Ron Martin (businessman)

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Ron Martin
Born Ronald Martin
Occupation Chief Executive of Martin Dawn PLC and Chairman of Southend United FC

Ronald "Ron" Martin (born 1953) is a British businessman, Chief Executive of Martin Dawn PLC, a United Kingdom based property development company. He is also the current chairman of Southend United Football Club.[1][2]

"Martin Dawn PLC" and "Delancey Estates" together forming "South Eastern Leisure (SEL)" took control of Southend United in November 1998,[3] from former chairman Vic Jobson, who at the time owned a 55% issued share capital of the business.[4] John Main took over Vic Jobson as Southend United chairman, and later in 2000 majority ownership of the club was gained by Ron Martin.[5]


Ron Martin was a member of Great Britain's Olympic Bobsleigh team in 1980. [6][7]

Southend United[edit]

Martin's development company 'Martin Dawn PLC' took control of Southend United in late 1998.[8] Martin brought out the charges over Roots Hall from Lloyds Banking Group in 1998 for £4m, clearing the club's debts.[9]

Southend United Financial Troubles[edit]

In November 2009, Ron Martin avoided Southend United going into administration by agreeing to settle a £2.1million tax bill by 6 November.[10] Ron Martin has blamed the size of their debts on their relegation from the Championship in 2007 and their proposed move away from their current home at Roots Hall.[11]