DAGENHAM AND LINDA
This is the twenty first 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 21is supporter, LINDA, enjoy :)
Full Name: Linda Relf
My favourite player currently is Joan Luque, who is pictured with me above, as he has great still and on his day is our most dangerous threat going forward. Off the pitch he is also very engaged with the fans through social media, for example, a great character all round!
I am not a Season ticket holder yet go to all home and away games without fail throughout the course of the season. At Victoria Road I always sits in the Carling Stand with my family,
I first started supporting the Daggers around six years prior to the merger in 1986 - 34 years years ago. Reet Petite was Christmas number one that year - sung by Jackie Wilson.
Over the 34 years I've enjoyed loads of games and there are so many to choose from as a result. However, my favourite game is perhaps a less obvious one with it being so recent and it is when we beat orient at home. The passion shown on that day, beating Orient, a fantastic Christmas present that continued our tremendous run of form. Back then we really were walking in a Taylor wonderland - let’s hope we can recreate that this year!
My favourite Christmas song is Last Christmas which is rather amusing as my favourite game was literally - Last Christmas!
The best manager to step into the home dugout at Victoria Road is without a shadow of a doubt a certain John Still. His successes are known throughout the club and regardless of how he left in the end (whether you were fine with it or not) there is no denying he was a great success. You only have to look at the record books to find he took us to new heights - an incredible manager.
Mr favourite player of recent times is most probably Ben Nunn, as he like Luque, engaged with fans off the pitch as well as giving his all on it. The man was a great captain and person to have at the club and I was sad to see him go.
My favourite away day, well, I’ve always loved Orient away as you just can’t beat it. Well, that is if we win, there is a true footballing rivalry there and as we are often seen as the smaller club - it’s great to get one over on them.
Here is my current Daggers XI if everyone was fully fit:
Thanks for reading,
That was ‘DAGENHAM AND LINDA’