Charlie Ayris – Dagenham & Redbridge
Dagenham & Redbridge-mad Charlie Ayris is featured as our #YellowSport Fan of the Week
How long have you supported Dagenham & Redbridge FC?
I have supported Dagenham all my life. I would have to say, it’s not all been pretty. During the time I have been going regularly to Victoria Road we have twice been relegated and at one point very nearly went bust. But, no matter what, win, lose or draw it’s always been the mighty Daggers for me. I have to thank my dad, Ian, for his lifelong Daggers support and for taking me as a kid, Now we both share the passion for the finest team in Essex.
Where in the ground do you sit?
I stand in ‘the sieve’ with my dad and my mates. No matter what the score, you always get a laugh there and you’re closer to the action than anywhere else in the ground.
Favourite all-time player?
It’s hard to choose just one player. I’m thinking if you’re looking for a player who showed the Daggers passion from minute one to minute ninety, who always gave his all for the badge – through good times and bad – for me, it’s a tie between Luke Howell and Scott Doe.
Favourite current player?
Another tough one. A change of manager at the start of the year means players are soon to come and go, but without a doubt, my favourite current player is Elliot Justham. Had a shaky start to his Daggers career, but the bringing in of goalkeeping coach Glen Johnson has completely changed him as a player. Eliot has kept us in so many games with impossible saves and, being our longest current serving player, he is a huge asset to the team.
Most memorable match?
There’s no better feeling than beating Leyton Orient, and on boxing day 2018 we did just that. I recall when going 1-0 down Orient’s Josh Koroma diving in front of us Dagenham fans and winking at us after the appalling officials fell for the Orient gamesmanship (and not for the first or last time in that match). So for Alex McQueen to equalise and captain Ben Nunn to score about three minutes from time was an incredible feeling, not only for the players but also for us Daggers fans who turned out in their thousands! COYD!
If I could sign one player for my team it would be?
I would re-sign Abu Ogogo. We originally signed him after he was released from Arsenal, and it wasn’t long before he took the armband. A versatile player who had a great eye for a pass and was fantastic defensively and going forward.