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In 1992,The Daggers beat Boston United 2-1  Away in the Conference League Cup 2nd Round


In 1996,The Daggers beat Bishop's Stortford 3-0 at Home in the ICIS League Premier 


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Victoria Road : The Future
by Nelson on 03/12/2001

Nelson examines the future expansion plans and possibiliities for Victoria Road. Much has been discussed about the ground's suitablility of the Football League.

Victoria Road - The Future?
For the last few months since the Daggers' title charge materialised, the messageboards have been inundated with questions about the suitability of Victoria Road for promotion to the Football League should we be in a position to go up.

Whilst this has been addressed with the building of the Carling Stand, erection of crush barriers and the building of new turnstiles in Bury Road, it is not the end of the story. Football League regulations state that member clubs' grounds should have 2,000 seats within three years of promotion and this would need to be rectified.

The ground currently has just over 1,000 seats shared between the Carling Stand and the Barking College Family Stand. The capacity of the ground is 6,000.which meets the current requirement for ground capacity. However, rumours abound that the Football League is set to increase this requirement to 10,000 in the future.

In the Conference, Clubs are eligible for ground improvement grants once every three years. In the Football League, this is increased to once per year. This would enable the Club to develop the ground further.

The problem with Victoria Road though is its proximity to nearby houses. Light regulations limit our expansion possibilities at the Bury Road end of the ground. This really means that the only sides of the ground we can look to for expansion are the Pondfield Road end and the North side of the ground where the covered terrace sits currently.

People are frequently asking if the Club is going to cover one end of the ground. The problem with this is that this needs to be "all or nothing". Should the Club erect any cover at one end, the cover would need to encompass the entire terrace. The reason for this is that covering only part of the terrace is deemed to reduce the capacity of that part of the ground due to the desire for people to stay dry causing a crush in a downpour.

Covering the entirety of one end would come at considerable expense and would restrict the further expansion possibilities. For this reason, the most likely target for expansion is the covered terrace. I am reliably informed that, should the Club's recent successes continue and a future in the Football League become a reality, the Club would look into replacing the covered terrace with a new two-tier stand. This stand, it is suggested, would house approximately 3,000 standing spectators on the bottom tier with around 2,000 seats in the top tier. This would increase the capacity of the ground to around 8,000.

Should further progress then be made, expansion at the Pondfield Road end of the ground is still a viable option with the ability to build a larger stand at that end.

In the shorter term, however, there are a number of other changes we are likely to see at Victoria Road. The first of these will be the construction of two all-weather pitches in the area behind the Pondfield Road terrace. A further pitch is also planned to go in the corner of Pondfield Park. This would be accompanied by changing rooms and be surrounded by a permanent metal fence. This would bring in extra revenue as well as raise the Club's profile in the local community.

The other suggestion is to move the Club Shop. The position of the floodlight pylon in the corner of the ground where the club shop is currently situated has caused a bit of a bottleneck for those leaving the ground. It has been suggested that moving the club shop to a location outside the perimeter of the ground would enable the shop to open on non-match days and would also remove this bottleneck inside the ground. The location that has been suggested for this is in the back of the Carling Stand. There is a significant amount of space under the seats in the stand and, it is suggested, that this would be the ideal place for the club shop. Adjacent to the shop would be a ticket office, allowing the club to sell match tickets. Should the Club progress up the leagues, tickets for games will become more necessary and this would relieve pressure on the staff in the clubhouse.

When you compare Victoria Road now to what it was like when I first started attending Dagenham matches in the late 1970s, you would barely recognise the place - every side of the ground has changed considerably. With each change, the ground looks more and more like a Football League stadium and whilst it may not be of the standard of Nene Park, it does at least have character and it's home. Assuming the currents successes continue for the next few years, the thoughts of seeing Victoria Road in a few years time fill me with enthusiasm.


 

 

 

 

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