Sunday, May 30, 2010

The English season came to an end today with a cracking League Two playoff final at Wembley between Dagenham & Redbridge and Rotherham.

The Daggers edged a five goal thriller, which rounded off a fantastic Football League season all round.

The game thankfully made up for yesterday's disappointing game which saw Millwall promoted to the Championship at the expense of Swindon.

It's a great story for the Club, who have only been in existance in their present form since 1992. Dagenham and Redbridge's being came across through a number of mergers but you can technically trace their history back to 1881.

It all stems from four amateur clubs. Ilford (formed in 1881), Leytonstone (1886), Walthamstow Avenue (1900) and Dagenham (1949). In 1979, Ilford and Leytonstone merged to become Leytonstone/Ilford, and in 1988 they added Walthamstow Avenue to become Redbridge Forest. The new side achieved promotion to the Football Conference in 1991 before merging with Dagenham in 1992 to become Dagenham & Redbridge.

Despite dropping out of the Conference briefly they earned promotion to the Football League as Conference champs in 2006/07 and now, after only three seasons, League One is their new home.

Not bad for a pub team from Essex.

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