Romford F.C

Romford
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Full name Romford Football Club
Nickname(s) The Boro'
Founded 1876 (original club)
1929 (second incarnation)
1992 (current club)
Ground Ship Lane, (groundshare with Thurrock F.C.)
Ground Capacity 3,500 (524 seated)
Chairman Steve Gardener
Manager Paul Martin
League Isthmian League Division One North
2012–13 Isthmian League Division One North, 8th
Home colours
Away colours

Romford F.C. is an English football club based in Romford, East London. The club are currently members of Division One North of the Isthmian League, and play at Ship Lane in Thurrock.

History

The original Romford was established in 1876. They reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 1880–81, but lost 15–0 at Darwen. They joined the Southern League in 1909, but played only a single season before leaving.[1]

Following internal disputes, some members broke away to form a new club, whilst the original club was renamed Romford Town. They joined the Athenian League. After finishing bottom in their first season, they left at the end of their second,[2] before folding during World War I.

In 1929 the club was re-established. Based at the Brooklands Stadium, they joined the London League.[3] In 1931 they moved to the Athenian League, which they won in 1935–36 and 1936–37.[1] Following World War II the club transferred to the Isthmian League. In 1948–49 they reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup, but lost 1–0 to Bromley. In 1959 they switched to Division One of the Southern League in 1959. They were promoted to the Premier Division in their first season after finishing second, and won the Premier Division in 1966–67. The club made several applications to join the Football League, but were never successful in the elections. In 1974–75 they finished second bottom of the Premier Division, and were relegated to Division One. By this time the club had large debts from their attempts to enter the Football League and sold their Brooklands ground in an effort to repay it.[3] In 1978 they resigned from the League before the start of the season,[1] and folded.

In 1992 the club was resurrected for a second time and joined the Essex Senior League. They won the league in 1995–96, and in the summer merged with Collier Row (with whom they had been groundsharing since April) to form Collier Row & Romford. The new club took Collier Row's place in Division Two of the Isthmian League, which they won in their first season.[4] In the summer of 1997 they were renamed Romford.

In 2000–01 they finished second bottom of Division One and were relegated to Division Two. After finishing bottom the following season they resigned to go back to the Essex Senior League. They returned to the Isthmian League after winning the Senior League in 2008–09.

Reserve team

After being reformed in 1929, Romford entered a reserve team into Division One of the London League. During their time in the Athenian and Isthmian leagues the reserves played in the reserves sections of the leagues. When the club turned professional in 1959 they entered the reserves into the Eastern Counties League, where they spent four seasons before joining the Metropolitan League in 1963.[5] They went on to play in the Eastern Professional Football League, which they won in 1967–68, and the Essex Senior League, where they had a single season in 1974–75.[6]

In season 2009–10 we ran our own team in the Essex Olympian League Division 2 which we won.

In season 2012/13 the team finished 2nd in the Essex Senior League Reserve Division West.

Stadium

The club has led a largely nomadic existence, playing at seventeen home grounds during its history. When the club reformed in 1992 it began playing at the Hornchurch Stadium, before moving to Ford United's Rush Green ground in 1995. In April 1996 they moved to Collier Row's Sungate ground, and absorbed the club during the summer. In December 2001 they left Sungate and played at several different stadiums in order to complete the season. They returned to Rush Green in 2002 (as Ford United had left to groundshare with Barkingside). They remained there until 2008, when the moved to Aveley's Mill Field ground.

In 2009 it was announced that the club had been given permission to build a new stadium on the Westlands Playing Fields on London Road.[7]

For the season 2012–13, Romford have agreed a two year ground share deal with Thurrock F.C. for Ship Lane.

Players/staff

Current staff

Position Name
Manager England Paul Martin
Assistant Manager England Mark Lord

Current squad

Updated 04 November 2013.

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Aaron Omand
England GK Atu Ngoy
England DF Jamie Dicks
England DF Bradley Doyle
England DF James Ishmail
England DF David Ottley
England DF Matt Toms
England DF Scott Truman
England DF George Woodward
England MF Jack Barry (captain)
England MF Aime Blessing
England MF Paul Clayton
England MF Robbbie Norris
England MF Joe Oates
England MF Tom Richardson
England MF Michael Sammut
England MF Abs Seymour
England FW Lewis Francis
England FW Eddie Hart
England FW Ryan Imbert
England FW Nick Reynolds

Former managers

Honours

Records

Player records

  • Most appearances: Paul Clayton, 2006–
  • Most goals: Danny Benstock, 67 1995–2005
  • Fastest goal: Danny Benstock 11 seconds vs Great Wakering Rovers, Essex Senior League, 28 August 1995
  • Most goals in one season: Vinny John 45 (3 pens), 1997/98
  • Most consecutive appearances: Roy Drake 66, 22 August 1992 – 29 January 1994
  • Youngest player: Perry Burns (15 yrs 266 days, 29 April 06)
  • Youngest goalscorer: Reagan Panzu (17 yrs 67 days, 22 February 03)

References

External links

  • Club website
  • The Romford Archive

Coordinates: 51°30′12.45″N 0°15′10.41″E / 51.5034583°N 0.2528917°E / 51.5034583; 0.2528917

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