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22 October 2021

Dagenham and Redbridge v Southend United…


Kevin Maher will take charge of his first Southend United match on Saturday afternoon with the short trip to Dagenham and Redbridge.

Blues will be looking to bounce back from their torrid run of form in the league after the announcement of club legend Maher as head coach, with Darren Currie as his assistant and former Southend midfielder Mark Bentley as first team coach.

The trio will be looking to bring the feel-good factor back to Roots Hall, and last weekend’s 4-1 victory over Chertsey Town in the FA Cup may be a platform that they can build from going into this weekend’s match.

But it will certainly be a baptism of fire for the new men in the dug-out, as the Daggers sit sixth in the table, having picked up 19 points from their opening 11 matches.

The two Essex-based sides have clashed plenty of times before, but this will be the first ever time they have met in the fifth tier.

The Opposition:

You have to date back just 29 years to when Saturday’s opposition were formed as a club.

Several mergers took place, seeing Leytonstone, Ilford and Walthamstow Avenue form Redbridge Forest, which then merged with Dagenham FC to form Dagenham and Redbridge in 1992.

After a turbulent period off the pitch, the Daggers eventually reached the Football League in 2007.

Their climb up the leagues wasn’t done there, as they achieved promotion to League One in 2010, but they could not retain their place in the third tier for longer than a season.

And, highlighting the unforgiving nature of lower league football, John Still’s side were relegated yet again in the 15/16 campaign, slumping them back into the non-league scene where they have remained since.

Daryl McMahon is now the man in charge at the club, a well-travelled figure in the Football League and below, he has formed a team that can play attacking, attractive football which has so far hurt many teams in the National League.


The form guide doesn’t favour either side ahead of Saturday, as both have struggled in recent weeks.

Despite McMahon’s men making an incredible start to the 21/22 campaign, picking up 16 points from their first possible 18, they have lost four of their last five league matches and picked up just three points from their last five games.

The visitors’ poor form stretches a little further than five matches, as Blues have won just one of their last nine league games, however they will take confidence from their FA Cup triumph last weekend.

Goals have been hard to come by for The Shrimpers so far this season, their struggles have seen them become the second lowest scoring side in the division, so last weekend’s resounding victory will be a big confidence booster for Maher’s side.

From The Boss:

"I just want to take the fear away from them,” said Maher.

"I know they’ve had a tough time recently and results haven’t been great but I want them to go on the pitch and enjoy their football and get a smile on their face.

"There’s principles we want [to implement], with and without the ball.

"Depending on the game and the opponents, there will be some principles that we always want that will be a constant throughout our time here.

"We’re still managing one or two that aren’t on the grass yet, so to get too much detail [into the players] – we’ve done a little bit – but there’s still a long way to go.

"They’ve [Dagenham and Redbridge] been watched. We know a bit about them already, myself Darren and Mark, so we will have a rough idea of what they will do.

"They’re a good side, a solid outfit and I know Darryl well so they will be well up for this."

Blues’ Team News:

"There are still one or two injury concerns. We will give them every chance and have a look tomorrow before deciding the best way to go. Hopefully one or two will be back," said Maher.

Ref Watch:

Gary Parsons will be calling the shots when The Blues head to the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

Parsons has taken charge of seven National League games so far this season and has not shied away from issuing his cards.

In fact, the referee has brandished 35 yellow cards this season and a single red card, which came when Yeovil Town hosted King’s Lynn Town at the end of August.

Parsons will be assisted by David Hutton and Andrew Gray, Aaron Farmer will be the fourth official.

Elsewhere in the National League:

Aldershot Town v Bromley

Barnet v Wrexham

Chesterfield v Boreham Wood

Eastleigh v Altrincham

Grimsby Town v Yeovil Town

Notts County v Stockport County

Solihull Moors v FC Halifax

Torquay United v King’s Lynn Town

Weymouth v Wealdstone

Maidenhead United v Woking

How to Follow:

Blues fans not heading to The Chigwell Construction Stadium on Saturday will still be able to follow all the live action by subscribing to Blues TV where you’ll get live match commentary from the BBC Essex team from all first-team matches this season.

Blues TV costs £4.49 per month or a one-off cost of £45 for the season, with your subscription not only giving you match commentary, but also exclusive access to extended match highlights, full pre-match press conferences, interviews, features and more.

You can also follow live minute-by-minute updates on social media via the Club’s official Twitter account by following @SUFCRootsHall on Twitter, which will ensure you get all the latest news and more throughout the 2021/22 season.

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Match Reports


23 October 2021

Kevin Maher’s first game in charge of Blues ended in defeat as a three-goal, six-minute blitz from Dagenham & Redbridge earned them a 3-0 win at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

After a goalless first-half, Mo Sagaf opened the scoring in the 52nd minute after getting on the end of a low ball into the box by Dagenham’s captain, Angelo Balanta.

Four minutes later, Sam Ling powered a header home from close range before Ling completed the onslaught by nodding in another two minutes later to wrap up the points.

It was far from the start that club legend Kevin Maher would have wanted after taking over the managerial hot seat in midweek, but he’ll have learnt a lot about the task that faces him as Blues boss following today’s defeat to the Daggers.

Maher’s first task as manager was to make three changes from the side that beat Chertsey Town in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend with John White, Shaun Hobson and Abu Ogogo coming in for Nathan Ralph, Harry Phillips and Will Atkinson.

In the pair’s first league meeting since 2015, Blues began brightly but it was the home side that created the clearer of the early chances with Angelo Balanta seeing a near-post header deflect wide before Scott Wilson got on the end of a fizzing cross from Mo Sagaf to hit the side netting.

Kevin Maher’s charges, who were backed by just shy of 1,400 travelling Southend fans, went close when Jack Bridge’s cross picked out Sam Dalby who headed just wide. Minutes later and Dalby teed up Nathan Ferguson for a strike from outside the box that flew off target.

The two sides continued to trade blows with Balanta seeing an effort cleared by Bridge before Balanta’s strike-partner Wilson was slipped in and forced a smart save from Harry Seaden from a tight angle.

Southend had a couple of sighters from Abu Ogogo which weren’t troubling Elliot Justham in the Daggers goal, while late in the first-half Myles Weston got goal side only to fire over the crossbar from a good position.

Early in the second-half and Blues needed a goal-line clearance from James Dunne to keep Callum Reynolds out but Southend’s stay of execution was short-lived as Dagenham ripped through the Blues defences with three goals in six minutes to stun Maher’s side.

The opener came in the 52nd minute when Balanta’s low ball into the box picked out Sagaf who slotted it past Seaden to break the deadlock. Just four minutes later and that lead was doubled when Weston’s deep cross from the left was powered home by Sam Ling who rose highest to head home.

Ling quickly followed that up with his second of the game and Daggers’ third, this time getting on the end of a right-wing cross to send his looping header beyond Seaden and into the back of the net just two minutes after notching his first.

Southend were shellshocked as Dagenham continued to push forward for more goals, going close to adding a fourth when Balanta’s curling effort was tipped onto the bar by Seaden, as the Daggers ran out comfortable winners.

Dagenham & Redbridge XI: Justham, Reynolds, Johnson, Wright, Sagaf (Rance 74’), Balanta (C) (Vilhete 85’), Weston, Robinson (Scott 90+2’), Wilson, Ling, Jones. Subs Not Used: Clark, Saunders

Blues XI: Seaden, Howard, Ogogo, Hobson, Bridge (Sayers 68’), Dunne, Murphy, Dalby, Egbri, Ferguson (Phillips 63’), White (C). Walsh, Rush, Atkinson

Referee: Gary Parsons

Assistants: David Hutton & Andrew Gray

Fourth Official: Aaron Farmer


Dagenham & Redbridge: Mo Sagaf 52’, Sam Ling 56’, 58’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Dagenham & Redbridge: Myles Weston 76’

Southend United: Rhys Murphy 51’, Rob Howard 79’

Attendance: 3,673 (1,344 Away)

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Ticket News


21 October 2021

Ticket information for Southend United’s away game against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday October 23 (3pm kick-off).

Tickets are being sold through the Blues Box Office and are now on general sale following priority sale via the Away Ticket Scheme.

We received an allocation of 1,204 tickets for this fixture, all situated in the SD Samuels Stand.

Having sold out of the initial allocation, a further 300 terrace tickets are now being sold.

We are currently over 1,300 tickets sold.

Tickets are not on sale on the day of the game from the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

Supporters have until 2pm on Friday October 22 to purchase.

Tickets bought after Wednesday will be available to collect from the Blues Ticket Office until 5pm on Friday or from Dagenham on Saturday.

Ticket Prices                                                   





CONCESSION (65+, students*)




UNDER 10**


* With valid student card
** Under 10’s need to be bought with an Adult equivalent.

Wheelchair tickets can be purchased by contacting the Dagenham & Redbridge Ticket Office on 020 8592 1549 ext 2.

Priority Booking Period On Sale Dates

Tuesday 5th October at midday – 260 away points to purchase

Thursday 7th October at midday – 220 away points to purchase

Friday 8th October at midday – 170 away points to purchase

Monday 11th October at midday – 120 away points to purchase

Tuesday 12th October at midday – 100 away points to purchase

Wednesday 13th October at midday  General sale

This detailed guide shows how to check Away Priority Points. 

How To Buy

Tickets will be available on the phone (0344 477 0077), in person and online, however Under 10’s tickets will not be available online, these will only be available on the phone or in person at the Ticket Office during opening hours (9.30am-5pm).

Coach Travel Information 

For Dagenham & Redbridge travel information please click here.

For the Shrimpers Trust Away Travel Terms and Conditions please click here.

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