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  1. Thank you, Simon. I haven't been to watch Romford for about three years, and take my grandson to Dagenham instead. The atmosphere and footballs better and its a genuine family friendly club. With the new American owners putting sensible amounts of money into the club next season could be very interesting. A few times I suggested going to Hornchurch when the Daggers are away but we tend to end up at the Orient instead.


    Just saw this on another forum - don't know how accurate it is:-


    Post by daveu on Sep 7, 2017 at 8:58am
    If memory serves me right, Thamesmead are being forced out of Bayliss Avenue because the owners won't grant them a long enough lease to satisfy the FA rules on security of tenure. I believe one of the board members of the current owners is also involved with Sporting Club Thamesmead who will be taking over the stadium next season. The whole thing is decidedly dodgy and in fairness to PBB I think the current situation pre-dates his arrival at Thamesmead.


    Thanks for the reply Simon. As clubs that apply for grants from various bodies need cast iron guarantees on issues like security of tenure it certainly seems very odd indeed.

  3. It was not their ground and when we played them last season they told us they were leaving to go to Dartford. They did not elaborate on the reason.

    How strange. I remember going there several years ago and talking to a high ranking committee man who was full of himself and telling me where all the grants were coming from. I wonder what is happening with their original ground,and how they can afford a groundshare with so few supporters. , 

  4. Saturday 30-September-2017 - F.A. Cup



    HU - Horsell, Oates ©, Bowen, Dinsley, Green, O'Shea, Preen (Page 76), McGrath, Mills (Haysham 89), Reffell, Smith (Symons 82)

    Subs - Purdie, Deaman, Preston, Harris


    HFC - Mott, Hursit, Porter, Lee, Cooper, Roberts (Fanimo 65), Styles ©, Chouman, McKenzie, Fairweather-Johnson (Wall 76), Warner

    Subs - Wall, Lambert, Kamara, Tuohy, Fanimo, Hussain


    Scorers - Reffell 61 - Mills 65p


    Bookings - McGrath 45 (HU) - Cooper 51 (H) - Warner 84 (H)


    Attendance 2440





    Hornchurch, with key players Alex Bentley, Tobi Joseph and George Purcell all missing, suffered their first defeat of the season at Hereford, conceding two goals within minutes of each other midway through the second half.


    Hornchurch started confidently, winning two corners in the first two minutes of the match, both of which were cleared.


    The ball rarely left the home half in the first ten minutes whilst Hereford had their first attempt on goal on 15 minutes, when Bowen crossed and John Mills fired high and over the bar.


    Hornchurch came back strongly two minutes later when a free kick found Kenzer Lee, and his header was well saved by the Horsell.


    On 18 minutes Hornchurch were relieved when the ball was played in from the wing to Reffell, who headed powerfully downwards, but too hard and the ball bounced up and over the bar.


    Hereford again came forward, and Nathan Cooper made a good interception to block a hard shot from Preen.


    Hornchurch came back strongly and on 29 minutes Theo Fairweather-Johnson dispossessed a defender and fired in a hard shot that was well saved by Horsell.


    Back at the other end just sixty seconds later, and Sam Mott saved twice in quick succession, with Cooper well placed to defend a follow up attempt.


    On 32 minutes Smith found space on the wing sent the ball into the middle where there was no one in a position to provide the finishing touch.


    Fairweather-Johnson had an opportunity to open the score when he quickly moved onto a headed clearance from a long goal kick, but his shot was too high and over the bar.


    As the half drew to an end Hereford’s McGrath was booked, and six minutes into the second half it was the turn of Nathan Cooper to go into the referee’s book.


    Hereford came forward again, and Hornchurch were relieved when a hard shot from Mills came back off the post following a good build up along the wing.


    On 61 minutes Hereford took the lead when a corner was headed away but only as far as Keyon Reffell who promptly fired the ball hard past Mott from close range.


    Four minutes later Hereford doubled their lead when John Mills made no mistake from a penalty, awarded for hand ball.


    Mattias Fanimo replaced Sean Roberts, and Ross Wall came on for Fairweather-Johnson, as Hereford continued to force the pace, and Mott made an excellent save, tipping the ball over from a close range shot from Smith.


    Six minutes from time Brad Warner became the second Hornchurch player to go into the book, and there was little that Hornchurch could do to reduce the deficit in the remaining minutes of the match.

    I last went to Edgar Street fifty odd years ago. and was wondering if it has changed much. I heard it is pretty much the same, but surely not.

  5. I agree the bad language in the past has been far from acceptable, but since quite a few of your so called supporters have gone missing the atmosphere has become acceptable. Enjoy your new found love and I hope one day your grandson can enjoy nonleague football as much as we have.

    Dagenham & Redbridge are non league Blackballed, but possibly only until the end of the season. TBH the last few years it was a real chore watching RLN matches but now I really look forward to football. We have been to the Orient as well and thats equally family friendly.


    BTW, has anyone heard from Fletch lately? 

  6. I wonder if Romford Boy was at the match today .......

    No,haven't been for about 18 months.

    TBH I wasnt prepared to take my football mad grandson because of the bad language. Took him to D&R a few times and he fell in love with them so its the Daggers for me now and we go there every week.. Better football, family friendly club, a decent atmosphere, ambitious, and its local. 

    After sixty odd years supporting the Boro they will always be my number one team, but like hundreds of other I just lost interest. 

  7. Fingers crossed for Stowmarket - never been to that ground.

    Nor have Romford. I believe the first match was played at Ipswich Wanderers stadium.


    Looks like the Chins could be heading for another early exit,Lol. 

  8. This makes interesting reading from Mervyn KIng, former Governor of the Bank of England, yesterday....



    I think you are clutching at straws BJR. King is almost universally recognised as the worse governor ever,and the fact Farage agrees with him says it all really.As far as Im concerned he is just another selfish old man who put bigotry before whats best for generations to come.

  9. Happy Christmas Romford Boy


    Frankie Curley hasn't been involved with Hornchurch for a while now. Sad to lose Abs, all the best for the future for him.


    Hope it works out for Billericay, as we know however both at Hornchurch and Romford and more recently at Margate that money on it's own doesn't offer long term sustainable non league football. We had a great result on Friday, are unbeaten in the league for 12 games and are closing in on the playoffs so I'm happy :)

    And a happy new year to all the Chins


    . TBH Abs was always too good for RLN, and the guy that now owns Billericay really wanted D&R but took some terrible abuse from the Dagenham fans. He seems like a decent guy to me, and loves his football and I reckon billericay will do well with him in charge.

  10. Very strange, I do seem to remember playing on two consecutive days in the Southern League, but at first thought it was probably over the Easter period. I went to the 58 Ilford game, and Im a little surprised at the low attendance. Its difficult to believe there was no public transport as not many people had cars in those days including players, so I wonder why there was such a small gate for a local derby.

  11. YThe last known Christmas Day match in the Isthmian League was 25-Dec-1970 - Wealdstone v Hendon - result 1-1 


    The last known Christmas Day match in Essex was in 1959 (Romford v Sudbury in the Eastern Counties League) - result 1-2


    The last almost-Christmas Day match in Essex was (almost) 1968, when the Walthamstow v Leytonstone Isthmian League match was postponed three minutes before the kick off.

    It was Romford reserves actually, and Im pretty sure the first team played on Boxing Day, but cant remember who against. Something at the back of my mind tells me that one, or possibly two player played in both matches.

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