Romford are searching for a new home for next season

PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 March 2018

Ship Lane (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ship Lane (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford are searching for a new home on the back of the news that landlords Thurrock will be folding and their ground Ship Lane is up for sale.

Romford chairman Steve Gardner (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) Romford chairman Steve Gardner (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Boro have ground-shared with Thurrock since the start of 2012/13 season but Fleet chairman Tommy South announced at the start of this season he intended to sell the club due to health issues and it was confirmed last week the club will be no longer.

This news left Romford without a home for next season and they have moved quickly to hold multiple meetings with clubs across the local area and hope to get a deal done on a new ground in the near future.

“We don’t quite know what’s happening at Thurrock next season, but what we do know is they will not be in a position to give us a lease. Whether the ground gets sold or doesn’t get sold or however long it takes they will not be able to offer us that, so we’ve got to find somewhere else to play,” said chairman Steve Gardener.

“We’ve spoken to a few clubs already about the possibility of ground-sharing and we’ve got some more meetings.

“Hopefully we can then speak to one of the clubs that is happy with us ground-sharing and then start negotiating.”

The club has to have a lease that has been ratified by the league before March 31, so they only have a month to find a new home.

“Some of the clubs we’ve spoken to will not be able to give us a ground-share, and a lot of people will be thinking the closest grounds to you, but some clubs can’t give us one because they already have teams sharing with them,” added Gardener.

“To be truthful I wasn’t aware of some of the ground-shares that went on, as some of them are lower down than the Essex Senior League for example.

“Some teams have reserve teams that play on alternative Saturdays and they don’t want to lose them, other teams don’t think their pitch might be able to take it, so it’s not as simple as what’s the nearest ground.

“If it was we wouldn’t have played at Aveley and Thurrock, as they’re not exactly the closest to us, although we’ve had very good ground-shares with both of them.

“As a club we’re very confident we will find a ground-share for next season, albeit it may be a little bit further away for us to travel.”

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