West Ham-born Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still is looking forward to welcoming the Hammers to Chigwell Construction Stadium on Wednesday 21 March at 7.30pm.
A giant of east London football, Still is in his third spell in charge of the Daggers, who he led into the Football League for the first time in 2007 and a historic promotion to League One three years later – but since then the club has fallen on hard times financially.
Now hoping to guide the club back to League Two via the National League Premier Play-Offs, the Dagenham boss is therefore excited by the prospect of a fundraising friendly with their Premier League neighbours West Ham United, with all proceeds on the night going to the non-league club.
“We are delighted, we went over to Rush Green and played a very strong West Ham team in a [behind-closed-doors] friendly the other week and I’d already had words with the Board about arranging a game with West Ham at our place,” said Still, who has managed more than 500 games over two spells with the Daggers since 2004.
“It is a fundraising game, so we need as much support from our supporters as possible and we are very grateful for West Ham for what they are doing and a big thank you to them.
“For them to commit themselves to coming over with their strongest team that they can possibly bring, we are hoping for a bumper crowd for a good occasion as well.”
Still is hoping for a capacity 6,000 crowd at Chigwell Construction Stadium, and urged fans of all clubs to turn out in support of the cash-strapped Daggers.
“Wednesday 21 March is for anyone who is out there, so whoever you support, be a football supporter and come and watch us and West Ham.”
Seated and standing tickets for West Ham United’s friendly at Dagenham & Redbridge on Wednesday 21 March are available now from eticketing.co.uk/whufc, over the telephone on 0333 030 1966 or in person from the London Stadium Ticket Office priced at £10 Adults, £8 O65s and £3 U16s. Access on the night will be via the turnstile on Bury Road.