Dagenham & Redbridge F.C.

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Dagenham & Redbridge
Dagenham & Redbridge's crest
Full nameDagenham & Redbridge Football Club
Nickname(s)The Daggers
GroundVictoria Road
Ground Capacity6,078[1]
ChairmanDave Bennett
ManagerWayne Burnett
LeagueLeague Two
2012–13League Two, 22nd
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season
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Dagenham & Redbridge
Dagenham & Redbridge's crest
Full nameDagenham & Redbridge Football Club
Nickname(s)The Daggers
GroundVictoria Road
Ground Capacity6,078[1]
ChairmanDave Bennett
ManagerWayne Burnett
LeagueLeague Two
2012–13League Two, 22nd
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club /ˈdæɡənəm ˈrɛdbrɪ/, informally known as the Daggers, is an English association football club based in Dagenham, in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, East London. The club was formed in 1992 after a merger between both Redbridge Forest and Dagenham. The team currently plays in Football League Two, the fourth tier in the English football league system.

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 made up of a red jersey with a blue sash, blue shorts, and red socks. The away kit consists of a light blue jersey with navy blue trim, navy blue shorts, and light blue socks.



Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. was formed in 1992 following a merger between two clubs – Dagenham and Redbridge Forest.[2] Both clubs had fallen on hard times due to dwindling attendances. The club can trace back its ancestry to 1881 as Redbridge Forest was an amalgamation of three of the amateur game's most famous clubs, Ilford, Leytonstone and Walthamstow Avenue.[2][3] Between the clubs they won the FA Trophy once, FA Amateur Cup seven times, Isthmian League 20 times, Athenian League six times, Essex Senior Cup 26 times and London Senior Cup 23 times.[2]


Dagenham & Redbridge spent its inaugural season in the Football Conference taking the place of Redbridge Forest.[2] The club's first fixture in its new guise was on 25 July 1992, an 8–0 thrashing of Great Wakering Rovers in a friendly.[2] The first competitive result was a 2–0 win over Merthyr Tydfil in the Conference.[2]

Dagenham & Redbridge spent several seasons in the Football Conference but was relegated to the Isthmian League Premier Division in 1996. The club remained in that 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 against Boston United for the following season but not for the season the irregularities had been 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 were hammered 9–0 at home by Hereford United, equalling the record highest winning margin in the Conference.[4]

Promotion to the Football League[edit]

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 build an unbeatable lead in the league, becoming Conference Champions, meaning the club would play in the Football League for the first time in its history.[5][6]

Dagenham & Redbridge played its first match in The Football League on 11 August 2007, a 1–0 defeat to Stockport County.[7] The club won its first Football League game at home to Lincoln City on 1 September 2007.[8] 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.[citation needed]

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.[9]

Promotion to League One[edit]

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.[10]

The Daggers first game in League One of the 2010–2011 season was a 2–0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on 7 August 2010. After one more defeat against Notts County, the team got their first point, as they drew 2–2 with Tranmere Rovers and their first win of the League One season just a week later as they beat Leyton Orient 2–0 with both goals coming from Romain Vincelot. It was an unsuccessful season in League One as they finished 21st and were relegated on the last day of the 2010–2011 season back to League Two.[11]

Relegation back into League Two[edit]

Following relegation the previous season back into League Two, the Daggers started the 2011–2012 season with a 1–0 win against Macclesfield Town. Following this the team only lost once in the month of August, however, this run of good results was going to end as from 3 September to 10 December, a period of 15 games, the Daggers only won once which put them bottom of the table. After this the teams luck improved slightly and the team started to pick up some points with draws against Burton Albion and Southend United, and consecutive wins against Barnet and Gillingham. After a few more losses the Daggers finished the season terrifically and from the 17 March until 5 May good form saw them only lose 1 game from the final 10. They eventually finished the season in 19th place.

The 2012–2013 season season did not start too well with team having a record of 4 draws and 4 losses from their opening 8 games. The 9th game was better as the Daggers got their first win of the season with a 3–0 win against Wycombe Wanderers. Another troublesome season for the team ensued, and they were devastated when John Still, their manager of 9 years, left the club on 26 February 2013 to join Luton Town. Preceding this Wayne Burnett was made Caretaker Manager for the remaining games of the season. After another run of bad results, the club finished the season in 22nd place. Following the club's safety from relegation, on 2 May 2013, Wayne Burnett was appointed the manager on a permanent basis.

The start of the 2013–2014 season did not start well for Dagenham & Redbridge as they lost their opening league match 3–1 to Fleetwood Town and were knocked out in the first round of the League Cup as they lost 3–2 to Brentford. However in their next league game they defeated York City 2–0 with goals from Rhys Murphy and Brian Woodall. An inconsistent season continued with the team occupying a place in the top half of the table as of the beginning of 2014.

Current Squad[edit]

First Team Squad[edit]

As of 24 January 2014

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

1EnglandGKChris Lewington
2EnglandDFLuke Wilkinson
3EnglandDFFemi Ilesanmi
4EnglandDFScott Doe
5EnglandDFBrian Saah
6EnglandMFBilly Bingham
7EnglandMFMedy Elito
8EnglandMFAbu Ogogo (Captain)
9Republic of IrelandFWRhys Murphy
10EnglandFWAshley Chambers (on loan from Cambridge United)
11EnglandFWAfolabi Obafemi
12EnglandMFLawson D'Ath (on loan from Reading)
14GhanaFWChris Dickson
15EnglandMFMatthew Saunders
17EnglandMFLuke Howell
18EnglandDFGavin Hoyte
20Northern IrelandMFSean Shields
22EnglandDFIan Gayle
26EnglandDFJack Connors
27EnglandFWAdebayo Azeez (on loan from Charlton Athletic)
30EnglandGKJordan Seabright
31EnglandGKLloyd Anderson (dual registration with Grays Athletic)
33EnglandMFLuke Norris (on loan from Brentford)
41EnglandFWZavon Hines

Out on loan[edit]

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

21EnglandFWAlex Osborn (at Ebbsfleet United until 30 May 2014)
29EnglandFWBradley Goldberg (at Bromley until 30 May 2014)

Current Staff[edit]

Updated 28 February 2014[12]

ManagerWayne Burnett
Assistant managerWarren Hackett
First team coachDarren Currie
Club liaison officerTeresa Parish
Club physioJohn Gowans
Club doctorDr. Tahir
Kit managerGary Watson


As of 28 February 2014

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

EnglandGKBen Crickmay
CyprusGKTristan Martinsen
EnglandDFJames Fitchett
EnglandDFDanny Rumens
EnglandDFCharlie Yexley
EnglandDFLewis Clark
EnglandDFOmari Walker
EnglandDFJimmy Shepherd
EnglandDFDavid Nicol-Wilson
EnglandDFJimmy Nottage
EnglandMFNathan Ferguson
EnglandMFJordan Sidhu
EnglandMFTyler Bolton
EnglandMFAyo Olukoga
EnglandMFLee Hursit
EnglandMFKurtis Pykes
EnglandMFHenry Burnett
EnglandMFKai Heather
EnglandMFDarren Foxley
EnglandMFJodi Jones
EnglandFWHarrison Tweddell
EnglandFWMason Bloomfield
EnglandFWJon Nouble
EnglandFWReeco Hackett-Fairchild
EnglandFWAlfie Moulder

Academy Coaching Staff[edit]

Updated 28 February 2014[12]

Academy ManagerWarren Hackett
Head of Academy CoachingMicah Hyde
Foundation Phase Lead CoachDaryl McMahon
Academy Head of Sports and MedicineDarren Gildersleeve
Head Goalkeeping CoachMark Levey
Head of Academy RecruitmentPaul Whelan
Assistant Recruitment OfficerJason Ngandu
Academy Education OfficerPeter Theori
Academy Welfare OfficerTeresa Parish
Player Analysts Under 18'sUtkarsh Kaushik
Player Analysts Under 12-16'sGrant Smallman
Academy Sports Therapist 9-15'sAnthony La
Academy Sports Therapist 9-15'sBen Jacobs
Academy Sports Therapist 16-18'sAlex Castle
Academy Sports Therapist 16-18'sSarah Keeble
Sports Scientist Under 18'sDean Game
Sports Scientist Under 12-16'sSimon Dahl
Sports Scientist Under 9-11'sJosh Samuels
Academy AdministratorJo Arnold


Dagenham & Redbridge have only had six different managers since their formation in 1992.[13]

19921994John Still
19941995Dave Cusack
19951996Graham Carr
19961999Ted Hardy
19992004Garry Hill
20042013John Still
2013presentWayne Burnett


League history[edit]

SeasonDivisionPositionTop league goalscorerNotes
1993–94Conference6David Crown 9 –
1994–95Conference15Ian Richardson 10 –
1995–96Conference22Kelly Haag 8Relegated
1996–97Isthmian Premier4Vinnie John 12 –
1997–98Isthmian Premier4Paul Cobb 24 –
1998–99Isthmian Premier3Paul Cobb 21
1999–2000Isthmian Premier1Paul Cobb 18Champions
2000–01Conference3Danny Shipp & Junior McDougald 9 –
2001–02Conference2Mark Stein 24Runners up on goal difference
2002–03Conference5Mark Stein & Steve West 16First Conference play-off finalists
2003–04Conference13Chris Moore 10 –
2004–05Conference National11Chris Moore 19 –
2005–06Conference National10Chris Moore 15
2006–07Conference National1Paul Benson 28Champions
2007–08League Two20Ben Strevens 15
2008–09League Two8Paul Benson 18
2009–10League Two7Paul Benson 22Play-off winners – promoted
2010–11League One21Romain Vincelot 12Relegated
2011–12League Two19Brian Woodall 13
2012–13League Two22Luke Howell 9


  • Record victory;
    • Football Conference – 8–1 vs Woking 1993–94 season
    • Football League – 6–0 vs Chester City 2008–09 season
  • Record League attendance: 2 May 2009, Football League Two vs Shrewsbury Town, 4,791
  • 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[edit]

  • Tony Roberts is the only goalkeeper in the history of the FA Cup to have scored a goal from open play.[citation needed] He netted against Basingstoke Town in October 2001, it was a fourth qualifying round
  • First fully capped international whilst playing for Dagenham & Redbridge 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 & Redbridge, they defeated Morecambe 6–0 on 16 May 2010, although they could not build on this afterwards with a 2–1 defeat in the second leg
  • The highest scoring penalty shootout in professional football history, with Dagenham & Redbridge defeating Leyton Orient in the 2nd round of the Football League Trophy 14–13, 27 penalties in total, on 8 September 2011


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


  1. ^ "Ground History". daggers.co.uk. Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "History of Dagenham & Redbridge FC". DiggerDagger.com. 7 November 2001. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "History". Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Dag & Red 0–9 Hereford BBC Sport, 27 February 2004
  5. ^ Dag & Red 2–1 Aldershot BBC Sport, 7 April 2007
  6. ^ Daggers delight at promotion prize BBC Sport, 7 April 2007
  7. ^ Stockport 1–0 Dag & Red BBC Sport, 11 August 2007
  8. ^ Dag & Red 1–0 Lincoln BBC Sport, 1 September 2007
  9. ^ Dag Red 1–2 Shrewsbury Football.co.uk, 2 May 2009
  10. ^ Fletcher, Paul (30 May 2010). "Dagenham & Redbridge 3–2 Rotherham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Peterborough 5 Daggers 0". East London and West Essex Guardian Series (Newsquest (London)). 8 May 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Club directory". Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Previous Managers". Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 

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