180. Alan BIRD
appearances 2+9 (league 0+5)

debut Southend Manor, Essex Thames-side Trophy First Round 23.10.97
last appearance HITCHIN TOWN, Ryman League Division One 26.4.99

Progressed from Bob Fowler’s youth team and played for Steve Wheeler in the reserves. Got a few chances in the first team at full-back, particularly after the exodus to Bishops Stortford, but was only ever a squad player. Performed well when the reserves had to take an Essex Senior Cup match at Canvey Island, but then blew it by conceding a penalty then giving away the winner in the space of a minute. Fiery player who always had a look of pure hatred on his face, probably contributing to his leading the Club in cautions over the 1998-99 season, which culminated in him incurring a double-dismissal in the last reserve match of the season at St Margaretsbury. Moved on to Sawbridgeworth Town but later rejoined Wheeler at Basildon United. Returned to Romford in the 2003 pre-season and was unused sub for the first team on one occasion in November 2003.

Season Appearances Goals
All comps League only All comps League only
1997-98 0+1
1998-99 2+8 0+5

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