This is the nineteenth 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 debate will no doubt spark over Dagenham’s all-time XI! Behind door number 19 is supporter, CHRISenjoy :)

Full Name: Chris Dines
My favourite player currently is Alex McQueen, he is a versatile player and was there during the struggle for points at the beginning of last season – now on over 50 appearances. I am a season ticket holder in the Carling Stand and therefore go to every home game alongside a few away games as well.   
I first started supporting the Daggers around 18 years ago with my earliest memory being at home to Burton in the 2002/03 season – the same campaign where Mark Stein netted 21 times. In terms of my favourite games, there are two blindingly obvious ones out of the three. Let’s start with the less obvious and it is Colchester away in the football league, fairly local in terms of the football league teams – it ended all square – great match.
 Now, for the first of the obvious and it is Everton in the FA Cup, a great day and occasion more than anything as we all know the match wasn’t great. We were unable to pull off a giant killing but a day I will never forget regardless and it is therefore also one of my two favourite away days. Finally, a day that was special ON and OFF the pitch and it is of course the league two play-off final as we came out 3-2 victors and climbed to the highest we ever had in the pyramid. 

My favourite Christmas game is against fairly local rivals Southend United in a New Years’ day clash at Roots Hall with Woodall’s 87th minute goal earned us a point – our first of 2012. The man in charge of the Daggers that day was none other than John Still and he is my favourite manager as he took the club to League One which, in my opinion, is the club’s best ever achievement.       
From when I first started casually supporting, what has changed is that I am now a fan as oppose to a casual supporter. I am so much of a fan that now my love for the Daggers has rubbed off on my Dad and he now comes to games with me. From over the years I have two stand out favourite players and they are Abu Ogogo and Jamie Cureton. They have made a total of 308 appearances combined with the former getting 225 in his time at Victoria Road – Cureton scored 26 goals in 83 appearances!
Ogogo and Cureton both make it into my Ultimate Daggers XI from over the past 18 or so years:  

Thanks for reading,


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