Dagenham & Redbridge : Club Background

The Main Stand at Victoria Road © 2011 Ciderspace

Dagenham & Redbridge is the product of a seemingly endless succession of mergers and amalgamations. The club as currently constituted was formed on the 1st July 1992 following the merger of Dagenham FC and Redbridge Forest football clubs. The latter was also a merged club, with the likes of Ilford, Leytonstone, Leytonstone & Ilford and Walthamstow Avenue all having been swallowed up to eventually form the club that we know today.

The merged Dagenham & Redbridge club took Redbridge Forest’s place in the Conference and were quite a force for the first two seasons, finishing third and sixth under John Still who had carried on from being the Redbridge manager.  However the rot set in when Still left for Peterborough United (he would return – more than once), and two seasons later in 1995-96 they finished last and were relegated to the Isthmian.

It took the Daggers four years to get back, during which time they had a losing appearance at Wembley in the FA Trophy in 1997 to look back on, and reached the Second Round of the F.A. Cup for the first time. They finished fourth, fourth and third in the Isthmian Premier but it wasn’t until the arrival of Garry Hill in the summer of 1999 that they put it all together and regained their Conference status. They took the top spot in September and held it for the whole season, winning the title by twenty-four points and equalling Yeovil Town’s achievement of 101 points in 1996-97.

Storming the feeders doesn’t always guarantee success at the higher level but Dagenham coped well with the transition and finished a highly creditable 3rd in their first season back (behind Rushden & Diamonds and the Glovers) as well as taking Premier League club Charlton Athletic to a replay in the Third Round of the F.A. Cup.

The 2001-02 season was a significant one for the club. By now a major force in the Conference under Hill, they ended up locked in a two horse race for the Conference title, and a real prospect of them entering the Football League. Sadly for them and the rest of the Conference, not forgetting the good name of football throughout the country, another team wanted EFL football as well… and was prepared to cheat and break the rules to get it. Boston United, managed by Steve Evans, finished top of the league on goal difference to the Daggers. Despite being found guilty of cheating the spineless hierarchy of football  allowed Boston to be promoted and merely imposed a fine and deducted four points from the *following* season – an absolute disgrace, travesty of justice and a huge blow to fair play and to the Daggers in particular.

The Bostongate affair would rumble on for years. Evans and Boston chairman Pat Malkinson were eventually banned by the F.A. from all football for twenty months and thirteen months respectively, with an extra charge appearing of ”facilitated a payment of £8,000 to a witness to attempt to mislead, impede and frustrate” the enquiry, to add to the creation of false player contracts. Unbelievably, once his ban was served, Evans was reappointed Boston manager by new owner Jon Sotnick in 2004. However by this time the criminal justice system was involved. The trial reached court in 2006, with Malkinson sentenced to two years (suspended on ill-health grounds) for fraud and ordered to repay £349,587, while Evans received a one year sentence (also suspended). Sotnick had moved on (he’d continue to wander around football for a few more years after departing Boston leaving a nasty smell wherever he showed up) but Evans still kept his job under new chairman Jim Rodwell.

Meanwhile, the season that Yeovil Town achieved promotion into the Football League, in 2002-03, the Daggers suffered yet more heartache, as they were losing play-off finalists at the Britannia Stadium to Doncaster Rovers. Losing out twice by such a narrow margin hurt them badly, and they spent the following three seasons in the mid-table wilderness. A February 2004 televised match against Hereford United saw them lose 0-9 at home – Hill quit for Hornchurch shortly afterwards – and it seemed their time had gone, with momentum badly lost.

However, they were to have a second resurrection only a few years later. John Still returned to Victoria Road as Hill’s replacement in April 2004, and in 2006-07 they edged past the bookies favourites Oxford United to grab the Conference title. The team they replaced in the EFL, to the huge satisfaction of almost every football supporter, was … Boston United. As John Lennon  sang “Instant Karma’s gonna get you”. Well it may not have been quite instant, but Karma it was.  The Daggers had gained a particularly deserved promotion to the EFL – albeit five years after the Football Association bottled their duty to maintain the integrity of the game.

Most might have assumed that, given the size of the club, the Daggers would settle into the EFL as a quiet do-nothing-much League Two side. But Still is a canny experienced manager, and in their third season they went through the play-offs, beating Rotherham United 3-2 in the Final, to reach League One.

Dagenham’s 2010-11 season thus became the club’s historic pinnacle – third tier football for the first time in the club’s history. It would only last one season, but not without an impressive fight. Relegated in 21st by a single point, they managed to finish above Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town.

They spent five seasons back in League Two, and it was mostly a struggle towards the foot of the table. John Still had moved on again in 2013, this time to Luton Town.

By the time Still returned for yet another spell mid-way through the 2015-16 season the Daggers were deep in trouble, having been in the relegation zone the entire campaign to that point. He failed to save them on this occasion and they dropped out of the Football League after nine years.

Unsurprisingly they were among the favourites for a return to the EFL the following season, but finished fourth – and then missed out to Forest Green Rovers in the play-off semi-finals.

The North Stand – a side on covered terrace. © 2011 Ciderspace

The 2017-18 season saw an 11th placed finish. However it was off the pitch that a crisis was developing. A consortium led by Glyn Hopkin had purchased 74% of the club in January 2017, but stopped its funding on 31st December, with Hopkin then resigning in February 2018. Still was forced to sell four of the squad to try to keep the club afloat; remaining players weren’t being paid on time; a fund raising friendly was arranged against West Ham United in March to meet the most pressing bills. The Daggers limped on to complete the campaign but at 67 years-old Still admitted it had been the hardest season in his career, that he’d had enough, and he was resigning.

Still’s replacement was Peter Taylor. That did not go well. The Daggers finished 18th in the 2018-19 campaign and were two points above the relegation zone when he was dismissed half way through the following season. Daryl McMahon was the new man brought in and they eventually finished 17th in the truncated 2019-20 season decided on points-per-game.

Off the pitch however things were looking more positive. In September 2018 the club got major new investment when Trinity Sports Holdings, which also owns a football and baseball team in Memphis, USA, bought a major shareholding in the club. The group is headed by Peter B. Freund, who one assumes may be worth a bob or two, and also involves former Manchester United and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Last term the Daggers  were mostly steady, finally finishing 12th, though did appear to be making a charge for the play-offs late on as striker Paul McCallum hit a hot streak, scoring ten goals in the last ten games. In the end there was too much to make up and they were eventually quite some way short, missing out by nine points. However the momentum initially carried on into this campaign, which they opened with a bang, W6 D1 L1, in August and September. Results since have become more patchy.


Dagenham : We’ve Met Before

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Dagenham

05/02/1977 Away FAT2 D 1-1 1112 Cotton
09/02/1977 Home FAT2R L 1-2 2230 Hickton
17/03/1979 Away FAT4 L 0-2
17/08/1981 Away APL L 0-3 1227
23/09/1981 Home APL L 1-4 1302 Payne
21/11/1981 Away FAC1 D 2-2 1691 Brown, Green
25/11/1981 Home FAC1R L 0-1 3816
22/01/1983 Home APL W 2-0 1197 Payne, Bell
30/03/1983 Away APL L 0-3 450
05/09/1983 Away BLT1A D 0-0 440
14/09/1983 Home BLT1B W 1-0 724 Bell
15/10/1983 Home APL L 0-2 963
04/02/1984 Away FAT2 D 1-1 680 Finnigan
08/02/1984 Home FAT2R L 1-4 1680 Doherty
11/02/1984 Away APL L 0-1 455
29/09/1984 Away GOLA L 0-2 554
20/10/1984 Home GOLA W 2-1 1143 Lilygreen, Brown

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Dagenham

Home Away Overall
W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A
3 0 5 8 14 0 4 5 4 15 3 4 10 12 29

Walthamstow Avenue : We’ve Met Before

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Walthamstow Avenue

21/09/1985 Away VOL D 2-2 165 Ritchie, Craig
01/02/1986 Home VOL W 2-1 1675 McGinlay, Ricketts
22/11/1986 Away VOL W 4-0 179 Pardew, James, Tanner, Linney
25/04/1987 Home VOL W 2-1 1673 Rutter, McGinlay
23/09/1987 Away ACD W 5-0 171 Pearson, Rutter, Ferns, McGinlay(2)

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Walthamstow Avenue

Home Away Overall
W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A
2 0 0 4 2 2 1 0 11 2 4 1 0 15 4

Leytonstone Ilford : We’ve Met Before

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Leytonstone Ilford

29/08/1987 Home VOL W 2-1 2002 Wallace, Randall
16/12/1987 Home ACD3 W 2-0 942 Pearson, Donnellan
01/03/1988 Away VOL L 0-1 166

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Leytonstone Ilford

Home Away Overall
W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A
2 0 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 4 2

Redbridge Forest : We’ve Met Before

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Redbridge Forest

04/12/1991 Home GMVC L 0-1 1832
24/03/1992 Away GMVC D 0-0 503

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Redbridge Forest

Home Away Overall
W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A
0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1

Dagenham and Redbridge : We’ve Met Before

Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Dagenham and Redbridge

26/12/1992 Away GMVC D 1-1 1072 Sanderson
09/01/1993 Home FAT1 D 0-0 2973
12/01/1993 Away FAT1R L 1-2 1171 Spencer
10/04/1993 Home GMVC L 0-3 2847
24/08/1993 Home GMVC W 2-1 3349 Wallace, Wilson
13/12/1993 Away DWC3 W 2-1 466 Wilson, McPherson
04/04/1994 Away GMVC L 1-2 923 Spencer
01/11/1994 Home BLT L 2-4 719 Ferns, Cooper
03/12/1994 Away GMVC D 0-0 758
07/01/1995 Home GMVC D 2-2 1681 Evans, Wallace
20/08/1996 Home ICIS D 0-0 2255
25/01/1997 Away ICIS W 1-0 1181 Birkby
20/02/2001 Home Conf L 1-3 4025 Way 8
16/04/2001 Away Conf L 0-2 2136
13/10/2001 Away Conf D 1-1 2163 Ramsay 25
16/02/2002 Home Conf D 3-3 4458 McIndoe 25, Stansfield 30, Giles 85
09/11/2002 Home Conf D 2-2 4289 McIndoe 16, Own Goal 54
21/04/2003 Away Conf W 4-0 2588 Gall 24, Jackson 47, 63, 68
13/11/2010 Home FL1 L 1-3 3586 A Williams 45
12/02/2011 Away FL1 L 1-2 2119 Johnson 33
10/10/2015 Home FL2 D 2-2 3204 Bird 69, Sokolik 76
27/02/2016 Away FL2 W 1-0 2942 Goodship 50
26/08/2019 Away NLP L 2-3 1453 Murphy 46, Worthington 82
10/04/2020 Home NLP Season suspended in March
17/10/2020 Away NLP D 0-0 0
27/02/2021 Home NLP W 1-0 0 Knowles 89
20/11/2021 Away NLP W 1-0 1642 McCallum 45 o.g.

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Dagenham and Redbridge

Home Away Overall
W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A
2 6 4 16 23 5 4 5 16 14 7 10 9 32 37

Dagenham and Redbridge : Club Statistics

LATEST SIX RESULTS

16/10/2021 Wealdstone Away FACQR4 W 2-1 718 Balanta 87, 90
23/10/2021 Southend United Home NLP W 3-0 3673 Sagaf 52, Ling 56, 58
26/10/2021 FC Halifax Town Away NLP L 0-1 1761
30/10/2021 Chesterfield Home NLP D 2-2 1711 Balanta 13, Saunders 23
08/11/2021 Salford City Home FACR1 L 0-1 2330
13/11/2021 Maidenhead United Away NLP W 4-1 1331 Balanta 28, 39,66, Akanbi 72

LEAGUE ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 3673
Lowest League Attendance: 1175
Average League Attendance: 1759

MATCH SEQUENCE STATISTICS (LAST TEN)

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 2
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 1
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 1
Games Without A Draw: 2 Games Without A Score Draw: 2
Games Without A No-Score Draw: (52) Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: WLWDL
Away Results Sequence: LLWLW Overall Results Sequence: WLLLWWLDLW
The Barking College Family Stand – situated next to the Main Stand (above). © 2011 Ciderspace

Dagenham and Redbridge : Club Information

Ground Address :
Chigwell Construction Stadium
Victoria Road
Dagenham
Essex
RM10 7XL(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0208 592 1549
email : info@daggers.co.uk

Chairman: Paul Gwinn
Club Secretary and Ticketing Manager: Charlie Fraser
Safety Officer: Craig Witham
Press Officer: Dave Simpson
Team Manager: Daryl McMahon

Capacity: 6078
Seated: 2200
Covered: Yes
Record Attendance (as Dagenham & Redbridge): 5,949 v Ipswich Town, FA Cup Third Round, 5th January 2002

Nickname: Daggers
Colours: Red shirts, blue shorts, blue socks.
Programme: £3.00

Ticketing:

Visiting supporters get what’s currently called the SD Samuels Stand. For those bemused by the constant renaming of stands for sponsorship reasons, and what in the past has been a rather distinct lack of external signage around the ground, it’s at the west end of the stadium. This is the newest stand at Victoria Road, opened for 2009-2010, and is all-seater. Daggers are not the first, and probably won’t be the last, club to build a shiny new seated stand behind a goal only to find many of their own fans didn’t particularly want to move there and prefer to continue standing elsewhere. The stand holds 1,240 and is shared with home fans, with the hosts allocating blocks 1 to 3 (600 seats) as standard; and then expanding as and when they consider away ticket sales could make that necessary (any home STH choosing to reside there have a clause in their ticket stipulating they can be moved out).

Prices:
Adult: £21.00
Concession (Over 65 and Students with valid ID): £15.00
Junior (10 -16 years-old): £12.00
Under-10: £2.00 (must be accompanied by an adult)

Follow the Ticket Portal LINK to purchase.

NOTE: The Daggers are advising that the SD Samuels Stand is part of their move to a cashless policy and away fans are only able to buy tickets up to three hours prior to kick-off, so 12.00 noon on Saturday is the cut-off point.

Disabled Supporter Info:
There are 12 wheelchair spaces situated in front of the away stand. Wheelchair users pay the relevant ticket price but may have a carer accompanying free of charge if desired. There are four disabled adapted toilets around the stadium all fitted with radar locks. The stadium has 7 car parking spaces allocated to disabled supporters. For any special arrangements, contact Dagenham’s Ticket Office on 020 8592 1549 ext 21 or by emailing info@daggers.co.uk.


Web Sites

The Official Website of The Daggers can be found here: Dagenham & Redbridge FC. It is better maintained and has more information than many official sites at this level.

If there are unofficial sites covering the club we haven’t stumbled across any.

Local Press

The Romford Recorder, Barking & Dagenham Post, and Ilford Recorder all carry regular Daggers related items, though they appear to be exactly the same articles with just the headline changed.

With plenty of Premier League teams to choose from the London-wide Evening Standard doesn’t really register the existence of The Daggers and get much past merely recording their results.


Official Away Travel

The Green & White Supporters’ Club is running away travel to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, November 20th.

Details are as follows:

Members: Adults £28, Concessions £26
Non-Members: Adults £30, Concessions £28
Coach departs Huish Park: 8.45 a.m.

To book, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or email him on paulhadlow@outlook.com.

If you are getting in touch by email, please make it clear which match you are booking for and that you give your full name, the names of people that are travelling and a contact telephone number.

You may be asked to pay a £5 deposit to reserve your seat.


Dagenham and Redbridge : Directions To The Ground

General

Victoria Road is not the easiest place to drive to – right on the far side of London if you’re travelling from Yeovil – so whether you do the M25 clockwise or anti-clockwise, the North Circular or whatever, give yourself a generous amount of time … then add on some more. Google Maps estimates a clear run from Yeovil on a Saturday as around three and a half hours; while a bad traffic day can push this up to more like five hours.

By Road

From the North (M25 clockwise):

If coming in from the north using the M25 exit at Junction 27 on to the M11 (South). Proceed towards London and as the M11 begins to run out take the left hand slip road following the signs A406 (S), (A13).

Continue on the A406 (this is part of the North Circular Road) following signs towards Docklands (A13). After passing the Barking / East Ham (A124) turn off get into the left hand lane and follow the signs for Dagenham Tilbury SouthendDartford Tunnel which filters one onto the A13 (Alfreds Way).

Stay on the A13 for just under three miles, exiting on to the A1306 signed Dagenham/ Dagenham East. At the roundabout at the end of the slip road take the first exit (still A1306, Ripple Road). Keep following round (it becomes New Road). At a set of traffic lights immediately before a large drive-through McDonalds (on your left) turn left into Ballards Road (B178). The speed limit becomes 30 m.p.h. on Ballards Road and there is a camera.

Follow Ballards Road for about one mile  to The Bull Roundabout, taking the first exit on to the A1112 (Rainham Road South). After about 500 yards you will see Dagenham East tube station on the left. Victoria Road is the sixth road left after the tube station, about 400 yards further on.

From the South (M25 anti-clockwise) :

You will need to cross the Thames at Dartford*. Leave the M25 for the A13 at Junction 30 following the signs for Central London and Dagenham. Proceed along the A13 (Thames Gateway) through the next two junctions until the slip road signposted Elm Park and Dagenham East. At the bottom of the slip road you enter a double roundabout system. Take the fourth exit off the first and the first exit off the second (on to Marsh Way dual carriageway).

After about 400 yards filter left from Marsh Way onto the A1306 (New Road). After about half a mile you’ll see a McDonalds on your right. Get into the right hand filter to turn right at the traffic lights on to Ballards Road (B178). The speed limit becomes 30 m.p.h. on Ballards Road and there is a camera.

Follow Ballards Road for about one mile  to The Bull Roundabout, taking the first exit on to the A1112 (Rainham Road South). After about 500 yards you will see Dagenham East tube station on the left. Victoria Road is the sixth road left after the tube station, about 400 yards further on.

(* NOTE: the Dartford crossing is tolled. The toll booths were scrapped in 2014 and replaced by an on-line / phone call system. Charges are: £2.50 for a car; £3.00 for vehicles such as coaches, mini-buses and vans with two axles; £6.00 for vehicles with more than two axles. Enforcement is by automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). You have up to midnight on the day following use of the crossing to pay after which a penalty of £70 + the relevant crossing fee will be issued. Follow the Dart Charge link for full details and how to pay.)

Parking :
There is no longer any parking at the stadium for fans, except for Blue Badge holders.

Blue Badge holders requiring a parking bay should note the following:
bays are free of charge to match-day attendees but should be booked at least 48 hours prior to the game;
the club contact is Club Secretary Charlie Fraser on 0208 592 1549 ext 4 or email secretary@daggers.co.uk.
the car park closes to arrivals one hour before kick off.

For everyone else it’s a case of finding a side street to park on. The best place for away fans is probably Pondfield Road and adjacent streets, from where you can walk across Pondfield Park (which to be honest seemed more like wasteland than a park when was last there but may have been smartened up since) and straight into the away end. Obviously the later you arrive the harder it will become to get something close to the ground.
Do check for parking restrictions. Simply parking in the wrong place will just pick up a fixed Penalty Charge Notice if caught. But anything deemed particularly anti-social that gets the vehicle wheel-clamped or towed then sees you engaged with the dreaded London car-pound system. For Dagenham this will usually mean getting to Enfield (one has to attend in person) 12 miles away (though check on 0300 077 0100 whether its being handled elsewhere) with a whole range of documents you probably won’t have taken to a football match; but it’s not open weekends anyway, so that means you can’t get the vehicle back until Monday at the earliest, but which time charges will be up to around £250-£300 (and increase by £40 per day thereafter). In short, DON’T GET WHEEL-CLAMPED/TOWED!

Tube:
The closest station to Victoria Road is DAGENHAM EAST (Zone 5) on the District and Hammersmith & City lines. Exit the station and turn left along Rainham Road. Victoria Road is about 400 yards on the left, and the stadium a further 100 yards along Victoria Road. (Dagenham Heathway – same tube lines – is an alternative but further away at one mile, so around 20 minutes walk). Obviously depends exactly where starting from and whether need to change tube lines at some point, but from central London best to build in at least 40 to 45 minutes travel time to get out to Dagenham East by underground.

The nearest mainline station, Dagenham Dock served by c2c trains, is a two mile walk from the ground, and so under normal circumstances not to be recommended unless you have no alternative.

Taxi:
You’re not likely to stumble across many Black Cabs touting for hire in this part of the city. Some local mini-cab numbers can be found here.


Food and Drink

General:
While parts of That London, even some rather unexpected areas, may be floating on the hipster beer bubble, it certainly hasn’t reached Dagenham yet. Traditional tied and major chain pubs are in decline here – as in many places – with a number of closures since the Ciderspace Guides first began, but with absolutely no sign of micro-brewery dedicated independent pubs, brewery taps, craft bars or micropubs popping up to replace them yet. Those seeking interesting higher quality beer may consider interrupting their journey on route, and then heading in close to kick-off. Of course, this does not help the remaining few outlets in Dagenham to survive – but then maybe life is too short to suffer mediocre beer. Stopping off in the likes of Walthamstow (London Overground to pick up District Line at Barking), the various Hackneys (London Overground to Stratford, one stop on Jubilee Line to pick up District Line at West Ham) provides many more options. Along the District Line itself: the White Hart, 1-3 Mile End Road, E1 4TP (Whitechapel station), Black Lion, 59-61 High Street, E13 0AD (Plaistow station) and Upminster Taproom, 1 Sunnyside Gardens, RM14 3DT (Upminster station at the end of the line) can be recommended, and are all going to produce better beer options than Dagenham.

Club Bar:
The clubhouse is open before and after the game. There are two big bars for supporters, plus smaller ones for the use of sponsors, players and the like. A nominal fee of 50p is charged non-members, and away fans are welcome on paying that sum. Has Sky and BT Sports. There is the usual keg from multi-nationals, but one cask beer is generally available: Young’s Bitter (now part of Marston’s) in the past. Recently, bottled beer from Three Daggers Brewery has made an appearance – presumably for its name rather than its local connections, as they’re from Westbury, Wiltshire.
In the away end there is a concourse bar (Worthington Cream Flow and Carling Lager and Cider) under the stand if you want to head straight into the ground; and the usual football ground fare of the burger/pie/hot dog variety.

Local Pubs:
Eastbrook: Second closest pub, situated exactly half a mile from the away end but north of the ground – so not especially convenient if arriving by train as you virtually pass the stadium to get there. Dating from 1937 it was awarded Grade II* Listed Status in 2010 and is also on CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. In the past twenty years or so ownership has chopped and changed through the hands of many breweries and Pubcos but it now appears to have moved into individual ownership. Doesn’t appear to have a website but its Facebook page may give a flavour. There’s three hand pumps, though only one is actually shown as being in use in its photo. However there’s some evidence that since lockdown ended they’ve been trying a bit harder with their beers and that options from Laine Brew Co (primarily Brighton based but have a smaller brewery in Hackney) have sometimes been on. Food is served 11.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 12.30 p.m. – 3.30p.m. Sunday. However, they do provide something on a Saturday if The Daggers are at home. There’s Sky Sports, parking and a beer garden. Opening is 11.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, extending to midnight Friday and Saturday; and noon – 11.00 p.m. Sunday. Very much the home fans pub, but no indications there’s any issues for away fans resulting from that.
(Also, two doors down, is Brook Pie & Mash shop, which does stewed and jellied eels as well, should you wish to experience these East End delicacies – open 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. every day except Sunday.)
The Eastbrook, 835 Dagenham Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM10 7UP. Tel: 020 8592 1873. Map: Eastbrook.

Lord Denman: The only other pub you might stumble across in the area (particularly if exiting the tube at Dagenham Heathway as it’s virtually opposite, so just under the mile from Victoria Road, around 20 minutes walk). We wouldn’t recommend this pub at all, but as there are so few… Was a Spoons (and not one of the better ones) which may be why Tim sold it off in one of his recent series of clear outs. There’s not a lot of information on its website or Facebook page but reports from a few Yeovil fans who had the misfortune to enter the last time we were allowed supporters at Victoria Road were scathing. Has Sports TV. What it serves in the way of food and drinks and the opening hours are something of a mystery (why would it bother to put out that information!)
Lord Denman, 270-272 Heathway, Dagenham, Essex, RM10 8QS. Tel: 020 8984 8590. Map: Lord Denman.

Pipe Major: Closest pub to the stadium, 100 yards from Dagenham East tube station and 6-7 minutes walk to the away end. A new build that opened in June 2015 in the Marston’s Carveries chain (they do other dishes like pies, steaks, fish ‘n’ chips and burgers) with mains typically around the £10 to £15 mark. There’s also a children’s menu. Food served 12.00 noon to 10.00 p.m. (9.00 p.m. on Sunday). The four beers on hand pump are from Marston’s (and its many subsidiaries – so expect to see stuff like Ringwood, Wychwood etc. brands) ranges. Has disabled access and facilities, car parking, a beer garden with children’s play area. Opening is 11.00 a.m. – 11.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11.30 a.m. – 10.30 p.m. Sunday.
Pipe Major, 1 Yewtree Avenue, Dagenham, Essex, RM10 7FN. Tel: 020 3370 0981. Map: Pipe Major.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You: Expect they like to think they’re genuine Eastenders, and technically they are in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham…but it’s just Essex really, innit.

Top-Tip: Don’t be shy about expressing hatred of the Boston United Cheats, it’ll go down well here.

Dagenham Local Amenities: None, none at all.

Other Points Of Interest: Likewise, none, none at all.

[No responsibility is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]