Ryman North: Paul Martin honoured to meet up with Romford legends at Havering Museum
PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 May 2017
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Boro boss was unable to meet John Haley, who passed away recently, but will be honouring ‘Mr Romford’ next season
Romford manager Paul Martin paid tribute to some club legends after meeting them on Saturday during an event put on by Havering Museum.
On May 13 1967, Boro won the Southern League title and to mark the anniversary, five legends recalled their time at the club’s old Brooklands ground.
The event called ‘Up the Boro’ saw several stars of the past turn up at the Havering Musem and they were joined by the current Romford boss.
“I had a fantastic afternoon with the legends and the supporters and heard some great stories,” said Martin.
“A big thank you to Terry Felton and Havering Museum for making me feel so welcome and what a great job Terry and John Haley have done over the years of keeping these great memories alive for our supporters.
“I hope one day I can fill the boots of these legends and keep such great memories at this great club.
“There is something about Romford FC - once you associate yourself to this club your blood turns blue and gold.
“Unfortunately I did not get the chance to meet Mr Romford John Haley, but I had a chat with his two sons who were very humble and proud of their dad.
“I asked if we could do something in honour of John and they said they would be honoured, so in memory of John Haley we will be putting his name on the new home kit. I am very proud to be the manager of this fantastic club. Up the Boro!”
Haley, who passed away on May 8, was set to be at the event, as volume four of the history of Romford – a book he helped write - was launched.
Martin was able to meet Tom Barnett, who played 529 times for Boro and scored a record 223 first-team goals.
The current Romford boss also caught up with Barry Cappi, Bill Brown and old coach John Suters.
Boro’s record appearance holder, Roy Sanders, was also present and was another to meet with Martin.
Felton and Haley’s volume four of the history of Romford, which covers the years 1959 to 1967, is on sale for £15.