We’ve been tested by Dagenham & Redbridge plenty of times over the years – both in the Conference and then in the Football League. After missing out (controversially) on promotion in 2002, the Daggers got their day in the sun as they claimed the Conference title five years later. It was almost to be expected to be fair. The club came to life after several mergers; Dagenham and, er, Redbridge in 1992 being the main one. Redbridge came about when Ilford, Leytonstone, and Walthamstow Avenue joined forces. And all three of them were former Boro’ opponents from yesteryear.
Dagenham & Redbridge: The Facts
The Chigwell Construction Stadium
Victoria Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM10 7XL
Like us, the Daggers are a relatively new club in the grand scheme of things. Established in 1992, they’re the result of a merger between Dagenham on one side and Redbridge Forest on the other. This football lark don’t have to be a complicated thing. But Redbridge Forest are also the product of a merger; Leytonstone Ilford and Walthamstow Avenue joining forces.
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Why do we know Dagenham & Redbridge?
The Daggers lucked out to start with; claiming Redbridge Forest’s spot in the Conference after the merger. And the early days were pretty encouraging. The club finished third in its first league season, although some way behind champions Wycombe Wanderers. That’s as good as it got, however. By the time we arrived on the scene for the 1994-5 campaign, the Daggers’ powers were on the wane. By comparison, Cloughie’s Boro’ were on the rise.
How to get to Dagenham & Redbridge – Travel Information – Distance: 49 miles
From Stevenage, take the A1(M) down to the M25 and follow eastbound (towards Dartford Crossing) until you reach Junction 27 (M11). Exit onto the M11 south towards London and continue until you get to Charlie Brown’s – the end of the M11. Here, follow signs for A406 (E) towards Barking.
Once on the A406, the junction for the A12 is almost immediate and you need to leave the A406. At the roundabout, take the second exit (the first being for local traffic); following the signs for Chelmsford (A12). Continue on the A12 until the Moby Dick junction. At the traffic lights, turn right. Follow the A1112 south until you pass the junction for the A124.
Soon after on your right will be Victoria Road. At the end is the ground.
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