Director Goldstone looking to use Barkingside role to develop Romford youngsters

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 November 2018

Romford director of football Alex Goldstone (left) with manager Paul Martin (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Romford director of football Alex Goldstone (left) with manager Paul Martin (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Romford director of football Alex Goldstone is hoping his new role as manager of Barkingside can be beneficial to both parties.

The Cricklefield club announced a change of management with Michael Walther leaving to take over as joint-manager at Basildon United and Goldstone taking over on an interim basis until the end of the season.

He will remain in his role at Boro and hopes to use it to help push youngsters up to Bostik North level while also handing chances to Romford’s fringe players.

“I’m still at Romford, I’m still director of football, it’s just Magic and Jimmy are quite close outside of football.

“They’ve been friends for a number of years and Barkingside have been training alongside us for the last couple of weeks.

“They’ve had some of our players on loan to them in the last couple of games, which is beneficial to Romford because we have quite a few injuries coming back, we’ve got a lot of youngsters as well.

“They need to be playing, they can’t afford to be sitting on a bench somewhere, at least here at Barkingside we can get them playing and look after them.

“It’s beneficial to both as it gets Barkingside back up to where they should be and it also gets Romford players minutes while they’re not involved in the first-team.”

Goldstone revealed he is also hoping to bring in youngsters at Side and work with the ones already at the club.

“There is a core of players still at Barkingside that we need to have a look at to see if they’re going to be good enough going forward.

“Anyone who we think has got a bit of talent will also be dual registered with Romford because we want the most talented players around our area.

“At Romford they’ve got a nice young squad and we want to replicate that with Barkingside.

“We want to play youngsters and give them an opportunity to make a name for themselves.”

He admits this move will benefit Romford due to not being able to have an under-16s, 18s or 23s side at the club.

“It’s hard for us because we have no under-23s, 18s or even an under-16s team, we don’t have that pool of talent to choose from.

“We’re hoping now we can attract them to Barkingside, then play for us and then I might say you know what Paul, he’s worth having a look at.”

Latest Ilford Stories

45 minutes ago

The latest boxing news from Redbridge

The 48-year-old discussed how he will view the non-league competition this season


Highams outfit beat Wanstead 26-7 at home last weekend


Rob Cross believes coming back to Alexandra Palace, Wood Green to begin the defence of his William Hill PDC World Darts Championship title tonight (Thursday), will bring the best out of himself.

The latest five-year strategy for ending rough sleeping in the borough has been unveiled.

Wanstead Parish has thrown its support behind a pioneering pop-up hostel which aims to rebuild the lives of the borough’s rough sleepers.


A market trader didn’t torch a £260,000 Ferrari because he had a broken ankle ‘after falling off his van replacing an aerial’, a court has heard.

Yesterday, 17:00

A former rough sleeper who rushed to the aid of a teenager injured in an ‘acid attack’ in Stratford died in his Ilford flat less than a year later.


The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now