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  1. 7 points
    I've got say in all the years I've been watching us play today's result is up there with any I can remember as being so proud of the team for their performance today...
  2. 7 points
    Fat Tom Daley

    Message from Jim

    I would like to thank everyone that put nice messages on AFC Hornchurch’s twitter page and forum. It means so much to me, I was overwhelmed and humbled by them all. After making this heart wrenching decision, which I felt was best for the club, I thought it best to address you, the fans, who have supported me throughout my entire time in charge here at this great club. Not only have you supported me through the good times, you have backed me in the bad times aswell, which is a rare thing in today’s world. Whoever inherits the managers job, will inherit the best fans and people in football today. Hornchurch will always be in my heart, and I will remain an Urchin for the rest of my days. Last but not least, I’d like to thank Colin and the directors for giving me the opportunity all them years ago. My next big decision is east side or riverside? Come on you Urchins, Jim
  3. 6 points
    The well deserved plaudits for today's performance will surely flood in but a mention for the Urchins behind the goal who resisted the urge to taunt 'head fans with well loved classics such as "10 men, we only need 10 men" and "1-0 and you messed it up". Standing by the Home bench was also interesting as they became increasingly irate. The assistant manager putting his fist through the perspex when we equalised was unexpected and one of the other coaches complaining to the ref "He took 15 seconds from when you blew the whistle" also amused. But beyond that, oh my goodness, talk about knuckle down and give blood, sweat and tears to get a result. When George got the red card it was "gonna be difficult to get a point out of this", then at 1-0 down it was "hope this doesn't turn into a nightmare" then back to "a long time to hold on for a point" . Reflecting at half time though I thought Hx had created more chances, including hitting the post and stayed that way for the first 20 of the second half and justly rewarded with the lead. As legs got tired in the final ten+five it turned into "We don't deserve to lose these three points" but again the boys dug deep and managed the game through to the final whistle. Whisper it softly but time to stop looking over shoulders at the drop zone and time to look upwards at mid table. Next two games at the Bridge can get Hx up there.
  4. 6 points
    Well what can you say to that performance absolutely outstanding to go down to 10 men and then come back from 1-0 down to win 1-2 is outstanding the team worked so hard the midfield was brilliant spence with his goal Clark with his holding play but christou that boy never stops chasing balls and is a great asset to the team the defence were solid and Ron and Charlie were brilliant so a great performance roll on next week
  5. 5 points
    Fat Tom Daley

    Sponsored Walk to Tonbridge

    I am pleased to announce following the walk at the weekend, we raised £2703 for Project Urchin! This now gets us over the £10,000 mark for the Project and is a fantastic achievement by everyone at the club. Thanks to everyone who supported us!
  6. 5 points
    Apologies for my language but f***ing get in there. That was up there with some of our best results following Hx. 10 men after 10 mins, 2 men available on the bench, 1-0 down and win 2-1. Outstanding boys!
  7. 5 points

    What's happened?

    As a newcomer to the Urchin cause I have only ever seen Nathan Cooper on the opposing team but he always stood out with awesome performances. Glenn seems to have settled quickly though and his experience at higher levels will hopefully get the clean sheets coming in again. From my Thurrock days, it took a while for Jordan to find a settled position rather than filling in wherever necessary as a utility player but once he started sitting in front of the back 4 at the bottom of a diamond he found his home, from comments I have read many long-term Urchins seem to think the same way. I am also a long-time fan of Joe Christou and was very pleased to see him back in action - and again what I have read on Twitter, match reports etc. also identified him as making an immediate impact. Also, in the short time I've been following the team, I have never seen someone hit the post so many times as George Purcell - if either or both against Folkestone had gone in I'm certain we'd have won that game. George Saunders - how does he not get kicked ten yards into touch to slow him down after mugging off another full back? But, my goodness, when he is on it he is unplayable! To me, he sometimes seems to rush when he has more time to wait for a better situation to develop but so many assists already and can only get better with time. I could also wax lyrical about all the other regular starting XI (could also bitch but I tend to be glass half full) and it is frustrating that the results aren't matching up with the quality of the football. But, 3rd to 15th are covered by only 10 points so string a few results together, get on the bottom of that ladder and then suddenly another couple of results can jump you several places up the table.
  8. 4 points

    AFC Hornchurch vs Margate

    Without doubt a very important game. The away fixture was a very miserable Tuesday night where each side played with and against the tide. It was my first Urchin away game and I was very surprised at how many Urchins travelled. Margate were in much better shape at that time and a 0-0 draw was a good result (I am choosing to ignore the blatant handball that only three persons failed to see and my failing memory also seems to think Hx had the ball over the line but not given [I just re-read the match report and there is no mention of this second opinion and I was on the half way line so must be a case of wishful thinking]) This weekend though everything is completely different. I have no desire to upset long-term Urchins but with 2-3 exceptions I think all the released/left on their own choice players have been replaced with stronger players. And, fingers crossed, the results are starting to match the performance. Margate have also had a change of manager and a new loanee striker from Conf National Dartford with Scottish pro football experience. But, to use a boxing analogy, what is the tale of the tape. Well, tonight Margate went behind against Carshalton Athletic in the fourth minute but got a 90th minute equaliser to remain one place and two points ahead of Hx but having played one extra game. Looking at the six game form guide, Margate are 2-2-2 and 14th whilst Hx are 3-0-3 and 11th. But to add context, Hx last three opponents have been top 10 (Leatherhead OMG) whilst Margate have been 11th and below. So, what's my prediction? Well, I see there is an established thread and 2 division league for that sort of thing so I'll keep my counsel. Seems likely that all three George's will be unavailable so Stimmo, Robbo and Southo (?) will need a new vocabulary. Won't be surprised to see A.N. Other on the bench, after all I have seen M. Stimson, 51 named last year. On a personal note I remain unashamedly ex-Thurrock (17 years is a hard habit to break) but am delighted with the welcome extended to me and my fellow 'fleeters. I was privileged to speak with Blackballed at Leatherhead (who told me I am now an Urchin because I've been at every Stimmo game except Whitehawk away) and PonyTailedUrchin (I think) has chatted with me at nearly every game. So, Jago, if you want a shandy (I drive to all games so that's my limit) and a chat they'll point you in my direction (and you can double check my mental health) though you may have to cross the divide into the West End (I think you call it Riverside) or you can find me queuing for a tea and a kit-kat at half time. You said you were shy but I can confirm I am house trained and have just achieved 100% in a recent Prevention of Sexual Harassment course at work so I think you can risk it.
  9. 4 points
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  10. 4 points
    Trying not to get emotional about the game. Massive result for us especially with such a poor ref who ruined the game for both sides. How George got sent off was beyond me. Massive performance from us today - so proud of the team. Well done Hornchurch for pulling that result against the odds
  11. 4 points
    kimbles left foot

    All downhill for Burgess

    I was expecting to read a message about Rob 😂
  12. 4 points
    Fat Tom Daley

    Player update please

    Message from Colin Just an update 5 players in from wabbey all played in Ryman premier last year unfortunately a couple are injured ,jimmy was trying to bring new players in himself we have had an awful run of injuries but the fact is we haven’t won in the league since 2nd October that plainly isn’t good enough we hope to have 2 more players in tomorrow who will improve the squad. You all know my relationship with jimmy so I was gutted to see him resign because I knew he could turn it round but in the short period of time I’ve seen mark at work we have the right appointment
  13. 3 points
    Massive result massive performance Sean was smashed from pillow to post but kept his nerve tonight 11 warriors on the pitch and got there reward ,2 huge chances for the visitors Reece Beccles a constant threat but to no avail,great 3 points
  14. 3 points
    We are approaching nearly £1000! Thanks to everyone who has donated so far
  15. 3 points

    Thurrock / Purfleet fans

    Like this ? (I always knew my programmes would come in handy one day!).
  16. 3 points

    Hx 2 Enfield 0

    Agree with you about drums. Should only be allowed if inserted in the rectum. Ronnie's goal similar to Charlie, both composed in rounding the keeper. And a composed defensive line against what was expected to be a lively Enfield attack. I can only think of two serious chances they were given. George going off was a blow but the flexibility of the squad allowed players to swap around without really affecting the shape. Midfield strong as well. Christou and Spence both had worldy chances that fizzed wrong side of the upright. Icing on the cake for me was Harlow getting stuffed 9-1
  17. 3 points

    Remi Sutton

    Of course we do, it's professional and recognises Jay's contribution over the last 2 seasons. As for Marks he's been excellent throughout - 15 goals, 7 assists is a good return so far this season, in fact his goal ratio of 1 every 160 minutes is the best at the club this season. We certainly don't need to replace Sean and we certainly didn't need to replace Jay. There's plenty of other positions that needed strengthening first - a permanent centre back alongside Kenzer and a striker alongside Sean and George to name but two.
  18. 3 points

    Proud to be an Urchin

    Thanks to the whole team management and players you were all awesome tonight ...... Dibs
  19. 3 points
    Atletico Madrid 0 v 0 Real Madrid Watford 0 v 0 Everton Middlesbrough 0 v 0 Leeds (13:00) Stoke City 0 v 0 West Brom Bognor Regis 0 v 0 Hornchurch Att: 400
  20. 3 points
    cup of tea

    Merry Christmas

    A Merry Christmas and and happy and healthy new year to everyone
  21. 3 points
    Hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas!
  22. 3 points

    Mark stimson

    As long as you are not Dagenham Kev in disguise!
  23. 3 points

    Mark stimson

    Kev, you would also be well come as would any ex Thurrock supporter.
  24. 2 points

    Gone with the wind

    Terrible conditions for both sides ,Urchins handled it better in the second half and got there reward with a late Sean Marks goal and a deserved 3 points
  25. 2 points
    1961 COYS

    Sponsored Walk to Tonbridge

    Well done to everyone that took part , a great achiegvment for a worthy cause. Well done to everyone that donated a graet total.
  26. 2 points
    Reece Beckles-Richard would make a good signing to the club if we could get him back....just saying
  27. 2 points

    AFC Hornchurch 3 Bracknell Town 2

    Well that went alright didn't it? Did anyone foresee Ronnie Winn at left back? I suppose I should have guessed having seen him play there before but I had anticipated George Winn at LB with Jordan Clark at centre half. I feared the worse when Bracknell took the lead but the response was magnificent and just wave after wave of attack until the equaliser. How on Earth did Alex hang that high for so long before heading home? Given recent games I was holding my breath either side of half time but all good this time. Terrific goal from Charlie Stimson to take the lead with the near post header from the corner and then another dubious penalty decision against us. Only four minutes though before George Purcell did what George Purcell does shooting across the keeper inside the far post. With Enfield Town staging a late recovery and then winning on penalties Saturday becomes a dress rehearsal for the final at Aveley FC
  28. 2 points
    RIP Gordon Banks
  29. 2 points
    Bognor Regis Town (A) - Saturday 9th Feb 2019 This is an extremely early start for this one! 07.50 - Upminster Cafe for Breakfast 08.35 - Meet at Upminster 08.51 - Upminster to Fenchurch Street 10.16 - London Victoria to Bognor Regis 12.04 - Arrive at Bognor
  30. 2 points
    cup of tea

    Hx 3 Corinthians 0

    Great win for Hornchurch today, always looked more dangerous than Corinthians going forward and stood firm defensively. Will be really good to see the excellent George Sanders free kick again and pleased for George Purcell to get a good goal in for the third. Going down ? Not playing like this. Great three points today
  31. 2 points

    Hx 3 Corinthians 0

    Top notch performances all over the pitch. A deserved 3 points with a clean sheet as added bonus
  32. 2 points
    Rudi Hall is pretty memorable! Liam Hope will always be a Town legend. Don't think there were many who knew of him before he joined us but we certainly know his name now - written himself into Town history and can be very proud. Without taking anything away from his first stint, I'm very pleasantly surprised with the positive contribution he made on his return. Thank you for your service to the club Liam, I'm sure you'll always be very welcome at ETFC.
  33. 2 points
    Dinamo Urchin

    What's happened?

    Agree with most of the posts on here. A big factor is the loss of Nathan Cooper at the back for large parts of the season and all of Stimson's reign. We are also struggling for consistency and seemingly play in halves e.g. good second against Harlow, good first against Burgess Hill, good second against Carshalton - need to do it for 90 minutes. Also agree with Anthony that we are tending to concede at awful times, especially just before and after half time.
  34. 2 points

    What's happened?

    It will come, today I did not feel any of our players had a bad game and we just failed to hit the back of the net. The second half on Monday for me was one of our best resent performance for a long time. I have full faith in our new manager to get us playing well and winning games again.
  35. 2 points

    What's happened?

    I suggest you try to get to the games to make up your own mind, then you can let us know.
  36. 2 points
    lovely stuff


    Any news on the AGM (non-classified of course).The general mood.Who spoke..etc.
  37. 2 points
    1961 COYS

    Buildbase 25k Competition

  38. 2 points

    Town v Corinthian Casuals

    Amid all the doom 'n gloom - and at the risk of giving the game away - Andy's clearly lulling the rest of the teams in the league into a false sense of security, allowing them to think he's not very tactucally astute. If you recall, his target at the start of the season was to average 2 points per game. All is going nicely according to plan: we have 17 games left and all we have to do to reach the target of 84 points is win 15 and draw 1 of those 17. Simples!
  39. 2 points
    We would like to welcome AFC Hornchurch fans to Colston Avenue for the Bostik Premier fixture on Monday. We have put together a web page with all the information you will need to make the most of your short stay with us: https://www.carshaltonathletic.co.uk/fanswelcome
  40. 2 points
    Wivenhoe Urchin

    All downhill for Burgess

    Excellent result, well done to the team. Nice compliments from Burgess Hill Twitter about how we are doing things the right way at the club 👍
  41. 2 points

    Oyster men sunk

    Well this was just a nice run out tonight could have been 10 before it was even 4 nil nice semi final against Bracknell Town at home now
  42. 2 points
    Agree Father Jack, this was a really enjoyable match, exciting end -to-end-stuff, and a superb display of attacking from the Town, against a decent Burgess Hill side. Overall this was a good all round team performance, which had the Town faithful in good voice behind the goal. Thought young Josh Davison had an excellent game, scoring a hat- trick, and deservingly being named man-of-the-match. Nothing for the sceptics to complain about last night, but I wouldn't count on it! Well done to Andy and the boys. Keep it up guys, that showing really made my 200-mile round journey very worthwhile.
  43. 2 points


    As a long time Urchin fan I have not seen an inept performance since the 7 one mauling at Tonbridge total credit to the fans that made the journey we made the day of it players where is your conscience feel free to treat us in the bar rant over but we expect better up the Urchins
  44. 2 points
    LATEST NEWS Following the recent injury to Mo, Andy Leese has moved quickly to strengthen our first team squad, with the signing of experienced striker KEZIE IBE. Kezie will be known to many Towners, and full details of his football career, and impressive goal-scoring record with a number of clubs, can be seen in the posting made on the ETFC official website earlier today. Welcome Kezie.
  45. 2 points
    Agree with both Barney and 4WF's comments. It's a crying shame that Mo has suffered this injury , so soon after joining our Club, as he certainly looks a good player and has made a very useful contribution to the team, during the limited games he has played. At the risk of being shot down in flames, my understanding, for what it is worth, is that Mo has broken a toe, not the metatarsal. It was good to see him at the Lewes match last Saturday, and I am sure everyone will join in wishing him a speedy recovery, and return to first team action. Good luck Mo!
  46. 2 points

    Player update please

    It's a shame that we lose players we have known and enjoyed watching play, but these things happen in football. I would like to thank them all for being part of Hornchurch and I feel I have lost players I would like to call friends. I hope all goes well and be safe. Dibs
  47. 2 points
    Father Jack

    Town v Harlow

    ...and about 10 years performances against us
  48. 2 points
    Wildlife rescue

    Town v Harlow

    Theo. Marc is a leader.He captained Dulwich and Whingegate. Imo he is just what the team needed he will organise the back line and he is a real tough cookie. Great signing.
  49. 2 points
    If it’s exciting football you wanna watch trust me the place to be will be afc Hornchurch at the bridge tomorrow playing kingstonian fc win loose or draw l can promise a new look team more exciting brand of footy come along have an opinion and a pint bring the kids no swearing I promise
  50. 2 points
    Let's start with the obvious. Both teams badly needed a win last night at Nyewood Lane, to close the gap and keep in touch with other promotion candidates. As the old adage goes, if you can't win, don't lose. We didn't, we won! Bognor, with home advantage, started slight favorites, allowing for Towns recent poor run of results, but matches between the two clubs have always been close encounters over the years. With everything to play for, the first half was fast, furious, even, too close to call, until The Rocks broke the deadlock, taking the lead in the 43rd minute, to leave Town a goal down at the interval, and all to do in the second half. After the break, Town continued to press forward in search of an equaliser, and were rewarded when Billy Bricknell headed home in the 68th minute. The deciding goal and match winner came in the 82nd minute when Ryan Blackman fired into the top corner from the edge of the penalty box. Job done! A fine footballing goal won this tight game for an improving Town team. So what about our new forward signing Muhammad Faal who made an impressive contribution on his debut last night? Early days, but the 21 year old, who stands around 6' 3", and boasts a lean physique, is fast, skillful, hardworking, and a constant to the opposition, particularly when breaking forward from mid-field or upfront. Mo certainly looks a very useful signing for the Town, and if last nights display is anything to go on, it won't be long before goals follow. All credit to our players for fine battling performance, and great show of team spirit at Bognor, which secured a memorable victory, three precious points, and moved us back up to 5th in the table. Finally, well done to all the Town faithful who made the long journey down to the South Coast for this match. They saw a very close, entertaining match, and were well rewarded.

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