Dagenham & Redbridge were formed 26 years ago and first reached the Football League in 2007 after six seasons in the then Conference. Two seasons later, the Daggers over-came Rotherham in dramatic fashion at Wembley to clinch promotion to League One but were relegated straight back down to League two after finishing 21st in the third tier of football. Another relegation followed four seasons later, this time it was to the National League where the Daggers have now been for two seasons finishing 11th last campaign.
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Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle is the Club’s record transfer fee received, £470,000 is the amount Peterborough United paid for the forward after a successful loan spell in Cambridgeshire.
John Still’s side started the season well, having gone unbeaten across the opening eight fixtures and with the Daggers top of the table, but a run of only three wins in their next 13 matches saw the side move just outside of the playoffs. Any hopes of a playoff bid were dashed when financial concerns meant the London side had to lose key players: Sam Ling (Leyton Orient), Morgan Ferrier (Boreham Wood) and Corey Whitely (Ebbsfleet United). The Club’s form picked up towards the end of the season and they managed to earn a respectable 11th position finish.
The sides last met on New Year’s Day for the second time in a week, and fourth time throughout the season. The game ended goalless as the O’s recorded their fourth straight clean-sheet and ensured local rivals Dagenham & Redbridge took no points from any of the meetings between the Clubs last campaign.
Peter Taylor had spells with Dartford, Enfield and Southend early in his managerial career before taking charge of Premier League Leicester City and famously named David Beckham as captain in his one game in-charge of the England national team.
The experienced manager has overseen five promotions with four different clubs, such as Brighton & Hove Albion, Gillingham, Wycombe Wanderers and Hull City.
Taylor was appointed manager at Victoria Road earlier this summer, with Terry Harris as his assistant.
One to watch
Former Orient loanee Lamar Reynolds joined Dagenham & Redbridge from Newport County earlier this summer and his tricky wide play could be key to the Daggers’ performances this season.
Reynolds appeard for the O’s nine times last year and will be keen to impress at Victoria road.
Victoria Road also known as the Chigwell Construction Stadium is home to Dagenham & Redbridge and has a capacity of 6,078. Opened in 1917, it’s record attendance was set back in 1967 when the FA Cup visit of Reading FC saw 7,200 fans packed in to the ground.