Dagenham & Redbridge F.C.


Dagenham & Redbridge F.C.
Dagenham & Redbridge
Dagenham & Redbridge's crest
Full name Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club
Nickname(s) The Daggers
Founded 1992
Ground Victoria Road
(Capacity: 6,078[1])
Chairman David Andrews
Manager John Still
League League Two
2010–11 League One, 21st
(relegated)
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club (play /ˈdæɡənəm ˈrɛdbrɪ/), informally known as Daggers, is an English association football club based in Dagenham, in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, East London. It was formed in 1992 after a merger between Redbridge Forest and Dagenham. The team plays in Football League Two for the 2011-12 season having been relegated after only one season in Football League One.

The club's traditional colours are red and blue, to represent the merger teams' colours. In the early days the club used red for the home shirt and blue for the away shirts, normally red and white vertical stripes for the home and blue and white vertical stripes for the away. In recent times the kit has gone under a large transformation. The stripes have been replaced with solid colours. The home kit is currently red with blue trim, whilst the away kit has become green with black trim.

Contents

History

Formation

The club can trace its origins back to four amateur clubs Ilford (formed in 1881), Leytonstone (1886), Walthamstow Avenue (1900) and Dagenham (1949). All had some success, particularly Leytonstone, who won the FA Amateur Cup three times and the Isthmian League title nine times. A new Ilford F.C. was formed in 1987 and lays claim to the pre-merger history of the previous Ilford club.

In 1979, Ilford and Leytonstone merged to become Leytonstone/Ilford, and in 1988 they absorbed the struggling Walthamstow Avenue to become Redbridge Forest (although the name change was made only in the summer of 1989). Redbridge Forest achieved promotion to the Football Conference in 1991 before merging with Dagenham in 1992 to become Dagenham & Redbridge.

Non-League

Dagenham & Redbridge spent several seasons in the Football Conference but was relegated to the Isthmian League Premier Division in 1996. The club remained in the division until winning promotion in 1999–2000, going on to establish itself as one of the strongest clubs in the Conference, finishing third, second and fifth in its first three seasons back following promotion.

The club was narrowly beaten to the Conference title by Boston United in 2002 on goal difference. Boston United was subsequently found guilty of inappropriately making illegal payments to its players in its title-winning season. Following which Dagenham & Redbridge attempted unsuccessfully to have itself declared Conference Champions, and therefore take Boston's contentious place in The Football League. A four-point deduction was put in place for the following season but not for the season the irregularities were committed.

The Daggers then declined somewhat, finishing the 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons in mid-table. On 27 February 2004 the club was beaten 9-0 at home by Hereford United, equalling the record highest winning margin in the Conference.[2]

Promotion to the Football League

The 2006–07 season saw Dagenham & Redbridge battle it out with Oxford United for the top of the league spot. Despite Oxford quickly racing to the top, a collapse in Oxford's form combined with an excellent run for the Daggers saw them overtake Oxford in the league. On 7 April, Dagenham & Redbridge beat Aldershot Town 2–1 to be declared Conference Champions, meaning the club would play in the Football League for the first time in its history.[3][4]

Dagenham & Redbridge played its first match in The Football League on 11 August 2007, a 1–0 defeat to Stockport County.[5] The club won its first Football League game at home to Lincoln City on 1 September 2007.[6] The Daggers finished the season in 20th place, ensuring a second season of Football League competition. Promotion to the Football League meant that Dagenham & Redbridge could compete in the League Cup for the first time. The club lost in the First Round to Luton Town.

The following season, the Daggers reached their highest ever position of eighth. They just failed to make the League Two play-offs after losing to Shropshire side Shrewsbury Town at home on the last day of the season.[7]

The 2009–10 season saw The Daggers promoted for the first time in their history from League Two to League One. They achieved this by beating Rotherham United 3-2 at Wembley on 30 May 2010 with Jon Nurse scoring a 70th minute winner.[8] They played only one season in League One finishing 21st and were relegated on the last day of the 2010–11 season back to League Two.[9]

Local rivalries

Dagenham & Redbridge has a number of local rivalries. One of the fiercest is with A.F.C. Hornchurch,[citation needed] although the team is currently several leagues below. Its closest geographical Football League rivals are Leyton Orient, a club associated with the Daggers' own history.

Other rivalries include Boston United;[citation needed] a hangover from Boston breaking the Football Association's rules over the registration of players and making illegal payments to its players in their 2002 title-winning season, in which Dagenham finished second on goal difference.

Players

Current squad

As of 21 November 2011.[10]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK James Shea (on loan from Arsenal)
3 Republic of Ireland MF Damien McCrory
4 England DF Scott Doe
5 England DF Richard Rose
6 South Africa DF Mark Arber (captain)[11]
7 England FW Sam Williams
8 England FW Rob Edmans
9 Barbados FW Jon Nurse
10 England FW Josh Scott
11 England FW Gavin Tomlin
12 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Medy Elito
14 England FW Jake Reed
15 England MF Damian Scannell
16 Republic of Ireland MF Kevin Maher
17 England MF Luke Howell
18 England DF Exodus Geohaghon (on loan from Darlington)
19 England MF Abu Ogogo
No. Position Player
21 England MF Danny Green
23 England FW Brian Woodall
24 England MF Billy Bingham
25 England DF Adam Gemili
27 England GK Dave Hogan
29 England DF Oluwafemi Ilesanmi
30 England GK Chris Lewington
31 England FW Phil Walsh
33 Republic of Ireland MF Peter Gain
36 England MF Connor Okus
37 England MF Dominic Green
38 Colombia FW Cristian Montaño (on loan from West Ham United)
40 Wales GK Tony Roberts
41 Republic of Ireland DF Michael Spillane (on loan from Brentford)

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 England DF Luke Wilkinson (at Boreham Wood)
22 England DF Ian Gayle (on loan at Kingstonian)
26 England FW Louis Dennis (at Grays Athletic)
28 England MF Lee Wootton (at Harrow Borough)
No. Position Player
34 England FW Alex Osborn (at Thurrock)
35 England FW Jon Jo Bates (at Harrow Borough)
England FW Dwight Gayle (at Bishop's Stortford)
England DF Duran Reynolds (at St Neots Town)

Top appearances

A list of players with more than 100 league appearances for Dagenham & Redbridge.

Stadium

League history

Season Division Position Top league goalscorer Notes
1993–94 Conference 6 David Crown 9
1994–95 Conference 15 Ian Richardson 10
1995–96 Conference 22 Kelly Haag 8 Relegated
1996–97 Isthmian Premier 4 Vinnie John 12
1997–98 Isthmian Premier 4 Paul Cobb 24
1998–99 Isthmian Premier 3 Paul Cobb 21
1999–2000 Isthmian Premier 1 Paul Cobb 18 Champions
2000–01 Conference 3 Danny Shipp & Junior McDougald 9
2001–02 Conference 2 Mark Stein 24 Runners up on goal difference
2002–03 Conference 5 Mark Stein & Steve West 16 First Conference play-off finalists
2003–04 Conference 13 Chris Moore 10
2004–05 Conference National 11 Chris Moore 19
2005–06 Conference National 10 Chris Moore 15
2006–07 Conference National 1 Paul Benson 28 Champions
2007–08 League Two 20 Ben Strevens 15
2008–09 League Two 8 Paul Benson 18
2009–10 League Two 7 Paul Benson 22 Play-off winners - promoted
2010–11 League One 21 Romain Vincelot 12 Relegated

Records

  • Record victory;
    • Football Conference - 8–1 vs Woking 1993–94 season
    • Football League - 6–0 vs Chester City 2008–09 season
  • Record defeat;
    • Football Conference - 0–9 vs Hereford United 2003–04 season
    • Football League - 5–0 vs Peterborough United 2010–11 season
  • Record League attendance: 2 May 2009, Football League Two vs Shrewsbury Town, 4,791
  • Record transfer fee received: Solomon Taiwo to Cardiff City, £200,000
  • Record appearance holder: Tony Roberts, over 500 Appearances over 10 years
  • Record goalscorer: Danny Shipp, 102 goals over nine years
  • FA Cup: 4th round 2002-03; lost to Norwich City 0-1 (reached the 3rd round 3 times while a Non-League Club)

Other records

  • Tony Roberts is the only goalkeeper in the history of the FA Cup to have scored a goal from open play. He netted against Basingstoke Town in October 2001, it was a fourth Qualifying Round.
  • First fully capped international whilst playing for Dagenham was Jon Nurse who was capped for Barbados against Dominica in 2008.
  • The highest ever scoreline in the first leg of a play off game is now held by Dagenham, they defeated Morecambe 6–0 on the 16 May 2010, although they could not build on this afterwards with a 2-1 defeat in the second leg. The previous record was held by Crewe Alexandra.

Honours

League Two

  • Play-Off Winner: 2009–10

Conference National

  • Champions: 2006–07
  • Promotion Final: 2002-03
  • Runners-up: 2001–02

Isthmian League Premier Division

  • Champions: 1999–2000

FA Trophy

  • Runners-up: 1997

Essex Senior Cup

  • Winners: 1998, 2001
  • Runners-up: 2002

One-to-One Shield (Isthmian League)

  • Winners: 2000-01

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