Romford FC was first formed in 1876 and played in the old Southern League until closing down in 1915.
Re-launched in 1929 they played as amateurs in the London, Athenian and Isthmian leagues adopting the ‘Boro’ nickname in 1937 when Romford was granted royal borough status. In 1949 Romford contested the first Amateur Cup final at Wembley in front of a 93,000 crowd. Turning professional in 1959, during which time their team included such famous names as Malcolm Allison, Ted Ditchburn and Trevor Ford, Boro won the coveted Southern League title in 1967 but due to large debts incurred for ground improvements in their unsuccessful efforts to be voted into the Football League they closed down again in 1978.
REFORMING again in 1992, when local policeman David Howie convened an open meeting, the club joined the Essex Senior League, achieving 9th place in the first season and 4th place in the second season while sharing the Bridge Avenue stadium of Hornchurch FC.
In 1994-95 the club was able to enter the FA Cup for the first time for sixteen years and finally won the Essex Senior League title and a League & Cup winning double in 1995-96 having moved to share the facilities of Ford United FC at their Rush Green Stadium.
RYMAN LEAGUE 1996 – 2002. The Essex Senior League title having been achieved under a new chairman and management team a merger arranged with Collier Row Athletic for the 1996-97 season.. Boro then joined up with them at their Sungate ground to play in the Ryman League Division 2 under the name ‘Collier Row & Romford’.
Reverting back to the name Romford FC in season 1997-98 they achieved a final 7th place in Division 1 and 10th place in the following season. In 1999-2000 Boro finished 4th from bottom in Division 1 and a disappointing 2nd from bottom the following season.
There were some successes during this period, however, as the club were East Anglian Cup Winners in 1997-98, reached the 3rd round of the FA Youth Cup in 1998-90 and next season the first team beat Congleton Town 6-0 to reach the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup.
In mid season 1998-9 Romford then had to deal with some enforced changes in personnel caused by the departure of the club’s chairman, team manager and a number of players.
Unfortunately at Sungate there had been an increasing deterioration of facilities causing a number of home fixtures having to be played at borrowed grounds. Ultimately, having finished in last place in Division 2 in 2001-2, Boro resigned from the Ryman League, rejoined the Essex Senior league, and still with manager Paul Joynes in charge, returned to the Fords’ Rush Green Stadium for season 2002-2003.
ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE 2002–2009. With Paul Joynes still as manager Romford ended this season in 5th place. Joynes then moved on to manage Tilbury and the popular former playing duo of Mark Reed & Paul Rogan took over as joint first team managers.
Successes during this duo’s tenure were a Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy 3-0 win against favourites Ilford in 2003-4 and an Essex Thameside Trophy Runners-up prize in 2004-5. The team reached a final 5th league place in the Essex Senior League in both those seasons.
For 2005-6 Reed & Rogan had to rebuild the side after several key players left and Romford ended the season in 17th place. But the managers’ efforts were rewarded in 2006-7 with the club being runners up in both the league and league cup to double league & cup winners Brentwood Town.
In mid 2007-08 Reed & Rogan stepped down and the successful reserves management pairing of Paul Martin & Mark Lord took over to begin a record breaking unbeaten year long league match run and a final 5th place. Losing the use of Rush Green at the end of 2007/08 Boro arranged a share with Aveley FC and, having won the 2008/09 Essex Senior League title, promotion back to the Ryman League.
RYMAN LEAGUE 2009-2014! During this time Romford FC, with Martin & Lord still in charge, have achieved creditable final mid-table places and, following a new ground share arrangement with Thurrock FC at Ship Lane RM19 1YN for 2012/13, finished in an excellent 8th place after an unbeaten April run. Their Reserve team also having been reformed at the beginning of this season finished second in the Essex Senior League Reserve Division West and the Under 18 team finished mid table in the Eastern Junior Alliance London Division.
Season 2013/14, still under the guidance of Martin and Lord, saw an 11th place finish and for 2014/15, Mark Lord having retired after many excellent years service, Boro will be led by Paul Martin assisted by Alex Goldstone and Paul Clayton for another season in the Ryman North..
ON THE GROUND FRONT Romford FC are at last hopeful of playing at their own ground once more having received planning permission from the London Borough of Havering to build a new stadium at Westlands Playing Fields, London Road, Romford. The club are currently going through various procedures to be able to proceed with this project. .