Dagenham & Redbridge have spent almost a decade in the Football League fighting against all the odds. The Daggers are almost every football fan’s seasonal favourite for a return to non league football.
The Essex club has one of the smallest budgets in the Football League and crowds at their Victoria Road ground rarely exceed 1,500 unless the attendance is boosted by a large following of visiting fans.
Despite being small in size, The Daggers have been a success story in the past few seasons and even reached League One in 2010 before their relegation the following year, a massive achievement for a club which was only formed in 1992 following a merger of non league clubs Dagenham and Redbridge Forest.
Former Manager John Still was one of the main reasons for the club’s rise after overseeing promotions to both League 2 then League One but another success has been the ability of the club to scout and develop young talent. Striker Dwight Gayle was sold for a record £700,000 fee to Crystal Palace in 2014 while the likes of Paul Benson, Sam Saunders and Craig Mackail-Smith have also made their names at Victoria Road.
This season, the club have struggled at the bottom of League Two and look to be in real danger of relegation. The club really need to find more non league gems to develop during the January transfer window. The recent reappointment of John Still as Manager will create new found optimism at Victoria Road.