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17:00 19 December 2014

Romford manager Paul Martin. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Romford manager Paul Martin. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Martin wants stadium for fans

Romford manager Paul Martin is remaining as positive as he can be regarding the club’s hopes for building a new home at Westlands.

Boro chairman Steve Gardener tried to reassure supporters with a message on the club’s website forum this week.

He insisted everyone was working hard to secure funding for the new stadium and that the club were in constant communication with their consultants, but unfortunately had no specific updates regarding the project.

It had been hoped Romford would receive some positive news around Christmas time, but the wait should go on into the New Year now.

Martin is trying to stay positive and said: “I haven’t asked any questions and I am hoping for good news.

“It is all hush, hush at the moment and I don’t think people would want to tell me bad news about it.

“But Colin Ewenson, our vice-chairman, keeps saying it is positive and I trust him 100 per cent so I am listening to him.”

Martin believes moving into their own stadium would help stabilise the club after years of ground-sharing.

He also admits it is vital for the supporters that they have a place they can finally call their home.

“If we can move into the stadium it gives us a chance to stabilise the club,” added Martin.

“I would turn around and say it is very important for the players and the club, but more for the loyal supporters who have been travelling around.

“They have gone all over to watch us play and they are why we need a stadium, so hopefully someone can come in with the money.”

Martin also reiterated his desire to lead Romford into their new ground.

He added: “As long as I am the first manager to lead Romford out in the new stadium I will be happy, even if I do get sacked the next game! It is why I have stayed here for so long.”

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