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  1. cup of tea

    Not to be

    Obviously gutted but there’s a number of factors here. Firstly, that physical battering from Enfield a few days ago, culminating in losing our player of the season in the final, that took a toll. Secondly , Cheshunt are the in form team in the league, some good defending from them today (one hell of a last ditch block from a defender showed the spirit of the team). Thirdly, that was a special second goal from them, worthy of a win. And we didn’t get the rub of the green which you need in games like this - still not sure why that goal was disallowed at the end. After an injury hit first half of the season, to get this close is a testament to the players and management at Hornchurch and we just need move on from this season and get ready to go again. Might be a bit more open next season, the best team in the league for the last two seasons , Worthing are not there next time so that makes it more interesting. Yet again more praise for Dave Holland, our amazing kit man and one of the nicest guys you’re ever likely to meet, he’s going to be missed. Well done to Cheshunt and we move on
    7 points
  2. Thanks for the hospitality today and graciousness of handshakes and well dones at the end .I'm sure you'll be doing it all again next season. You are a great club with fantastic support and you'll come again . Good luck and thanks again .
    6 points
  3. Now that any tiny particles of dust of disappointment have settled... Can I just say a massive well done and thanks to everyone at the Club, our manager, the players, background staff, volunteers, bar staff and especially the fans who make us feel so very welcome on every visit. Belfast Urchins would love to sponsor Tom Wraight again...for a full season and can send payment through whenever this opens again next season👌 Up the chins and see you all soon! ❤⚽️❤ Thanks - I cannot start the list yet (until we know who is in the quad next season), but I always give the previous sponsor first choice. So your name is there against Tom Wraight. Tony
    4 points
  4. OK everyone. It's almost 10 years to the day since this classic moment of footballing triumph and despair. Let's make sure we all do our bit and roar the boys on to a repeat tomorrow! See you there.
    4 points
  5. Very rarely post on other people’s forums but will do this time. Like to thank Enfield for the hospitality and the way you treated the opposition fans. Good luck for next season unless you’re playing us of course (hopefully not!)
    4 points
  6. We strongly recommend purchasing your ticket in advance of Monday's final. Please find further information and the online ticketing website below: https://www.hornchurchfc.com/2022/04/play-off-final-tickets-now-available-for-purchase/ COYU
    3 points
  7. Hi mate, we are looking to have external stewards in place for the game. TICKET UPDATE: UPDATE – Play-off Final tickets – Hornchurch FC Due to huge demand we have temporarily suspended online ticket sales for Monday’s Isthmian Premier League Play-off Final at home to Cheshunt. The online box office will re-open at 6pm this evening where a limited amount of tickets will be available. Once this threshold has been met, we will have 500 tickets available on the day for purchase at the gate. This shall be on a first come, first served basis. Tickets can be purchased at our dedicated ticketing website,
    3 points
  8. obis

    What a night

    IMG_6740.MOV Scenes !
    3 points
  9. We’ve seen some extraordinary goals this season and now it is your opportunity to pick your favourite. We’ve selected 11 of the best for you to ponder over. Voting ends Sunday 22nd May at midnight via the club website. https://www.hornchurchfc.com/2022/05/goal-of-the-season-2021-22/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO4Hcn_vOkM
    2 points
  10. I have an "any other business" item. I don't like the all red kit. Never have. Reminds me of Liverpool for a start. I know we won the FAT in it but it's still dull dull dull. So can we have a vote on getting the r+w stripes back please - I guess not next season as we probaly have that kit in place already, but as a statement of intent for the future. Here's an example of how good it could be ... Thanking you in advance. Jago
    2 points
  11. Agreed, LS. It seems as if we're heading in the right direction - getting a crowd of 2,000 into the ground shows that. Plus there definitely seems to have been a growth in sponsorship. If we can find a way of growing crowds to 'Dulwich levels' (- and I don't see why we can't in the long term), then surely we can be competitive at NLS level? Its hard to be patient as a football fan, but I guess we're in it for the long haul. I think we'd all rather that than going through a repeat of the demise of Enfield FC. You never know, perhaps a fan might win the Euromillions this week and decide to chuck a couple of million our way?
    2 points
  12. COYS1961

    Not to be

    Fantastic effort from all the volunteers and staff yesterday, great atmosphere. The boys just couldn’t get over the line at the final hurdle. great season boys and we go again next year.
    2 points
  13. Fat Tom Daley

    Not to be

    It just wasn’t our day but the boys can hold their heads high. We go again next season after a well earned rest. See you all the AGM!
    2 points
  14. aka PeteBeatz

    Not to be

    Well what a scorcher there second goal was, and they defended well. Just could not make our chances count today. Still proud of our squad who have given us another nail biting season. More to come We’ll Be Back.
    2 points
  15. Winslow Boy

    SSML PIay-offs

    Why are they on separate days? Worried about tv schedule conflicts or enough police for the games?
    2 points
  16. Daily Dose

    Bedford FC

    Merchandise sales 😂. They had 65 watching their last home match. Let’s say they were all supporting Bedford. Each supporter would have to buy 20 shirts at £30.
    2 points
  17. Couldn’t be at the game so can only go on what has been said on the various threads on here. I’m sure we all have our own thoughts on why we will still be in the Premier League next year rather than the Southern Conference and I’m sure we all would have wanted to take the next step up. However, what I can’t understand is why anyone would already believe either Hornchurch or Cheshunt would struggle next season and why they would not get on with the extra travelling. If they couldn’t, then would we? Credit where credit is due, so let’s just get on with the next phase of the club’s development and leave the two semi final winners to scrap it out in the final. It wasn’t good to read that a ‘so called supporter’ ran on to the field of play and confronted their ‘keeper. What’s going to happen to him, that’s what I’d like to know. For those who have been with ETFC since the start, a similar situation happened at Sawbridgeworth and action was taken. Let’s just hope this was just a one off. Anyway, I’m sure it won’t be too long before supporters will get to know who will, and who won’t be staying at the club and then which positions need filling and by whom. The world is full of opinions, especially when it comes to football.
    2 points
  18. aka PeteBeatz

    What a night

    When we talk of great team performance that definitely includes our excellent manager Mark. What a great tactician he is. He times his subs perfectly to make the difference and inspires the whole squad.
    2 points
  19. Forgot to mention the awful injury to Wraight. Wishing him a speedy recovery and hopefully appearing in the red and white again next season albeit in a different league.
    2 points
  20. Bitterly disappointed as luck dictates that these opportunities only come round every few years. That being said, whilst Town could've snatched it, the team with the better players won. I would venture to say that Hornchurch's budget is significantly larger than Town's, and it shows when you can bring on the likes of Sam Higgins - and don't seem to miss the incredibly unfortunate loss of Tom Wraight. Hornchurch's 2nd and 3rd goals were really very good. I fancy that both Hornchurch and Cheshunt have enough in the way of finances (at present) to be mid-table National League South sides - Hornchurch's squad is certainly good enough on paper already. At this point in time I would worry about Town struggling on the pitch in Step 2. With attendances up this year and 2,000 people attending the Play-off Semi, things do seem to be on the up for Town. Some consolidation, astute signings and a Cup Run to swell the coffers, and we might just be ready for the National League. As I said at the beginning, there was a large slice of luck which saw us through to the play-offs, and it will be no mean feat to get there again next season. I fancy the likes of Bishops Stortford, Lewes, Folkestone, Horsham, Kingstonian, Cheshunt/Hornchurch will be very strong once again. Plus there will - and need to - be changes made to the Town squad. Will Mo stay? If not, where are his 30-40 goals coming from? Can we hold on to Jake Cass? Can we find a decent couple of centre-halves? (Gyebi and Bray worked hard, but the latter was at fault for the Hornchurch opener, and there were some dicey moments which demonstrated why we've conceded so many this season). Now we have a chance to reset, I would much rather Town didn't continue with the hoof-ball tactics next season (except when absolutely necessary). Time for a breather before we go again!!! Up the Town!
    2 points
  21. Fat Tom Daley

    What a night

    Get in there boys! Honestly that was absolute carnage behind the goal for the goals!
    2 points
  22. Wow what a semi final that was tonight and a deserved 3-2 win v Enfield and the Officials A solid never give up performance to remind us why we won the FA Trophy as the players kept their heads despite lots of physical tackles and long ball from an Enfield team who had nothing else I sincerely hope Tom Wreight is ok and wish him.speedy recovery UP THE URCHINS!
    2 points
  23. cup of tea

    What a night

    Also want to mention the atmosphere with the Hornchurch fans at the end - it was Weymouth-esque . Fantastic. Also looked like our manager was quite happy as well!!
    2 points
  24. cup of tea

    What a night

    What a game, victory from the jaws of defeat. To be honest , the pace of our forwards were troubling Enfield but no doubt they were well organised and when they got a chance , it was put away. I think we were the better team overall and deserved that win. The only issue I had was the situation with Tom - that looked like a stamp to me and it could be a nasty injury to him unfortunately. Cheshunt had a similar win to us and it could be a very entertaining final on Monday, amazingly after finishing 4th, we’re at home!!! Massive win but one more game to go - COYU
    2 points
  25. aka PeteBeatz

    What a night

    Great to see that same determination that won us the FA Trophy. We are the comeback kings. Bring on Cheshunt and let’s make the stadium rock.
    2 points
  26. Rhodes

    Stotfold

    A team sheet from, wait for it, then South Midlands League Premier Division Stotfold v Corinthian League Erith & Belvedere in the FA Amateur Cup First Round, at Roker Park on Saturday 10 January 1959. Crook Town lifted the trophy that season, beating Barnet 3-2 in an exciting Final at Wembley, they also won Finals in 1962 against Hounslow Town and in 1964 against Enfield:
    1 point
  27. The Crowing Cockerel

    Any news ?

    Oh ye of little faith! Any minute now, Andy, we'll discover that Lovely Stuff is in fact Joe Thwaite - winner of the £184m Euromillions jackpot - who has decided to provide Andy with a £10m 'war chest' this summer!
    1 point
  28. Hard to choose one can’t we just pick all 11 and call it a draw
    1 point
  29. Daily Dose

    SSML Managers

    Winslow management have resigned 🤷‍♂️. Weird?
    1 point
  30. bridgefan

    Not to be

    Proud to be an Urchin
    1 point
  31. In that case I'm pitching in for yellow and green, the traditional colours of Lotus cars.
    1 point
  32. I'd like to say thanks, but why should I because of all your unkind words towards me. So thanks before I ban you from the forum again. 😇. Seriously thou well done J.
    1 point
  33. I won something this season then! Going to work real hard to get that wooden spoon back !!
    1 point
  34. petethegreek

    Bedford FC

    Are you saying Winslow Boy can see right through him?
    1 point
  35. UrchinYid

    Not to be

    Cannot fault the efforts from anyone on and off the pitch. Humungous effort and such an achievement getting here from where we were (even though it doesn't feel like it currently).
    1 point
  36. CHAMPIONS 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
    1 point
  37. Local derby against Leamington! 🤣 Whatever happens tomorrow - and wherever the two teams end up playing next season - there's no beating the drama, excitement and crowds in the play-offs. Non-league football really is in rude health and long may it continue. Good luck to both sides! Prediction: Hornchurch 2 - 1 Cheshunt (AET)
    1 point
  38. Surely they wouldn't put either team in the National League North?? That'd mean trips to Chester, Darlington, Southport, Gloucester, Blyth... I know there was some talk on the Stortford forum about that, but I can't see it happening - particularly with the likes of Chelmsford, Hemel and Oxford City in the National South.
    1 point
  39. https://www.hornchurchfc.com/2022/04/further-update-online-tickets-and-live-stream/ We have also agreed with the league and Cheshunt that we will stream the game for free on YouTube
    1 point
  40. Hi Mark, we are trying to monitor it now and delete these posts. We have looked against the tickets and none of these people have registered tickets as far as we can see. "Following discussions with the Isthmian League and Cheshunt FC, and after allocating tickets to the away team we are left with a limited number of tickets for the match. Therefore we have been advised in the interests of safety that the remaining tickets should be sold online. THIS WILL MEAN THERE WILL BE NO TICKET SALES ON THE DAY, IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A TICKET PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE GROUND. Tickets will go back on general sale at 11am Sunday 1st May and will be limited to 2 tickets per person. Tickets can be purchased at our dedicated ticketing website, here. In light of the match now being a sell out, we have agreed with the Isthmian League and Cheshunt FC that we will be providing a free stream of the match and a link will be provided on our website and social media."
    1 point
  41. littleurchin

    What a night

    Great team performance urchin fans played their part on we go cheshunt Monday let’s hope we have a great day COYU
    1 point
  42. Firstly i'd like to praise our players for giving 100% effort and commitment last night.And to our management team for lots of hard work on getting us to this play-off semi final. Unfortunately the pitch made it impossible to play decent football on for both sides.We need to find a way of getting water on the pitch.If we couldn't manage it for the most important game in 25 years i do worry. Now to the actual action: The looks of surprise on the faces behind the goal when the starting 11 was read out was telling.To play a formation and three man frontline that has hardly been played all season was surprising.Hornchurch won the game by width and targeting our full backs..We decided to go extremely narrow and drop our only wide player (and one of our best players) in order to fit 3 up top.Our two in midfield worked their socks trying to cope with being outnumberd in the centre of the park. The end of the game was a sour note also. Joe Wright goading the Enfield fans was poor show.So was the idiot who ran onto the field to confront him.
    1 point
  43. Good summary TCC: a very difficult result to take in a game that we could easily have shaded - thought we were better first half, and might have had a pen as well as hitting the post, but I definitely can't begrudge Hornchurch the win who are clearly a decent side, who kept knocking on the door and finally got their goals. Some frustrating goals to concede though (not winning a key header, or having anyone close to a second ball - and how long did Higgins have to control and pick his spot for their 2nd?!). I think 2-2 over 90 would have been fair, and then who knows what would have happened from there? Would have liked to have seen us make substitutes earlier, just to get some fresh legs on (either in midfield, or another centre back) and also to break up the flow of the game a bit. With the pitch as it was, I have no complaints about the way we played, I think any side trying to knock it around would have struggled, but I too would like us to recruit a couple more ball players for next season to add to the already decent squad so that we can retain the ball better, rather than looking to feed off of direct balls to Cass / Cunnington. Would like a couple more natural leaders in the team as well, I do worry about how well we communicate across the pitch too. All we can do is go again next season, we've showed with the attendance that we have a lot of potential to increase crowds, and hopefully another season of growing and improving will see us in a stronger position for when we do get promotion (it will come at some point). Obviously retaining key players, and adding to the squad will be key.
    1 point
  44. COYS1961

    What a night

    Unbelievable night in adversity we always come through. get well soon Tom. Don’t forget guys. we’re on our way , we’re on our way 👏👏
    1 point
  45. urchinman1961

    What a night

    Dust the mic off Jordan didn't expect to see that again,lovely surprise
    1 point
  46. Thank you much appreciated and it will be a tough game
    1 point
  47. Disappointing that we couldn’t see out the last few minutes we started to sit deep after we went 2-1 in front the defence was quite solid for most of the game,it wasn’t the most attractive of games again we were guilty of playing too much hoof ball, the referee didn’t cover himself in glory tonight he made many strange calls throughout the game, good luck to cheshunt in the final Hornchurch are not the best of teams.
    1 point
  48. littleurchin

    What a night

    Hope Tom is ok and makes a speedy recovery
    1 point
  49. Ahead of the semi-final playoff against Hornchurch, I spotted these on the ETFC Facebook page. All three well worth a listen.
    1 point
  50. 2-1 Chins Att 1500! Have a feeling we will be massively outnumbered tmoro so I will be in the pub from 2 to warm up the vocal cords
    1 point
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