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A look at Blues’ 2021/22 opponents…

4 June 2021

Ahead of the 2021/22 season, will be taking a look at each of Blues’ Vanarama National League opponents.

With both Bromley and Chesterfield involved in the play-offs, we continue our look here with Boreham Wood, Dagenham & Redbridge and Dover Athletic.

Boreham Wood


Luke Garrard – 35-year-old former AFC Wimbledon defender, making over 100 appearances for the Dons, joined Boreham Wood in 2010. He progressed up to first team manager in 2015 and achieved the Wood’s highest ever National League finish, as well as reaching the play-off final against Tranmere Rovers in 2018, narrowly losing 2-1.

Meadow Park - 4,500 (1,700 seated).


Previous meetings
Saturday 7th November 2020 – Boreham Wood* 3-3 Southend, *Boreham Wood win on penalties (FA Cup)
Wednesday 30th January 1974 – Southend 3-0 Boreham Wood (FA Cup)

Their last 3 finishes
2020/21 – 14th in National League
2019/20 – 5th in National League
2018/19 – 20th in National League

3 facts about them
1. Won promotion to the top tier of Non-League football for the very first time in their then 67-year history with a play-off final win over Whitehawk in 2015.

2. In the 2017/18 FA Cup, Boreham Wood beat Football League opposition for the first time, defeating Blackpool 2–1 at home in the first round.

3. In 2017 the Wood invested in a new training facility, as well as laying a new DESSO pitch of Premier League quality which is used now by Arsenal’s Youth and Women’s teams.

Distance from Roots Hall
58 miles

Highest league finish
2017/18 – 4th in the National League

Dagenham & Redbridge


Daryl McMahon – Formerly in charge of Ebbsfleet United from 2015-2018 and Macclesfield Town from 2019-2020. His playing career saw him represent Leyton Orient and Stevenage amongst others.

Victoria Road – 6,078. Currently known as the Chigwell Construction Stadium for sponsorship purposes.


Last 3 meetings
Saturday 14th March 2015 – Dag & Red 1-3 Southend (League Two)
Sunday 28th December 2014 – Southend 0-0 Dag & Red (League Two)
Tuesday 28th January 2014 – Dag & Red 1-1 Southend (League Two)

Their last 3 finishes
2020/21 – 12th in National League
2019/20 – 17th in National League
2018/19 – 18th in National League

3 facts about them
1. The club came about following a series of mergers which saw Leytonstone, Ilford and Walthamstow Avenue form Redbridge Forest, who in turn merged with Dagenham FC in 1992 to form Dagenham & Redbridge.

2. In September 2018, American consortium Trinity Sports Holdings secured the long-term future of the club and took over majority ownership, which included former Everton and Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard as one of its Directors.

3. The highest scoring penalty shootout in professional football history saw Dagenham & Redbridge beat Leyton Orient in the Second Round of the Football League Trophy 14–13, 27 penalties in total, in 2011. This was later equalled, but not bettered, by Liverpool who beat Middlesbrough in a League Cup penalty shootout by the same score in September 2014.

Distance from Roots Hall
30.5 miles

Highest league finish
2010/11 – 21st in League One

Dover Athletic


Andy Hessenthaler - currently in his second spell as Dover manager. Previously in charge of Gillingham, Leyton Orient and Eastleigh.

Crabble Athletic Ground - 5,745 (1,010 seats).


Previous meetings
Sunday 10th November 2019 – Dover 1-0 Southend (FA Cup)
Friday 30th January 1976 – Southend 4-1 Dover (FA Cup)

Their last 3 finishes
2020/21 – 23rd in National League
2019/20 – 11th in National League
2018/19 – 13th in National League

3 facts about them
1. The holder of the record for most appearances for Dover Athletic is Jason Bartlett, who played in 539 matches, and the all-time top goalscorer is Lennie Lee, with 160 goals.

2. Neville Southall, former Everton legendary goalkeeper and Southend loanee back in 1997, making nine appearances, managed Dover from 2001-2002.

3. During the 2020/21 campaign Dover only played 15 fixtures with none played after 30 January 2021 due to staff being furloughed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This culminated in the club having all its results expunged in March and receiving a £40,000 fine. They were also handed a 12-point deduction for the 2021/22 season.

Distance from Roots Hall
84.2 miles

Highest league finish
2015/16 – 5th in the National League

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