In 1979, Ilford and Leytonstone merged to become Leytonstone/Ilford, and in 1988 they absorbed the struggling Walthamstow Avenue to become Redbridge Forest. Redbridge Forest achieved promotion to the Football Conference in 1991 before merging with Dagenham in 1992 to become Dagenham & Redbridge.
The following season (2002-2003) saw Dagenham & Redbridge finish 4th. Tony Roberts broke the goals conceded record in which he went the whole entire campaign without conceding a goal.
The Daggers then declined somewhat, finishing the 2003/2004, 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 seasons in mid-table. On February 27 2004 the club was beaten 9-0 at home by Hereford United, equalling the record highest winning / losing scoreline in the Conference. Compounding the humiliating scoreline was the fact that Sky TV had covered the game live.
The club's first game as champions was played at Cambridge United where the South Stand was packed full of Daggers fans. There was an incredible party atmosphere but unfortunately Dagenham & Redbridge lost 4-2 with both away goals coming from leading goalscorer Paul Benson
Dagenham & Redbridge played their first ever match in The Football League on 11 August 2007, which was a 1-0 defeat to Stockport County. Following a tentative start to league football incorporating two losses and a draw, Dagenham & Redbridge won their first League game at home to Lincoln City on 1 September 2007.
The self styled "Pub Team from Essex" reached the 2nd Round of the Football League Trophy by defeating Southend United 7-6 on penalty kicks on 4 September 2007 after the match ended 2-2.Having won through to the Southern Section quarter-finals the Daggers lost to Gillingham 4-0.
The Daggers collected their first away victory in the Football League on 29 September 2007, with a 1-0 victory at Mansfield Town. Shane Huke scored the only goal, also another first, the first away goal scored by the Daggers in League Football
Dagenham and Redbridge staged a remarkable second half come back to defeat Darlington 3-2 on 26 April 2008 and secure another season of League football. The Daggers began the 2008/2009 season remarkable beating Chester City 6-0.
|Season||Division||Position||Top League Goalscorer||Extra Information|
|1992-1993||Conference||3||Paul Cavell 19||–|
|1993-1994||Conference||6||Paul Cavell & David Crown 9||–|
|1994-1995||Conference||15||Ian Richardson 10||–|
|1997-1998||Isthmian Premier||4||Paul Cobb 24||–|
|1998-1999||Isthmian Premier||3||Paul Cobb 21||–|
|1999-2000||Isthmian Premier||1||Paul Cobb 18||Champions|
|2000-2001||Conference||3||Danny Shipp & Junior McDougald 9||–|
|2001-2002||Conference||2||Mark Stein 24||Runners up on goal difference|
|2002-2003||Conference||5||Mark Stein & Steve West 16||First Conference play-off finalists|
|2003-2004||Conference||13||Chris Moore 10||–|
|2004-2005||Conference National||11||Chris Moore 19||–|
|2005-2006||Conference National||10||Chris Moore 15||–|
|2006-2007||Conference National||1||Paul Benson 28||Champions|
|2007-2008||League Two||20||Ben Strevens 21|