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Dave Andrews: The time was right to step down as chairman of Dagenham & Redbridge

Former Daggers chairman Dave Andrews. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO Former Daggers chairman Dave Andrews. Pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Friday, December 6, 2013
6:00 PM

Former Dagenham & Redbridge chairman Dave Andrews admitted the “time was right” to stand down and end his 37-year stint at the helm.

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Andrews, who was appointed as chairman back in 1976 when the club were known as Leytonstone, declared his intentions to leave the post at a recent club meeting.

It was announced at last week’s AGM that his successor would be Dave Bennett, a long time board member and former club sponsor.

And with his 75th birthday approaching, Andrews believed it was right for the club to have a change at its helm.

“Just after Christmas I’ll be 75 and I think it’s time to stand down,” said Andrews.

As a mark of all what Andrews has given to the club, it was also announced that he would become a life president, something which he certainly didn’t expect.

“It was lovely to be recognised by the club,” he added. “The AGM was great and the whole reception from everyone there was amazing.

“I didn’t realise people thought so much of me and even at the game against Wycombe I have been getting people coming up to me and thanking me. It really means a lot.”

Andrews praised managing director Steve Thompson and former manager John Still for making his time at the club enjoyable.

He said: “The club has done well but 
I can’t take full responsibility for all that. John Still has done a good job and Wayne has sorted us out playing some good football this season and Steve has just been a wonder worker.

“I’ve had a wonderful football life. I have been the chairman here, after the club was renamed as Dagenham & Redbridge, for 19 to 20 years.

“Before that I played for England and also played for Great Britain.

“I have had a wonderful time in football and it’s time to pack up. I’ll have memories that I’ll never forget.

“Obviously the Amateur Cup finals were great, as was the year that we went into the League One.

“It was something else and though it only lasted one year, hopefully we’ll get back there.”

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