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Romford boss Martin’s grounds for concern

Romford manager Paul Martin (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) Romford manager Paul Martin (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

George Sessions
Friday, December 27, 2013
9:00 AM

Club feeling financial squeeze

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Romford manager Paul Martin has admitted the club’s financial struggles could see them try and groundshare with Hornchurch in the near future, but he ruled out any talk of a merger.

Martin also discussed the growing concerns about the Ryman One North club’s current rental agreement with Thurrock and hopes the government might be able to help out.

“It is a bit out of my hands to be honest, but hopefully we have the money for the ground (Ship Lane),” Martin said.

“Then we can start again for next season and look where the revenue is going to come in.

“We want to get a ground. We just hope to have some good news shortly because one minute it is good and the next minute it is bad, with failed promises.

“We have been asking the government for help, but they won’t do it. We just have to hope that eventually we break them down and they can help us out.

“We’ve been trying for 10-15 years to get a new ground. Hopefully we’ll have good news sooner rather than later.”

Boro have been operating on a shoestring budget in recent years, while dreaming of building their own stadium at Westlands.

And Martin conceded he would be open to sharing a facility with Hornchurch, adding: “There has been talk of a merger with Hornchurch and apparently calling us Havering FC, but that won’t be happening, why would it?

“It would just be like Romford merging with Chelsea and calling us Romford Chelsea, why would Hornchurch want to do that?

“If we had the chance to groundshare with them, I’d take that and I can’t see why the league doesn’t sort something out, rather than let others deal with it.

“We could have one clubhouse at one end and our clubhouse at the other, it would create great revenue.

“We just need a bit of luck to be honest. It isn’t just about results at the moment, we need the finances and it is getting harder every year to keep the club running.”

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