Dagenham and Redbridge Club Profile
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Dagenham and Redbridge : Club Background
Dagenham's old Main Stand that existed at Victoria Road between 1956 and 2001
Dagenham's old Main Stand that existed at Victoria Road between 1956 and 2001.

Dagenham & Redbridge is the product of a seemingly endless succession of mergers and amalgamations. The club as currently constituted was formed on the 1st July 1992 following the merger of Dagenham FC and Redbridge Forest football clubs. The latter was also a merged club, with the likes of Ilford, Leytonstone, Leytonstone & Ilford and Walthamstow Avenue all having been swallowed up into the club that we know today.

The merged Dagenham and Redbridge club were quite a force for the first two seasons, finishing third and sixth under John Still, but then the rot set in when Still left for the League, and two seasons later in 1995-96 they finished last and were relegated to the Isthmian.

It took the Daggers four years to get back, during which time they had a losing appearance at Wembley to look back on and reached the Second Round of the F.A. Cup for the first time. They finished fourth, fourth and third in the Ryman Premier but it wasn't until the arrival of Garry Hill in the summer of 1999 that they put it all together and regained their Conference status. Dagenham took the top spot in September and held it for the whole season, winning the title by twenty-four points and equalling Yeovil's achievement of 101 points in 1996-97.

Storming the feeders doesn't always guarantee success at the higher level but Dagenham coped well with the transition and finished a highly creditable 3rd in their first season back (behind Yeovil and Rushden) as well as taking Premiership club Charlton Athletic to a replay in the Third Round of the F.A. Cup.

The 2001-02 season was a significant one for the club. By now a major force in the Conference until Hill, they ended up locked in a two horse race for the Conference title, and a real prospect of them entering the Football League, and around the turn of the year brought in players like Ken Charlery with the experience and know-how to add to the likes of Mark Stein in their forward line. Sadly for them and the rest of the Conference, not forgetting the good name of football throughout the country, another team wanted League football as well, and were prepared to cheat and break the rules to get it. Boston United, led by Steve Evans - probably the most disliked manager in the English game since Don Revie, finished top of the league on goal difference to the Daggers and were subsequently promoted despite admitting to and being found guilty of cheating - a travesty of justice and a huge blow to fair play and to Dagenham in particular.

The year that Yeovil Town went up into the Football League, in 2002-03, the Daggers suffered yet more heartache, as they were losing finalists at the Brittania Stadium to Doncaster Rovers. Losing out twice by such a narrow margin hurt them badly, and for the following three seasons, they spent it in mid-table wilderness. The February 2004 televised match against Hereford United saw them lose 0-9 at home - Hill quit for Hornchurch shortly afterwards and it seemed their time had gone forever, with momentum badly lost.

However, they were to have a second ressurection only a few years later. John Still returned to Victoria Road as Hill's replacement in April 2004, and in 2006-07 they edged past the bookies favourites Oxford United to grab the Conference title. The team they replaced in the Football League, to the huge satisfaction of almost every Conference team supporter, was ... Boston United. As John Lennon once said, Instant Karma's gonna get you. Well it may not have been quite instant, but karma it was, with the Cheats kicked down to Conference North (and eventually the Northern Premier Division the following year) and the Daggers gaining one of the most deserved Football League positions - albeit five years after the Football Association bottled their duty to maintain the integrity of the game.

Most would have assumed that, given the size of the club, we'd be seeing the Daggers settling in with the Macclesfields and Barnets of this world as a quiet do-nothing League Two side. But John Still is a canny bloke, and a bit of a Daggers institution, having managed them between 1989-1994 and 2004 to the present day, along with a playing career at the old Dagenham club, and management spells with the Daggers predecessors Leytonstone, Leytonstone & Ilford and Redbridge Forest at various times. His place in the various clubs histories was cemented even further when they beat Rotherham United in the 2009-10 League Two play-off final to reach the dizzy heights of League One.

Dagenham's 2010-11 season thus became the club's historic pinnacle - third tier football for the first time in their club's history. That was to only last one season, but not without an impressive fight. Relegated in 21st place, it shouldn't be forgotten that they managed to finish above Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town that season. Since then they have been largely at the lower end of League Two. Their 2013-14 campaign saw them finish a creditable 9th, but otherwise finishes of 19th, 22nd and 14th haven't implied they'll be heading back to League One too quickly. More worrying for them has been the possibility of them heading in the other direction as they've occupied the bottom two slots for most of the 2015-16 season. They will be relying upon John Still, once again who after a spell with Luton Town has returned to Victoria Road, hoping that his hard work from many years ago is not finally undone.

The new Main Stand at Victoria Road
The new Main Stand at Victoria Road
Photo 2011 Ciderspace

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Dagenham : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Dagenham

05/02/1977AwayFAT2D1-11112Cotton
09/02/1977HomeFAT2RL1-22230Hickton
17/03/1979AwayFAT4L0-2
17/08/1981AwayAPLL0-31227
23/09/1981HomeAPLL1-41302Payne
21/11/1981AwayFAC1D2-21691Brown, Green
25/11/1981HomeFAC1RL0-13816
22/01/1983HomeAPLW2-01197Payne, Bell
30/03/1983AwayAPLL0-3450
05/09/1983AwayBLT1AD0-0440
14/09/1983HomeBLT1BW1-0724Bell
15/10/1983HomeAPLL0-2963
04/02/1984AwayFAT2D1-1680Finnigan
08/02/1984HomeFAT2RL1-41680Doherty
11/02/1984AwayAPLL0-1455
29/09/1984AwayGOLAL0-2554
20/10/1984HomeGOLAW2-11143Brown, Lilygreen


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Dagenham

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
30581404541534101229


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Walthamstow Avenue : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Walthamstow Avenue

21/09/1985AwayVOLD2-2165Ritchie, Craig
01/02/1986HomeVOLW2-11675McGinlay, Ricketts
22/11/1986AwayVOLW4-0179Tanner, Linney, Pardew, James
25/04/1987HomeVOLW2-11673Rutter, McGinlay
23/09/1987AwayACDW5-0171McGinlay(2), Ferns, Rutter, Pearson


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Walthamstow Avenue

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
20042210112410154


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Leytonstone Ilford : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Leytonstone Ilford

29/08/1987HomeVOLW2-12002Wallace, Randall
16/12/1987HomeACD3W2-0942Donnellan, Pearson
01/03/1988AwayVOLL0-1166


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Leytonstone Ilford

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
200410010120142


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Redbridge Forest : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Redbridge Forest

04/12/1991HomeGMVCL0-11832
24/03/1992AwayGMVCD0-0503


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Redbridge Forest

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
001010100001101


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Dagenham and Redbridge : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Dagenham and Redbridge

26/12/1992AwayGMVCD1-11072Sanderson
09/01/1993HomeFAT1D0-02973
12/01/1993AwayFAT1RL1-21171Spencer
10/04/1993HomeGMVCL0-32847
24/08/1993HomeGMVCW2-13349Wallace, Wilson
13/12/1993AwayDWC3W2-1466McPherson, Wilson
04/04/1994AwayGMVCL1-2923Spencer
01/11/1994HomeBLTL2-4719Cooper, Ferns
03/12/1994AwayGMVCD0-0758
07/01/1995HomeGMVCD2-21681Evans, Wallace
20/08/1996HomeICISD0-02255
25/01/1997AwayICISW1-01181Birkby
20/02/2001HomeConfL1-34025Way 8
16/04/2001AwayConfL0-22136
13/10/2001AwayConfD1-12163Ramsay 25
16/02/2002HomeConfD3-34458McIndoe 25, Stansfield 30, Giles 85
09/11/2002HomeConfD2-24289McIndoe 16, Own Goal 54
21/04/2003AwayConfW4-02588Gall 24, Jackson 47, 63, 68
13/11/2010HomeNPL1L1-33586A Williams 45
12/02/2011AwayNPL1L1-22119Johnson 33
10/10/2015HomeFL2D2-23204Bird 69, Sokolik 76
27/02/2016AwayFL2W1-02942Goodship 50


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Dagenham and Redbridge

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
164152343413115982834


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Dagenham and Redbridge : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 1
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 1
Games Without A Draw: 1 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 1 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: W Overall Results Sequence: W


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Dagenham and Redbridge : Club Information
Ground Address :
Victoria Road Sports Ground
Dagenham
Essex
RM10 7XL

(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0208 592 1549
Fax : 0208 593 7227
email : info@daggers.co.uk

Chairman : Dave Bennett
Press Officer : Dave Simpson
Fixtures Secretary : Mark Southgate
Team Manager : John Still

Capacity : 6078
Seated : 2200
Covered :

Record Attendance : 5,949 v Ipswich Town, FA Cup Third Round, 5th January 2002

Nickname : Daggers
Colours (Home) : Red shirts with Blue trim, Blue shorts, Blue socks.
Colours (Away) : Green shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
Midweek Games Played : Tuesday



Ticket Prices :

The Ticket Office have been issued with 769 tickets for this fixture. The match takes place on Saturday 27th February 2016 at Victoria Road, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. This will be be Dagenham's annual Daggers Against Racism day where they will have some events going on around the ground and the prices will be reduced to encourage a larger attendance. Ticket prices below are for advance sales ONLY and prices will revert to their normal prices on match day. Advance prices are as follows:

Adults: 9.99; Over 65s, Students with valid ID and aged 10-16: 4.99; Under-10s: FREE (with paying adult).

If tickets are still available on the day of the game, prices will be as follows:

Adults: 21.00; Over 65s, Students with valid ID: 15.00; Under-16s: 12.00.

Away supporters are housed in the Traditional Builders Stand (unsponsored name is the Pondfield Road Stand) , which is a relatively new development at Victoria Road. The actual capacity of this stand is 1,224 but at present we've only been given around two-thirds of that.

Disabled Info:
Disabled supporters have designated wheelchair spaces situated in front of the away stand. For any special arrangements, contact Dagenham's Ticket Office on 020 8592 1549 ext 21 or by emailing info@daggers.co.uk - if you need a wheelchair space then you must purchase your ticket and space from the Dagenham end, via their ticket office. For ambulant disabled supporters will pay the relevant price band as above. Standard Under-10 admission will be 4.99. .

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Dagenham and Redbridge : Directions To The Ground

The Barking College Family Stand
The Barking College Family Stand - situated next to the Main Stand and close to the away end
Photo 2011 Ciderspace

General

Victoria Road is not the easiest place to drive to - right on the far side of London if you're travelling from Yeovil, so whether you do the M25, North Circular or whatever, then give yourself a generous amount of time ......... then double it.

By Road

The best way to get to the ground by car is to get onto the A13.

From the North (M25 clockwise):

If you are coming from the North use the M25 and follow it round until you reach the M11 (Junction 27). Proceed towards London and follow the signs A406 (S), (A13), (A12). Continue on the A406 and follow signs North Circular, Docklands (A13).
After the Barking, East Ham turn off get into the left hand lane. And follow the signs for Dagenham, Tilbury, Southend, Dartford Tunnel. This will bring you onto the A13.

As you approach Dagenham you will see a leisure complex on your left. This complex consists of Mecca Bingo, a Warner Cinema complex and various restaurants (Spoofers, McDonalds etc). Stay in the left lane and follow signs to the A1306 signed Dagenham, Dagenham East. (Do not continue on the A13 which actually starts to elevate at this point otherwise you will end up visiting Sarfend - actually you can rescue yourself by getting of at the first turn-off, which is also signposted Dagenham East, but from there you're on your own.)

When you reach the next set of lights you will see an ASDA on the right (these lights only give you an option to go straight ahead or turn right). Go straight on. About a 100 yards further past there is a Drive thru' Wimpy which is within a small retail park together with a Sainsbury's Homebase, Halfords etc.

Then, within a 100 yards, there is a set of major lights, go straight over these and within about 600 yards you will see another set of lights and McDonalds on your left. Turn left immediately before McDonalds.

This is Ballards Road. Proceed to The Bull roundabout, which is about 1 mile, and turn left. (WARNING! The speed limit at the Bull end of Ballards Road is 30mph and there is a speed camera there.) After about 500 yards you will see Dagenham East tube station on the left, and Victoria Road is about 400 yards further past.

From the South (M25 anti-clockwise) :

You will need to cross the Thames at Dartford. Leave the M25 for the A13 at Junction 30 following the signs for Central London and Dagenham. Proceed along this road and you will see signs for the Ferry Lane Industrial Estate. Don't take this turn, but this is your cue to get into the left hand lane. Take the next slip road off, signposted Elm Park and Dagenham East, and turn right at the roundabout at the bottom of the slip road.

You will now be going under the road that you have just left and need to go straight over the next roundabout. Proceed to the set of lights and turn left onto the dual-carriageway (still the A13). After about half a mile you will see a McDonalds on your right. Get into the right hand filter lane and turn right just past it.

This is Ballards Road. Proceed to The Bull roundabout, which is about 1 mile, and turn left. (WARNING! The speed limit at the Bull end of Ballards Road is 30mph and there is a speed camera there.) After about 500 yards you will see Dagenham East tube station on the left, and Victoria Road is about 400 yards further past.

Parking :
Dagenham's car park used to be available on a first-come, first-served basis, but this is now only available via prior booking. There are a number of designated disabled spaces that can be reserved if you're a Blue Badge holder. Otherwise, it's a case of finding a side street to park on. The best place for away fans is Pondfield Road on the opposite side of the main club entrances, where you can walk across Pondfield Park and straight into the away end. Obviously the later you arrive at the ground, the harder it will become for you to get something close to the ground. Do not be tempted to park on the pavements - particularly in Bury Road - unless you like collecting big yellow clamping equipment. Do not block driveways or access paths.

By Tube
The closest station to Victoria Road is on the DISTRICT LINE and is DAGENHAM EAST (Zone 5), (don't use Dagenham Heathway which is much further away). Come out of station and turn left along Rainham Road. Victoria Road is about 400 yards, and on the left. The ground is a further 100 yards down Victoria Road.

The mainline station, Dagenham Dock, is around 2.5 miles from the ground, and so under normal circumstances we wouldn't recommend that. It's situated by the Ford motor works and although it's a straight-forward walk it's not not an inspiring one.

The North Stand
The North Stand - a side on covered terrace
Photo 2011 Ciderspace

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Dagenham and Redbridge : Web Resources
Web Sites

Dagenham and Redbridge - The Original Unofficial Website
Worth a look if you want to see what the Daggers (and the internet!) looked like between 1997 and 2002. Stopped being updated in May 2002, shortly after they were cheated out of a Conference title. Yeah, that would make us feel like giving up as well.


Dagenham and Redbridge Official Site
Official site of the Daggers - has been turned into a PTV site since they joined the Football League.


DiggerDagger
This site was semi-retired in February 2010 but is being kept ticking over in terms of more archive and informational aspects - e.g. ground information and statistics.


Full Metal Dagger
A blog format site, heavy on the photos and graphics, featuring a mix of interviews, away day specials and anything else that entered their heads at the time. Not updated since October 2011.


Web Message Boards

Daggers Forum
Moderately busy unofficial forum in a stand alone site. All can view, register to post.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Barking and Dagenham Post
Dedicated section for the Daggers from the Barking and Dagenham Post. Updated around three or four times a week, with in depth articles.


Wanstead and Woolford Guardian
Dedicated Daggers section for the Wanstead and Woolford Guardian. Updated two or three times a week, mainly with short match reports and previews.



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Dagenham and Redbridge : Food & Drink
One of the covered areas of terracing at Dagenham
One of the covered areas of terracing at Dagenham
Club Bar

The clubhouse is open before and after the game. There are two big bars plus a number of smaller ones for sponsors and players. There is a nominal charge for non-members of around 50p and away fans are welcome. There is also a concourse bar under the away stand if you want to head straight into the ground.

Local Pubs

The Railway and The Bull which fans may recall from previous visits to Victoria Road, have closed down and are now a Tesco and a food shop. If you're coming in by tube, the first pub you'll find is the Pipe Major which is a new venue situated on the right hand side of the road. If you go further up (north) along the Rainham Road, just past the turning to the ground the Eastbrook is on the opposite side of the road. These are the closest pubs to the ground, five minutes walk or less.

The local Wetherspoons is the Lord Denham at 270-272 Heathway (A1240). If this is your scene you are better getting off the tube at Dagenham Heathway. You will have a mile or so to walk to the ground.

In all honesty, the local area of Dagenham is not great for real ale, and apart from the Wetherspoon pub, there's not an awful lot to recommend unless you're prepared to use the Tube network and your imagination to find somewhere a few stops away and head in during the run-up to kick-off.
Eastbrook: The Eastbrook is situated north of the ground - moving away from Victoria Road and Dagenham East tube. Head up Rainham Road South (the main A1112) and at the crossroads, turn right into Dagenham Road. Family pub with a beer garden. It's a Brakspear tied pub, serving Brakspear Oxford Gold and possibly one more from the same brewery. Two bars, and a big screen for Sky Sports TV games. They don't normally do food on Saturdays, but when Dagenham are at home they serve at lunchtimes. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. - 11.00p.m. with an extra hour extension on Friday and Saturday nights.
Eastbrook, Dagenham Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM10 7UP. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Lord Denham: Dagenham's Wetherspoon branch. If you fancy this one, then get off at Dagenham Heathway and it's almost outside the tube station, putting you about 15 mins walk from the ground, or if you're lazy then one tube stop. Not the best Wetherspoon branch we've come across (although by no means the worst - Lincoln grabs that honour). The usual cheap food and drink options that any of their branches offer, including probably the best variety of real ale that you can get within walking distance of the ground - not that this is saying too much. Opening hours are 8.00a.m. - 11.00p.m. with an hour extension for Friday and Saturday night's. Don't expect them to be serving beers at opening time - coffee and breakfasts will be on show for the first few hours.
Lord Denham, 270-272 Heathway, Dagenham, Essex, RM10 8QS. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Pipe Major: New pub that opened in June 2015. This is a Marston's venue, which describes itself as a 'carvery pub' although they do other dishes like lasagne, fish'n'chips and burgers, typically at 8 or 9. Beers are from the Marston's range which means you can expect EPA, Pedigree and Hobgoblin on handpump. The pub is situated close to Dagenham East tube station, just off Rainham Road South which leads from the station to the ground. We had a spot of bother trying to locate it on mapping software (probably because it's a new venue) - you may want to try postcode RM10 7XD if you have the same problem - that is a little further north of where you should be but will put you close enough to hopefully spot the pub.
Pipe Major, 1 Yewtree Avenue, Dagenham, Essex, RM10 7FN. Tel: 02033700981. Email: PipeMajor.Dagenham@marstons.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


Grub

There are three fish and chip shops, several cafes, an Indian and a Chinese take-away amongst other outlets in the Rainham Road. If you want to go for some local ethnic food there's a Pie & Mash outlet another few hundred yards up the Rainham Road past the ground and right into Dagenham Road close to the Eastbrook. Jellied eels? Dunno.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Course we does. Gawd'n bennett, m'ol china - we're all mockneys neow. 'Ave a Britney on me.

Top-Tip :

Don't ask: "Do you work for Ford?"

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Dagenham and Redbridge : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in Dagenham and surrounding areas.


Tourist And Other Local Attractions

Errrm ... the Becontree Estate in Dagenham covers 27,000 houses and was once the largest purpose built estate in Europe. But we'll assume that you haven't come to see that. Realistically, you're either going to visit the Lakeside Shopping Centre (north of the river) or Bluewater Shopping Centre (south of the river) which are both out by the M25 on either side of the Dartford crossing. Alternatively, you'll be off to Central London where the world is your oyster.

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