Romford boss Martin says he will stick by the club in search for new home
PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 March 2018
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Romford manager Paul Martin revealed he will stick by the club no matter what happens as they desperately search for a new home ahead of next season.
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’ve known for a little while now obviously with the Thurrock situation, but we’ve done our respects to Tommy and kept it under wraps because we’re good friends,” Martin said.
“It is what it is and it’s probably hurting Tommy more than anyone else to give up what he has put so much time, effort and money into to help Thurrock in what they’ve achieved over the years.
“When a time comes to an end, it comes to an end and you’ve just got to look to the future now.”
Martin admits worse case if they go down to the Essex Olympian League he will stay with the club and help them fight their way back up.
“If we don’t find a ground by the date you have to announce it for next season then it looks like we could be playing park football again but I spoke to Steve (Gardiner) and I said even if we have to step down to the Olympian League but keep the club going, I’ll still be with them.
“Fingers crossed something falls in our lapses as the club has worked tirelessly over the last couple of weeks to have meetings and meet other clubs about a new ground.
“It’s hard as most clubs are already sharing with one and another and no surprise as it’s good for costs for both teams.
“It’s out of our other hands, we’ve got to make offers and it might be somewhere we don’t want to go to but we’ve got to go there and keep the club running.”
The boss also believes it’s a wake up and the club need to find a way back to their hometown in the near future.
“It’s a wake up call for Romford to try and get the club back to our hometown and start getting support in, which people probably want, but it’s about advertising it.
“Hopefully if we could do that, we could be the next Billericay or Thurrock, if we did have our own ground and try get a bit of joy back into the town.”