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Romford FC set up crowdfunding page to raise money for new ground

PUBLISHED: 07:58 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:05 15 May 2018

Romford attackers Ernest Okho and Carlos Djalo celebrate Romford's survival (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Romford attackers Ernest Okho and Carlos Djalo celebrate Romford's survival (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Romford Football Club has set up a crowdfunding page to try raise enough money to bring the club back to the borough.

Delight for Romford Chairman Steve Gardener (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Delight for Romford Chairman Steve Gardener (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The club is trying to raise an initial £2,000, but could need around £4,500 over the next couple of months to pay for legal and planning costs.

This will cover architects bills and light pollution and drainage surveys.

For the last 27 years the club has been operating without a home, and for the last decade they have been playing outside of Havering.

Last season they played home games at Ship Lane and ground shared with Thurrock FC and next season plans are already in place for them to do the same with East Thurrock United.

Chairman Steve Gardener has said that they have plans to build a community facility in Romford with a 3G playing surface.

He said this will not only be for a first team, reserves, U21, U18, but also the wider community.

On the crowdfunding page Steve said: “In the past we have provided coaching for deaf children, after school clubs, and holiday clubs, but had to stop all these projects and more due to lack of proper facilities.

“We want to coach children in a safe, friendly environment.

“Everyone connected with the club, players, managers, coaches etc. are all unpaid volunteers, and without our own ground sources of income to help pay for the general costs are limited.”

He told the Recorder: “I can’t see any other way of getting the money other than through fundraising.

“I am hoping that other football fans might be able to help out too.

“Maybe Spurs or West Ham fans that want to help their local team.

“The reason for the timing of setting this up is that we were hoping fans who might usually pay £5 for a pie and a pint or for a ticket they won’t have to at the minute because its the end of the football season and instead I’m hoping they could put that money towards helping the club.

“We’ve had some people already show some great generosity.

“What we really like is that there’s been lots of small donations.

“We’ve had donations from ex-players, fans, residents and from strangers.”

To donate visit www.justgiving.com and search for Steve Gardener.

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