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Dagenham & Redbridge FC
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Stadium

But still known to many fans as Victoria Road
Capacity: 6,000 (2,200 Seats)
Address: Dagenham, Essex RM10 7XL
Main Telephone No: 0208 592 1549
Fax No: 020 8593 7227
Ticket Office: 020 8592 1549 (ext 21)
Team Nickname: Daggers
Year Ground Opened: 1917
Pitch Size: 112 x 72 yards
Shirt Sponsors: West & Coe
Home Kit Colours: Red and& Blue
Away Kit Colours: Yellow and Black
Kit Manufacturers: Sondico
Official Web Site:
www.daggers.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
DiggerDagger
Daggers Diary

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Contents

What's The Victoria Road Ground Like?
Carling Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

North Stand (photo)
Where To Drink
Marcus James Stand
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Bury Road End (photo)
By Tube/Train
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Local Rivals
Disabled Facilities

Ground Layout

Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews

Hotel Accommodation
View From The Away End Video

Victoria Road Ground Location Map

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What's The Victoria Road Ground Like?

The stadium has been improved recently with the construction of the Traditional Builders Stand (aka Pondfield End) at one end of the ground, which replaced a small open terrace. This new all seated stand which was opened during the 2009/10 season, is a sizeable affair, housing 1,200 spectators. The stand is covered, raised above pitch level and has windshields to either side. Although only eleven rows high, it is free from supporting pillars and is quite steep, meaning that fans are kept close to the playing action.

On one side is the relatively modern Main Stand, which was opened in 2001. Sponsored by Carling, this 800 capacity stand, is covered and all seated, with the team dugouts situated at the front of it. The stand comprises of six rows of seating and has a small executive area at the back of it. The stand, which is free of supporting pillars, is elevated above pitch level which means that supporters have to climb small sets of steps at the front of it, to gain access. The stand though, only runs for three quarters of the length of the pitch and at one end towards the Traditional Builders Stand, another separate stand exists. This stand which is called the Barking College Family Stand, is a small covered, seated stand. It is smaller in height that the Main Stand and contains around 200 seats, with some supporting pillars running along the front of it. Again it is raised above pitch level and is accessed via a small staircase.

The rest of the ground is terracing, with a small open terrace behind one goal and a covered terrace along one side. The home end, the Bury Road End (aka the Clock End), has a small basic electric scoreboard situated above it. This area also contains the club shop and Police control box. The North Terrace, which runs along one side of the pitch, is known affectionately by the Dagenham fans as 'The Sieve' as apparently at one time it was famed for its leaking roof. This old fashioned looking terrace, is partly covered to the rear and has a number of supporting pillars. It also has a television gantry perched upon its roof. Unusually the teams emerge from not from the main stand, but from a tunnel located in the new Marcus James Stand at one end of the ground. The stadium is completed with a set of four modern looking floodlights.

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Carling Stand


Main Stand

Thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the photo above. 

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Away fans are housed in the new Traditional Builders Stand at one end of the stadium. Up to 1,200 fans can be accommodated in this area. As you would expect from a new stand the views of the playing action and facilities are both good. I experienced no problems, apart from outside the ground, it was not obvious (unless I missed the signs) showing where the entrance to the away section was. It is in fact at the other end of the ground to the main entrance. So as you go through the main entrance, walk straight on through the car park, past the supporters club to the right, and then walk along the back of the Main Stand. The entrance is down on the right at the corner of the ground. Away coaches are brought in at the back of the away section, but on the other side of a park, which can make for an interesting walk especially if it is a night match.

The stand itself is easily the best stand at the stadium, so it is intriguing that it is given over to away supporters. It is raised above pitch level, meaning that you have to climb a small set of steps to enter it. One drawback is that the team's tunnel is located in this stand and awning is pulled out to the playing area before kick off. This means that at this time fans can't easily access the other side of the stand along the front of it, as they are effectively 'cut off' until the awning is withdrawn again. On the plus side away fans are treated to their own indoor bar area. Food inside includes; 1/2lb Cheeseburgers (£4.10), 1/2lb Burgers (£3.80), 1/4lb Cheeseburgers (£3.10), 1/4lb Burgers (£2.80), Bacon Rolls (£3), a range of Pies; All Steak, Chicken & Mushroom, Beef & Onion, Steak & Kidney (all £2.50), Homemade Shepherds Pie (£2.50), Jumbo Cheese Hot Dogs (£3.10), Jumbo Hot Dogs (£2.80) and Chips (£2).

On my last visit I found Dagenham to be fairly friendly and the stewards generally relaxed. There wasn't many away fans in attendance, so the atmosphere with so few was fairly flat and I noticed that a fair number of balls were kicked out of the stadium during the game, as the stands are so small. The refreshments are quite good with a selection of Pukka Pies, Burgers and chips available.

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North Stand


North Stand

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Where To Drink?

There is a fair sized Social Club at the ground, which apart from a few high profile games, welcomes away supporters and costs 50p to enter. It is fairly basic, but comfortable and shows SKY Sports television. It is also contains a local betting outlet and a programme booth. The beer is reasonably priced with hand pulled Youngs Bitter available. Inside the ground alcohol is available to away supporters in the Traditional Builders Stand.

If it is a pub that you prefer, then going further along Rainham Road and going past Golds Gym is the Eastbrook pub. Otherwise, to be honest, there is not much of interest in the area, so there is not much point in wandering off too far.

Simon Crawford adds; 'If you have time, try getting off the tube at Barking (four stops before Dagenham East). The station is right in the middle of the busy High Street and there are vast amounts of takeaways and cafes. Walk out of the station and to the left is a Wetherspoons called The Barking Dog and next door to it is the Spotted Dog, a real ale establishment, normally serving ales by the Brentwood Brewing Company'. George Cook informs me; '
If you get off at the next tube station along from Dagenham East which is Dagenham Heathway then diagonally opposite that is a Wetherspoons pub called The Lord Denman.' Jeff Beastall a visiting Mansfield Town fan adds; 'The Lord Denham is about a 15 minute walk away from where the where the away coaches drop you off at the back of the away end on Wantz Road.  Walk along Wantz Road, keeping Poundfield Park on your left. At the end of Wantz Road turn right onto Reede Road. After about a 10 minute walk, at the end of Reede Road turn left into Heathway. There’s a few shops around this junction and The Lord Denham pub is about 20 yards up on your left'.

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Traditional Builders Stand


Traditional
                    Builders Stand photo

Special thanks to Mike Wainwright of the Diggerdagger website for supplying the above photo.

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

From The North:

Leave the M25 at Junction 27 and take the M11 towards London. At the end of the M11 continue onto the A406 towards Docklands (A13) and London City Airport. At the intersection with the A13, turn onto this road in the direction of the Dartford Crossing. At the junction with the A1306, leave the A13 and join the A1306 towards Dagenham. At the third set of traffic lights turn left just before the McDonalds into Ballards Road. At the end of this road you will come to a large roundabout, (known as the Bull roundabout, after the public house of the same name) 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 further on, on the same side of the road.

From The South:

Leave the M25 at Junction 31 and take the A13 towards Central London. After approximately 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, then going 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, (known as the Bull roundabout, after the public house of the same name) 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 further on, on the same side of the road. 

Car Parking

There is no parking available at the ground itself. However there is plenty of street parking, some of which is available on the main Rainham road.

Map showing the location of the Victoria Road ground (at the bottom of this page).

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Bury Road End


Bury Road End

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By Tube/Train
Take the District Line to Dagenham East (and not Dagenham Heathway). Turn left as you come out of the station and the ground is clearly sign posted and only five minutes walk away. Please note that the journey by tube from Central London can take around 45 minutes. Neil Le Milliere adds; 'The tube journey out there can be a bit of a nightmare and it's probably better to get a train from Fenchurch St to Barking Station and then a tube to Dagenham from there'. Oyster & Travelcards are valid for this journey.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Admission Prices

Home Fans:
Carling
Stand (Seating):
Adults £21, Concessions £15, Under 17's £12
Barking College Family Stand (Seating): Adults £18, Concessions £13, Under 17's £8, Under 10's £2*
Terraces:
Adults £18, Concessions £13,
Under 17's £10, Under 10's Free*

Away Fans:
Traditional Builders Stand (Seating): Adults £21, Concessions £15, Under 17's £12, Under 10's Free*

* When accompanied by a full paying adult (one child per adult ticket) and purchased prior to matchday. Under 10's admitted on matchday without a ticket will be charged £10 entrance (£8 in Family Stand).

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Programme Price
Official Programme £3.

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Local Rivals

Leyton Orient and Southend United.

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Disabled Facilities

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field
website.

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Ground Layout


Victoria
                    Road Ground Layout

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Dagenham & Redbridge FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
5,949 v Ipswich Town,
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 5th 2002

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 1,920 (League Two)
2012-2013: 1,903 (League Two)
2011-2012: 2,091 (League Two)

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Fans Ground Reviews
Steve Ellis (Exeter City) 4/10/14
John & Stephen Spooner (Southend United) 28/1/14
John Hubble (Doing the 92) 6/4/12
Paul Bartlett (Southampton) 3/1/11
Alex Jones (AFC Bournemouth) 13/2/10

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the Victoria Road football ground.

Access their Dagenham & Essex Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.





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View From The Away End



Thanks to Haydn Gleed for supplying the video above.

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Map Showing The Location Of Victoria Ground, Tube Station and Listed Pubs



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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.


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Last Updated: 11 September 2014