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London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium
  Dagenham & Redbridge  v Burton Albion
League Two
Friday, April 6th, 2012, 3pm

John Hubble

(Doing the 92)

Needing four grounds to complete the current 92, I had only intended visiting The Amex Stadium Brighton later this month when my team Birmingham City play there and wasnít intending adding to that this season. However having looked at the Good Friday Fixtures and noting the off peak rail ticket day return from New Street to Euston was £20 and being in a position to use my sonís Oyster card for the tube section of the journey, I decided it was too good an overall deal to turn down and so a visit to Victoria Road for Dagenhamís game against Burton was a done deal.

The journey down to Euston was straight forward enough and I then took the tube to Embankment (Northern Line) to connect up with the District line to Dagenham East which all in all, the journey time is about an hour from Euston, arriving at the ground at 12.30pm. As has been mentioned on reviews on this site before,there is very little in the immediate vicinity hot foodwise or in the hostelry area and so after taking a few pictures inside the ground thanks to helpful stewards, I bought a programme & badge from the (rather limited) club shop and had a couple of beers in the Social club behind the Main Stand and watched the Reading v Leeds game. It cost 50p  to enter the Club and they had Doombar ale available at £2.70 a pint, which was very reasonable. Got talking to a couple of Arsenal fans who were taking in this game and obviously the Carling Cup win last year was discussed at some length..(Who put the ball in the Arsenal net...Who put the ball in the Arsenal net !!)

Decided to stand on the terraces (£17) in true tradition and had the usual footy food fare of Cheeseburger with onions for £2.90 which I thought given this is London was pretty reasonably priced (never get any decent pies whatsover in the capital!)

The game itself was pretty average if Iím fair. Dagenham had the greater possession in the first half but neither keeper was really troubled. The second half was only a few minutes old when Burton took the lead with a 20 yard curler into the far corner, possibly against the run of play. Dagenham pressed forward from then on and deservedly equalised in the last few minutes through Brian Woodall. A 1-1 scoreline was just about a fair result and moved Dagenham a point nearer League safety.

After the game I paid a visit to the Programme shop behind the open terrace end which was run by a couple of old boys and enquired if they had the Dagenham v Birmingham programme from the pre season friendly in 2009/10 which they had. If you ever visit Victoria Road and have any time before/after the game the Programme Shop is well worth a visit, large variety of stock,League/ex-League/Current season etc and the two chaps who run it couldnít be more helpful.

The journey back home went smoothly although the 2 hour 20 minute journey from Euston to New Street was quite labourius (that's why it was only £20) arriving home at 9.30. All in all though a good trip and a pleasant place to visit, stewards,staff etc very kind and friendly and certainly would not rule out another visit sometime if the Blues were playing there.

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