My First XI- Romford, Peter Hynds

By Ian Townsend

Peter began watching Romford seven decades ago. Look for some vintage choices in his First XI.

I’m a keen supporter from the 1950’s, but I’ve been unable to get to matches very much since the early 1990’s. That’s reflected in my team selection.

1: Andy Smith: Outstanding service for many years, the very best.

2: John Read: Oozed class and as cool a player you could ever want to see. Totally unaffected by anything at all.

3: Terry Tapping: A real utility man who could play any position if needed. Boro legend.

4: Dyfed Elias: Welshman of course, another with similar attributes to John Read, true class and sadly not with us for long enough.

5: Ken Hencher- a true iron man and built like the proverbial S House.

6: Malcolm Allison, no words needed!

7: Roy Sanders: Record appearance holder, delighted us all by returning after being transferred to The Cobblers. A very handy boxer who will never be forgotten, his battles with Chelmsford are part of our folklore.

8: Bill Bridge: A very good inside forward in the 50’s. Strong player with endless energy.

9: Johnny Bee: One of the best number nines, part of the Brooks, Bridge, Bee, Cunningham, Andrews front line that remain clear in my declining memory.

10: Graeme Cunningham: The brains of the team, a truly clever schemer.

11: Tom Barnett: There was dynamite in his left foot from distance, operating on opposite side of Roy Sanders. Boro legend.

I would back this side against any Isthmian team, past or present.

Image courtesy of Romford FC, showing the 1955-56 side.

Right, let’s have your First XI! Email your squad to Ian at and you’ll see it appear here.

Where next?

Len Cordell and John Cooper R.I.P. We mourn the passing of two former Isthmian League stalwarts
My First XI- Tooting & Mitcham United, Roger Butcher We’re off to South London- which is apparently black and white- and for some of Roger’s selections we’re heading back nearly half a century.

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