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Away Days at the B&D Stadium

Away Fans Guide
by Hardy on 08/11/2001

If you are heading to the Chigwell Construction Stadium for a game, this section of the site offers travel information, details of the ground and surrounding area.

The Away Fans Guide
This is the full version of the DiggerDagger Away Fans Guide for those looking for a detailed guide to all aspects of visiting the Daggers including prices, travel information and food/drink recommendations plus a description of the ground and some club history.

For a concise view of just the information pertaining to travel, tickets, away accommodation and food/drink options refer to the abbreviated version.

Visiting The Chigwell Construction Stadium

Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club
Chigwell Construction Stadium
Victoria Road
Essex RM10 7XL
Tel: +44 (0)20 8592 1549
Clubcall: 09066 555 840 (60p per minute)

Find a map here

About the Ground
Other ways to part with your money
Travelling by Car?
Where to Park
Travelling by Train?
Will the game be on?
Fancy a Beer?
Something to Eat?
Local Attractions
What kind of welcome can Away Fans expect?
A Brief History of Dagenham & Redbridge FC
Feedback invited

For an independent view of the Chigwell Construction Stadium visit the Football Ground Guide's Dagenham & Redbridge page.

About the Ground

The ground was renamed recently (2015) to be the Chigwell Construction Stadium having previously been renamed the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium from the Victoria Road Sports Ground in the summer of 2007 following a sponsorship deal with the local council.

The ground was renamed the Glyn Hopkin Stadium in the summer of 2003 for three seasons.

The ground has a Football League "A" grading and now has a capacity of 6,000 the majority of which is standing terrace.

There are currently just over 2,200 seats split between the Carling Stand the Barking College Stand (or Marie Celeste as it was formerly known to the locals) both on the south side of the ground, and the A13 Steel Stand which is on the west side of the ground, where formerly the Pondfield Terrace stood. Many of the seats in the main stand are reserved for season ticket holders, although those not are on open sale on a normal match day. The Carling Stand (pictured right) now also contains 3 "executive" boxes.

All matches in the Football League will be segregated. Previously, in the non-league game this was not always the case, allowing access of away fans to all parts of the ground. This is common in many non-league grounds and allows the age old tradition of changing ends at half time to stand behind the goal your team is attacking.

All areas of the ground are now under cover except the Bury Road terrace. This includes the away accomodation, a big step forward from the previous open Pondfield Terrace which could be very unpleasant on a wet day. While it is covered, North Stand terrace (pictured above) along the side of the pitch opposite the main home seating area, the Carling Stand, is known as the Sieve to the locals - you get one guess why.

The Sieve is able to be accessed via a walkway at the rear (above and left) and turnstiles situated in Bury Road, which runs parallel to Victoria Road. The Bury Road turnstiles allow further options on segregation and to ease congestion on big match days and tend to only be open for matches where large crowds are expected.

The Bury Road Terrace or Clock End (right) is uncovered terrace running along the East of the of the ground. The clock itself is now gone, and was replaced by a very temperamental electronic scoreboard in 2008. This worked about one game in three, and thankfully was replaced by a new colour LED screen in 2019, courtesy of the new investors, Trinity Sports Holdings!

At the south end of this terrace was the old Dagger Shop, where the new scoreboard described above is sited. The terrace is split around two-thirds of the way up to allow entry of the groundsman's vehicles and easy exit from the ground via Bury Road. Behind the terrace, there is now a Police control box for the ground, built in the summer of 2007 to meet Football League regulations.

When segregation is in place, away fans are allocated the West Stand (below, photo taken when sponsored by Traditional Builders) at the West end of the ground. The stand is very modern having been built during the close season 2009, has a capacity of 1,240 and is all seating. Access to the away stand is via gates at the far end of the ground from the entrance via Victoria Road. Walk around the clubhouse and the gates are on the right hand side. The stand has disabled facilities, and also incorporates a bar, snack bar, and new club offices and changing facilities. The players now emerge onto the pitch from a tunnel in the West stand (left) rather than the old tunnel in the middle of the Carling Stand.

With the opening of the West Stand, the Family Stand (right) is the club's family area. The view from this Stand is not the greatest as there are support posts along the front, and it is slightly set back in comparison to the much newer Carling Stand making the corner of the ground near the main turnstiles difficult to see clearly. Use gate 7 for the Family Stand.

When segregation is in place the Police have in the past placed away coaches to the west of the ground across Pondfield Park. The club have now suceeded in getting the Council to install lighting in this area whichg makes it much easier.

Disabled fans are welcome and home fans are given space (right) in front of the Family Stand which was refurbished during the 2002 close season. Visitors have accommodation on both flanks of the West Stand (below left). It helps the Club greatly if disabled visitors can phone in advance (see telephone number above). Both disabled fans and carers are charged entry to the ground as recommended by the National Association of Disabled Supporters.

Further details of disabled access at the Chigwell Construction Stadium can be found at the Association of Wheelchair & Ambulant Disabled Supporters website. The listing for Dagenham & Redbridge includes much better pictures of the accommodation.

The history of the Victoria Road Sports Ground is discussed by former D&R Press Secretary Dave Simpson in a great article on this site which can be found here.

BBC Essex have a great 360 degree picture of the ground (which is now somewhat out of date) and the home dressing rooms which can be found here.

Map of the ground (as at 2019):

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Prices 2019/20 Season

The club's previous poplicy of discounting tickets bought in advance has now ceased as of this season. As a result tickets are the same price whether paid, in cash, on the day, or bought online in advance.

Away tickets need to be purchased from the visiting club.

Entry without a ticket on match days is cash only.

Home Tickets

For Vanarama National League games this season tickets to the terraces are 15 adults, 10 for concessions, 8 for children 16 and under, and free to children under 10 (provided the child is accompanied by an adult).

Seats in the Carling Stand (left), through gates 5 & 6 (Victoria Road End) which are 21 for adults, 15 for concessions, 12 for children 16 and under, and 2 to children under 10 (provided the child is accompanied by an adult).

The Family Stand is designated as the family area of the ground. Here tickets are 15 for adults, 10 for concessions, 8 for children 16 and under and free for under 10s (provided the child is accompanied by an adult).

in the past three seasons the club has announced that for designated matches part of the West Stand, in the south west corner, will be available to home supporters. For these matches seats are priced at 21 for adults, 15 for concessions, 12 for children 16 and under, and 2 to children under 10 (provided the child is accompanied by an adult).

It is possible to buy advance tickets for all first team matches. The club has an online service here, and tickets can also be bought in person from the clubhouse. Times that the ticket office is open are notified at the clubs Official Site.

Tickets can also be purchased by telephoning 020 8592 7194 with a Switch, Visa or MasterCard card up to 5.00pm the day before the match. Tickets can be collected on the day of the game on presentation of the credit debit/card and any relevant proof of concession status. There is a 1.50 surcharge for each telephone order.

Please note only cash is accepted at the turnstiles on match days.

Away Tickets

Generally away fans are allocated seats in the north corner of the West Stand, although depending on expected numbers and police advice, clubs may be offered the whole of the West Stand. For clubs with smaller away followings the Daggers may offer the Family Stand (208 seats) and retain the West Stand for home fans. Decisions on segregation are advised on the Daggers website.

Away seats are priced at 21 for adults, 15 for concessions, 12 for children 16 and under, and 2 to children under 10 (provided the child is accompanied by an adult).

Clubs with large away support may also be allocated some standing accomodtion at far west end of the North Terrace ("Sieve"), which is a maximum of around 200.

Away terrace prices when available are 15 adults, 10 for concessions, 8 for children 16 and under, and free to children under 10 (provided the child is accompanied by an adult).

Please note only cash is accepted at the turnstiles on match days.


As mentioned above, there are three executive boxes in the Carling Stand (left). If you are interested in booking one of these please contact Steve Thompson at the club for details (see Daggers commercial page).

In the past the club has regularly invited local clubs, schools and children's groups to games. If you are interested please again contact Steve Thompson at the club for details (see above). The club also has had "Kids for a Quid" days a couple of times a season whereby terrace entry for all U16s is reduced to 1. Again, these will be notified at the official site.

Other ways to part with your money

The full colour match day programme, The Dagger, is 3 for season 2019/20 and is generally a good read. Programmes are on sale in the clubhouse, in the Club Shop, and just through each of the turnstiles.

The previous Dagger Shops, inside the ground situated to the Bury Road terrace, and the portakabin monstrosity that replaced it are now closed, and a new club shop is now open in the clubhouse.

This stocks Daggers souvenirs from replica kit through to mouse mats and key rings. Since the additional marketing savvy was brought in by Trinity Sports Holdings the stick is now much better, and also includes stock from their USFL franchise, Memphis 901 FC.

The previous programme shop which was run out of an old container near the Bury Road gates inside the ground was destroyed by fire in 2012 but has reopened in an area under the Carling Stand, accessible from outside the ground. This has rebuilt it's stock of old D&R and other club programmes although further donations are sought to bolster the collection.

Replica shirts and other souvineers can also be ordered through an online shop on the Official Website.

The Dagenham & Redbridge FC Supporters Club briefly had an "office" where the new Police control box now stands and was next run on match days out of the container/programme shop near the Bury Road gates. Now both these are gone it is now run out of the new programme shop. and any membership queries or away travel bookings should be made there.

The D&R Supporters Club's home on the web is now at it's own site.

On match days the Daggers Supporters Club sell Golden Goal tickets at 1 each with a prize of 50. This is used mainly to subsidise away travel for the Supporters Club

The club themselves run a 50/50 draw with profits going to ground development and youth coaching, tickets priced at 1 each with a draw at half time. Look out for sellers of both outside and just through the turnstiles. The 50/50 tickets are also sold by people circulating the ground during the first half of matches. Prize money for the 50/50 draw is regularly well over 120.

Travelling by Car?

The postcode for the ground for your SatNav is RM10 7XL.

From the North: Approach via the M25. From the M25 exit at junction 27 and head south on the M11. At the end of the M11 join the A406 North Circular Road and head south towards Barking. At the junction with the A13 exit the A406 and take the A13 East towards Tilbury, Dagenham and the Dartford Tunnel. Exit the A13 at the signs for Dagenham/Dagenham East and the A1306 with the Vue cinema on your left. At the second set of lights on the A1306 take the B178 (Ballards Road), turning left at traffic lights with the Ford Plant main gates on your right and a McDonalds immediately in front of you. There is a fairly small signpost for Dagenham & Redbridge FC on this junction which is easy to miss. Now see "Nearly there" below.

From the South: Take the M25 and cross the river at the Dartford Tunnel. Shortly after exiting the tunnel take the exit onto the A13 at junction 31 of the M25. Follow the A13 to the Dagenham/Dagenham East exit. At the double roundabout under the main A13 turn right and pass back under the A13, then go straight on up over the bridge to the traffic lights and turn left onto the A1306. At the second set of lights turn right into the B178 (Ballards Road), with the Ford Plant main gates on your left and a McDonalds on your right. Now see "Nearly there" below.

Nearly there: At the north end of the B178 (Ballards Road) turn left at the roundabout onto Rainham Road South (the Bull Pub/Fruit & Veg market is on your left here). Careful approaching this roundabout as it is a 30mph speed limit and there is a camera. If you are in need of cash there is a free cash machine in the garage opposite the Bull Pub. After passing Dagenham East London Underground Station (pictured right) which will be on your left, Victoria Road is 400 yards further down on the left.

The ground is about 100 yards down Victoria Road.

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Where to park

There is very limited parking at the ground available by prior arrangement only.

Other parking is available in the side roads near the ground and fills up fairly quickly before a major game. You ought to find something, but the later you arrive, the further you walk. It is possible to park in Pondfield Road behind the club and walk across Pondfield Park to the back entrance into the ground (below). In Winter though you do face the minefield that is "dogshit alley" on the way back to your motor although this is better since lighting was installed on the path.

Note that parking on the pavement in Bury Road is not allowed and the Council will be giving parking tickets and potentially also clamping cars that are found here on match days.

Please be careful not to block driveways or other access ways if parking on the side streets in the area.

Travelling by Train?

Use the London Underground, District Line to Dagenham East (not Dagenham Heathway). Come out of the station and turn left, Victoria Road is about 400 yards and on your left, the ground is a further 100 yards down Victoria Road. If using the Bury Road turnstiles (not open for all matches), this is the next road up on the left past Victoria Road.

Dagenham East is around 40 minutes from Central London on the District line.

London Underground map

Unfortunately the London Underground have been kindly shutting sections of the District Line on many weekends both before and after the London Olympics and it is always worth checking that the line is running on match days before you travel. When this happens LUL will run a replacement bus service, but this can be very slow and you need to add time to your journey is you intend to use this. Closures are notified at the Transport for London website.

It is possible to get a C2C train from London Fenchurch Street to Barking and then transfer to the District Line for the last 4 stops to Dagenham East which will save a little time provided the train timings are right, but this is probably not going to make much difference overall, especially at weekends.

Alternatively, it is possible to get a Great Eastern train to Romford and than take the number 103 bus to Dagenham which stops close to the end of Victoria Road. Great Eastern trains run out of London Liverpool Street station. The other end of the 103 route is Rainham Station on the C2C line, which may also be an alternate route if the dreaded engineering works are happening.

Will the game be on?

The club invested in new drainage in 2000 and now has frost covers as a result of the high profile and costly loss of the Charlton Athletic FA Cup 3rd round replay in January 2001. Barring a really cold spell or persistent heavy rain the pitch has proved very durable since then.

To check out the five day forecast weather forecast for the Dagenham area see the Yahoo weather forecast.

Fancy a Beer?

DiggerDagger recommends that you drink in the Dagenham & Redbridge FC clubhouse (left). The clubhouse is open to away fans on most match days for a day membership of 50p. Again for major matches the club may be reserved for members only, see the official web site for notification of this.

The clubhouse has two large bars and two function halls. The Dave Andrews Suite is usually used by sponsors, but the Ted Hardy Suite is generally open to home and away fans with seating and the lunchtime game playing on a large screen. Good beer is sold at reasonable prices and a friendly welcome is given to visiting fans. The clubhouse had a fairly major redecration and refit over the close season 2017 and is now a much more pleasant place for a drink, and they have also improved the beer selection and quality recently.

There is now also a bar which is open on match days under the West stand inside the ground.

The following Dagenham pubs are reasonably local walking distance to the ground and given in order of recommendation.

Just up from the station, on the opposite side of the road where May & Bakers entrance was for 100 years, is a brand new (opened 2015) pub/carvery, The Pipe Major, which is a Marstons pub. This now appears to be the preferred gathering place for fans prior to games at Victoria Road. DiggerDagger's view is that this is more of a restaurant with a bar than a pub as such, but the beer is generally pretty good, and the outside seating area is nice in better weather.

The Eastbrook is just past the ground on the right if walking up Rainham Road from the station. It is a family pub with a garden and got some pretty good reviews from the Charlton fans that came over for the FA Cup replay in January 2001. It has no problem with away fans, but can get busy if West Ham are on the TV at lunchtime.

"The Eastbrook, as you said, is a welcoming pub with some decent beer. The prices were more in line with what we pay up here than I expected too!" Mark Griffiths - Wrexham

The Bull has now closed and become a fruit and veg market. I seriously have no clue what went on there! For those following the driving instructions above, while no longer a pub, the Bull is an easy landmark to find within a couple of minutes of the ground.

The Lord Denman is in Dagenham Heathway, which is the stop before Dagenham East on the District Line if coming from London. This is a JD Wetherspoons pub and therefore has predicable fare if chain pubs are your thing. The walk from there to the ground is maybe 20 minutes.

The Railway, which was situated next to Dagenham East station is now a Tesco Express.

The Beacon in Oxlow Lane has also been converted to be a Tesco Express.

Even the most committed local will admit that the area around the ground is not the greatest to visit so, if you are coming down for the day and fancy somewhere a little more salubrious but not within walking distance of the ground, the following are recommendations that are reasonably local and a little more upmarket.

Next to Hornchurch Station, two stops on from Dagenham East heading towards Upminster is The Railway which is considerably more pleasant and welcoming than its namesake at Dagenham East was. A 15 minute walk into Hornchurch from the station (turn left out of the station and keep walking up Station Lane) will take you into the town centre with all sorts of pubs and restaurants. The best pub (IMHO) in Hornchurch is the Fatling & Firkin, part of the Firkin chain of brewpubs. At the end of Station Lane follow the road round to the left into the High Street and walk 100 or so yards, and the pub is on the right hand side.

At the end of the District Line, also on the C2C mainline is Upminster Station. Right next to the station is the The Junction. This is the pre-game venue of choice for the "Upminster Daggers" who would welcome any away fans that are looking far a chat and a bit of banter.

Also in Upminster is the Upminster Taproom. This serves some really good local real ales, but is a quirky sort of place, no TV or phones allowed.

If anyone has any other pubs in easy reach of the ground that you feel may be of interest in adding to this area of the site, please drop me a line.

Something to Eat?

Food, tea, coffee and soft drinks are available from the various permanent tea bars in the ground. These are at the corner of the Bury Road End (right), next to the main turnstiles, at the Pondfield Road End behind the Barking College Stand, under the West Stand, and at the back of the Sieve, in the centre of the covered terrace. For games where a really big crowd is expected the club has in the past allowed additional temporary catering vans into the ground. Beer is now for sale within the ground but only to away fans in the West Stand.

Various fast food outlets are dotted around the area of the ground, including a couple of fish and chip shops in the area opposite Dagenham East Station and on Rainham Road between the Station and Victoria Road. DiggerDagger cannot vouch for the standard of the fare.

If driving and in need of a burger and fries, there is a McDonalds on the A1306 at the junction with Ballards Road (see the driving instruction above). DiggerDagger can vouch for this one. It is the same as every other McDonalds in the UK!

If you fancy something a little more "East End" there is a Pie and Mash establishment just beyond the Eastbrook pub in Dagenham Road. The food is basic, but plentiful and good value, and we have been informed that for some visitors this is the highlight of their visit to Dagenham. This may have been because their team left Victoria Road empty handed though.

"The pie and mash shop is a good spot for a feed. I recommend the stewed eels!" Mark Griffiths - Wrexham

Local Attractions
Lets be honest here, Dagenham is hardly the greatest part of the world, even if it does have the best pub team in the world. "Lets go and see the biggest council estate in the world darling" is highly unlikely to cut it I'd guess. So how will you sell the trip down from the frozen north to your non-footballing wife/girlfriend/significant other?

Despite the Essex postcode, Dagenham is in Greater London and only about 40 minutes from Central London by underground, 25 minutes by car on a good day, and this is one of the great cities of the world. There a hundred places to find out about things to do in "The Smoke" so I won't add them here, use Google!

If shopping is your ladies thing the shopping centre in Romford is pretty good and only 10 minutes or so drive from Victoria Road. The Brewery in Romford is sadly no longer a brewery but is another area of shops very close to the main centre which has a bowling alley, multi screen cinema and a number of restaurants in it. Also in Romford is the Greyhound Stadium which is always a good night out. Meetings are held four nights a week including Saturday nights with first race off at 7:30pm.

Back on the shopping theme the famous Lakeside Shopping Centre is right by the M25 Junction 30/31 at the north end of the Dartford Crossing and is where Essex Girls traditionally buy their white stilettos. Lakeside also has a large retail park with all the usual collection of the major retail outlets including CostCo, PC World, JJB Sports etc.

Just the other side of the Dartford Crossing in Kent is Bluewater which bills itself as "the leading shopping and leisure destination in Europe". A visit here is highly likely to prove more expensive than the equivalent trip to Lakeside so take care when suggesting it, but it is a pretty spectacular set of shops.

Very close to Lakeside is the Arena Essex Raceway where there are various motor racing fixtures pretty much every Sunday from March to October. Brands Hatch is also in easy reach just off the M20 in Kent.

If anyone has any other local attractions that you feel may be of interest in adding to this area of the site, please drop me a line.

What kind of welcome can away fans expect?

Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club is an amalgamation of four famous old amateur sides of yesteryear, Walthamstow Avenue, Leytonstone, Ilford and Dagenham and in its current form only came into existence in 1992 when Dagenham merged with Redbridge Forest.

For a detailed explanation of the various founder clubs and mergers, and a more detailed season by season review of how Dagenham & Redbridge came to find themselves in the Football League at last than given in the brief history section below, see the club history section.

As a result of the somewhat patchwork history, the fan base is quite diverse, however Dagenham and Redbridge fans are generally a friendly bunch, and welcome the exchange of non-abusive banter with away fans. As with anywhere else though there is the occasional nutter that attaches himself to a club but the Daggers have a fine reputation and try hard to keep it. The genuine affection from Norwich City, Morecambe and Stoke City where praise has been heaped on the Daggers fans after big games is what following Dagenham & Redbridge is all about.

At bigger games at Victoria Road sadly there has been a tendency for some of the less attractive elements of local Football League and Premiership clubs (you know who I mean) to attach themselves to the team and at the FA Cup match with Ipswich Town there were a couple of incidents of coin throwing. There were also two incidents in 2001/02 of away coaches being stoned when leaving the ground. This sort of behaviour is not condoned by the club or the regular supporters and anyone caught will face prosecution and a ban from Victoria Road and and other football grounds.

The Daggers have a dedicated but small fan base and the crowds in the Football League have so far settled to an average of around the 1,800 to 2,200 level depending on the opposition. A historic view of club attendances can be found here.

In the Conference before promotion games were only segregated where police advice to do so was received, which was games against most ex-Football League clubs or where the visiting club indicated it was bringing more than 200. In the Football League, all games were segregated as a matter of course which changed the atmosphere at the ground further and was a disappointment for most supporters. Since relegation, the layout of the ground now means away fans are still segregated from the majority of the home areas.

A Brief History of Dagenham & Redbridge FC

Dagenham & Redbridge FC was formed in the close season of 1992 upon the merger of Redbridge Forest and Dagenham, who had shared Dagenham's Victoria Road for two seasons. Redbridge Forest was the amalgam of three other famous London/Essex non league giants, Ilford, Leytonstone and Walthamstow Avenue.

The new club's first season under former Redbridge Forest manager John Still saw it finish 3rd in the Conference but it was downhill from there and the club was relegated in 1996. After this though the appointment of Ted Hardy as manager saw the clubs fortunes turned around completely and after a Wembley appearance in the 1997 FA Trophy final beaten in extra time by our old rivals Woking, promotion back to the Nationwide Conference was won in May 2000 under Garry Hill.

In their first season back in the top flight of the non-league game the Daggers finished an impressive third, and had a hugely successful FA Cup run, being 4 minutes away from beating Charlton Athletic at the Valley, losing by a single, extra-time goal in the replay at Victoria Road.

In the 2001/02 season the club again progressed making another FA Cup 3rd round appearance, this time beaten at home by Ipswich Town, and finished second in the Nationwide Conference missing out on promotion to the Football League on goal difference to arch enemies Boston United.

In 2002/03 the club went one better in the cup, losing narrowly to Norwich City in the 4th round after beating Plymouth Argyle and is again having a fine Conference season finishing fifth after an early poor start, once again missing promotion in the cruellest of manners, losing the first ever Conference play off final to a truly golden goal for Doncaster Rovers in extra time.

The 2003 play off final at Stoke City's Brittania Stadium

2003/04 proved to be a very disappointing season with wholesale changes to the squad that had come so close to promotion twice, and a series of disappointing results including early departures from the cup competitions. Towards the end of the season a televised horror show losing 9-0 at home to Hereford led to manager Garry Hill's position becoming untenable and he resigned in March.

The Daggers headed in to 2004/05 under a new (old) manager, John Still who did a great job of rebuilding the team under tight monetary pressures. After a couple of seasons rebuilding the team with a mixture of youth and a few shrewd signings of established non-league players, the club was ready to go for honours once more heading into the 2006/07 season.

The season actually started with little fanfare, the Daggers making decent enough start, but relegated Oxford United heading off into the distance, unbeaten into November, including two wins over the Daggers at Victoria Road, in the league and FA Cup. The Daggers kept going though and Oxford faltered, and the second half orf the season saw the Daggers stretch away, and after a televised showdown at Oxford finished 2-2, the Conference title, and with it promotion to the Football League, was won with a home win over Aldershot Town on the 7th of April 2007.

Champagne moment 2007

The Daggers first season in the Football League was a bit of a struggle with the club in a relegation fight up to March, before going on a run of five wins and finally finishing a relatively comfortable 20th.

2008/09 was a much better season for the Daggers with the club chasing a play off spot for most of the season. Going in to the last game the Daggers lay in the last play off spot in 7th and needed just a draw to seal a place end of season lottery, but lost 2-1 at home to Shrewsbury Town who sneaked above them as a result. The 8th place finish was still a huge achievement for the Daggers who remain one of the smaller Football League clubs.

With the team doing so well, half a dozen of the players were lured away to pastures new during the close season and the first half of 2009/10. Despite this the Daggers continued to punch above their weight, topping the table twice before dropping to mid table early in 2010. A late run meant that once again they sat in the final play off place going in to the last day of the season, and this time a 2-0 win at already relegated Darlington clinched 7th spot.

After demolishing Morecambe 6-0 at home in the first leg of the semi final (a new Football League Playoff record), eventually winning 7-2 on aggregate. The final, against Rotherham United at Wembley, was another classic with the Daggers hanging on at the end to win 3-2 in the end to clinch an unlikely promotion to League One for 2010/11.

The Daggers celebrate the 2010 play off final win at Wembley

After an eventful season in the third tier of English football, which saw them accumulate 47 points, the Daggers were relegated back to League Two. Needing just a point in their last game at Peterborough they lost to finish 21st and in the final relegation place.

Down, but now disheartened or overawed, the Daggers struggled back in League Two and the next two seasons saw them finish 19th and 22nd, with 2012/13 being particularly nervewracking, manager John Still leaving for Luton Town in March and the club ended up being saved from the drop only on goal difference by Barnet losing at Northampton on the last day of the season.

Plymouth Argyle fans fill the West Stand, 2015

Following that it has been a constant struggle pretty much since and Daggers are perennial favourites for the drop back to the Conference under Wayne Burnett, yet have clung on and actually had half respectable finishes of 9th and 14th while for long periods in those seasons being a chore to watch. During Burnett's tenure, come to Victoria Road expecting 3 points and you would rarely be disappointed! In December 2015 though the club finally sacked Burnett and reappointed John Still for a third spell in charge. Hopefully this will change the Daggers fortunes once more, although it was too late to save the club from the drop back to the Conference for 2016/17.

The first season back in non-league was a turbulent one off the field with various attempts to buy in to the club to finance a return to the Football League, which is documented elsewhere, but on it was fairly successful, with the Daggers ending up in 4th place and securing a play off berth. After a controversial home 1-1 draw with eventual play off winners Forest Green Rovers, the season ended with a rather tame 2-0 defeat in the second leg. In the FA Cup the club lost a replay at Halifax in the first round proper, and in the FA Trophy suffered a catastrophic loss to Worthing also in the first round.

The change of structure and ownership settled, and a new two year contract for John Still secured, the club headed in to it's Silver Jubilee season, 2017/18, with significant optimism only to have that dashed again when it's major investor pulled out mid season.

After a very tough nine months which saw the sale or release of pretty much the whole squad, and manager John Still depart for Barnet, the club is rebuilding under ex-England caretaker Peter Taylor once again. New investors based in the US arrived in September 2018 and the club looks to be on the rise once again.

For a detailed explanation of the various founder clubs and mergers, and a more detailed season by season review of how Dagenham & Redbridge came to find themselves in the Football League at last, and back out again, than given in this brief history section below, see the club history section.

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"The welcome at the club itself is very warm - I hope we're both in League Two next season as I look forward to coming down again! Looking at yesterday you're more than capable of pulling yourselves away from the bottom - Nurse, Okoronghae and Patterson impressed me particularly." Mark Griffiths - Wrexham

If you are visiting the club I wish you a pleasant trip and a safe (but depressed) homeward journey.

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