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Romford apply to ground share with East Thurrock United

PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 March 2018

Thurrock Football ground which has been sold and is due for redevelopment (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Thurrock Football ground which has been sold and is due for redevelopment (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Romford football club have submitted an application to ground share with East Thurrock United next season.

Thurrock Football ground which has been sold and is due for redevelopment (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Thurrock Football ground which has been sold and is due for redevelopment (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

After a turbulent month of searching for a new home since the news that Thurrock’s Ship Lane will be sold the club has released the news of their proposed ground for next season.

If the application is successful Boro will be playing their home matches at Rookery Hill next season.

Romford chairman Steve Gardener said: “We’re very pleased, we’ve spoken to them as a club and they are able to offer us the facilities that we need and other bits and pieces like an area for storage and somewhere to set up an office like we’ve got at Thurrock.

“We’re hoping its going to be very like for like with Thurrock.

“It’s obviously a long way from Romford but it’s probably not a lot further than we’re going at the moment so we’re hoping the supporters can stick with us and do the extra distance for us.

“We’ve still got to get it rectified by the league but we’re hoping that it will be sort of rubber stamped.”

Gardener admits Rookery Hill will be fitting no matter what league they find themselves in next season as they sit bottom of the Bostik North.

“Wherever we’re playing next season the ground will be sufficient as they’re playing in the National League South.

He also believes they can now concentrate on the football instead of their off-field problems for the remainder of the season.

“It’s one less thing to worry about and now we can just concentrate on the football side of things until the end of the season.

“It’s easier for the manager, he can sit down and say to players the club is going to be in existence next year and we are playing here and these are what the clubs plans are short-term and long-term.

“Obviously we don’t know what league we’re going to be playing in yet as that will depend on what happens in the remaining nine games.”

Boro have ground-shared with Thurrock since the start of 2012/13 season but Fleet chairman Tommy South intends to sell the club due to health issues and Gardener wanted to thank the club.

“We like to thank Thurrock and Tommy South for everything.

“We’re sad to see that we won’t be at the stadium next year but we understand the reasons behind his decision.”


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