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Revisited: Redbridge

Sunday, July 25th, 2004
Redbridge 1 Ipswich Town Reserves 0
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Oakside, Redbridge, Greater London

RedbridgeRedbridge, until they renamed themselves in the summer of 2004, had been known as Ford United since their formation in 1959 following the merger of the Dagenham based Ford Sports and Briggs Sports football clubs. As the former name suggests the roots of the club lie in the motor industry and the name change was made in an effort to help identify the club more with the area in which they play rather than the Ford Motor Company down the road at Dagenham who broke their ties with the area a couple of years back. Their nickname “The Motormen” is the one remaining link with their automotive past.

Redbridge

The last car was produced at the huge Dagenham plant in 2002, a Fiesta as it happens, after more than 70 years of operation as the American giant’s largest European manufacturing plant. I recall being suitable impressed by a school trip there in the Seventies, impressed enough during that day out to later own a number of Mark I and Mark II Cortina’s after I had passed my driving test.

Redbridge

A short walk from Barkingside tube station – the Central Line runs parallel to the western touchline - the Oakside Stadium boasts a capacity of 3,000. A narrow and rather fragile looking grandstand , flanked by small sections of concrete terracing occupies that western touchline whilst the entire length of the opposite touchline offers a covered standing area.

Redbridge

There is uncovered terracing behind each goal with the northern end offering the best view of the playing area and the most convenient positioned as it is just inside the turnstiles and adjacent to the tea bar. Flanked by a golf course to the north and parkland to the south and east only the occasional tube rumbling by reminds you that you are inside the M25.

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