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Romford Football Club Volume 3: 1945–1959

Romford Football Club Volume 3: 1945–1959

Romford Football Club Volume 3: 1945–1959

This third instalment of John Haley and Terry Felton’s monumental history of Romford FC begins with its rebuilding after World War Two and goes through to the decision to turn professional in 1959.

We re-live the most glorious day in the club’s history – appearing in the 1949 FA Amateur Cup Final against Bromley at Wembley in front of over 94,000 spectators.

Statistics include first team, reserve team, A team and minor team results, line-ups, goal scorers, league tables, attendances and gate receipts. Club archives such as minute books, annual reports and photographs give us behind-the-scenes news and views.

Plus a 24-page 1949 Amateur Cup special feature.

We discover:

  • How speedway nearly made it to Brooklands in 1948 – scuppered by just one vote! We also find out about 1930s speedway team the Romford Rommers.
  • Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal ‘A’ teams all beaten as Romford lift the East Anglian Cup amid euphoric scenes.
  • Romford’s FA Cup giant-killing over Gillingham on live TV in 1948.
  • Brooklands closed by the FA due to hooliganism.
  • A record crowd of over 17,000 at Brooklands for a Cup replay.
  • The big question debated in the boardroom – stay amateur or turn professional?

(Text from the back cover.)

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