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Romford sign YouTube sensation Manny Brown

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 July 2017

Romford manager Paul Martin shaking hands with new signing Manny Brown (Pic: Romford Football)

Romford manager Paul Martin shaking hands with new signing Manny Brown (Pic: Romford Football)

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Romford manager Paul Martin is happy with how his team is shaping up and the way fixtures have panned out for the 2017/18 Isthmian North season.

The Boro boss believes there were plenty of talented youngsters on display in their trial matches, with one of them being YouTube sensation Manny Brown who has penned a deal for the campaign.

Brown, 21, is widely known for his YouTube channel, which has more than one million subscribers, and his appearances for Sidemen FC but Martin admits he has been signed for his talent on the pitch.

“It’s quite a strange one if I’m honest, we had a trial day and when we were going through all the CVs we don’t know them from Adam, other than where they’ve played.

“We invited a certain amount of players to the trial and he got into the last five of them.

“We played him in the game last week and it was the chairman’s boy who was watching and said ‘he is so and so’.

“It hasn’t come from his background that we’ve signed him – it’s come from his playing,

“He’s a good player, he’s small but he showed he has got something about him.”

It is expected that signing such an internet star like Brown, who helped sell out Charlton’s stadium earlier this year, will draw in more fans, although Martin played it down.

“If it does, it does, I’m more worried about how the player and players do on the pitch. I’m there to get a side out.”

The Isthmian North fixtures were released yesterday morning and Martin spoke about their key matches, including the away trip to Bury Town to open the season on August 12, admitting every game will be tough.

“Yes, because it’s a Saturday and we haven’t got to travel there midweek,” he admitted about the opening match.

“It can’t get easier as they’re a good side and we have a good record against them.”

Romford will face Hornchurch on the August Bank Holiday, with the return clash on Boxing Day, as well an away match at Grays on New Year’s Day.

“No-one can take anyone for granted this year, we know we have just got to dig in and work hard,” added Martin.

“It’s nice to stay local for travelling over Christmas, but it depends who eats too much turkey and who drinks too much beer!”


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