West Ham to help Dagenham & Redbridge with fundraising friendly

West Ham will travel to Dagenham & Redbridge for a friendly match in an attempt to raise much-needed funds for the National League side.

The Daggers, who are in an extremely difficult financial position, will host a strong West Ham side for the fixture on March 21 with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the non-league club.

West Ham face a three-week gap between matches in March due to Manchester United’s involvement in the FA Cup sixth round and the final international break of the season.

Manager David Moyes is expected to send as many first-team players as possible as he aims to maintain the squad’s match fitness.

West Ham’s joint-chairman David Sullivan said: “As soon as we heard that Dagenham & Redbridge were in need of financial assistance, David Moyes and I didn’t hesitate to offer our help by sending down a team for a fundraising friendly with our neighbours.

“We’ve always enjoyed a close relationship with the Daggers and are looking forward to this match, not only as a means of raising important funds, but also because it will be an enjoyable evening of football.”

Dagenham & Redbridge chairman Paul Gwinn said: “A massive thank you goes to West Ham United for agreeing to the match on March 21. The support we’ve received from David Sullivan and David Moyes is hugely appreciated. It really will help save our club and I couldn’t have asked for more.”