We caught up with former Dagger Roy McDonough over the weekend for a chat about his time with the club, and a career which saw him sent off a staggering 22 times. Roy talks us through how his move came about, life under Dave Cusack, and also a career swansong at Heybridge with a certain Garry Hill.
By no means a regular fixture in the Daggers’ side, Mark Keen was only a Dagger for 16 months yet managed to secure legendary status. His exploits as a goalscorer, a defender and even a goalkeeper ensured his relatively short stint with the club made him a cult hero. His most revered performance was in a comeback win against Farnborough en-route to the Ryman League title, but there was plenty more besides.
Signed from Ryman Premier League St Albans City in 2000, Tony Roberts has been an unmovable figure in the Daggers goal throughout the noughties. His career includes a 13-year stint at QPR which took him from YTS to Premier League, and has seen him represent Wales from u18 all the way up to full international level. Now aged 40, he is still going strong in the Dagenham goal and whoever has to replace him will have an incredible act to follow.
With only two full seasons under his belt as a Dagger it may seem a little presumptuous to hail Stein a Daggers great. However, 52 goals in just 88 games ensured he left his mark as one of the finest finishers in our club’s history. But just over two years after he joined, he was gone after a bitter race-row with then manager Garry Hill.
A record that reads five league titles, four Wembley finals and a trophy haul well into double figures. Whilst most football fans won’t have a clue who the owner of this record is, any Dagger who knows their history will be fully aware. He led the Daggers in three spells as part of a career that spanned four decades and will surely go down in history as one of the finest managers the game has seen. It is of course, Mr Ted Hardy.