Romford FC: Football’s biggest circus

In November 2019, Romford FC became England’s most interesting club — some would say craziest — as new owner Glenn Tamplin sacked the team’s entire coaching staff after assuming ownership.

After cutting lo0se his coaches, Tamplin immediately put himself in charge of the first-team and signed an incredible 21 players. The club turned into a circus overnight, but even crazier things were to come. The former West Ham and Leyton Orient academy player released 12 players the day after he took over as owner/manager because they were late for training.

Tamplin never made it as a professional footballer but found success in the business world after being released by both West Ham and Leyton Orient. The Romford FC owner found so much success in the steel industry that he became a multimillionaire.

Three years ago, Tamplin purchased Billericay Town and quickly made a splash as the club’s owner by signing former Premier League players Jermaine Pennant, Paul Konchesky, and Jamie O’Hara.

Like at Romford FC, Tamplin made himself manager of Billericay Town. While coaching the first-team, Billericay’s social media videos went viral with the owner/manager leading his players in song pre- and post-match.

Tamplin received an incredible amount of bad publicity while in charge of Billericay Town and even sacked himself as manager. Of course, he rehired himself as well. Due to the negativity created by his managerial reign, Tamplin sold the club in September 2019. Two months later, he was back in the saddle managing Romford FC.

If you thought Tamplin’s time at Billericay was negative just because of hiring and firing himself, then think again. He signed players to large salaries that were unsustainable, experienced allegations of “drugs offences”, and was alleged to have bullied at least one player.

Romford FC are currently playing in the Isthmian League North Division and Tamplin claims he will step down as manager once he gets the club to the National League. Last weekend’s match against Brentwood did see Romford FC draw their largest attendance of the season with 525 turning up. The manager has already signed four players that played under him at Billericay Town.

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