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Nov 7, 2018, 7:42 PM
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Former Dagenham & Redbridge Chairman Dave Andrews passed away on Friday 2nd November 2018.
Dave Andrews (Walthamstow Avenue, Leytonstone, England Amateur, Dagenham & Redbridge)
The following obituary has been taken from the Dagenham & Redbridge website.
David John Andrews 14/01/1939 to 02/11/2018.
David Andrews passed yesterday evening after a short illness, aged 79.
He was always destined to be involved in football with his father, Alf, being a former player and secretary of Walthamstow Avenue for almost 50 years.
Dave had several offers to turn professional and in the days of the player salary cap his father persuaded him to learn a trade as an electrician as there was “no money in the game”.
Dave made his debut for Walthamstow Avenue in an Isthmian League game at Woking in 1957. Three years later he was part of the Avenue side that won the F.A. Amateur Cup at Wembley against West Auckland.
Following a pre-season tour of Africa he moved to Leytonstone in 1964 where he was part of the team who won the Isthmian League title in 1965-6 and the F.A. Amateur Cup in 1968. That win saw them qualify for the Anglo Italian Amateur Cup where they drew 1-1 at home to Stefer Roma and 2-2 in Rome to win the inaugural competition.
Dave was called up numerous times for England Amateurs and represented Great Britain at Olympic level.
After hanging up his boots he took over as manager of Leytonstone then took over as Chairman in 1976.
He remained chairman through the club’s guises of Leytonstone & Ilford and Redbridge Forest and was instrumental in the merger between Dagenham and Redbridge Forest becoming one of the two joint Chairmen of the newly formed Dagenham & Redbridge in 1992.
During his Chairmanship he undoubtedly led the Club to its greatest triumphs and one of his proudest moments was the club’s promotion to the Football League in 2007 and its subsequent play-off Final win over Rotherham United in 2010. The sight of Dave dancing in the Royal Box at Wembley would grace any "Strictly" performance.
Dave stepped down in November 2013, quoting “The time is right”, and was made Life President of the Daggers by the board in recognition of his services to the club. Upon stepping down he said, “I have had a wonderful time in football and it’s time to pack up. I’ll have memories that I’ll never forget.”
Dave was an excellent Chairman of the Club and very popular with supporters, always ready to have a beer before and after a game, willing to talk with everyone.
For the past five seasons he could be seen at almost every home game alongside his wife, Pat.
Daggers Chairman, Paul Gwinn, has said “without Dave it is unlikely that we would have the club we have today, an immensely popular person who will be sadly missed”
In addition to his role with Dagenham & Redbridge Dave had also been a Director of the Isthmian League.
Dave was a unique man in football but also devoted to his family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his widow Pat, his children Paul, Kay and Jeff who we send our heartfelt condolences to and his wider family and friends.
(This post was edited by John Treleven on Nov 8, 2018, 7:42 AM)