Search

Daggers set for a visit from one of their former stars as Maguire-Drew makes return

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 October 2018

Jordan Maguire-Drew enjoyed a productive loan spell with Dagenham & Redbridge in the 2016-17 season (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Jordan Maguire-Drew enjoyed a productive loan spell with Dagenham & Redbridge in the 2016-17 season (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468

Winger enjoyed a productive loan spell with Daggers in the 2016/17 season, but is now on loan at Wrexham

Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring at Woking (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring at Woking (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

While Dagenham & Redbridge may find themselves currently languishing in the Vanarama National League relegation zone, the visit from Wrexham — and one player in particular — on Saturday may conjure memories of a happier time.

Jordan Maguire-Drew is currently on loan at the Dragons from Brighton & Hove Albion, but enjoyed a highly-productive stint with Daggers in the 2016/17 season.

The then teenager formed part of a fearsome attack for the Essex club that also featured Oliver Hawkins (now at Portsmouth), Fejiri Okenabirhie (currently at Shrewsbury Town) and Corey Whitely (now of Ebbsfleet United).

The quartet was Daggers’ own ‘Fab Four’ — notching 54 goals in the league and assisting countless others.

Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge scores a stunning half-volley at Solihull Moors (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge scores a stunning half-volley at Solihull Moors (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Of the group, Maguire-Drew was probably the one who showed most flair and was eager to torment opposition defences on a weekly basis.

The young attacker had a penchant for the spectacular, too, with some of his 14 strikes among the most memorable in Daggers’ recent history.

There was the effort at Woking, where he cut inside onto his favoured left boot before curling past a helpless Michael Poke in goal for the Cards.

Then there was THAT strike at Solihull Moors, when Maguire-Drew viciously lashed home a half-volley from a full 25 yards which rightly won Daggers’ goal of the season award.

Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated after scoring at Macclesfield Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham & Redbridge is congratulated after scoring at Macclesfield Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

His dink at Macclesfield Town late in the season was delightful too; in short, the talented youngster could have had category all of his own for goal of the season.

That’s not to say there were times when Maguire-Drew would frustrate fans watching, sometimes running down blind alleys or making the wrong decision.

The mark of the man, though, was that he would try and try again, despite the disappointments of it not coming off for him previously.

Maguire-Drew was also good for quote and his views on playing regular men’s football, rather than feature for Brighton’s youth team in the Checkatrade Trophy were particularly engaging.

His post-match interview following the first leg of National League promotion semi-final against Forest Green Rovers was also memorable, even if his words may not have had the desired effect as Daggers went on to lose to second leg.

Maguire-Drew is sure to get a good reception from Daggers fans on Saturday, but those who adored him during his loan spell at Victoria Road will hope he does not hit the heights of two seasons ago.

Related articles

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories

Yesterday, 16:00

Essex club played against 10 men for almost an hour after Josh Staunton saw red for Shaymen

Yesterday, 19:00

A violinist hopes to raise £15,000 to transform an old double-decker bus into a mobile music school.

Second-half goals from Snodgrass, Hernandez and Anderson give Hammers victory over Crystal Palace

Yesterday, 17:45

The MP for Barking has criticised prime minister Theresa May for calling off tomorrow’s vote on her Brexit deal.

Yesterday, 17:18

Our reporter Liam Coleman met with the big man before a hectic few weeks.

Yesterday, 16:02

The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Yesterday, 15:13

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas - and the scores of Santas running through the streets this weekend certainly helped add to the festive feeling.

Yesterday, 14:09

Crossrail, London’s new east to west railway service, may be delayed even further and could require a £2billion funding boost, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Are you aged over 25 and an unpaid carer? If you want to return to employment but need practical help and support to get there, Working for Carers can help.

Everest Estates stress-free service guarantees a fixed income for your East London or Essex property every month, even if no one is currently living there. Here they talk about the scheme and explain how it can help you dodge common letting headaches.

Newsletter Sign Up

Barking and Dagenham Post twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now