FC Romania was founded in August 2006 by a group of Romanian workers in England who wanted to play football in their spare time. Ion Vintila entered the team into the Sunday London Weekend League playing their games on Hackney Marshes. FC Romania won their Division in the first season and finished runner-up in the next. In 2008 FC Romania switched to Saturday football and joined the Essex Business House Football League, playing at Low Hall Recreational ground in Walthamstow, North East London. In 2010 the club moved to the Middlesex County Football League Division One, playing at Leyton Sports Centre and finished second in their first season gaining promotion. The following season in the Premier League saw FC Romania finish second but they were denied promotion to senior football due to the ground regulations.
2012 saw FC Romania begin their ground sharing relationship with Ryman League outfit Cheshunt FC in Hertfordshire. They played another season in the Middlesex County Football League and again finished in second position. Also in this season FC Romania won the Middlesex County Senior Open Cup, beating Bratham 3-1 in the final at Uxbridge FC. The club applied for promotion to the Essex Senior League and played their first season in the ESL in 2013-14 finishing 5th. The following year FC Romania slipped one place to 6th.
In the 2012 -13 season the club entered the FA Vase for the first time but only reached the second round. 2014-15 the club finally entered the FA Cup and reached the 2nd round qualifying round just losing out to Sutton United 3-2, after beating Haverhill Rovers, Heybridge Swifts and AFC Sudbury on the way.
The club has gained a lot of attention in its short life from various media outlets in England, abroad and of course in Romania. The club and the manager have appeared in sports newspapers and magazines including , BBC Sport, Gazzetta dello Sport, L’equipe, The Times, The Sun , FourFourTwo magazine to name a few and on television in the UK on BBC on Japanese TV with NHK and on Romanian TV stations Pro TV and Digi Sport. The club has developed into a focal point for the Romanian community but has also attracted many local and English fans as well.
The club has ambitions to progress through the leagues and reach higher standards of football while developing the team further. The aim is to eventually have our own home and become a respected and established part of English football encompassing all the good things about England and Romania and being successful in everything we do.
FC Romania join up with Socios Manager
Colney Heath (H) Matchday Programme
Abraham Moves On