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A Word On The Week: Maintaining Top Spot

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  They were two games you thought we should win, but simultaneously ones that you thought we’d the potential to lose – if we were to go on the ‘same old Dagenham’ line. Etched in the minds of Dagenham supporters is this mindset of ‘it’s too good to be true’ and ‘all good things will come to an end soon enough’. However, McMahon and his players are looking to reverse and erase that ideology from the minds of supporters and those around the club who’ve been infected by that pessimism of years gone by. At the end of this week there appears no end in sight to this glorious run of form, hence the train GIFs on Twitter, with the Daggers promotion train steaming down the tracks. Some may think that we’re all getting ahead of ourselves, as McMahon sensibly urged people not to, but as I said in my fan column – we’ve got to enjoy it while it lasts! (So, keep the promotion train GIFs going). This belief of something special happening is getting stronger by the game as the Daggers sit top of

𝘽𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙃𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝘽𝙪𝙯𝙯: 𝘞𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘦 𝘛𝘰𝘱 𝘖𝘧 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘦𝘢𝘨𝘶𝘦!

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  WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE! It sure is a great time to be a Dagger right now, the best start to a season since it was the best time to be a Dagger (2009/10) and we all know how that ended! Before looking ahead to what could happen, let’s enjoy this moment we find ourselves in and relive that bank holiday weekend which saw us pick up six points and a clean sheet – to remain at the very top of the non-league pyramid! Where better to begin than the victory that kicked off the weekend and continued the Daggers’ perfect start! The 4-2 victory saw many star performances and the renewal of the new-found partnership up front of Walker-McCallum, which was forced at Edgeley Park a week earlier due to Balanta’s injury. With the quality Balanta possesses, I was concerned that his injury could hinder our chances but Josh Walker proved his worth yet again on Saturday (as he did with his debut goal) and has certainly played his way into that first team – arguably the first name on the team-

Stockport County: Match Reaction

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  Un-be-lievable! What a victory against the title favourites, beating them in their own backyard on the opening day of the season - convincingly! To a man the team was simply incredible, after falling behind early on, Rooney celebrating in front of Daggers supporters clearly only fuelled McMahon's men further.  Will Wright coming up with the goods from a set-piece, followed by a dominant second-half display in which Robinson and Walker netted, oh - it was a proud day to be a dagger! MY TAKE After being starved of away days for over 530 days, away supporters were served the joys of travelling the breadth of the country to back their teams once again – us Daggers were no exception. As you can see above, the fans were overjoyed to be back and it was the away section who were singing loudest as the first whistle sounded – the teams inseparable on the pitch however in the first knockings. That was until the tenth minute where lethargic defending down the Daggers left allowed the bal

𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰: 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲

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  The new season: here at last!   Away days have returned; hopefully too will the good times to Victoria Road - expectations high for McMahon’s men.  Up first is a side who themselves are tipped for a great shot at promotion as Stockport host the Daggers at Edgeley Park.  I’ll preview the clash along with Stockport fan Nick from The Scarf Bergara Wore, Stockport County Podcast (@CountyPodcast) - from all angles.  My take  The Daggers go into this one with expectation, but as Daryl McMahon said, still very much as ‘the underdogs’. With an opening day clash there is that desperation and pressure to get off to a good start; the performance setting the tone for the rest of the season. However, there is also that excitement and buzz I’m sure everyone is feeling reading this now - to see the team back in action - fingers crossed they put on a display reminiscent of the back end of last season.  This task has hopefully been made easier by the business done this summer; the focus on retaining

The Squad: In Depth

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  Today sees the return to the pitch for McMahon’s men (albeit for a maximum of 45 minutes for each player) as they continue to ramp up their efforts ahead of the opening day clash at Stockport. Braintree Town are the opposition in the first friendly, but I want to focus on ourselves (as that’s what pre-season is all about after all) and the squad we have - which Daryl McMahon seems to be pretty content with. We’ve brought in two new faces and largely succeeded in the primary aim of retaining our players whose contracts were set to expire. However, one player we didn’t manage to hold onto was Saidou Khan, leaving for Chesterfield, the one that got away… That’s an overview of a summer which has been pleasing for supporters with huge contract extensions and only a couple of frustrations in between. But, below I’m going to focus on the outcome of that summer of satisfaction which is this squad and its depth. As, for the ones we got in/retained, there were a few more that we let go

Daggers Transfer Round-Up

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  Well, our first piece of business of the summer is complete, and though we only expect a few arrivals – it certainly isn’t the last! As the contract situation looks to be clearing, with Khan reportedly having agreed a deal, McMahon and his staff can put focus, energy and resources into new incomings. A deal done… So, as I say, the announcement of striker Josh Walker from Barnet has got the ball rolling – another player who John Still has identified as a gem that can help the squad back to the football league. Now say what you want about that man, he certainly has an eye for talent, as we saw when he was in the dugout and most recently with the likes of Saidou Khan (set to renew his deal at Dagenham & Redbridge). Taking a closer look at the new recruit, he netted just once last season, injuries impeding his ability to get out on the pitch. However the season prior, he was part of the side that got to the play-offs under Darren Currie – contributing 8 goals. A highlights r