‘What To Do On A Saturday’ aims to provide you with information of where to go so planning a day out is one less worry for you. So, sit back and relax – hopefully your monthly footballing fix will be sorted with my help.
Let me start off by saying hello to all new students and returning students at our fantastic university! For all you football fans out there, it can sometimes be tough not going to watch the beautiful game on a regular basis. This holds even more resonance whilst at uni. With London potentially being a new city for many of you, essays and reading soon taking up most of your time, I aim to be the trivago of the footballing experience in England’s capital city.
As someone who has gone to every major club in London, I’ve amassed quite the experience going to grounds and knowing what to expect. So if you want to go watch the football and are not sure where to visit, look no further than this series. ‘What To Do On A Saturday’ aims to provide you with information of where to go, so planning a day out is one less worry for you. So, sit back and relax – hopefully your monthly footballing fix will be sorted with my help.
At the start of the year, major investor and Director Glyn Hopkin, resigned from his role at Dagenham and Redbridge which has seen cash in short supply for the East London side. West Ham even played a friendly against the club in March to raise some much needed money. The issue is urgent for a club who have seen success in previous years with the tax-office constantly on the club’s case.
Only 9-years ago the Daggers were in League One under the experienced figure of John Still. Still returned to the club in 2015 and has steadied the proverbial ship which has however continued to sink. Still was a fan of Dagenham and his love showed by playing and managing them yet even his patience has faltered, with the grandfather of football moving to Barnet FC in the summer.
Currently sitting in 22nd at the time of writing, a poor start to the season with just 1 win earnt so far has been overlooked with financial troubles still shrouding the club’s future. Things are looking up for the club though, with American investors rumoured to be completing their take over very soon (The takeover may be done as you read this piece and I hope it is!)
Yet, regardless of financial takeovers and new owners, lower league football clubs rely on gate revenue for their survival; So I urge those who have the time to make the short trip to Dagenham and hopefully partake in helping the club survive and actually grow.
Games coming up
Dagenham have three matches coming up over the next month which you can get your teeth into; A home match against last season’s play-off semi-finalists Ebbsfleet on 29th September will be sure to be a good watch footballing-wise, with the visitors a team full of talent. Into October, Dagenham will be facing promotion chasing Wrexham on the 13th who will bring a massive away following, so if you want atmosphere this is the one for you! And finally the surprise package in this season’s Vanarama National League, Harrogate Town, make the trip to the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium on Saturday 27th October. All three home matches are against sides in the top-half so each match will be worth the entry fee.
Seats and prices
Dagenham have four stands you can position yourself in for a match; the ‘Terrace’ which is standing costs £10, the Family Stand which is seating costs £10 or you can go in the Carling Stand which is slightly more expensive at £15. The final stand is the A13 Steel Stand which also costs £15, however this also houses away fans. These prices are for concessions so please remember to bring your student ID when buying tickets on the day!
Travelling to the game
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Stadium will not take you too long to get to from the university campus. From Mile End station, take the district line via Upminster, and get off at Dagenham East, which should take around 25 minutes. When you have left the station, go left and walk straight for around 5 minutes along Rainham Road. After this, take a left into Victoria road which will see you arrive at the stadium.