DAGENHAM AND SPENCER
This is the tenth instalment of the ‘DAGENHAM AND ME’ series in which we explore fans’ and former players’ relationship with the club. This will be done over the Christmas period with interesting stories being told daily and debates will no doubt spark over Dagenham’s Ultimate XI! Behind door number 10 is supporter, SPENCER, enjoy :)
FULL NAME: Spencer Rose
My favourite player currently is Angelo Balanta, we need him back fit, our top goalscorer as it stands! The Colombian is on seven I believe: a terrific player.
I am a season ticket holder and go to every home game bar the odd couple, I also go to 75% of away games.
Prior to the merger that created Dagenham & Redbridge in 1992 I supported Ilford FC beginning in 1972. My Mum and Dad wouldn’t let me go to West Ham on my own but would let me go to Lynn Road so I did just that! Lynn Road is approximately five miles from Victoria Road but the ground closed in 1977 as Ilford ultimately merged with Leytonstone.
Lynn Road was an Olympic venue that hosted football matches in the 1948 Summer Olympics with the French national team winning 2-1 against India. The first game I can remember at Lynn Road was Ilford V Boreham Wood but that was a little after 1948! 😂
Onto Dagenham & Redbridge whom I have supported since the merger and I have a few favourites in terms of games - the first being in 2006 against York - we’ll go into detail on that one later. The second is THAT 6-0 victory against Morecambe which remains our biggest win but regardless of how many goals we scored - it got us to Wembley! So the third is the Wembley Play-off final against Rotherham where 32,000 watched on as we made it to League One - a special game and a special day.
Back to that York fixture and that match is also my favourite away day as it was a great day as well as game and result. I took my Son and Daughter to the game that was put back to a 4pm Kick-off due to a train delay! Eventually the game did get underway in the torrential rain and we went one down but Mackail-Smith soon equalised and it was 1-1 at half time.
They took the lead again after the break but Glen Southam scored a cracking equaliser 13 minutes from time before we netted a winner! We then went to Leeds to see my nephew at University so overall it was a fantastic day out.
From favourite away day to Christmas game and it has to be Orient on Boxing Day last season for the victory over the O’s but the nature of the win. Coming from behind to win it through Ben Nunn was a special day at Victoria Road.
Staying on the Christmas theme and my favourite Christmas song is Silent Night - an old classic.
The best man to take to the dugout at Victoria Road would have to be John Still in his 2004-2013 tenure. The way he got young, hungry players to play with passion was great, they weren’t all terrific, but played with heart and determination.
The best man to take to the pitch at Victoria Road for me is Tony Roberts. He was a great servant of the club and a quality keeper - a proper Daggers legend if ever there was one.
Here is my Ultimate Daggers XI and there is no surprise who is between the sticks:
Thanks for reading,
That was ‘DAGENHAM AND SPENCER’