Dagenham & Redbridge F.C.

Dagenham & Redbridge
Full name Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club
Nickname(s) Daggers
Founded 1992 (1992)
Ground Victoria Road
Capacity 6,078[1]
Manager Peter Taylor[2]
League National League
2017–18 National League, 11th of 24
Website Club website

Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club /ˈdæɡənəm...ˈrɛdbrɪ/, often known simply as Dagenham and abbreviated when written to Dag & Red, is a professional association football club based in Dagenham, London, England, formed in 1992 through a merger between Redbridge Forest and Dagenham. The team plays in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system and are nicknamed the Daggers.

The club's traditional colours are red and blue, to represent the merged teams.



Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. was formed in 1992 following a merger between two clubs Dagenham and Redbridge Forest.[3] 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.[3][4] 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.[3]


Dagenham & Redbridge spent its inaugural season in the Football Conference taking the place of Redbridge Forest.[3] 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.[3] The first competitive result was a 2–0 win over Merthyr Tydfil in the Conference.[3]

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. 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 in which 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.[5]

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 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.[6][7]

Dagenham & Redbridge played its first match in The Football League on 11 August 2007, a 1–0 defeat to Stockport County.[8] The club won its first Football League game at home to Lincoln City on 1 September 2007.[9] 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.[10]

Promotion to League One

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 in a dramatic 3–2 playoff final at Wembley on 30 May 2010. Twice the Daggers took the lead, only to concede moments later. Jon Nurse regained the advantage for Dagenham & Redbridge, scoring a scrappy 70th-minute winner.[11]

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.[12]

Relegation back into League Two

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 lost only 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 won only once, which put them bottom of the table. After this the team's luck improved slightly and they 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 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 did not start too well, the team drawing 4 draws losing 4 in their opening 8 games. The 9th game was better as the Daggers got their first win of the season, 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 followed, the club spending the majority of the year in mid-table. In March, Zavon Hines was ruled out of the remainder of the campaign, due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury. On the final day of the season, the Daggers celebrated a 3–2 victory over Cheltenham. A 3–3 draw between Portsmouth and Plymouth Argyle allowed Dagenham & Redbridge to finish in a more respectable ninth place.

After the 2013–14 season ended, manager Wayne Burnett decided against renewing a number of players' contracts, and several of them, including Hines and former Ghana international Chris Dickson, were released. Hines would later sign a new two-year deal with the club.

The 2014–2015 season began badly for the Daggers with a 3–0 defeat to Morecambe on opening day, followed by an unfortunate defeat to Brentford in the Football League Cup a few days later. The game was level, 4–4 after 90 minutes, and 6–6 after 120 minutes, with the Championship side holding their nerve in the shootout. The League Cup paid tribute to the historic match by removing the goal nets at Victoria Road, putting them on display at the National Football Museum.

Failed match-fixing plot

Following newspaper reports, an investigation launched by the National Crime Agency jailed two players and businessman, Krishna Ganeshan, Chann Sankaran and Michael Boateng, a Whitehawk F.C. player, for match-fixing.[13][14] Moses Swaibu was similarly charged in January 2014.[15][16] They were convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery for a failed plot to fix a game between AFC Wimbledon and Dagenham & Redbridge on 26 November.[17][18] It is believed that the case may be part of wider Singaporean match-fixing syndicate which Europol and other investigations have uncovered.[19]

Current squad

First-team squad

As of 1 August 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Elliot Justham
2 DF Ben Nunn
3 DF Liam Gordon
4 MF Matt Robinson
5 DF Alex Davey
6 DF Luke Pennell
7 DF Alexander McQueen
8 MF Harry Donovan (on loan from Millwall)
9 FW Chike Kandi
10 FW Elliott Romain
11 FW Lamar Reynolds
12 GK Lewis Moore
14 MF Elliot Bonds
15 DF Ben Goodliffe (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
No. Position Player
16 MF Harry Phipps
17 MF Tyrique Hyde
18 MF James Blanchfield
19 FW Tomi Adeloye
20 DF Will Wright (on loan from Colchester United)
21 FW Noel Leighton
24 MF Sam Salis
25 DF Gavin Hoyte
26 DF Ollie Harfield
27 MF Mekhi Hyde
28 FW Luke Hirst
29 FW Lanre Balogun
30 GK Tarek Najia

Current staff

Updated 4 November 2017[20]

Position Name
ManagerPeter Taylor
Assistant ManagerTerry Harris
First Team Coach
Goalkeepeing Coach
Academy Manager
Club PhysioJohn Gowens
Club DoctorDr. Tahir


Dagenham & Redbridge have had six different managers since their formation in 1992.[21]

From To Manager
1992 1994 John Still
1994 1995 Dave Cusack
1995 1996 Graham Carr
1996 1999 Ted Hardy
1999 2004 Garry Hill
2004 2013 John Still
2013 2015 Wayne Burnett
2015 2018 John Still
2018 Present Peter Taylor


Club records history

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
2011–12 League Two 19 Brian Woodall 13
2012–13 League Two 22 Luke Howell 9
2013–14 League Two 9 Rhys Murphy 13
2014–15 League Two 14 Jamie Cureton 19
2015–16 League Two 23 Christian Doidge 8 Relegated
2016–17 National League 4 Oliver Hawkins 18
2017–18 National League


Record victory;

  • Football Conference – 8–1 vs Woking 1993–94 season
  • Football League – 6–0 vs Chester City 2008–09 season & 6–0 vs Morecambe 2009–10 season

Record defeat;

Record attendance: FA Cup vs Ipswich Town Third Round, 5,949

Record League attendance: 2 May 2009, Football League Two vs Shrewsbury Town, 4,791

Record transfer fee received: Dwight Gayle to Peterborough United, £700,000 (2013).

Record transfer fee paid: Nyron Nosworthy from Sunderland A.F.C, £10,000,000 (2015)

Record appearance holder: Tony Roberts, 507 appearances over 10 years

Record goalscorer: Danny Shipp, 105 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 was the first 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 & 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. This was later equalled, but not bettered, by Liverpool who beat Middlesbrough in a League Cup penalty shoot out by the same score in September 2014.
  • The joint highest aggregate score in a League Cup match: 12 – On 12 August 2014, Dagenham & Redbridge drew 6–6 after extra time at home with Brentford in the first round of the League Cup. They went on to lose 4–2 on penalties.[22]


League Two (level 4)

Conference National (level 5)

Isthmian League Premier Division (level 6)

FA Trophy

Essex Senior Cup

  • Winners: 1997–98, 2000–01
  • Runners-up: 2001–02

See also


  1. "Ground History". daggers.co.uk. Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  2. "Peter Taylor and Terry Harris announced as the new Dagenham & Redbridge managerial team". Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "History of Dagenham & Redbridge FC". DiggerDagger.com. 7 November 2001. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  4. "History". Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  5. Dag & Red 0–9 Hereford BBC Sport, 27 February 2004
  6. Dag & Red 2–1 Aldershot BBC Sport, 7 April 2007
  7. Daggers delight at promotion prize BBC Sport, 7 April 2007
  8. Stockport 1–0 Dag & Red BBC Sport, 11 August 2007
  9. Dag & Red 1–0 Lincoln BBC Sport, 1 September 2007
  10. Dag Red 1–2 Shrewsbury Football.co.uk, 2 May 2009
  11. Fletcher, Paul (30 May 2010). "Dagenham & Redbridge 3–2 Rotherham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  12. "Peterborough 5 Daggers 0". East London and West Essex Guardian Series. Newsquest (London). 8 May 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
  13. "Two footballers charged with match fixing".
  14. "Two Whitehawk FC players charged with match fixing". The Argus. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  15. "Match-fixing: Third footballer charged". BBC News. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  16. "Third former Whitehawk footballer charged in match-fixing investigation". The Argus. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  17. "Businessmen and footballer jailed over match-fixing". BBC News.
  18. "Football match-fixing trio sent to prison". 20 June 2014.
  19. "Jail terms for three over match-fixing in England".
  20. "Club directory". Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  21. "Previous Managers". Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  22. "BBC Sport – Dagenham & Redbridge 6–6 Brentford (2–4 pens)". bbc.co.uk. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2014-08-13.
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