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Scouting Report: Dagenham & Redbridge

18 June 2013

We continue our summer feature looking at the teams we’ll come up against in League Two next term.

We head south for the next in our series of features on next season’s opposition as we turn the microscope on Dagenham & Redbridge.

Who’s in charge?
Wayne Burnett took permanent charge of Dagenham & Redbridge at the end of last season after performing the role on a caretaker basis following John Still’s departure.

Burnett had worked as assistant to Still since 2009 but after guiding The Daggers to safety at the end of last term he was given the chance to step up to the hotseat himself.

His previous managerial experience started back in 2004 at Fisher Athletic, after which he joined Dulwich Hamlet before returning for a second spell at Fisher in 2007. 

A brief spell in charge of Grays Athletic and also a stint as Youth Team Coach at Leyton Orient followed before Burnett linked-up with Still at Victoria Road.

During his playing days he began with Orient but went on to make his name at Blackburn Rovers and Plymouth Argyle, before longer spells with Huddersfield and Grimsby.

Where do they play?
The Daggers play their home games at Victoria Road which was previously the base for both Dagenham and Redbridge Forest when they were separate entities.

The stadium – which was built in 1917 and has a capacity of 6,078 – has undergone extensive renovation, including a brand new stand which opened in August 2001.

Where did they finish last term?
A dramatic end to the season saw Dagenham & Redbridge escape relegation from League Two by the smallest of margins. It was only goal difference that kept them out of the bottom two and ensured that it was Barnet who returned to non-league instead.

What’s their story?
A merger between Dagenham and Redbridge Forest in 1992 led to the formation of Dagenham & Redbridge after both clubs had suffered financially and decided to join forces.

A slight hiccup of relegation to the Isthmian League in 1996 was overcome quickly as they hit back with promotion in 1999/2000 and went on to become contenders in the Conference.

They finally made it to the Football League in 2006/07, a 2-1 win over Aldershot Town in April 2007 securing an unassailable lead at the top of the Conference table.

The Daggers built on it further in 2009/10 when they were promoted in to League One for the first time, but they played only one season at that level after finishing 21st and being relegated.

When did we last meet?
There have been just three competitive meetings between the sides over the years, the last coming when The Daggers were in League One when a late Gavin Tomlin goal gave them a 1-0 victory at The Vic in January 2011.

Prior to that, the two teams had shared the points in a 1-1 draw in their first-ever league encounter after Pools had come through 2-1 in a 2005/06 FA Cup tie against The Daggers at The Vic.

What are the connections?
With Dagenham and Redbridge only being recent recruits to the Football League, matches against Pools have been scarce.  There have been only three meetings in total, with Antony Sweeney and Daggers goalkeeper Tony Roberts the only men to play in all three.  Nobody has scored twice, with Micky Nelson, Thomas Butler and Mark Arber own goal being the only Pools scorers. Peter Hartley has managed a goal in the fixture, though it was unfortunately scored in the wrong end.

If matches between Dagenham and Pools are rare, connections appear to be even more so.  

Hartlepool-born Mark Venus began his career with his hometown club before embarking on an impressive career at a higher level.  He had a brief loan spell at Dagenham almost 20 years after leaving Pools.  And that's about it, though another native of Hartlepool was once on Dagenham's books.  Phil Walsh, son of former Pools and Darlington player Alan Walsh, played around 20 games for the Daggers.

When do we play them?
Fixtures for the 2012/13 season are to be released on the morning of Wednesday 19th June.

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