All you need to know ahead of the Town's game tonight
Dagenham & Redbridge v Luton Town
Sky Bet League 2
Tuesday 14th April 2015, kick-off 7.45pm
Live commentary on Hatters Player, DiverseFM, BBC3CR and lutontown.co.uk
• Town ninth in League 2, three points off the Play-Offs
• Dagenham 15th, clear of relegation
• John Still’s first return to Dagenham as Town boss
• Alex Lawless missing for the Hatters
WHO? Dagenham & Redbridge, aka the Daggers, from Dagenham, East London. It forms part of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and is a stone’s throw from the border with Essex. The club itself was formed in 1992 through a merger between Redbridge Forest and Dagenham. Last season they finished in ninth place in League and they are managed by Wayne Burnett.
WHERE? The Daggers play their home games at Victoria Road or – to give it its official title – the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Stadium. The ground has been used for football since 1917 but it wasn’t until 1955 that football team from Dagenham began playing there. Its capacity is 6,078, but the ground’s record attendance is 7,200 for an FA Cup tie with Reading in 1967. Hatters fans have been given the newest stand inside the ground – the Traditional Builders Stand – a covered, all-seated stand raised above the playing surface behind the goal.
HOW TO GET THERE? Take the M1 south and M25 clockwise, and leave the M25 at Junction 27 and take the M11 towards London. At the end of the M11 continue onto the A406 towards Docklands (A13) and London City Airport. At the intersection with the A13, turn onto this road in the direction of the Dartford Crossing. At the junction with the A1306, leave the A13 and join the A1306 towards Dagenham. At the third set of traffic lights turn left just before the McDonalds into Ballards Road. At the end of this road you will come to a large roundabout at which you turn left into Rainham Road. Proceed up Rainham Road passing Dagenham East tube station on the left and Victoria Road is a quarter of a mile further on, on the same side of the road. The postcode for the ground is RM10 7XL
TICKET NEWS. 800 tickets were sold to Town supporters from the ticket office in advance and the allocation is still available to purchase from there until 2pm today. However, admission is now pay on the night at the turnstile. Dagenham have posted the following information to Hatters fans on their website.
HOW THEY DOING? The Daggers are one of League 2’s most inconsistent teams. Able to beat the best one week before losing to one of the strugglers the next. Burnett’s side currently sit in 15th place the division, 12 points off the Play-Offs and 13 points clear of the final relegation place. The side have won 15, lost 20 and drawn seven. In their last home match, on Easter Monday, a hat-trick from evergreen striker Jamie Cureton inspired the Daggers to a 4-0 win over AFC Wimbledon.
HOME COMFORTS. No team in League 2 has lost more home games than the Daggers with Burnett’s side losing 11 of their 21 fixtures at Victoria Road this season. No side in the division have drawn less on home soil than their two. Since the turn of the year Dagenham have won five of their 10 home games, scoring 14 but conceding only eight. Three of those games have been defeats, but have all come to teams challenging for promotion, with Wycombe, Burton and Southend all leaving with three points. They lost 1-0 at Carlisle on Saturday but they are now safe from relegation, lying 13 points above the final relegation place with four games to go.
HAVEN’T WE MET BEFORE? Tonight's trip will be the Town’s fourth to Victoria Road and the Hatters will be aiming for victory for the first time. The Hatters lost 3-2, and courtesy of a golden goal, to the Daggers at Victoria Road in 2001 in the LDV Vans Trophy, when Dagenham were in the Conference. The Town’s last visit came in the 2009 minus-30 season when two goals from Danny Foster gave the Daggers a 2-1 win. Ian Henderson scored the Hatters’ goal. The two sides met in October in League 2 at Kenilworth Road with a hat-trick from Mark Cullen giving the Hatters a 3-1 win.
CLUB CONNECTIONS. You don’t have to look much further than manager John Still, who spent nine years in charge of the Daggers, during which time he guided the club from the Conference to League 1. The Town have former Daggers Paul Benson, Luke Wilkinson and Scott Griffiths, while Dagenham have ex-Town midfielder Andre Boucaud in their squad.
REF WATCH. Darren Sheldrake takes charge of his second match involving the Town this term. The Surrey-based official oversaw the 1-0 win over Northampton back in October. This season he has shown 82 yellow cards in 26 games and sent-off nine players. The whistler showed eight red cards in his first 13 matches this season – but just one in his last 13.
TOWN TEAM NEWS. Alex Lawless is the latest Town players to miss out as the midfielder is suffering from shingles. Left-back Scott Griffiths will be assessed by the medical staff after coming through 90 minutes against Burton, having delayed a hernia operation.
MILESTONES. If involved, Jonathan Smith – who missed Saturday’s game to beside his partner who gave birth to a baby girl – will make his 97th appearance for the Hatters.
LIVE AND ONLINE.Hatters 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 Victoria 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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Below: The last time the two sides met.