Saturday, March 08, 2003

Romford FC

Romford 1 Woodford Town 0 - Essex Senior League

Romford is a large suburban town in Greater London, England and the principal settlement of the London Borough of Havering Romford has been a market town since 1247, and it holds the exclusive right to hold markets over an area of radius "six and two thirds miles" centred on Romford, a right granted in medieval times but successfully used to prevent nearby Ilford from opening a market as recently as the 1990s.

The view from Romford Station along South Street c.1860

Romford is the birth place of a large number of sporting professionals, including the footballers Tony Adams, Frank Lampard, Ray Parlour, and racing driver Johnny Herbert. Of course, none of these come close to Paul Oakes in terms of celebrity status. I never did get to see the original Romford FC before they folded in the late 70's (MK Gould did though, following his beloved Harlow Town and encountered some ugly hooliganism of that era from West Ham thugs - do I recall correctly Mick? - Ed). Accordingly this was my first visit to a Romford FC home match.

The reformed club are now struggling again and crowds are very low. Some might say this is pay back time for swallowing up the quaint Collier Row FC a few years back. Collier Row having merged with Romford quickly disappeared from the merged name and all that is left is Romford FC without a ground! This is perhaps a little harsh though, as Collier Row were struggling enough on their own.

Romford by the time of my visit were residing at Ford United's Rush Green Road base. I travelled by bus to/from Romford station and the services are regular even for evening matches. A totally uninspiring match was won by the home team by a single goal.

Attendance: 65
Programme: £1:20 (28 pages)

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