90. Mark REED
manager June 2003 to date
appearances 142+18 (league 87+10)
goals 14 (league 7)
Right-sided player who joined from Metropolitan Police and was previously with Rainham Town. The first player for the present club to have been the son of an ex-Romford player, in Mark's case midfielder Bill Reed (1973), and was also the first winner of the President's Cup. Very lively player who claimed he was used everywhere except left-back in his time at Romford, including an unbeaten half-hour in goal when Allen McKnight dislocated a finger at Leighton Town. Didn't score many but made the most of celebrating them when he did, particularly a thirty yard volley in an F A Cup tie at Yeading in October 1997 which he celebrated by digging a twenty-yard trench in the wet turf, and set him off on his most prolific season for Boro, culminating in the Player of the Year award for 1997-98. Made his hundredth appearance on his 30th birthday. Followed Les Whitton to Barkingside in 1998 but returned to the Old Bill to help run the reserves, and applied for the vacant first team job at Romford in January 2001. Was unsuccessful on that occasion, but tried again in the summer of 2003 when Paul Joynes moved on and got the job this time. Retained several of Joynes' squad but also brought in a number of talented new faces and brought some old favourites back to the Club. Had a fine first season in charge overall, with Boro leading the table for two months in the New Year and winning the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy, to continue his record of winning a trophy in every season with the Club. Came close to sustaining that the following season as Boro finished fifth for the third year running, but reached the Final of the Essex Thames-side Trophy, losing 1-0 away to Aveley. Endured a rather less successful 2005-06 season but stayed on to become the first Boro manager to commence a fourth season at the helm, and had possibly his best season yet with runners-up spot in the League and only losing the League Cup Final on penalties to league treble-winners Brentwood Town. Won't thank me for reminding everyone that his nickname at work is Dobby.
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