Dagenham & Redbridge: Daggers boss John Still praises West Ham United for taking part in fundraising friendly

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:18 22 March 2018

Dagenham & Redbridge  manager John Still (left) alongside auction winner Gary Singh (in blue) (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still (left) alongside auction winner Gary Singh (in blue) (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hammers of the Premier League helped out their neighbours, who are currently struggling financially

Michael Cheek of Dagenham & Redbridge goes up for a header with West Ham United defender and ex-Daggers loanee Josh Pask (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Michael Cheek of Dagenham & Redbridge goes up for a header with West Ham United defender and ex-Daggers loanee Josh Pask (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still thanked West Ham United after taking part in a fundraising friendly with the National League outfit.

With Daggers struggling financially, the Hammers agreed to take their first team to Victoria Road during the international break to raise some much-needed funds.

A Michail Antonio brace and a late Jordan Hugill goal saw West Ham win 3-1, with Mason Bloomfield on target for the hosts.

A crowd of 4,515 packed into Victoria Road to see the game, easily Daggers’ biggest home crowd for some while.

And Daggers boss Still was grateful to the Premier League outfit for helping out their neighbours in their time of need.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to West Ham, to (Hammers co-chairmen) David Gold and David Sullivan for pushing this for us, and to (West Ham boss) David Moyes,” said the 67-year-old.

“We had a behind-closed-doors game at Rush Green a couple of weeks again when we first mooted the idea of a fundraising friendly and David (Moyes) said they’d do it.

“It’s a massive thank you to them because with the situation we’re in, we need all the help we can get.

“West Ham came and fully deserve everyone’s plaudits for coming and bringing their strongest team possible.”

Though the Daggers boss, Still had something of a night off against the Hammers.

The Essex club had auctioned off the chance to manage the hosts in the friendly, with estate agent Gary Singh the winning bidder.

Still remained on the touchline to help guide Singh through the night, and though he took a step back, the Daggers manager admits he could not totally relax.

“I didn’t really have a night off because there are still things I’ll have to go through!” he laughed.

“Gary came in and thoroughly enjoyed himself. For anyone who’s never done the job, to come in and get an insight into what goes on and to have a bit of dressing room banter, I’m sure he’ll go away grateful that he was able to get this experience.

“We were pleased he did it. He made a bid for it and won it, so he’s put his hard-earned money into it, but it’s an experience that will stay with him for a long, long time.”

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