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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


    He aint that good at the moment 😂
  9. 4 points
    Riverside Urchin

    First impressions

    Good 1st half with some good performances with some new players looking good. Can’t comment on the goalie as he wasn’t really tested. Saw Nathan warming up, but he didn’t play which was a shame - I hope he’s not injured. Good to see Ricky back again he will be a real asset. The key thing about the second half was Sonny’s performance which was more confident and assured, but we desperately need strikers. Two signings who between them can notch up the goals with young Stimson on the bench as a good sub when needed is my view. Looking forward to the season.
  10. 4 points

    First impressions

    I know you can't read to much into a pre season friendly but was good to see the give and go football several new players caught the eye in both halves I dare say there will be more coming and going of players before the season starts nice to see some ex Urchins in attendance
  11. 4 points
    Fleet side of the bridge


    Now that’s two good signings Arthur Lee outstanding centre half one of the best in the premier last season alongside Nathan two solid player that are strong
  12. 4 points

    Website and social media accounts

    Following the name change of AFC Hornchurch to Hornchurch FC we will be changing our website and all social media accounts as follows: Website: HornchurchFC.com We are still updating various parts of the website so bear with us, but all latest news etc will be published here. Social Media Twitter: @HornchurchFC Facebook: HornchurchFCofficial Instagram: HornchurchFCofficial Flickr: HornchurchFCofficial Our YouTube channel is unchanged and remains AFCHTV. The previous website, afchornchurch.com, will remain available for a period of time until all archived information has been transferred. Once complete, any access to afchornchurch.com will automatically re-direct to the new website. We won’t be updating afchornchurch.com after 31st May.
  13. 4 points
    A big thank you to all the HX guys that turned up to play and watch this annual event. It was indeed a great day. This year the result was in serious doubt right up to the last few overs, a great effort by the HX team. let’s hope we can carry on this great event next year.
  14. 4 points
    Dinamo Urchin


    In the time I've been coming, Alex has been one of the most consistent players that we have had. Genuinely two footed, with more skill than he's given credit for, he has done a great job not only at right back, but also left back, centre back and in midfield when called upon. I certainly don't think of him as one who has cost us points. I'm sure you could look back over all the videos and say that Callum should have saved/not spilled that; defender "x" was out of position there; midfielder "y" didn't track back there; striker "z" missed an absolute sitter there. He was rightly the Player of the Season and I thought he was one of the few originals from the Jimmy days that would be able to adapt to Stimpsons style. For me at least, football is more than just winning points. If that was all I cared about, I'd bog off and just watch Man City. Alex and his family were a big part of what made Hornchurch a proper club with good people. We have lost all bar one of the players that got us to this level and a fair few that kept us here having come in. The vast majority were liked not only for what they did on the pitch, but what they did of it also. I'm happy for sentiment to be a part of football. Without it, the game hs no heart or soul. The new players coming in need to step up in more ways than one.
  15. 4 points

    The great escape

    Yep, looked like it was going to be a repeat of Bishops Stortford where we did everything but score. A neutral would have had difficulty in deciding who was the play-off team. Second half was much improved and the tactical switch to three in midfield to let Saunders roam worked well. A textbook example of why you play to the 95th minute and well done to Sonny, not very many senior minutes but composure beyond his years in a crowded penalty area. The result also crowns Dorking Wanderers as champions, another team much improved from last year but also now playing on 4g this year - is it just coincidence with Worthing in 4th that's 3 out of 4 although Harlow also have 4g and another heavy defeat at home today has moved them to the bottom of the table. So, still 8 points clear of the relegation zone and only 4 games left, two of which are at home against the bottom two. Still not mathematically safe but difficult to see Hornchurch not in the Premier League next year.
  16. 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.
  17. 4 points
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  18. 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
  19. 4 points
    kimbles left foot

    All downhill for Burgess

    I was expecting to read a message about Rob 😂
  20. 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
  21. 4 points
    cup of tea

    Thanks for everything Jim

    I don’t know where to begin with this. Jimmy has put his heart and soul into this football club for a long time and it’s going to be very weird not seeing him in the dugout or hearing ‘man on’ coming from that direction. We’ve had our ups and downs as a club but I can’t begin to imagine the problems and issues behind the scenes of being a football manager especially at Hornchurch where one thing you can guarantee it’s never been boring. To me there’s been more ups then downs , the promotions and the ESL cup wins culminating in a promotion as champions in a difficult league to get out of and we all know the real reason why we got relegated from the conference south. Jimmy has throughout acted with dignity and honesty and has always tried to do the best for this club and I think there’s a lot of fans who are going to miss him. Good luck to Jimmy with whatever he’s does next - it will be good for him not to have to shoulder the burden of responsibility of football management and to be able to relax a bit more!
  22. 4 points
    Just had Colin ring me up this morning and he asked me to post this on here; "Massive thank you to all the support yesterday. It was very vocal. Things will soon turn, it wasn't our day yesterday but keep the faith"
  23. 3 points
    Fat Tom Daley

    Supporters Association News

    Great game last night! We looked quality and I cant wait for the season to start. Just to let you know we have beaten our membership numbers from last year and we are now up to 73 members. We are getting close to our 100 members target. So please join at our next home game if you haven't already! The cost is £10 and you receive a, membership card, scarf and a badge. Also the Supporters Association are in conversation with the club regarding introducing a hard plastic pint deposit scheme (like what you get at the cricket, rugby etc) to reduce plastic waste and provide a sturdy product to drink your beverage from. At the beginning of each match day you will pay a £1 deposit on your first drink for the glass. At the end of the game, you can keep your glass or return it too the bar to get your £1 back. Alternatively, if you like to donate your £1 back to the club, you can deposit it in our designated bins within the clubhouse. What are people thoughts on this proposal?
  24. 3 points
    As you say everyone is entitled to an opinion , and as such I would like to know what player(s) you are referring too? all I witnessed from the side is people singing and supporting the team albeit not a great performance.
  25. 3 points
    Well, shit.
  26. 3 points

    Any news?

    Whilst I don't agree with most of the abject doom and gloom, I do agree with the above - at times last season we were all over the place, and really lacked cohesion and defensive shape. How much of this was down to the players and, how much was down to the management's system and ability to communicate this effectively is open to debate (although I agree that in either case, the buck stops with the management). I also think that injuries to key players and unavailability at times didn't help us at all (again, arguably up to the management to have built a squad with enough cover - although this clearly costs money). I do think we looked a better site when Wetherstone came in, and would hope that a pre season under his belt, and knowing the rest of the squad a bit better will only help him improve our organisation. The signings (and re-signings) so far all look decent from what I know, and what I've heard/read, and once again we look to have the nucleus of a good side. That said, I was saying the same thing at this time last season and despite some excellent performances and lots of promise, the season tailed off into inconsistency and a pretty disappointing mid table finish (cup win excepted, which was great). For me, the jury is still out on the management - I really want them to do well, especially given how they started from zero 2 seasons ago, put together a squad which kept us in the division and then in my view built on that last year. It's been stated that they're here with a long term plan, and if that means we get to where we want to be slowly and sustainably, then that's fine by me - they're clearly trying to improve us, bring in good players and be in contention at the end of the season. Yes I'd love for us to be playing attractive passing football from 1 to 11, bringing every youth player of promise into the first team, and winning games - but realistically this isn't going to happen all of the time, and certainly not at this level with a club of our budget. I will say that I think the management team (and the board, volunteers etc) get an unnecessarily rough time on here, it's very easy to be critical anonymously on an internet forum when things aren't going as well as we'd like, but I truly believe that everyone involved in the running of the club have our best interests at heart, and want to continue to grow and develop the club organically as a whole (not just the 1st team). I think people need to keep in perspective that we wouldn't have a club at all without the endless hours of their own time given up by volunteers from the board downwards - I know I only just about have enough spare time to get to some matches and post a bit on here, nevermind being able to volunteer to do anything, so I try to temper my frustration at performances and results accordingly.
  27. 3 points
    Funny that every year the same people make the same complaints and every year they have the same chance to get involved and try to get on the board and every year they don't leaving it to others.
  28. 3 points
    Seems to me that there is some information on the website already for those on tenterhooks - the 5 pen pictures on scroll make a decent starting point for the squad 😎. Let's see who else comes in. Can't understand why people expect the info to be shared any earlier. Was no different in previous years. Let the management team get on with it - we will find out soon enough. And now, back to the cricket and the women's World Cup .....
  29. 3 points
    do you mean like this ?? We’re talking to a number of new signings and have agreed terms with a number of last season's squad, but we would prefer the protection of a signature before announcing these to you. Talking to the managers and chairmen of some of our rivals at the Isthmian League dinner last Saturday, it appears that lots of players at our level are understandably hedging their bets and wanting to explore all of their options before committing to a team for the season ahead. With the exception of Hornchurch, there doesn’t seem to be a huge difference between what clubs are able to offer players this summer, and that’s making for a very competitive market. 18 Jun 2019
  30. 3 points
    Guys I'm sure you are aware that all players apart from contracted players are free to leave the club. We cannot sign players on again until July 1st any club that does unless they are being placed on contract are taking a big risk. Let's keep the faith and see what July brings we may be in for a few surprises. COYT.⚽️⚽️
  31. 3 points


    I hate to say this Jordan - but Nathan's signature looks remarkably like D Collis to me 😀
  32. 3 points
    Fat Tom Daley


    Just had a message from Mr McBride and he has confirmed that Nathan Cooper has agreed terms for the new season! Happy days!
  33. 3 points
    Fat Tom Daley


    https://www.hornchurchfc.com/2019/06/arthur-lee-and-mickey-parcell-sign/ Arthur Lee signs from Tonbridge and Mickey Parcell signs from Enfield. Welcome gents
  34. 3 points
    ETFC Interested Observer

    Pre season

    People moaning about pre season friendlies! Some of you need to have a break and go and find something else to do for six weeks
  35. 3 points

    Fundraising Dinner

    A big thank you to Christine Hamilton and anybody else involved in organising last night's dinner to raise funds for the club. Some good money was raised - well done too to Steve Read who conducted the auction - and a great time was had by all. Gary Mabbutt was entertaining as guest speaker and had some very complimentary things to say about our club and good profile was achieved with several local politicians in attendance. Well done to the many supporters who backed the evening - hopefully we won some new fans and future financial opportunities too.
  36. 3 points


    Get behind and support the team? Have you not seen some of the numbers we have taken away with us this year? If we didn’t support the team most of us wouldn’t have given up all of our Saturdays this year to support them and spent all the money that we have.
  37. 3 points
    He also saved us on numerous occasions over the years. I don't actually recall him costing us points this season Couldn't have been that bad if you win Player of the Year!
  38. 3 points

    Next season

    Can somebody explain to me how NOT renewing ETFCSS membership/season tickets timely is going to help build a decent team for 2019/2020? We all know that players come and go each season. I'm as disappointed as anyone that Matt Johnson and Joe Wright have chosen to move on, but that is their call. Let the management team get on with their jobs and let's do our bit by renewing. Very few clubs at our level can afford to keep players on a contract for more than a season at a time. If us supporters hold back renewing, the downward spiral begins.
  39. 3 points
    I am pleased to announce that our annual presentation night will be taking place on Friday 10th May. Starting at 7pm will be a Staff v Supporters match (30 mins each way) on the pitch. If you wish to play, please let me know! Following the game shall be a presentation night in the clubhouse. All are welcome to attend!
  40. 3 points
    It is so unusual to be this late in the season and for so many play-off/relegation places still to be decided. So Dorking are champions and Harlow are relegated and realistically so are Burgess Hill unless they can reverse a 14 goal difference against Wingate&Finchley but who will take the final drop position between Whitehawk and Wngate&Finchley? Haringey have made the play-offs but could be 2nd, 3rd or 4th but they seem to having a dip and face Dorking who still seem to be going for it. Tonbridge are also guaranteed a place but only because Carshalton and Stortford face each other. All four places are available to the Angels. Carshalton could fall at the final hurdle, or they could finish 2nd (or 3rd or 4th or 5th). Stortford are in a similar position to Carshalton and this fixture is maybe the most enticing for the neutral. Merstham are only outside the play-offs on goal difference and away to Worthing isn't the best fixture for them to creep in. Equally Worthing would also have liked something easier for the last chance of the dice. Folkestone have had a marvellous April to also get themselves in with a chance and whilst home to Bognor won't be a walk it is maybe the easiest amongst their rivals. I'm pleased we don't need a result at Lewes and can just enjoy the game regardless of result but would be nice to keep 15th place.
  41. 3 points

    The great escape

    From my point of view i think the visiting team and fans thought an easy 3 points but you never write off the Urchins last kick of the game and by home boy Sunny Dutton well you couldn't make it up.As for the visitors great side, if they get promoted will do well,different side from last season as for the fans where did they all come from but fair play to them added to the atmosphere
  42. 3 points
    cup of tea

    The great escape

    To me it looked like one of those games(and we’ve had a few this season) where we deserved to get something out of the game and not managed it - but no, we did get a result but my goodness we cut it close. Soft first goal from them to take the lead against the run of play at that time but Haringey’s second was a quality strike early second half. You’d think game over but Hornchurch clearly hadn’t read the script and were always a threat going forward. Two decent goals from us, really pleased for Sonny Dutton. Excellent support from Haringey(minus the drum) , they did seem to have picked up an awful lot of extra support from somewhere though. Decent game and I think a fair result
  43. 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
  44. 3 points
    We are approaching nearly £1000! Thanks to everyone who has donated so far
  45. 3 points

    Thurrock / Purfleet fans

    Like this ? (I always knew my programmes would come in handy one day!).
  46. 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
  47. 3 points

    Proud to be an Urchin

    Thanks to the whole team management and players you were all awesome tonight ...... Dibs
  48. 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
  49. 3 points
    cup of tea

    Merry Christmas

    A Merry Christmas and and happy and healthy new year to everyone
  50. 3 points
    I'd like to second that ...... it's not all about wining the prediction league ...😊

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