Date: 24th February 2009 at 9:12am
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Dagenham veteran Tony Roberts chalked up his 400th appearance for the club with a clean sheet in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Accrington Stanley.

The 39-year-old ‘keeper, who had retired from the professional game in 2000 due to injury, saved a penalty on his 400th appearance and was proud to reach this milestone: ‘I came here nine years ago and I remember my first game was Leigh RMI away, and now I’ve got my 400th and am very proud of what I’ve done,’ Roberts told BBC Essex. ‘I’ve seen the club grow from training twice a week to full time, and we’ve had all the cup runs and the play-offs.

‘So I’ve seen the club go from strength to strength and luckily I’ve been a part of it.’

When Dagenham gained promotion into the Football League the former Welsh international ‘keeper had to re-register as a professional and plays with a specially designed glove to protect his finger, which would be lost if he played without this, adding: ‘I wouldn’t train or play without it because I was told otherwise I would lose my finger.

‘I’d rather keep all of my fingers for the rest of my life than worry about looking a bit funny.’

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