Former Manchester United keeper buys London club

Belgium’s Kevin Mirallas has his shot saved by USA goalkeeper Tim Howard

Former Manchester United and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is part of a consortium that has bought London club Dagenham and Redbridge.

The fifth division club plays in a 6,000-capacity stadium in the east of London. The club has cited Howard’s expansive experience in the English top flight as one of the bright sides of the deal.

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“Dagenham & Redbridge FC 2017 Ltd are very pleased to announce that Victoria Road Football, LLC, an American entity, has completed the purchase of the majority of the shares in the football club. This deal sees Dagenham & Redbridge FC Ltd, which is the Full Members company limited by guarantee, retain their portion of Dagenham & Redbridge FC 2017 Ltd while Directors David Bennett and Stephen Thompson also retain their original holdings of the club,” the club said in a statement

“The new consortium, Victoria Road Football, LLC is a company led by Peter B. Freund, Craig Unger and former Premier League goalkeeper, Tim Howard. The group has already had a successful launch of professional soccer in Memphis, TN with the United Soccer League’s Memphis 901 FC, a Division II club.

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“Peter and Craig’s many years of operational experience, both owning and operating professional sports franchises throughout North America, and Tim Howard, with his expansive career in English football playing in the Premier League for 13 years with Everton and Manchester United, will seamlessly compliment the Dagenham & Redbridge management already in place.” the statement concluded.

Howard was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2003 and stayed with him until 2007 where he left to join Everton initially on loan before making it permanent until 2016.

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