West Ham United: Hammers head for Dagenham & Redbridge to take part in fundrasing friendly
PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 March 2018
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David Moyes' men visit Victoria Road on Wednesday to help cash-strapped National League outfit
West Ham United make the short trip to Dagenham & Redbridge on Wednesday for a fundraising friendly to help the cash-strapped National League outfit.
Daggers are currently in financial difficulty after former director Glyn Hopkin ceased funding the club.
As part of efforts to raise much-needed funds, the Victoria Road outfit are hosting Hammers in a friendly, with all proceeds going to Daggers.
With a large West Ham following in attendance, it is expected to easily be Daggers’ highest gate of the season so far.
The friendly comes in the middle of a three-week break from Premier League action for the Hammers, owing to international fixtures and an early exit from the FA Cup.
With his team having such a lengthy break from competitive matches, Moyes is expected to name a strong side to keep his squad ticking over.
And the Scot is happy to do all he can to help Daggers in their bid to raise much-needed funds.
In his programme notes ahead of their last Premier League game against Burnley on March 10, Moyes said: “Dagenham are in need of help and I believe it is important that we do what we can to support our neighbours.”
For the Daggers squad, the game is a rare opportunity for John Still’s men to test themselves against Premier League opposition.
The Essex club did host West Ham in a pre-season friendly in July, but the Premier League club sent an under-23 XI that day.
On Wednesday, there are likely to be plenty of first-team players in action for the Hammers, something which excites Daggers forward Chike Kandi.
“We’ve got the West Ham game mid-week which will be a great one to be involved in,” the 22-year-old told the Daggers website.
“Hopefully we can get a big crowd down for that and just playing against a Premier League team will be really exciting.
“It’s unfortunate the circumstance around it and for the reason it’s come about, but that being said it’s a great club to be playing against and that’s always the dream for any non-league player to play in the Football League and make it to the Premier League if possible.
“To be able to test yourself against the best in the country is really quite something that I’m looking forward to.”
Wednesday looks set to be a great occasion for all involved.