Search

Joe Widdowson’s loyalties may lie with Leyton Orient, but he hopes Dagenham & Redbridge can find an investor

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 February 2018

Leyton Orient left-back Joe Widdowson blocks a shot by Dagenham & Redbridge attacker Morgan Ferrier during the first encounter between the clubs in the FA Cup on October 14 2017 (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

Leyton Orient left-back Joe Widdowson blocks a shot by Dagenham & Redbridge attacker Morgan Ferrier during the first encounter between the clubs in the FA Cup on October 14 2017 (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

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

Ex-West Ham United full-back discusses the situation at Victoria Road and backs the younger players at the club to take their opportunity

Joe Widdowson in action for Dagenham & Redbridge against Guiseley last season (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo). Joe Widdowson in action for Dagenham & Redbridge against Guiseley last season (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo).

Joe Widdowson may be a Leyton Orient player, but he is sad to see his former club Dagenham & Redbridge in financial difficulty.

The Victoria Road outfit have had to sell Joe White, Morgan Ferrier, Sam Ling and Corey Whitely over the last few weeks while captain Scott Doe left by mutual consent and loanee Kevin Lokko returned to Stevenage early in January.

All of this occurred after Glyn Hopkin resigned as a director of Dagenham & Redbridge FC 2017 Ltd on December 18 and advised his funding for the club would be ceasing on December 31.

John Still’s side have seen their National League promotion bid fall away since, but former left-back Widdowson, who spent two-and-a-half years at Daggers, is hopeful his old side will find a new investor soon.

“It’s sad,” said the 29-year-old when asked about Dagenham’s plight. “I don’t know too much about the ins and outs of what has gone on, but I know they’re in some sort of financial difficulty.

“Hopefully they can find an investor maybe, or whatever they need to become stable again, but they have still got a good squad.

“I know a few players have left, but they have still got a good team and a good manager, so I’m sure they will be fine.”

Three consecutive defeats in January saw Daggers drop from inside the play-offs to off the pace and the last couple of weeks have continued to be challenging.

Widdowson knows a lot of the current squad at Victoria Road and is confident they will ensure the worst possible finish for Still’s team is mid-table in the National League this season.

With various big names exiting in recent weeks, the ex-West Ham United defender also believes this is potentially an opportunity for the younger members of the side to step up for Daggers.

Last season, when Orient were in financial trouble, the likes of Steven Alzate, Sam Dalby and Tristan Abrahams impressed in League Two and all three have since earned moves to Brighton & Hove Albion, Leeds United and Norwich City respectively.

Given Dagenham’s part in the careers of Dwight Gayle, Paul Benson, Danny Green, Matt Ritchie and many more, the next big thing at the club could be discovered during the next couple of months.

“I know Daggers have fallen away a bit from the top part of the league, but I am sure they will be fine this year,” said Widdowson.

“Maybe this will be a chance for the younger guys to step up and Dagenham has always been about giving youngsters an opportunity to play and then moving them on. I am sure there will be chances for the younger boys and hopefully it can be good for them.”

Related articles

Latest Hackney Stories

Yesterday, 18:27

An unbeaten half-century from James Harris saw visitors Middlesex complete an outstanding recovery to beat Leicestershire by one wicket in a marvellously tense finish to their Specsavers Division Two county championship match at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road.

Yesterday, 17:28

Belgium and Tunisia have met on three previous occasions in all competitions, with a win apiece and a draw. The encounters have been tight affairs, with victories decided by one-goal margins, but today’s match didn’t follow the same trend.

Yesterday, 12:00

Gareth Southgate’s promising young England side look ready to make a mark on the world stage and help atone for the disappointments of recent tournaments.

Yesterday, 08:30

The drama surrounding the threat to Gillett Square continues apace with over 1,500 new signatories in the past month to the Change.org petition to Save Gillett Square, writes Adam Hart FRSA, chief executive officer Hackney Co-operative Developments (HCD) 1996-2012, co-director Vortex Foundation, resident and parent for over 35 years.

The temperature nudged the mercury towards nearly 30c as the man sat down on a bench, sited between Grace Road’s evocative pavilion and the sight screen.

Middlesex ended day three of their County Championship match at Grace Road on 82-3, 299 runs adrift with only seven wickets remaining.

Fri, 16:33

Brazil and Costa Rica were winless in their opening matches at the World Cup and were both hoping for their first victory of the tournament at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.

Middlesex bowled Leicestershire out for 186 in their second innings on a baking hot afternoon at Grace Road, to leave the visitors facing a challenging target of 381 to win.

PROMOTED CONTENT

To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.



Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists