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Dagenham: We’ve Met Before

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Tue 15 Nov 2016
Posted in First Team

We’ve met before:

This Tuesday FC Halifax Town meet Dagenham again in the FA Cup following a 0-0 draw with the Londoners in what was the first time the two sides have met with the new incarnation of the club. But how did the old club do when competing against Daggers? Here we build up to the big game on Tuesday by looking back at some previous encounters between the two sides.

Halifax have edged the 10 league meetings between the sides with four wins to Dagenham’s three, but perhaps the most memorable encounter between the two teams was the first encounter –though maybe for the wrong reasons from a town perspective. Yes, back in November 2002, Halifax looked dominant in taking a three goal lead courtesy of three goals in 10 first half minutes. But the game was turned on its head as a Steve West goal, followed by a Junior McDougald double saw Dagenham salvage a point in a gripping 3-3 draw.

A year later and it was a similar story; Halifax took a 3-0 lead early on thanks to goals from Christian Lee, Kevin Sandworth and Jamie McCombe. This time though, Town would see off the Dagenham threat comfortably to pick up a simple 3-0 win in what would be the first victory in a league double over Dag&Red.  Perhaps something to note is that win away at Dagenham (a 1-0 win thanks to a Craig Midgley penalty on the stroke of half-time) was the only time an away win has occurred in the numerous clashes between the two.

The 2003/04 season saw the Daggers get their first win over the Shaymen with a 4-2 win at the Victoria Road stadium. Again it was a case of what could have been for Town as they gave away a 2-1 lead in the second half. The return fixture at The Shay went better for the boys in blue; two goals in the final fifteen minutes gave Halifax a point as Craig Midgley scored again from the spot before Neil Ross gave Town a point.

The next (and final) four league meetings were relatively straightforward affairs with both sides winning their home games with only the one away goals scored in the games (a Dagenham and Redbridge penalty back in September 2006). The final game of the four was edged 1-0 as Craig Mackail-Smith scored in the 80th minute.

The 10 league games between the sides have been tight affairs with the home side being the dominant force with six wins to one. From a Shaymen perspective, we can but hope that remains true as Town look to meet either Swindon or Eastleigh in the 2nd round of the world’s oldest cup competition.

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