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Dagenham & Redbridge FC Staff Profiles

John Still

John returned to the Daggers on January 1st for a third spell having taken charge in 1992 and 2004. That second spell lasted nine years and saw the Club promoted from the Conference to League One. Between 2013 and December 2014 he managed Luton Town back to the Football League as Conference champions, his third Conference title with three different sides.

At semi-professional level, John’s record is second to none with Isthmian League and Southern League title successes at Leytonstone Ilford and Dartford. He won the Conference in 1989 with Maidstone United but decided not to go full time and instead moved to Redbridge Forest where he won another Isthmian League title. Having managed the side, under their new guise of Dagenham & Redbridge, to successive top six finishes in the Conference, the lure of a Football League management job finally took him to Peterborough in 1994. John has also managed Barnet, had a spell coaching at Lincoln City and was assistant manager of Bristol Rovers.
As a player, John's career was cut short by a knee injury after playing for Orient, Dagenham and Bishops Stortford, where he won an Amateur Cup winners medal in the last ever final. John was named BBC London Sports Personality of the year in December 2010 and has is a Freeman of the Town of Luton and the Borough of Barking & Dagenham.

Darren Currie
First Team Coach

Darren began his career as a trainee at West Ham United and had a loan spell at Leyton Orient before joining Shrewsbury Town in February 1996. After 70 appearances he joined Plymouth Argyle then Barnet in summer 1998 where he made over 140 appearances in three seasons.

He was selected in the PFA Team of The Season for Division Three for two consecutive seasons. He left Barnet in the 2001 close season and joined Wycombe Wanderers for a transfer fee of £200,000 and made over 140 appearances for the club. Darren joined Brighton in 2004 and then four months later signed for Ipswich for a fee of £250,000.

He made 26 appearances as the Tractor Boys reached the Football League Championship play-offs in 2005. During his time at Portman Road Currie had loan spells at Coventry, LA Galaxy (USA) and Derby. He moved to Luton in July 2007 and made 38 appearances before the Hatters went into administration.

Currie found himself given a free transfer and joined Chesterfield at the start of the 2009/10 before moving to the Daggers in November 2009. Having been part of the Daggers 2010 League Two play-off success he was released at the end of his contract where he joined Boreham Wood. He returned to the Daggers during the 2012 close season in a coaching role whilst also being registered to play for Ryman League Hendon.

Ian Culverhouse
Assistant Manager

Ian started his playing career as a defender with Tottenham Hotspur and made two appearances for the North London side as well as being an unused substitute in the 1984 UEFA final victory against Anderlecht. He moved to Norwich City where he spent ten seasons and was part of some of the greatest moments in the club's history.

After 369 appearances he moved to Swindon Town then on to Kingstonian and Brighton. It was with the Seagulls that he began his coaching career that led to him coaching the youth teams of Barnet, Leyton Orient and Wycombe Wanderers. Culverhouse was named Colchester United assistant manager under Paul Lambert. He followed Paul Lambert to Norwich City then Aston Villa before joining the Daggers in January 2016.

John Gowens
Head Physiotherapist

John was captain of the Coventry City side that won the FA Youth cup in 1987 and was awarded a professional contract with the Sky Blues. Whilst at Highfield Road, he completed a training course in physiotherapy where he gained his physio qualifications and became assistant physio for four years.

He left Coventry to take over as first team physio at Southend United where he remained for nine-and-a-half years. After 18 months at Hornchurch in a similar role, he became the Daggers first full time physio in August 2004 and remains a key member of the staff.