Bostik North: Paul Martin happy to see family of ex-Romford player Elliot Long scoop £9 million lottery win
PUBLISHED: 17:30 29 March 2018
Paul Long, a life-long O's fan scooped the jackpot this week, and his son Elliot spent several years at non-league club Romford
Romford manager Paul Martin has praised the family of former Boro player Elliot Long after his father Paul Long claimed a £9.3 million win on the National Lottery this week.
Long senior, who worked at the Ford plant in Dagenham for more than 14 years before suffering an Achilles injury which has prevented him from working for 11 months, bought a lucky dip ticket after watching Leyton Orient win 3-0 on Saturday.
The life-long O’s fan felt in a buoyant mood after their victory over Woking and his positively has paid off.
Martin, who worked with Elliot Long from a young age before helping him progress into the Boro first-team, said: “Good luck to Elliot at the end of the day, they are a hard-working family and Elliot has been a fantastic player for us over the years.
“We’ve tried to get him back a few times in recent seasons, but he is happy to play on Sundays and enjoy himself and not commit as much as before with Romford and fair play to him.
“It is hard at this level (Bostik North) and even at Mildenhall Town on Tuesday night it was tiring and the coach turned up very late.
“We were standing around for an hour waiting and then we got there at 7.30pm and the referee said we had half an hour to get changed and warmed up and we didn’t get home until quarter to one and some of us were back out at five for work.
“It is tough, but the point made it a happier coach for the long journey home and I am just hoping the rain holds off and we can play Soham Town Rangers on Saturday.
“We only had two subs at Mildenhall and another away midweek journey to Soham would not be good for us.”
A negative for Romford from Tuesday’s hard-fought draw was the fact they picked up six yellow cards.
Martin understands that will result in a club fine for the Bostik North outfit, which is all they need right now.
He added: “I don’t think there was one bad challenge in the game on Tuesday and yet there were nine bookings.
“I don’t understand referees sometimes, but that just happens. I think six bookings is a £500 club fine and I would understand if they were six bad fouls that should have been cautions, but at least four weren’t cautions for me.
“There was a bit of moaning about young Sam (Mvemba) catching their full-back, but I thought the full-back kept chucking himself at the floor trying to get Sam booked.
“Of course the next time Sam did catch the full-back he got a booking, so it is one of them and it is what it is.”