kimbles left foot reacted to Jago in A little bit of history : Hornchurch v Purfleet (aka Thurrock) 88-9
Well it's all very quiet on here so I thought I'd pop in with something that may be of interest to at least some of you. Or maybe not - but at least it's something,
Anyway - Mr McBride asked me earlier in the season for a copy of the programme when he "scored a hat-trick" for Purfleet against the Mighty Urchins "back in the day" - you know when Thurrock were still Purfleet and you could still buy a bag of chips for sixpence (old money).
So I checked with a couple of local experts which programme to dig out, (you know, Hx-guru Tony, who checked with Fleet-sage Norman), and I'm afraid I have bad news Colin. No such programme exists... largely because you didn't actually score a hat-trick - I guess your mind is a bit muddled these days. 😆 Though you did bag two dodgy knee-bounces in the Thameside Trophy in 1990-91 which was a 4-2 win for Purfleet. (I'll send you a copy of that separately).
So having started a bit of a research I thought I'd share the programme for the first match of 1988-89 which happened to be Purfleet's first game in the Isthmian League. You'll see Colin on the teamsheet where he pottered about in a SHOCK 1-0 win for the visitors. The actual Hornchurch team was not quite as per-programme but close enough. (If you really want to know you can check "Hornchurch FC - The Official History - 1923-2011". Available from all good book shops, and the Club Shop!
And more importantly you will see that I was running the line with my favourite yellow flag, suffering untold abuse from Harry & his mates on the Eastside no doubt.
The programme was 4 pages of print but I've bunged the cover on as well - so it won't take too long to read.
Anyway - hope you are all surviving.
Jago (and no it wasn't me on the line you fools).
kimbles left foot got a reaction from bridgefan in What a fantastic performance
What a great team performance today, the pressing was really impressive, the movement up front sublime and the defence solid as a rock. Really really impressed with Ruff - he seems the player we've been crying out for, for many a season and on another day it could have been 7! Let's keep these performances going. Also well done the stewards who policed the covid situation very well again.
kimbles left foot reacted to Burdy in Missing match days
Sorry we have not attended any home matches this season but Jean is slowly getting over her stroke and we have my mother living with us. At 97 she is very active but she has not been out since April and we have to be careful not to bring home any infections. So for a while we are self isolating as a precaution. Miss the club and supporters hope to see you all in the near future.
Pete and Jean
kimbles left foot reacted to LukeXIX in Recent behaviour
After speaking with club officials this morning I think it’s only right the a few things are cleared up in relation to this.
The club does not condone foul and abusive behaviour towards players, officials or staff and has reiterated this the last few years and with a number of posters around the ground highlighting this.
The behaviour last night was not acceptable, we know who is responsible and the persons involved will be spoken too. I understand that people can get frustrated at games, myself included and some things are directed at players etc. Whilst this happens at all games across the country and is accepted there is a line which shouldn’t be crossed and we are finding on occasions this is being crossed. The use of certain words is just not acceptable.
I am also aware of a certain accusation towards the same person last night. After speaking with a number of persons we have found no evidence of this incident occurring and therefore would like to squash the rumours around this.
We have a number of new fans now attending games and do not wish for them to think all of this is acceptable and the ‘Hornchurch Way’. Therefore we as a club will do our upmost to bring this to a complete stop and that people can feel confident coming to games for them to enjoy.
I can only apologise for last nights behaviour and promise you that words will be had and a repeat of this will not happen.
Up the Urchins.
kimbles left foot got a reaction from UrchinYid in Observations from this evening
Firstly well done all the volunteers for making the covid entry system quick and efficient.
As for the game...
Why play Joe RB when we have a readymade RB on the bench and we were so lacking the creative spark Joe offers in CM?
What formation were we playing? as honestly it was one of the most disjointed performances I've seen for many seasons. Too many stray passes, no commitment, no one speaking or encouragement out there.
The only tactics I could work out was giving it to poor Ellis in the hope he'd pull something out the bag. There's only so much he can do on his own.
Defence couldn't deal with any pace all evening, midfield void of any creativity/ideas and forwards starved of service. On another day the errors may not have happened and we may have come away with a draw however that performance and the second half Vs 10 men walthamstow is worrying.
kimbles left foot reacted to Urchins in This week's archive game
Tomorrow would have been the last game of the season so I have found something special to put a smile on your face which hopefully will last until we begin again, hopefully, in August.
It's from about 11 years ago (!) and is a game that has become legendary - Weymouth v AFC Hornchurch in the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup from October 2008.
As usual, any problems let me know.
PS Next week would have been the play-off final. Whether we would have been involved in it or not we'll never know, but I'll try and dig something out for that weekend too. I have something in mind - I've just got to find it 🙂
kimbles left foot reacted to Urchins in This week's archive game
This week I have chosen AFC Hornchurch v Romford from August 2017. I'll be honest and admit that I have no idea whether this was a thrilling match or not but we won and it was against one of our local rivals. That should be enough to cheer us all up (unless you're a Romford supporter)
Again, any requests please let me know.
kimbles left foot reacted to Fat Tom Daley in Programme - Merstham
Due to this weekend's forecast, the league have given the club permission to produce an e-edition programme for this weekend's set of fixtures.
Therefore to reduce the risk of us losing money, we have decided to produce an online version only for Saturday's game v's Merstham.
This will be available on the club website either tonight or tomorrow morning.
If demand suffices, we may do a limited print run for the programme next week so please let me know and I'll add you too the list.
Please don't take this as we will be doing this in the future. It's a one off circumstance and it makes sense for the club not to lose money should the game be postponed.
Fingers crossed the forecast isn't as bad and we can cheer the Urchins!
Hope everyone understands.
kimbles left foot reacted to CMcBride in Sucker punch
We are at half wayYes poor finishing took the gloss off a good performance defending was excellent all night. We are at the half way point of season 2points a game do that the second half with a couple more wins than draws we are in conf South easy. If we all stick together we can do it
kimbles left foot got a reaction from cup of tea in Masters of our own downfall
I forgot to mention how poor I thought the ref was seemingly giving fouls whenever a player would scream and call for one. Anyway let's dust ourselves down and concentrate on the big game Wednesday. I'm sure the team will wanna get straight back to winning ways.
kimbles left foot reacted to cup of tea in Hx 2 Horsham 1
Great result today. Real squad effort against a well organised side. From my perspective, it looks like Horsham like to overpower sides - close players down, quick to the tackle and a bit of physicality in there as well. Think we matched them in that department and I think we were also the more skilful (although I am biased!).
Disappointing plan B from them which seemed to be somewhat (ahem) theatrical with their captain (6) leading the way on that. Also please someone explain to their no 2 how the offside rule works as well, that was embarrassing.
Great game Ricky Hayles played a blinder and loving the passion from Chris Dickson when he scored what turned out to be the winner. Very happy Urchin tonight.