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21 October 2014

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21 October 2014

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All you need to know and more ahead of tonight's game

Luton Town v Dagenham & Redbridge
Sky Bet League 2
Tuesday 21st October 2014, kick-off 7.45pm

Live coverage on Hatters Player, DiverseFM, BBC3CR and

•    Hatters unbeaten in seven games (W6, D1)
•    Daggers 19th in League 2; Away form better than home
•    Head2Head: Town wins: 2, Dagenham wins: 2, Draws: 0

WHO? Dagenham & Redbridge, aka the Daggers. The club were formed in 1992 following a merger between Redbridge Forest and Dagenham. They were promoted to the Football League in 2007 and spent one season in League 1 in 2010/11. They are managed by Wayne Burnett, play in red and blue and play their home matches at Victoria Road (or the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium, to give it its official title).

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EX-FACTOR Town boss John Still takes on his former club for the first time since leaving the Daggers for Kenilworth Road in February 2013. Still spent a total of 13 years in charge at Victoria Road, across two spells, and guided the Daggers from the Conference to League 1 in the space of four years. His assistant Terry Harris also spent many years with Dagenham, and scored a goal at Wembley for them in an FA Trophy final triumph against Mossley in 1978. The Hatters have four ex-Daggers, Scott Griffiths, Paul Benson, Luke Wilkinson and Solomon Taiwo, in their ranks. Andre Boucaud, a former Hatter who played eight games for the Town, is in the Dagenham squad – and last summer came up against Lionel Messi in a friendly while on international duty for Trinidad and Tobago.

HAVEN’T WE MET BEFORE? Tonight’s game will be the third Football League meeting between the two clubs. The Town and Dagenham have won one each, both by a 2-1 scoreline during the 2008/09 campaign. The first meeting actually took place in an LDV Vans Trophy tie in 2001 when the Daggers beat the Town 3-2 in the first round. The Daggers have only ever visited Kenilworth Road once (in competitive matches), and are therefore looking for their first win here.

THIS TIME ROUND Dagenham arrive at Kenilworth Road in 19th place in the League 2 table having taken 14 points from 13 games. Burnett’s side began the season losing 3-0 at home to Morecambe before drawing 6-6 with Brentford in an incredible League Cup tie. The Daggers have won twice on their travels this season, at Hartlepool and, most recently, at Accrington. Their away form is better than their home form: the Daggers have lost their lost three matches at Victoria Road in all competitions.

DO MENTION Promotions. The Daggers were playing in the Ryman Premier in 1999/2000 and then found themselves playing, and beating, Charlton Athletic in League 1 fixture in 2010/11. A Conference title was achieved in style in 2006/07 before a League 2 Play-Off final victory over Rotherham at the new Wembley followed in 2010.

DID YOU KNOW? The highest ever scoreline in the first leg of a Play-Off game is now held by the Daggers when they defeated Morecambe 6-0 in May 2010. Although they could not build on this with a 2-1 defeat in the second leg, they won on aggregate before sealing promotion by beating Rotherham in the final.

ON THIS DAY Nine years ago today the Town beat Leeds United 5-1 in the Championship thanks to two goals from Rowan Vine and further strikes from Carlos Edwards, David Bell and Markus Heikkinen.

REF WATCH Andy Davies takes charge of a Luton game for the first time tonight. This season the whistler has shown 33 yellow cards and one red card (AFC Wimbledon’s Matt Tubbs) in the eight games he has overseen.

TOWN TEAM NEWS The Town could welcome back midfielder Alex Lawless after he missed Saturday’s 2-1 win at Hartlepool. Fraser Franks, Jake Howells, Curtley Williams, Luke Rooney and Paul Connolly are all back in training but are unlikely to feature. Ross Lafayette is recovering from a recent and successive hernia operation, and is the only player definitely ruled out.

DAGENHAM TEAM NEWS Daggers captain Abu Ogogo will serve a suspension following his red card against Newport, and with Luke Howell injured and Joss Labadie doubtful, the visitors could be without three key midfielders for the trip to Kenilworth Road. Striker Rhys Murphy is still not ready to return to match action despite progressing in his recovery from a hip injury, and fellow forward Zavon Hines also remains absent from the squad.

LIVE AND ONLINEHatters Player is the only place to listen to online commentary of the Hatters this season and once again the DiverseFM team will be bringing subscribers all the action from Kenilworth Road. What’s more there will be a full report, reaction and photographs post-match and live text updates during the match itself.

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