Name: David Robert Dodd – some call me David others Dave - (they probably call me
other things too!)
Where were you born and when? Bow, London E3 in February 1946 (Pisces)
Where do you live now? Chigwell
Do you have a job? Retired Lloyd’s underwriter
What’s your favourite film? I’m in a time warp! so generally like older films: This Happy Breed,
Oh Mr Porter, Casablanca, British war/POW type films, older westerns
………. music? 1930’s/40’s/50’s bands, Sinatra type singers, Piano music, some classical
……….. book? Books about London, British history, and all books about the O’s
…………painting or picture? Not really into art but enjoy pictures connected with the sea and ships. Have always been keen on photography and used to be a member of camera and cine clubs many years back..
What do you enjoy doing, away from work and football? Gardening, driving, dining out and trying different restaurants,
visiting historic/heritage places, following politics
What is your earliest memory? Being taken to Devon Road School, Bow for the first time and crying my eyes out!
What is your earliest football memory? Watching my dad play football somewhere over at Beckton on cold Saturdays and helping (or getting in the way) as they made the tea at half time using a big copper boiler. My dad was a very good player who represented the army during his wartime service in the Royal Artillery and had trials with Bristol Rovers. Sadly I never inherited his football skills.
What’s your favourite football moment? England winning the World Cup in 1966
and favourite O’s moment Seeing the O’s in Div One for the first time on the opening day of the 1962/63 season v Arsenal (even though we lost) and the three other promotion seasons since I first started following the club in 1958.
Who do you remember with affection wearing an Orient shirt? Stan Charlton, Dave Dunmore, Peter Allen, Terry Mancini, Denis Rofe, Laurie Cunningham, Mickey Bullock, Peter Kitchen, Alan Comfort, sadly I only just about remember seeing Tommy Johnston.
Which manager was the best in your time? Probably Jimmy Bloomfield