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League Two Lowdown: Dag & Red

7 August 2013

Our look at Pompey's 2013/14 opponents continues with the Daggers

Meetings with Pompey
Dagenham & Redbridge will face Pompey for the first time in their history during the 2013/14 campaign.

Dagenham & Redbridge history
Dagenham FC were formed in 1949 – the same year that Pompey first became champions of England – and were founder members of the Metropolitan & District League.

They missed out on the league title on goal average in their first season, but took the prize the following year.

Dagenham moved into the Corinthian League and the Anthenian League, while also finishing runners-up in the FA Amateur Cup in both 1970 and 1971.

They won the second tier of the Isthmian League at the first attempt in 1974 and lost to Scarborough in the final of the 1977 FA Trophy.

Dagenham merged with Redbridge Forest to become Dagenham & Redbridge in 1992, starting life in the Conference before being relegated to the Isthmian League in 1996.

But they started the 21st century by gaining promotion and a 2-1 victory over Aldershot in April 2007 meant they were promoted to the Football League with five games to spare.

Dagenham & Redbridge present
Their first Football League match was a 1-0 defeat at Stockport and they finished 20th in their maiden season in League Two.

They missed out on a play-off spot on the final day of the following campaign, bit finished in the top seven in 2009/10 and secured promotion by beating Rotherham 3-2 at Wembley.

However, the Daggers lasted just one season in League One and have not looked like returning in the last two years.

They finished 22nd in League Two last term, finishing on the same number of points as relegated Barnet.

Information for Pompey fans
Away fans are housed behind one of the goals in the new Traditional Builders Stand, which can accommodate 1,200 people.

A social club at Victoria Road usually admits away fans, while the Eastbrook pub can be found further along Rainham Road and the Lord Denman is opposite Dagenham Heath.

Travelling by road
Postcode: RM10 7XL
Distance from Fratton Park: 106.3 miles
Estimated drive time: 2 hours 17 minutes

Leave the M25 at Junction 31 and take the A13 towards Central London. After 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 and go 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 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 ahead.

Travelling by rail
Travel from Portsmouth stations to London Waterloo and then take the District Line to Dagenham East. The stadium is a five minute walk from thetube station.

League Two fixtures
Pompey v Dag & Red: Thursday, December 26 (1pm)
Dag & Red v Pompey: Saturday, April 12 (3pm)

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