Solihull FA Cup tie helps Romford fan reminisce over Boro’s glory days

PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:25 04 December 2018

General view of Damson Park during the FA Cup second round match between Solihull Moors and Blackpool (pic: Aaron Chown/PA Images).

General view of Damson Park during the FA Cup second round match between Solihull Moors and Blackpool (pic: Aaron Chown/PA Images).

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Bernard Wilding, who used to live at Drummond Road, was last week reminded of when Boro played at Wembley in front of 96,000 spectators

Last Friday (November 30) Solihull Moors entertained League One side Blackpool in the second round of the FA Cup live on the BBC and it brought back fond memories for one loyal Romford supporter.

Bernard Wilding, who now lives in Felixstowe and is not too far away from celebrating his 100th birthday, was able to reminisce on the Boro glory days while watching the tie on the TV.

Wilding remembered Romford going up against Moor Green FC, who merged with Solihull Borough in 2007 to form Solihull Moors, back in the 1948/49 season.

The clash took place in the third round of the FA Amateur Cup and Romford triumphed 5-1 on their way to the final of the competition.

On the terraces the day Moor Green were thrashed was Wilding, who lived at Drummond Road – minutes from Brooklands – along with all his Boro supporting family.

It was the start of an incredible journey in the Amateur Cup for Romford, who went all the way to the final at Wembley where they played in front of 96,000 spectators.

An enormous following turned up to support Boro against Bromley, but it was the south Londoners who triumphed by a narrow 1-0 score.

Even though Wilding is getting close to a big landmark birthday, his memory remains as sharp and that wonderful cup run came flooding back to him on Friday evening.

He said: “Watching Solihull Moors brought back memories of when Romford beat Moor Green in the FA Amateur Cup.

“We made it all the way to the final after a semi-final where we played at Sunderland’s Roker Park and then at West Ham in a replay.

“Bromley won 1-0, but it was the first Amateur Cup final at Wembley and most of my family where there. Romford were unlucky that day.”

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