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Up the Boro event at Havering Museum could have lasted all night, as Romford legends of past and present meet up

PUBLISHED: 14:00 18 May 2017

Some of the Romford legends face the camera; (from left to right) Barry Cappi, Roy Saunders, Bill Brown, Michael Haley (son of the late John Haley), Terry Felton, David Haley (son of the late John Haley), Tom Barnett and John Suters. (pic: Peter Owen/Havering Museum).

Some of the Romford legends face the camera; (from left to right) Barry Cappi, Roy Saunders, Bill Brown, Michael Haley (son of the late John Haley), Terry Felton, David Haley (son of the late John Haley), Tom Barnett and John Suters. (pic: Peter Owen/Havering Museum).

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Terry Felton organised launch of the fourth volume of Romford FC, 1559-1967, which also marked the 50th anniversary of Romford winning the Southern League

Director and Business Manager of Havering Museum Ellen Owen (left), Eva Arbeider (right) and partner Ed (pic: Peter Owen/Havering Museum).Director and Business Manager of Havering Museum Ellen Owen (left), Eva Arbeider (right) and partner Ed (pic: Peter Owen/Havering Museum).

On Saturday Eva Arbeider, grand daughter of the late Martin Brazier, Romford Football Club secretary, donated her grand fathers silver cigarette box. The cigarette box was presented to Brazier for his 30 years service to the club in 1959.

This was a wonderful time to make this donation as it was also the book launch and reminiscence of ‘Up The Boro’ at Havering Museum.

Arbeider lives in the Netherlands and is in the process of learning about her grand father’s history. The reminiscence was an ideal place for her to meet footballers who knew her grand father and share memories.

The Museum now becomes the home of this significant artefact of Romford Football Club history. Ellen Owen, Director, said: “The Museum is a place where we can pass on treasured memories and show important items which reflect on important times in our lives.

“It was wonderful to have Eva with us and all the other attendees who at one stage shouted ‘Up The Boro’. This was such a terrific day however saddened by the loss of John Haley - but what a fantastic legacy in the writing of this book with Terry.”

Terry Felton (co-author) and Linda Rhodes (publisher) organised the launch of their fourth volume of Romford Football Club, 1959 – 1967, which also marked the 50th anniversary of Romford winning the Southern League.

Those attending the event were five footballers from that period, Barry Cappi, Bill Brown, John Suters, Roy Saunders and Tom Barnett, who shared their wonderful stories with a packed audience. Barnett said: “My time with Romford Football Club was one of the best times of my life.”

Those also attending included the current Romford FC Manager Paul Martin, and the family of the late Andy Smith who was goalkeeper in the 1967 side.

Romford Legends John Suters, Tom Barnett, Paul Martin (current manager), Bill Brown, Roy Sanders, and Barry Cappie (pic: Peter Owen/Havering Museum).Romford Legends John Suters, Tom Barnett, Paul Martin (current manager), Bill Brown, Roy Sanders, and Barry Cappie (pic: Peter Owen/Havering Museum).

30 minutes extra time was needed at the event, and even then more people wanted to speak. A spokesman added: “People were having such a good time we could have carried on well into the evening”.

The afternoon also acted as a farewell to John Haley, co-author of the book who sadly died the previous week, aged 85. Haley served Romford FC for 32 years, first on a voluntary basis and finally as Company Secretary and Chief Executive Officer until 1977.

From 2009 onwards Haley had been researching and writing the history of Romford FC with Felton. Both of Haley’s son’s David and Michael attended the event.

To mark the ‘Up The Boro’ event a limited edition poster with all the signatures of the five attending players was produced. Five posters were presented to the players and the remaining one will be auctioned shortly on eBay with a signed copy of the book.

All funds raised will go to Romford Football Club. Romford FC, Volume 4, 1959-1967 can be purchased from Swan Book shop in Upminster or from Amazon. The next book will be called ‘Brooklands: the final whistle’ and will be published in the Autumn.


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