It is the national game that inspires devotion and despair in people through a single kick of the ball.
And in Dagenham football is as popular as ever. The area has a rich sporting heritage, with numerous teams competing in cricket, speedway and rugby leagues. However, it’s football that holds pride of place in the area.
Despite being on the doorstep of several London Premier League clubs local football is thriving in Dagenham, with high levels of participation and interest.
Dagenham FC is just one of the many football clubs in Essex. Read on to find out everything you need to know about football in Dagenham.
The area is home to the thriving League Two football club Dagenham & Redbridge FC. Born from a merger between Redbridge Forest and Dagenham in 1992, the club has climbed as high as the third tier of English football.
The family friendly club has a loyal band of supporters and their Victoria Road stadium is one of the most popular in the league. Football has been played at the ground since 1917, with it now able to hold over 6,000 spectators in both seated and standing terraces. Away fans regularly stay in one of the many hotels in Dagenham in order to soak up the lively atmosphere at the traditionally designed Victoria Road.
The area’s local team have also been involved in some of the most remarkable moments ever to have taken place in English football. As well as having the only goalkeeper to have scored from open play in the FA Cup, The Daggers were participants in England’s highest ever scoring penalty shootout – where they beat Leyton Orient 14-13.
Dagenham has a lot more to offer than just professional teams when it comes to football. There are 25 parks in Dagenham, with many of them set up with full size pitches for teams to play matches on. In fact, the area’s pitches recently underwent major development work where the old existing goal posts were replaced by modern portable ones to prevent the penalty boxes becoming overly worn.
The area also runs its very own FA-approved Sunday football league (Dagenham and District Sunday Football League), where football lovers can enter teams to compete against each other over a series of weekends. Additionally Dagenham & Redbridge FC organise their own series of 5-a-side tournaments at Kings Georges playing fields which are aimed at getting locals involved in the game.
An All-Weather sport
The area has its very own all weather pitches, with the Goals Soccer Centre on Ripple Road a popular venue for locals to train and play at during the winter. Its 3G pitches provide residents of Dagenham with the latest artificial turf that is both durable and safe to play on.
Kids Football Clubs and Classes in Dagenham
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