Our preview of next season's opponents continues with the Daggers
Who are ya?
The Daggers finished 14th in League Two last season.
Who’s in charge?
After a 15-year career as a player, during which he made more than 300 professional appearances, Wayne Burnett moved into management in 2004, initially at non-league level with Fisher Athletic, Dulwich Hamlet and Grays Athletic. He became assistant to John Still at Dagenham in 2009 and when Still left in February 2013 to join Luton Town he was put in temporary charge. Three months later, having ensured the Daggers’ League safety, the position was made permanent.
Dagenham finished the campaign strongly to attain a comfortable mid-table position. They won four matches in March and three in April, including 4-0 home wins over AFC Wimbledon and Accrington Stanley.
They were also involved in a remarkable 6-6 draw with Brentford in the first round of the Capital One Cup before losing on penalties. Their FA Cup hopes bit the dust in the first round with a 2-0 replay defeat at Conference National Southport, following a 0-0 draw at home, and they went down 2-0 at home to Leyton Orient in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Four players, Frankie Raymond, Andre Boucaud, Ashley Hemmings and Ade Yusuff, have committed themselves to the club by signing new contracts while last season’s top scorer Jamie Cureton has agreed a one-year deal after scoring 20 goals last season, including 19 in League Two. One blow for Burnett is the decision of skipper Abu Ogogo to turn down a new deal and has joined promoted Shrewsburyl. The 25-year-old made more than 200 appearances for Dagenham.
As well as meeting in the Conference, the club have also played twice in the Football League during our debut campaign 2011-12 in League Two. A crowd of 2,862 saw Reds come from behind to win 3-1 at home in October 2011 thanks to goals from Sergio Torres, Matt Tubbs and Jon-Paul Pittman. The return game in April 2012 ended 1-1 with Charlie Wassmer scoring for Reds in front of 2,456 at Victoria Road.
How far is it?
It is a 95 mile round trip to Dagenham’s Victoria Road ground.