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Captain Scott Doe says 2010 League Two play-off win is highlight of his 300 games so far for Dagenham & Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 March 2017

Scott Doe (far right) helps Paul Benson (left) celebrate his goal for Dagenham & Redbridge in the 2010 League Two play-off final at Wembley (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Scott Doe (far right) helps Paul Benson (left) celebrate his goal for Dagenham & Redbridge in the 2010 League Two play-off final at Wembley (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Daggers skipper hopes to emulate that success this season

Scott Doe (right) made his Dagenham & Redbridge debut at Crewe Alexandra in August 2009 (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Scott Doe (right) made his Dagenham & Redbridge debut at Crewe Alexandra in August 2009 (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Over a 300-game Dagenham & Redbridge career, it’s safe to say skipper Scott Doe has experienced plenty of highs and lows.

The centre-back enjoyed the League Two play-off final success at Wembley in 2010, only to endure the agony of relegation from League One a year later.

It’s unsurprising to learn that day at the national stadium seven years ago is the highlight of Doe’s Daggers career to date.

And with the Essex club currently in the play-off places in the National League, the 28-year-old hopes to emulate that success this season.

How the Ilford Recorder reported on Scott Doe's debut for Dagenham & Redbridge in 2009How the Ilford Recorder reported on Scott Doe's debut for Dagenham & Redbridge in 2009

“The play-off final at Wembley in 2010 stands out!” he said with a smile. “The good thing about that is we have a chance to do it again this season.

“We’re not writing off winning the league, but if we’re in the play-offs, everyone knows it’s special.

“For me, the highlight would be winning at Wembley, it was an incredible day out and I’d do anything to get back there again.”

Doe brought up his landmark on Saturday in a 1-0 win at home to York City, seven-and-a-half years after making his debut at Crewe Alexandra on the opening day of the 2009/10 season.

Scott Doe (front) goes up for a header with former Dagenham & Redbridge team mate Msrk Arber, who the current skipper credits with helping him develop into the player he is (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)Scott Doe (front) goes up for a header with former Dagenham & Redbridge team mate Msrk Arber, who the current skipper credits with helping him develop into the player he is (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Since then, the centre-back has been a regular in most campaigns for Daggers, though of course spent last season at Boreham Wood.

But Doe admits he is still surprised he ever even got close to playing 300 games for the Essex club after joining all those years ago.

“All I wanted to do was try to be consistent, stay fit and play as many games as I could,” he said.

“The milestone has come around quite quick and it’s mad to think about.

“I was 20 when I first joined and it’s been a long time, but most seasons I’ve managed to play most games, which is important for me.

“There have been highs and lows, but more highs and it’s good to have marked my 300th game with a win.”

When Doe first joined from Weymouth back in 2009, he was a young player looking to learn his trade from the likes of Mark Arber and Anwar Uddin.

Since returning from Boreham Wood in the summer, though, the former Reading youngster now finds himself as one of Daggers’ more experienced players.

But Doe appears to be relishing the task of helping other players follow his development from prospect to leader.

“I learnt loads from Mark, Jon Nurse, Peter Gain and now it’s me who has to do that with the younger lads coming through. Josh Staunton came back in against York and did well,” he said.

After Saturday’s match, Doe is now 207 games behind Tony Roberts’ record of 507 Daggers appearances.

But at 28 and with time on his side, the captain has every chance to surpass the Welsh keeper’s total.


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