Goals from Dagenham's Jon Nurse and Paul Benson ensured Crewe made a losing start to life in English football's fourth tier.
Dagenham took the lead two minutes before the break when Nurse rifled in a stunning 35-yard half-volley.
Crewe substitute Byron Moore levelled the game when he stepped inside Mark Arber and drilled into the far corner.
But Benson barged his way past two defenders and rounded goalkeeper David Button before slotting home the winner.
Crewe manager Gudjon Thordarson told BBC Radio Stoke:
"I think we approached it with a bit of fear in our mind and we looked hesitant when we started.
"When we went a goal behind we changed the shape, and that paid off when we equalised.
"But then when we needed to calm down a bit, we gave possession away and they scrambled in another goal."
Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still told BBC Essex:
"I didn't think we would come here and play this well, but I knew that we had organisation and fitness in us.
"Crewe are a big strong side, but I thought we defended well and our back four were outstanding.
"One thing we have been able to do here is score goals, and we have to continue to do that."
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Saturday, 8 August 2009
Dag & Red
06 Ada (Miller 82)
04 Schumacher (Bailey 63)
08 Donaldson (Moore 66)
Dag & Red
04 Doe yellow card
07 Green (Thomas 75)
33 Gain yellow card
09 Nurse (Ogogo 82)
Ref: HooperAtt: 3,936
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Dag & Red50%
Attempts on target
Dag & Red2
Attempts off target
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90:00+3:05 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
90:00+1:17 John Brayford crosses the ball, Shot from deep inside the area by Joel Grant clears the crossbar.
88:31 Centre by Byron Moore, clearance made by Will Antwi.
86:31 The ball is swung over by Abu Ogogo, Daniel O'Donnell makes a clearance. Solomon Taiwo decides to take a short corner.
84:09 Byron Moore takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
83:27 Booking Peter Gain shown a yellow card.
83:12 Peter Gain concedes a free kick for a foul on Calvin Zola. John Brayford restarts play with the free kick.
81:42 Substitution (Dag & Red) makes a substitution, with Abu Ogogo coming on for Jon Nurse.
81:05 Substitution Shaun Miller replaces Patrick Ada.
79:27 Byron Moore has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
76:45 The ball is swung over by Joel Grant, clearance made by Scott Griffiths.
75:49 Corner taken by Solomon Taiwo from the right by-line, clearance by Byron Moore.
74:34 The ball is sent over by Jon Nurse, Paul Benson takes a shot.
74:34 Substitution Wesley Thomas is brought on as a substitute for Danny Green.
73:25 Solomon Taiwo provided the assist for the goal.
73:25 GOAL - Paul Benson:Crewe 1 - 2 Dag & Red Paul Benson finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Crewe 1-2 Dag & Red.
72:24 Booking Scott Doe is given a yellow card.
71:05 Assist on the goal came from Joel Grant.
71:05 GOAL - Byron Moore:Crewe 1 - 1 Dag & Red Byron Moore gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Crewe
1-1 Dag & Red.
70:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Benson on Daniel O'Donnell. Free kick taken by Daniel O'Donnell.
69:29 Patrick Ada gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Nurse. Mark Arber takes the direct free kick.
68:55 Centre by Billy Jones, clearance by Scott Doe.
67:41 Inswinging corner taken by Billy Jones.
66:49 A cross is delivered by Byron Moore, clearance made by Peter Gain.
65:32 Substitution Byron Moore replaces Clayton Donaldson.
65:32 Peter Gain produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
65:02 Corner taken by Danny Green from the right by-line, Anthony Elding manages to make a clearance.
64:03 Outswinging corner taken by Billy Jones, clearance made by Peter Gain.
62:32 Substitution James Bailey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Schumacher.
62:32 Jon Nurse is penalised for a handball. David Button takes the indirect free kick.
60:40 Inswinging corner taken by Danny Green from the left by-line.
60:30 A cross is delivered by Peter Gain, John Brayford gets a block in.
59:32 A cross is delivered by John Brayford.
59:12 Billy Jones takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Mark Arber.
58:28 Corner taken left-footed by Billy Jones from the right by-line, The ball is swung over by Steven Schumacher.
57:43 Paul Benson takes a shot.
57:30 John Brayford delivers the ball, Will Antwi manages to make a clearance.
56:35 The referee blows for offside. John Brayford crosses the ball. Free kick taken by Tony Roberts.
54:30 Steven Schumacher produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
53:19 Joel Grant takes a shot.
52:20 Unfair challenge on Billy Jones by Stuart Thurgood results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by David Button.
52:05 Danny Green produces a cross, clearance by Billy Jones.
50:57 Effort from long distance by John Brayford goes wide right of the goal.
50:40 Billy Jones delivers the ball, clearance made by Mark Arber.
48:59 Paul Benson is caught offside. John Brayford takes the free kick.
48:28 Jon Nurse challenges Patrick Ada unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Button.
47:07 Handball by Paul Benson. David Button restarts play with the free kick.
46:11 Outswinging corner taken by Billy Jones, Mark Arber makes a clearance.
45:55 Joel Grant takes a shot. Clearance by John Brayford.
45:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Nurse by Patrick Ada. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from
45:01 The second half kicks off.
45:00+1:05 The referee calls an end to the first half.
45:00+0:15 Centre by Jon Nurse, clearance by Billy Jones.
44:11 John Brayford produces a cross, Scott Doe makes a clearance.
42:03 Assist by Tony Roberts.
42:03 GOAL - Jon Nurse:Crewe 0 - 1 Dag & Red Goal scored by Jon Nurse from 35 yards. Crewe 0-1 Dag & Red.
41:07 John Brayford fouled by Stuart Thurgood, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Billy Jones.
38:18 Shot from outside the box by Calvin Zola misses to the left of the target.
37:33 Inswinging corner taken by Danny Green from the left by-line played to the near post, John Brayford manages to make a clearance.
35:35 Peter Gain crosses the ball, save by David Button.
35:23 Paul Benson crosses the ball.
34:51 Unfair challenge on Scott Griffiths by Clayton Donaldson results in a free kick. Tony Roberts restarts play with the free
30:01 The ball is sent over by John Brayford, clearance made by Will Antwi. Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Jones on Danny
Green. Free kick taken by Tony Roberts.
29:45 The ball is sent over by Danny Green, David Button makes a save.
29:36 The ball is delivered by Danny Green, clearance made by Patrick Ada.
27:56 Jon Nurse is ruled offside. Daniel O'Donnell takes the indirect free kick.
27:27 Centre by Peter Gain. The referee blows for offside. David Button takes the indirect free kick.
26:53 Billy Jones challenges Solomon Taiwo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Green.
24:24 The ball is swung over by Solomon Taiwo, clearance by Billy Jones.
23:18 Corner from the right by-line taken by Danny Green, Headed effort from inside the area by Paul Benson misses to the left
of the goal.
22:37 Steven Schumacher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Green. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny
22:00 The assistant referee flags for offside against Joel Grant. Tony Roberts takes the free kick.
21:28 Headed effort from inside the area by Danny Green misses to the right of the goal.
19:24 Joel Grant delivers the ball.
17:45 Outswinging corner taken by Billy Jones from the left by-line played to the near post, Steven Schumacher has a shot on goal
from outside the box which misses right.
14:51 Peter Gain gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joel Grant. Free kick taken by Billy Jones. Close range header
by Anthony Elding goes over the bar.
13:35 Unfair challenge on Calvin Zola by Mark Arber results in a free kick. Billy Jones restarts play with the free kick. Clayton
Donaldson takes a shot. Save by Tony Roberts. Corner taken by Billy Jones.
12:34 Unfair challenge on Danny Green by Daniel O'Donnell results in a free kick. Solomon Taiwo fires a strike on goal direct from
the free kick.
11:13 Joel Grant crosses the ball.
10:19 John Brayford sends in a cross, save by Tony Roberts.
9:52 Jon Nurse concedes a free kick for a foul on David Button. Indirect free kick taken by David Button.
8:45 Anthony Elding has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
7:55 A cross is delivered by Solomon Taiwo, clearance made by Daniel O'Donnell.
6:05 Corner taken by Danny Green played to the near post, Close range effort by Paul Benson goes over the bar.
5:58 Danny Green delivers the ball, clearance by Daniel O'Donnell.
4:58 Unfair challenge on John Brayford by Peter Gain results in a free kick. David Button takes the indirect free kick.
4:44 Anthony Elding handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tony Roberts.
3:51 Outswinging corner taken by Danny Green from the right by-line, Mark Arber has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the
area missing to the right of the goal.
1:42 Anthony Elding is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Will Antwi takes the direct free kick.
1:33 The ball is delivered by John Brayford.
Correction - 0:13 The ball is swung over by Steven Schumacher, Scott Griffiths makes a clearance.
0:13 Steven Schumacher crosses the ball.
0:00 The referee gets the game underway.
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