Shots @ Dagenham & Redbridge

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It’ll probably be a grey day but in the sun and the rain, maybe brighter times lay ahead for us.We don’t want the embarrassment of being turned over again away from home. Our defence must shut up shop to the opposition forwards.

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I won’t be driving in my car around Primrose Hill or on a night boat to Cairo but will be on a train somewhere coming up from the sarf innit.

The ShotsWeb forum has been essential reading in putting this together as near to the matchday as possible seeing as there are a few complications travel-wise.

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Ancient Shot wrote:

Jubilee from Waterloo to Stratford. Then c2c from Stratford to Barking and then District line Barking to Dagenham East

So it’s head to Stratford and then go mainline to Barking and then it’s back on the tube to Dagenham East.

UNDERGROUND, OVERGROUND…

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From Barking, it’s a relatively short trek to Dagenham East taking in just three station stops.

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Dagenham & Redbridge FC: Who are they… and why?

Dagenham & Redbridge FC were formed in 1992 as a merger between Dagenham and Redbridge Forest Football Clubs. Redbridge Forest itself was the amalgamation of three of the amateur game’s most famous clubs, so despite having a brief history in its present form, the Daggers can trace their ancestry to prestigious roots going all the way back to 1881.

 

Between them Dagenham & Redbridge’s forebears won the FA Trophy once, the Amateur Cup seven times, the Isthmian League twenty times, the Athenian League six times, the Essex Senior Cup twenty-six times and the London Senior Cup twenty-three times. That is a lot of history for a club that is officially very young.

And if you really wanted to know a lot more, you could read more here:

CLUB HISTORY

Where?

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You can see that the Pipe Major is marked (one of a few pubs mentioned later ion this post).

The ground – what’s it like?

lowerbourneshot wrote:

I’m not happy about for the worst away day of the season,but i’m going . I remember November 2011 and Pigs hill charging us £25 to sit and that really put the travelling numbers down.

Well it will be my first visit (should I go) and hopefully it won’t be so bad! Also found this recommendation online:

JAMIWEBB’S REVIEW OF VICTORIA ROAD (CHIGWELL CONSTRUCTION STADIUM)
Not very good.

LOCATION
Rough.

VIEW
Pitch was rubbish.

FACILITIES
It wasn’t very nice.

FOOD & DRINK
Appalling.

POLICE & STEWARDS
No kind of police anywhere.

ATMOSPHERE
To be honest, total crap.

Dagenham & Redbridge FC New Stadium Sponsor

Capacity: 6,078 (2,200 Seats)
Address: Dagenham, Essex RM10 7XL
Telephone: 0208 592 1549
Fax: 020 8593 7227
Ticket Office: 020 8592 1549 (ext 21)
Pitch Size: 112 x 72 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Daggers
Year Ground Opened: 1917
Undersoil Heating: No

STADIUM ADMISSION

Ticket Options

  • Terrace: Standing
  • Carling Stand: Seated
  • Family Stand: Seated (Ideal for families)
  • West Stand: Seated (Away fans permitted)

Tickets at the Chigwell Construction Stadium

Online:

www.daggerstickets.co.uk

Phone:

020 8592 1549 Ext. 2

Shots fans will be housed in the West Stand (seating only?) and you can buy a match ticket on the day once you’ve remortgaged your flat to afford it.

RECORD AND AVERAGE ATTENDANCE

Record Attendance

5,949 v Ipswich Town
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 5th 2002

Average Attendance

2017-2018: 1,464 (National League)
2016-2017: 1,379 (National League)
2015-2016: 1,979 (League Two)

Chigwell Construction Stadium

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On one side is the relatively modern Main Stand, which was opened in 2001. Sponsored by Carling, this 800 capacity stand, is covered and all seated, with the team dugouts situated at the front of it. The stand comprises six rows of seating and has a small executive area at the back of it. The stand, which is free of supporting pillars, is elevated above pitch level which means that supporters have to climb small sets of steps at the front of it, to gain access. The stand though only runs for three-quarters of the length of the pitch and at one end towards the A13 Steel Stand, another separate stand exists. This stand which is called the Barking College Family Stand is a small covered, seated stand.

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It is smaller in height than the Main Stand and contains around 200 seats, with some supporting pillars running along the front of it. Again it is raised above pitch level and is accessed via a small staircase. At one end is A13 Steel Stand (aka Pondfield End), which is a sizeable 1,200 seated affair. Opened in the 2009/10 season, it is covered, raised above pitch level and has windshields to either side. Although only eleven rows high, it is free from supporting pillars and is quite steep, meaning that fans are kept close to the playing action.

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The rest of the ground is terracing, with a small open terrace behind one goal and a covered terrace along one side. The home end, the Bury Road End (aka the Clock End), has a small basic electric scoreboard situated above it. This area also contains the club shop and Police control box. The North Terrace, which runs along one side of the pitch, is known affectionately by the Dagenham fans as ‘The Sieve’ as apparently at one time it was famed for its leaking roof. This old fashioned looking terrace is partly covered to the rear and has a number of supporting pillars. It also has a television gantry perched upon its roof. Unusually the teams emerge from not from the Main Stand, but from a tunnel located in the new Marcus James Stand at one end of the ground. There is a video screen mounted in one corner in-between the Carling Stand and Bury Road End. The stadium is completed with a set of four modern- looking floodlights.

There is a fair-sized Social Club at the ground, which apart from a few high profile games, welcomes away supporters and costs 50p to enter. My girl says it is fairly basic, but comfortable and shows SKY Sports television. The beer is reasonably priced with hand pulled Youngs Bitter available, as well as real ale in bottles from the Three Daggers Brewery. Inside the ground, alcohol is available to away supporters in the A13 Steel Stand. Also, no baggy trousers in sight.

If it is a pub that you prefer, then near Dagenham East Underground Station is the Pipe Major. This Marston’s pub was opened in 2015 and is proving popular with away fans due to its proximity to the station. The pub serves real ale and also offers food. Going further along Rainham Road, going past Golds Gym is the Eastbrook.

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Simon Crawford adds; ‘If you have time, try getting off the tube at Barking (four stops before Dagenham East). The station is right in the middle of the busy High Street and there are vast amounts of takeaways and cafes. Walk out of the station and to the left is a Wetherspoons called The Barking Dog and next door to it is the Spotted Dog, a real ale establishment, normally serving ales by the Brentwood Brewing Company’. George Cook informs me; ‘If you get off at the next tube station along from Dagenham East which is Dagenham Heathway then diagonally opposite, is a Wetherspoons pub called The Lord Denman.’

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Jeff Beastall a visiting Mansfield Town fan adds; ‘The Lord Denham is about a 15 minute walk away from where the where the away coaches drop you off at the back of the away end on Wantz Road.  Walk along Wantz Road, keeping Poundfield Park on your left. At the end of Wantz Road turn right onto Reede Road. After about a 10 minute walk, at the end of Reede Road turn left into Heathway. There are a few shops around this junction and The Lord Denham pub is about 20 yards up on your left’.

AVOID?

The Admiral Vernon (only serves Doom Bar) and the Cross Keys which doesn’t stock real ale.

From The North

 

Leave the M25 at Junction 27 and take the M11 towards London. At the end of the M11 continue onto the A406 towards Docklands (A13) and London City Airport. At the intersection with the A13, turn onto this road in the direction of the Dartford Crossing. At the junction with the A1306, leave the A13 and join the A1306 towards Dagenham. At the third set of traffic lights turn left just before the McDonalds into Ballards Road. At the end of this road you will come to a large roundabout, (known as the Bull roundabout, after the public house of the same name) at which you turn left, into Rainham Road. Proceed up Rainham Road passing Dagenham East tube station on the left and Victoria Road is a quarter of a mile further on, on the same side of the road.

 

From The South

 

Leave the M25 at Junction 31 and take the A13 towards Central London. After approximately 4.6 miles, exit the A13 onto the slip road, signposted Dagenham/Dagenham East. At the end of the slip road at the double roundabout turn right, then going under the A13. At the T-junction turn left onto the A1306. At the second set of lights turn right onto the B178 (Ballards Road). At the end of this road you will come to a large roundabout, (known as the Bull roundabout, after the public house of the same name) at which you turn left, into Rainham Road. Proceed up Rainham Road passing Dagenham East tube station on the left and Victoria Road is a quarter of a mile further on, on the same side of the road.

 

Car Parking

 

There is no parking available at the ground itself. However there is plenty of street parking, some of which is available on the main Rainham road.

CURRENT FORM

As manager Peter Taylor says “We’re letting a lot of people down” in this pre-match interview as Daggers have lost their last three league games while the Shots are looking to make it a third win on the spin having so majestically seen of the threat of Slough on Tuesday with a hat-trick from Connor Shields. Could we go one step beyond?

 

 

 

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