspect they may be then we should be alright. We’re certainly already seeing better quality and faster paced compelling games so it’s going to be a thoroughly entertaining season I’m sure.

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