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Former Romford captain Jack hails old boss and fans

PUBLISHED: 10:30 10 October 2015

Romford manager Paul Martin and Jack Barry, now of Thamesmead Town, celebrate (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Romford manager Paul Martin and Jack Barry, now of Thamesmead Town, celebrate (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Thamesmead Town ace is preparing to come up against former side this afternoon

Jack Barry made 228 appearances for Romford and captained the club for a number of seasons (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Jack Barry made 228 appearances for Romford and captained the club for a number of seasons (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Romford make the short trip to Thamesmead Town today and they will come up against former captain Jack Barry, who has praised the Ship Lane club.

Barry made the decision to move across the River Thames during the summer after making 228 appearances for Boro, having scored 33 times in all competitions.

Jack Barry celebrates after scoring for Romford during his final season at the Ship Lane club (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Jack Barry celebrates after scoring for Romford during his final season at the Ship Lane club (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

He skippered the side for three years after being made captain at the tender age of 20 by manager Paul Martin and is highly regarded by all associated with Romford.

The move to Thamesmead has definitly been a success so far as they are currently fifth in the table with seven wins from their opening 11 matches.

Jack Barry celebrates after scoring for Romford during the 2011/12 Ryman North campaign (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).Jack Barry celebrates after scoring for Romford during the 2011/12 Ryman North campaign (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Now Barry can’t wait to come up against Romford this afternoon and hailed the impact Martin has had on his playing career.

He said: “It was a very hard decision to leave as I was at the club so long, but it was something I had to do for myself and at the moment it is going very well for me. I am playing good football and the team are being successful so things are looking up for me and Thamesmead at the minute

Chris Barry (left) and brother Jack Barry in action for Romford during the 2010/11 season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Chris Barry (left) and brother Jack Barry in action for Romford during the 2010/11 season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

“I owe a lot to ‘Magic’ as he was the manager that gave me my breakthrough at Ryman level and made me captain at a young age.

“To be honest I just can’t speak highly enough of him for what he has done for me and I wish him all the best with Romford as he puts so much time and effort into making sure that club runs the way it should.

“It will be great to see the boys again, the ones that are still there as I know there are quite a few new faces, but it will be great to catch up with the boys I do know again even though I still speak to most of them outside of football.”

Barry is also excited to see the Romford supporters at Bayliss Avenue and knows exactly which ones will turn up for the match.

Although he has departed Ship Lane, his brother Chris is still playing for Boro and keeping the family tradition going.

“The fans at Romford are very loyal and I will know exactly what fans will be coming down to the game so it will be good to catch up with a few of them,” said the Thamesmead midfielder.

“I am just hoping they don’t give me any stick when they are standing behind out goal!

“I always look out for there results but I think that is a natural thing to do once you leave a club you was playing at for so long plus my brother plays there and we talk all the time after the game about how we both got on.”

Even though it will be an emotional match for Barry against his old club and potentially against his brother, he is determined to take all three points.

He knows that Martin’s team have history of doing well against the big clubs in the division, having helped them surprise several during his time at Ship Lane.

But he is focused on getting bragging rights over his brother, Barry added: “Romford have had some odd results this season, but to be honest it doesn’t surprise me.

“When they always play the so called ‘big teams’ they do well and get something out the game when nobody expects them to, its just when they come up against the teams around them they struggle.

“It has always been like that for some unknown reason. But I will be looking to take all three points and hopefully get a goal!

“My brother hasn’t played for a couple of games now as he has had trouble with his calf, but he has had a bit of a rest so he should be fit and he is telling me he will be.

“If ‘Magic’ does play him, which I am hoping he does, it will be great to play against him as I have only played against him once before and I will be looking for the bragging rights, but he will be thinking the same thing as well.”

Whatever happens this afternoon, it will be great to have Jack Barry on the pitch with Romford again. Even if he will be playing against them.


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