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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Ex-QPR's Tony Roberts' Dagenham Testimonial Disco & on Playing League Football Again

Tony Roberts (who remains listed on the QPR Official Site Staff page, despite supposedly having been "let go" by the club after many years as a player and goalkeeping coach) has his Dagenham testimonial (Disco) on Saturday and hopes to be playing in the football League next season

BBC- Daggers disco for keeper Roberts
Dagenham & Redbridge keeper Tony Roberts gets his testimonial season celebrations underway on Saturday.
The former Wales international, who joined the Daggers in 2000, has played a big part in the club's climb to the top of the Conference table.
And Roberts hopes to celebrate another win for the high-flying Daggers by hosting a disco at Victoria Road after Saturday's game against Forest Green.
Tickets can be bought in advance or at the ground on the day. BBC

Dagenham Official Site - Robbo's Disco Saturday 17th March 2007
On the above date, the Tony Roberts Testimonial Disco will be held in the clubhouse. It all starts straight after the Forest Green Rovers game until late.
Tickets are £20 for adults and £10 for concessions.
Price includes a buffet.
Tickets can be purchase in the clubhouse. Dagenham

Bishop's Stortford Citizen - Robbo hails victory - By Guardian-series
Daggers' keeper Tony Roberts, who want to play until his 40
St Albans 1 - Dagenham & Redbridge 2

DAGENHAM and Redbridge came from behind at Clarence Park to extend their lead at the top of the Conference to 11 points.

Goalkeeper Tony Roberts, who celebrates his testimonial at the club on Saturday, said: "We won't count our chickens, but it would take an awful lot to throw it away now. It's in our hands.

"I've been at the club seven years. I've been to the play-off finals, finished second, finished third and I think this is our time.

"The boss has got the team training and playing the way he wants.

"He's gone with the young boys and they're coming through and showing their talent.

"It's the same group of lads from two years ago and the mentality is very strong now. It takes something special to beat us." Relegation-threatened St Albans took a surprise lead after 20 minutes as Leon Archer converted Malik Buari's cross, but Daggers' leading scorer Paul Benson wasted little time to put things right, robbing Djoumin Sangare of the ball and rounding keeper Paul Bastock to drill home eight minutes later.

Dave Rainford made it 2-1 in the 38th minute firing home Scott Griffiths cross with his left-foot.

Dagenham remained a constant menace in the second half, but could not increase their lead, as Sam Sloma saw a goal chalked off for off-side in the 50th minute.

Former QPR keeper Roberts, who left professional football in 1998 with a serious knuckle injury, said: "If I can get back to being a professional again and to play in the football league again, that would mean everything.

"I want to try and play until I'm 40 and if I can do that with Dagenham, there would be nothing better.

"St Albans was the first team I went to when I finished as a pro and it's been nine years now. It's coming full circle."

If the 37-year-old former Wales international were to make a league return, the £150,000 insurance payout he received in 1998 would need to be reassessed.

Manager John Still and chairman Dave Andrews are looking into the matter.

l Roberts' testimonial disco kicks off immediately after Daggers' game against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. Tickets are priced at £20, children £10, including buffet, and are available in advance or on the night. Paper

See Also: Congratulations to Tony Roberts

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