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Good Evening and welcome to Cheshunt Stadium.
We would particularly like to welcome the players, officials and supporters of Hornchurch. The Urchins last visit was in October 2020 when George Purcell, Chris Dickson and Charlie Ruff were all on target to give the Urchins a 3-0 victory. However this season’s fixture at Hornchurch saw Amadou Kassarate score the only goal of the night with nine minutes remaining to give the Ambers all three points.
Supporters please note that the Herts Senior Cup final against Hadley to be played on Wednesday 20th April has had a change of venue. It will now be played at Potters Bar Town’s Parkfield ground.
Enjoy the game tonight
Please note Cheshunt FC operates a No Dogs policy. (except Assistance Dogs)
You are responsible for your own children on the site, unless they are participating in an organised event at the site with qualified staff.
Waysider has delved into his archives to come up with previous Cheshunt results on this day. How many do you remember?
On this day 5th April
|1947||Briggs Sports Reserves||London League 1||A||3-1||Gleave, Radley, Raynor.|
|1958||East Ham United||London League||H||2-5||Fullman 2|
|1969||Bishops Stortford||Athenian League||H||1-1||Davidson|
|1977||Ruislip Manor||Athenian League||A||2-1||Cole, Kiff|
|1986||Ware||Isthmian 2 North||A||69||2-1||Callanan, Mall|
|1997||Wivenhoe Town||Isthmian 2||A||123||1-0||Hughes|
|2003||Edgware Town||Isthmian 2||A||54||3-1||Archer, Adams, Harris|
|2008||Bromsgrove Rovers||Southern Premier||H||211||1-0||Hicks|
|2010||Ware||Isthmian 1 North||H||235||2-3||Cleaver, Meikle|
|2014||Wroxham||Isthmian 1 North||A||89||2-1||Bossman, Cooper|
Welcome everyone to Theobalds Lane, and a particularly warm welcome to our visitors from AFC Hornchurch. I hope the committee, players and supporters enjoy your stay with us.
A special welcome also to those of you who are returning to Theobalds Lane following Non-League Day. It was a great occasion against Worthing despite the result, and I hope that you continue to come along and support your local club. We have a fantastic club here at Cheshunt where you will be made to feel most welcome and I look forward to speaking to you in the weeks and months ahead.
I’d like to thank all those supporters, committee members and staff who organised, canvassed and made Non-League Day the success it was. It was a great advert for the club and grass roots football in general.
As we come to the end of the season we have a chance to make the play-offs, as well as a county cup final to look forward to. It’s all to play for and promises to be an exciting end to the campaign.
Your support is going to be crucial in our push for the play-offs, none more so than tonight against a tough opposition.
Enjoy the game.
Congratulations to Cheshunt Women who won 3-1 away to Wodson Park last weekend, taking them to the top of the table 5 points clear of Herts Vipers Women in second place. In fact with the season coming to a close , only AFC Sudbury (5 games to play) & Hearts Vipers (2 games to play) can catch Cheshunt (Points in the bag, 1 game to play).
The Amberettes still have the title in their own hands, and will not need to rely on results elsewhere because they play AFC Sudbury at home on April 17th. A win, will see them crowned champions,
Make a date in your diary, April 17th, come & cheer the Amberettes to the League title.
Firstly I’d like to welcome everyone who has travelled from Hornchurch to the Lane for tonight’s Pitching In league game. I’d also like to welcome our match officials and hope they have an enjoyable game.
It’s been an eventful and mostly rewarding couple of weeks since my last set of notes. It started with the visit of Champions elect Worthing. Having already beaten them away we were quietly confident of a repeat. We started well but were pinned back by a quality strike from the league’s leading marksman Ollie Pearce. I felt we were the better side for the next hour or so but then were undone by a couple of decisions that didn’t go our way. At 70 mins we thought we had equalised with a great header from Adam but the linesman had his flag up. Veo and photo’s from several angles showed that once again we were victims of a shocking decision.
A few minutes later Adam received a red for denying a clear and obvious goalscoring opportunity. I felt the lad still had quite a bit to do and this was one that could have gone either way. To rub salt in the wound they scored from a corner a couple of minutes later with the player Adam would have been marking. I don’t think anyone can argue that Worthing deserve to be crowned Champions but we have given them two very good and tight games.
Worthing was our only defeat in the last 10 League games and it was vital we bounced back against a Brightlingsea side who are fighting for their lives to stay up and have been posting some decent results. On a shocker of a pitch we were relatively comfortable but missing chances before we took the lead through Amadou. A mad five minutes before half time saw them awarded a penalty to equalise before we went straight up the other end and Mo restored our lead. Right on half time we thought we’d made the game safe with Kayne scoring only for the linesman to rule it out for offside which was proved to be yet another really poor decision we were victims of. We saw the game out well enough in the 2nd half until the dying seconds when Brightlingsea missed their best chance of the game.
Saturday we had a tough looking away game at an inform Bowers side who had lost only one of their last six. It was made all the tougher with no less than eight players unavailable through suspension or injury, of which five could be called regular starters. Thursday at training we worked on a revamped shape, but on the day you’d never believed it, as we were tremendous. Three 2nd half goals from Kayne, Rowan and Reece gave me personally probably the most satisfying win of the season to date.
The support we received in all three games was massive. Not only are you lot the best but also the funniest ‘20 loves a meal deal’ 🤣
So on to tonight. We are under no illusions of what a tough game it will be but one we are really looking forward to.
May the best team win.
Enjoy the Match !
LOOK BACK IN AMBER
By Jim Tuite
CHESHUNT 2-0 HARLOW TOWN
Athenian League Division One
Saturday 28th October 1967
This evening we look back 54 years when Cheshunt welcomed near-neighbours Harlow Town to Theobalds Lane on the most miserable of days.
Torrential icy rain blew across the ground for the entire afternoon as the second-placed Ambers looked to continue their good start to their Athenian Division one campaign against the second-to-bottom Essex new-towners. Player-coach Les Picking gave his new signing from St Albans Roger Quinton his debut at left back, along with 18-year old Ron Smith’s first start of the season at right-half.
Player Manager Les Picking leads the team out from what is now the Sports Bar
Quinton, then a Teacher at Brookland School on Elm Drive, was an old team mate of Pickings when they both played for Barnet and would go onto make 82 appearances for the Ambers before leaving early in the 1969-70 season. Smith however, having played once the previous year, would never play for Cheshunt again despite showing “great promise” according to the Waltham Telegraphs match report.
Eddie Sedgwick got the 150-strong crowd roaring soon after kick off when he let fly a 25-yard ‘daisy-cutter’ what went narrowly wide. Dave Sharkey then headed a Picking free kick off the crossbar followed by a Dave Gigg effort turned around the post by Harlow’s long-serving keeper, Norman Gladwin. With so much pressure, Harlow finally cracked in the 23rd minute when Nigel Lock slammed in a low cross which Gigg steered into the net. Gigg then was brought down in the area three minutes before the interval with Ray Kingsland making it 2-0 from the penalty spot. The second half was ‘uninspiring’ but at least the Ambers had both points to keep pace with leaders Carshalton.
Cheshunt would go top of the table over Christmas whilst at the same time recording then all-time low attendance’s (under 100) which exasperated Club President Roy Stewardson. Picking’s side stayed top and clinched the title with a 1-0 win at second-placed Wembley on the last day of the season. That brought promotion to the Premier Division of the Athenian league (where Cheshunt would stay until joining the newly formed Isthmian Second Division in 1978) and caused Stewardson to spend £2,000 on a new 70-foot long, 20-feet deep covered terrace opposite the main stand to encourage more spectators to the ground. His good intentions failed as attendances rarely rose above 150 for most of the 1970s and 80s and, by the 90’s and early 2000’s were regularly double-figures. It is only now, in the 2020’s, that average gates are finally exceeding those of half a century ago.
DON’T BLAME THE REF…
I remember years ago reading and article by Ken Aston who was the head honcho of the refereeing world back in the sixties. He felt that television scrutiny was already becoming too intrusive and that his compatriots were finding themselves too readily subject to criticism and trial by TV pundit. Aston argued that this was unfair as they were making split second decisions and doing their best without any opportunity to review decisions.
Fast forwards to 2021/22 when referees are even more scrutinised but now at least do have the opportunity at the top level of the game to review decisions via the use of VAR.
Has it improved the game? In some respects, I’d have to say yes.
I sincerely do believe that the standard of refereeing is better than it’s ever been throughout the history of the game, and at the top level its ability to make the correct decision is vastly improved from yesteryear.
That said however ‘strange’ decisions still exist at every level of the game and there are unfortunately too many examples of incompetent refereeing.
When watching games for Cheshunt I am often impressed by referees and over most games I don’t think they get too high a percentage wrong, but I still see some decisions that leave me speechless, and I do wonder what can be done to improve that.
One area I see as poor at every level is the lack of cohesion and teamwork amongst the official’s team. Referees seem to be too isolated; they take on the position of the leader of the official’s team, they become distanced from their own team and appear uncommunicative.
At our lower league level, we have three officials, but rarely do I see excellent examples of them working optimally as a team.
Ref’s are giving fouls, making bookings, deciding on sending offs, keeping time and generally holding the fabric of the game together and although the linesman do seem to monitor time it generally feels very disjointed and arbitrary as to how much their role will be optimally effective, and that adds to the inability of the three to act as a team.
This season I’ve seen two strange pieces of refereeing first-hand. In the Cheshunt home game against Bognor there was an unnecessary long delay following the ref’s decision to book a player for leaving the field too slowly. I wasn’t about to argue with that as Cheshunt needed every second to try and rescue the game, however when suddenly the referee decided that he’d already booked the same player and issued a second red I was confused. I couldn’t remember him being booked previously so I assumed he must have said something or continued to be too slow and that consequently he’d got a red.
It took seven minutes for the referee to be persuaded that he’d confused a previous booking for a Cheshunt player with the booking of the dawdling Bognor player. Tempers were frayed, tensions escalated and confusion reigned. My reflection is why wasn’t either linesman quickly communicating with the referee that he needed to quickly change that decision. A more coherent and coordinated approach to decision making would have greatly helped matters.
I was at The Emirates when the Crystal Palace player aimed a powerful kick at Arsenal’s forward Saka, making no attempt to play the ball. Referee Mike Dean was yards from it and missed it, his linesman and fourth official offered no advice, and VAR couldn’t ensure the decision was reviewed. A complete team meltdown with the whole process, making the officials look incompetent, and it certainly impacting on the confidence that the spectators have in the process of ensuring the game was governed fairly.
In my view it reinforced that we still have communication issues with officials and that underpinning this is a continued elitist attitude from the refereeing profession; an impression I would suggest they genuinely want to disassociate themselves with.
As players develop, they have to learn to learn from mistakes, to improve their understanding of the game and develop their play. Referee’s obviously do the same, but I still consider that it sees it’s role as too separate, and almost aloof from the playing side of the game.
Communications in any organisation are fundamental to success, if we get our messaging wrong, then we will have problems. In football the gap between the players and officials remains an area of concern in the development of the game and after decades of trying to cure this we are still a long way from resolution.
I heard recently that at higher levels of the game in Germany refs are giving post-match interviews, and the impression is that it is being received positively. It’s hopefully providing a reflective approach and a learning opportunity, and one hopes in time it will establish a role at all levels.
So long as such moves are regarded respectfully as a piece of open time post-match it should help all sides to communicate and improve outcomes.
Come On You Ambers!!!!
Having beaten Brightlingsea Regent away on the Tuesday night, the Ambers headed east again on Saturday for a match against a much improved Bowers & Pitsea, with a squad short of many regulars due to suspension, long & short term injury. However careful planning (or is it plotting?) from Manager Craig Edwards ensured the squad were well prepared & the players coming in didn’t disappoint, putting in performances that will ensure the manager & coaches have plenty to consider for future fixtures.
The Non League paper’s Dean Wootten reported the match thus,
Bowers & Pitsea 0 Cheshunt 3 ( Diedrick Roberts, Liburd, Beckles Richards)
Cheshunt overcame a flat Bowers side although they needed two late goals to give the result its emphatic look and ensure they moved to within two points of the play off places.
The hosts Quentin Monville had the first chance of the game, forcing Ambers keeper Preston Edwards into a smart save. Cheshunt striker Rowan Liburd responded with a header just wide. The rest of the first half was bereft of real chances apart from James White’s free kick going just wide of the visitors goal & Amadou Kassarate firing over from a Liburd flick on
The Ambers broke the deadlock five minutes after the interval when a long ball was worked into Kayne Diedrick Roberts who fired past Bowers keeper Mitchell Beeney.
Beeney then produced a smart stop with his feet to deny Cheshunt doubling their lead. Bowers were limited to long range efforts from Monville & substitute Declan Nche.
On 89 minutes the Ambers doubled their advantage Liburd firing home at the near post after Daniel Ojo’s cross fell for him. Cheshutn added the gloss to the scoreline hitting Bowers on a counter attack when Ebs Add Kuffour’s cut back reached Reece Beckles Richards who smashed the ball into the bottom corner.
(Pictures Amy Eve Photography)
The club’s history dates back to 1923 when the team were formed as Upminster Wanderers. They played in the Romford League until 1938 when they stepped up to the Spartan League, at the same time dropping the ‘Wanderers’ from their name as an original Upminster club had folded several years earlier.
When action resumed after the war Upminster were worried about a shortage of players and returned to the Romford League for 1945-46, winning the title and the Essex Junior Cup, before returning to the Spartan League.
Promoted to the Premier Division in 1951, they joined the Delphian League a year later, changing their name to Hornchurch & Upminster as they prepared to move into the new Hornchurch Sports Stadium. They took up residence there in November 1952 and have remained there ever since. It is actually in Upminster, though in 1960 that town was dropped from the club’s title and it became Hornchurch FC.
By then, in 1959, the club had been elected to the Athenian League. They were to win the Division One championship in 1967 but were relegated in 1969 and promoted back again in 1971.
1974/5 saw the club reach the Fifth Round of the very first FA Vase competition where they lost to eventual finalists Epsom & Ewell by one goal. That performance helped the club gain election to the Isthmian League. In 1978, the club once again suffered relegation but three years later they were back after achieving the runners-up slot behind Feltham.It was a false dawn, to say the least. Apart from a tenth-place finish out of 21 in 1995, it would be 19 years before Urchins again finished in the top half of their table. They survived several brushes with relegation before losing their Division One place in 1986 and continued to struggle in Division Two North. Matters became even worse in 1989 when a fire destroyed the clubhouse and it took many years to recover. Inevitably, Urchins found themselves in Division Three when the regionalised divisions were scrapped in 1991 and an appearance in the final of the Associate Members Cup – a competition forthe bottom two divisions – in 1994 was a rare taste of success.
Mick Marsden was appointed manager in February 1998 and in his second season in charge of the club took them to fourth place. After that, 2000/01 was disappointing as far as league performances were concerned, but the team had
an excellent run in the FA Vase before being knocked out by eventual finalists Berkhamsted in an exciting replay.
Things were soon to change dramatically as the club was taken over and restructured. Second place in Division Three in 2002 brought promotion to Division One North as the league was reorganised and another runners-up spot followed in 2003 to take Urchins into the Premier Division for the first time. Much work was also done on the near-derelict stadium, allowing the club to take its place in the new Conference South after finishing fifth in 2003-04, though the season was more notable for a run to the Second Round of the FA Cup in which Darlington were beaten 2-0 before Tranmere stole a controversial 1-0 victory in front of TV cameras and a capacity crowd at Bridge Avenue. The dream continued a little longer as, under former Dagenham manager Garry Hill, the team stormed to the top of Conference South. It seemed too good to be true, and it was. On a grim Thursday in November the entire squad was released.
They had reached the First Round of the FA Cup before the collapse and the tie at Boston United was fulfilled by six debutants and a collection of youth-team players, who took an early lead and gave a valiant show before going down 5-2. The season descended into chaos. Almost 100 players wore first-team shirts as new manager Tony Choules contrived to avert relegation despite a ten-point deduction. Indeed, without it the club would have finished in a remarkable ninth place.
But the off-pitch affairs could not be resolved and the club reformed under the name AFC Hornchurch, to be placed by the FA in the Essex Senior League. Former youth manager John Lawrence took charge in May 2005.
A brand-new Urchins squad proceeded to run away with the championship and also won the league’s two cup competitions, becoming the first side to achieve the treble.
Even so, Lawrence was replaced by former Thurrock manager Colin McBride for the return to the Ryman League and Urchins romped to a second successive title, amassing 103 points to finish 21 clear of runners-up Harlow. They also won the Essex Senior Cup for the first time in the club’s history, beating Great Wakering 2-1 at Southend United’s Roots Hall.
Success continued in the Premier Division as Urchins finished fourth to secure a play-off place but lost 3-1 in the semi-final to AFC Wimbledon in front of a crowd of 2,897 on a memorable night at Kingsmeadow.
The following season also proved to be an eventful one. The biggest thrill, and the bitterest disappointment, was a 1-0 defeat by Peterborough United at a packed Bridge Avenue in the First Round of the FA Cup. Urchins held their opponents for 90 minutes and even had a goal disallowed but their hearts were broken by a goal by Craig Mackail-Smith in added time. In the league Urchins were fourth going into the final day but a 2-1 defeat at Sutton meant that they finished sixth and missed the play-offs.
Things were still not right off the field and manager Colin McBride took control of the club as chairman midway through the 2009-10 campaign in an effort to sort out the problems caused by the previous regime. His assistant Jimmy McFarlane took over team affairs, initially as caretaker though later to be confirmed in the job. Urchins finished ninth in the league after being in and around the play-off places throughout the season.
It was a similar story in 2010-11, when Urchins were unable to sustain their play-off bid in the closing weeks and missed out by four points, finishing tenth.
But the ‘two Macs’ achieved their ambition the following season as Urchins recovered from three successive defeats in August to storm into play-off contention. They topped the table more than once, eventually having to settle for the runners-up spot behind Billericay. Bury were beaten 3-1 in the play-off semi-finals and a tense final against Lowestoft was goalless after 90 minutes. After taking the lead in extra time only to be hauled back to level terms, Urchins snatched a 2-1 victory with a 119th-minute goal by Michael Spencer and returned to Conference South seven years after the unhappy ending to their first attempt.
It proved to be a difficult season and, despite a brief flirtation with the play-off spots, six dropped points to bottom club Truro proved decisive as Urchins finished 20th, two points short of safety. A second Essex Senior Cup triumph, coming from behind to beat Grays Athletic 2-1 in the final at Dagenham, provided some consolation.
Back in the Ryman League and shaking off the disappointment, Urchins enjoyed a 15-match unbeaten run early in the 2013-14 season and maintained their challenge for promotion to the very end. A poor finish to the season threatened to derail promotion hopes but Urchins scraped into fifth place on the final day and then reached the play-off final with a 1-0 victory at Kingstonian.
So, for the second time in three seasons, Urchins faced Lowestoft Town in the final. This time, though, it was away from home, and with four key men missing through injury or suspension. Others had to play while less than properly fit and Lowestoft won 3-0.
The following season started with high hopes but the club’s landlords, the local council, closed the stadium to install new floodlights, forcing all the pre-season friendlies and the first eight league games to be played away from home. Just one point came from those matches and left Urchins facing a season-long fight to avoid the drop. With six weeks to go they had finally lifted themselves out of the bottom four and looked on course for survival, only for form to desert the team completely as just two points came from the last ten games.
Urchins had high hopes of regaining their Premier status quickly but it was not to be as they lost the 2016 Play-off final to Harlow Town and the 2017 semi-final to Thurrock. However it was third time lucky when in season 2017-18 they won Bostik North by 13 points, amassing 103 goals in total with a goal difference of +62.
The Urchins started life back in the Premier Division quite well but fell away and in November long serving manager Jimmy McFarlane stood down and in his place the club appointed Mark Stimson. A final position of 15th was obtained. The club reached the final of the Velocity Trophy (League Cup) but were beaten 2-0 by Enfield Town. They also reached the Semi-final of the Essex Senior Cup going down 3-1 to Chelmsford City.
During the season an application was made to the Football Association to revert back to the club’s previous name and so for season 2019-2020 the club will no longer be AFC Hornchurch but Hornchurch FC. The club were well set for a play-off place when the season came to a premature end.
Last season will go as the greatest in the Club’s history. When the season came to an end in November the Club was still in the FA Trophy and with the Football Association making the decision to complete the competition, be it behind closed doors the Club were able to continue. At first, as the Club were considered non-elite which meant they were not allowed to train. As Hornchurch progressed the Club were granted elite status and thus resume training. Having defeated Bowers & Pitsea and Wingate & Finchley in early rounds Hornchurch went on to defeat six clubs higher up the pyramid to make it to Wembley where they would play Hereford of National League North. On a never to be forgotten day Hornchurch came from 1-0 down at half time to win the game 3-1. This gave manager Mark Stimson his fourth success in the Trophy to go with his winners’ medal as a player.
MARK STIMSON (Manager)
Mark had a professional playing career with Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Portsmouth and Leyton Orient. As a player he won the FA Trophy with Canvey Island in 2000-01. As a manager he won four FA Trophies, twice with Grays Athletic (2004-05 and 2005-06), once with Stevenage Borough (2006-07), and with Hornchurch (2020-21). He has also been manager at Gillingham, Barnet and Kettering Town. He had six seasons at Thurrock and a short spell at Waltham Abbey, before becoming manager of AFC Hornchurch, following the resignation of Jim McFarlane.
NATHAN BARTRAM-COOPER (Defender)
Nathan was signed in September 2015 after an impressive performance against us for Romford, and became a key member of the Hornchurch defence. Not content with stopping goals, Nathan also chipped in at the other end, with sixteen goals. Nathan was voted both 2017-18 Players’ player of the season and Supporters’ player of the season. Nathan made his 100th appearance for the club in the FA Trophy replay against Thamesmead Town on 10th October 2017. He was club captain, but missed the majority of the 2018 season after sustaining an injury in October 2018, and did not play again until August 2019. When the 2019 season was curtailed in November, Nathan joined Hemel Hempstead on dual registration (scoring two goals in nine appearances before their season was also curtailed), though he returned to Hornchurch to take his place in the squad for FA Trophy matches. He joined Braintree Town at the start of the current season, making 13 appearances. He returned to Hornchurch in January 2022.
ELLIS BROWN (Midfield/Defender)
Ellis spent ten years at the Charlton Athletic academy, before signing for Southend United. After playing for Thurrock, he was at Waltham Abbey for a season, where he was their player of the year, He then joined Merstham, where he made 34 appearances, scoring four goals, one of which was against Hornchurch in the opening match of the 2019-20 season. He set the seal on our Wembley win when he scored the third goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
JOE CHRISTOU (Midfield)
Joe made 15 appearances in his initial season at Hornchurch, before moving to Thurrock where he made 131 appearances, scoring 19 goals. He had a brief spell at East Thurrock United before joining up with Mark Stimson at Waltham Abbey at the start of the 2018-19 season. He missed over four months of the season due to injury, and although he re-signed for Hornchurch in December 2018, it was several weeks before he was able to play, but he quickly established himself as a regular in the starting line-up.
JORDAN CLARK (Defender)
Jordan spent six seasons at Thurrock, where he scored thirty goals in 152 appearances. With the unfortunate demise of Thurrock at the end of the season, manager Jim McFarlane quickly signed him for Hornchurch. Jordan played his 100th match for Hornchurch in our FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium.
RICKIE HAYLES (Defender)
Rickie first played for Hornchurch in 2010, and quickly became a regular in the first team, making 167 appearances, before leaving at the end of the 2013-14 season. He returned to Hornchurch in August 2019, having played for Lowestoft, East Thurrock, Bishop’s Stortford, Welling Utd, Billericay Town and Dulwich Hamlet in the interim. He again became an automatic choice, but he was injured at Folkestone in January 2020 and did not play again until September, since then he has once again been an automatic choice.
SAM HIGGINS (Forward)
Sam joined Hornchurch in 2008, where he can best be described as ‘the one that got away’. He had two spells at Hornchurch, playing for Brentwood and Fisher Athletic in between, but he is better known for his goal-scoring feats at East Thurrock, where he scored 275 goals in his ten seasons. Sam has also played for Concord Rangers and Chelmsford City in 2019-20. Manager Mark Stimson signed him for the current season, but an injury in the opening match of the season kept him out for three months. Since his return he has played a massive role in our Trophy run, scoring the winning goal at Darlington in the quarter final.
TOBI JOSEPH (Midfield)
Tobi, well known to the Hornchurch faithful, joins from East Thurrock United where he made 20 appearances this term. In his first spell at Bridge Avenue he played over 100 times for the Urchins. Previous clubs include Hayes & Yeading, Brentwood Town, Barking and Canvey Island.
OLLIE MULDOON (Midfield)
Ollie is a central midfielder who was with Chelmsford City last season, where he made 23 appearances, scoring one goal, despite missing a sizable amount of the season with a wrist injury. He was with Charlton Athletic as a youth player, and had spells on loan at Gillingham and Dagenham & Redbridge, where he played 19 games. Ollie joined up with Gillingham again in 2016 before moving to Maidstone United where he made 42 appearances in the National League. Since making his Hornchurch debut in October 2020 Ollie has been a regular choice in our line-up.
LIAM NASH (Forward)
Liam is a highly prolific striker who rose to prominence in his one season at Maldon & Tiptree, where he scored 36 goals in 47 appearances in 2016-17. Perhaps this was not a surprise as previously he had scored 16 goals in 44 appearances at Aveley. His consistent goalscoring attracted the attention of a number of clubs, and he joined Gillingham FC where he made 15 appearances. Liam then spent some time in Ireland at Cork City before returning to England. He played for National League sides Hemel Hempstead, Dartford and Concord Rangers where he continued his impressive goal scoring record. Liam had a short spell in Gibraltar, where he played for Boca Juniors. The difficulty in obtaining international clearance meant that Liam had to wait over three months before being able to make his Hornchurch debut. Liam scored seven goals in our FA Trophy run, including our second goal at Wembley, and was Player of the Match at Wembley.
MICKEY PARCELL (Defender)
.Mickey joined from Enfield Town where he made 49 appearances in 2018-19, scoring twice and setting up a further 10 goals. The full back started out at Torquay United where he signed a professional contract following a two year scholarship there, but injury curtailed his time at Plainmoor, which included loan spells at Bideford and Truro City. He signed for Enfield Town ahead of the 2015-16 season. In four seasons at Enfield, Mickey made 160 appearances and scored five goals.
OLA OGUNWAMIDU (Midfield)
Ola, an attacking winger, played for Barking in 2018, making 40 appearances before joining Tilbury the following season. After making 63 appearances for the Dockers, he joined East Thurrock in September 2021, making 8 appearances, one of which was against Hornchurch, before returning to Tilbury.
CHARLIE RUFF (Midfield)
Charlie was with Hertford Town in 2015, and after a season at Broxbourne Borough he returned to Hertford for two more seasons, making a total of 63 appearances and 10 goals), In 2019, after briefly playing for Kings Langley, he joined Wingate & Finchley at the end of September 2019. appearing 31 times and scoring nine goals, one of which was against Hornchurch in December 2019. He joined Potters Bar at the start of the last season, moving to Hornchurch in October, and quickly establishing himself as a regular choice in the starting line up. Charlie scored our equalising goal at Wembley, to set up a grandstand finish.
LEWWIS SPENCE (Midfield)
Previous clubs – Crystal Palace, Wycombe Wanderers, Rushden & Diamonds, Dover Athletic, Bishop’s Stortford, Greenwich Borough, Thurrock, Lewwis signed for Hornchurch in June 2018. He was previously with Thurrock where he made 181 appearances scoring 46 goals in five seasons, briefly interrupted by a spell at Greenwich Borough, where he scored one goal in 29 appearances. He quickly established himself at Hornchurch and has led the team out as captain.
CHARLIE STIMSON (Forward)
Previous clubs – Gillingham, Barnet, Concord Rangers, Tooting & Mitcham United, Thurrock, Waltham Abbey.
Charlie joined the Urchins at the start of December2018. In his six seasons at Thurrock he made 220 appearances, scoring 70 goals. He only played seven times at Waltham Abbey, scoring four goals, before injury caused him to miss the next three months of the season. He is the son of manager Mark Stimson.
REMI SUTTON (Defender)
.Remi played for Hornchurch in their Capital League side in 2008-09. He played for Canvey Island, Great Wakering and Basildon United before joining Thurrock in December 2013. He had a short spell at Greenwich Borough before returning to Thurrock, and he made exactly 200 appearances, scoring eleven goals. He was out with injury and manager Mark Stimson sent him on in the final match of the season to limp around for a few minutes to chalk up number 200.
RONNIE WINN (Midfield)
Previous clubs – Redbridge, Thurrock, Waltham Abbey.
Ronnie signed from Waltham Abbey at the beginning of December 2018 where he had been from the start of the season. He previously played for Thurrock where he made 120 appearances scoring 31 goals.
TOM WRAIGHT (Midfield)
Tom joins us from Chelmsford City. He made 79 appearances for the Clarets, scoring 17 goals, since joining from Maidstone United in May 2018 and was appointed captain at the start of the 2021/22 season. Previous clubs include Tilbury, Witham Town and East Thurrock United.
JOE WRIGHT (Goalkeeper)
Joe joined Hornchurch from Enfield Town in May 2019 having made 39 appearances during the 2018-19 season. He is a former Queens Park Rangers youth goalkeeper who signed for Enfield in June 2017 from Bishop’s Stortford, where he had two spells. His first senior club was Cheshunt in 2010, and after 45 appearances he joined Redbridge (29 appearances), Maldon & Tiptree (38 appearances in 2012-13), Billericay Town 2014 (14 appearances), Hendon in 2015 (41 appearances), and Welling United. In his first season at Enfield he was a regular in the first team, with 34 appearances in 2017-18. Since joining Hornchurch he has played an important part in our Trophy run, including a hat-trick of penalty saves against King’s Lynn, and an equally important penalty save against Notts County in the Semi-final.
Manager Craig Edwards
Preston Edwards. George Marsh
Ola Williams. Chevron Maclean
Adam Crowther Tom Gardiner
Taylor McKenzie Mo Camara
Joe Re Taylor Miles.
Jamie Reynolds Reece Beckles Richards
Zac Newton Enock Ekongo
Sam Alderson Kayne Diedrick Roberts
Amadou Kassarate. Daniel Ojo
Zubayr Boadi Rowan Liburd
Nicholas Dib Jerry Puemo
Ebz Addoe Kuffour
Manager: Mark Stimson
Joe Wright Oliver Muldoon
Remi Sutton Nathan Bertram Cooper
Tobi Joseph. Ellis Brown
Mickey Parcell Rickie Hayles
Lewwis Spence Ola Ogunwamide
Jordan Clark Sam Higgins
Charlie Ruff Joe Christou
Tom Wraight Charlie Stimson
Liam Nash. Ronnie Winn
Mr Matthew Fletcher
Mr Matthew Paluszkiewicz Mr. Simon Parbery
WE HAVE a saying at NLP Towers, probably not too dissimilar to the thoughts of thousands of fans up and down the country each and every Saturday.
While the concept of Non-League Day must be embraced and celebrated , for us, every day is Non-League Day. We live and breathe it 365 days a year as I know you all do too.
So, even though last Saturday was ‘just another day’ at the office for us, for others it opened up the game at this level to a wider audience while players from the top two tiers of the English game were representing countries over their clubs. And what an introduction they had.
Back after a two-year Covid-forced absence, Non-League Day made a hard-hitting return to the fixtures calendar with fans flocking in their droves to get a piece of the action.
None more so than at Notts County for the big game of the day where a stonking crowd of 10,334 witnessed their derby visit of promotion rivals Chesterfield, who themselves contributed 2,719 visiting fans to that gate.
At Step 2, a gate of 3,317 saw in-form York City take on Leamington – and turnstiles clicked furiously lower down the pyramid with Ilkeston Town attracting just short of 1,000 for their visit of Yaxley at Step 4.
Non-League Day, as we know, is renowned for its special events and celebrations – and this year’s occasion didn’t disappoint.
South Shields’ 1st Cloud Arena was the destination for Alex Scott and the BBC’s Football Focus team as the cameras witnessed the celebration of the Mariners’ visit of Stafford Rangers.
Those who stuck around after the match were able to watch England’s friendly with Switzerland and even join in with a bit of karaoke!
Dover Athletic fans had a day to remember too. Those who made the long trip up to Wrexham were not only treated to free pies by their hosts, but also an 11-goal thriller with Jordan Davies’ 98th-minute winner clinching a stupendous 6-5 victory for the home side.
Co-owner Ryan Reynolds should be used to such scripts as a Hollywood A-lister but even he tweeted that he had “lost nine years of his life” given the high-octane entertainment which saw his side hit back from 5-2 down against the already-relegated Whites.
In Southern Central League Division One, Welwyn Garden City celebrated their centenary with a bumper crowd clicking through the turnstiles for their match against Wantage Town.
Fans watched the match for free and at the same time learned about the club’s 100-year history with an exhibit in the clubhouse with many former players and coaches turning up to support them.
Aylesbury Vale Dynamos also allowed fans in for free if they donated an item of clothing to those affected by the war in Ukraine or KitAid Africa.
Half-price tickets were on offer at Harrow Borough as they took on Merthyr Town in the Southern Premier South while, at Redcar Athletic, entrance was just £4 by proudly wearing a red Middlesbrough FC shirt.
A dance troupe and marching band greeted fans of Wessex League side US Portsmouth – and it was an all-singing-all-dancing affair also for former Arsenal and Barnet goalkeeper Graham Stack, who came out of retirement at the age of 40 to turn out for Chesham United against Poole Town.
Stack demonstrated the spirit of Arsenal’s Invincibles side as the Generals netted a last-minute winner to win 3-2 – but only after Stack had given away a penalty!
So, another huge Non-League Day success and plenty to crow about as the season comes to a nail-biting head, both in the leagues and on the road to Wembley in the FA Trophy and FA Vase.
But, as mentioned earlier, every day is Non-League Day for us regulars and your continued support remains as vital as ever in keeping your football club alive – and at the heart of community
Again, Happy Non-League Day, everyone!
Past meetings with Hornchurch
As Hornchurch & Upminster
|1953-1954||Delphian League||H||2-2||Scott 2.|
|1966-1967||Athenian Div 1||H||0-0|
|1968-1969||Athenian League||H||120||4-3||Davidson 2,Horgan,Kingsland.|
|1969-1970||Mithras Cup||H||4-2||Sedgwick 2,Davidson,Picking.|
|P M F L||H||4-0||Pudney 2,Sedgwick,Woodhouse.|
|1978-1979||Isthmian Div 2||H||1-1||Shaffer.|
|1979-1980||Isthmian Div 2||H||1-1||Poole.|
|1980-1981||Isthmian Div 2||H||1-1||Eason.|
|1982-1983||Isthmian Div 1||H||1-0||Hardy.|
|1983-1984||Isthmian Div 1||H||1-1||Winston.|
|1986-1987||Isthmian Div 2 North||H||42||0-0|
|1993-1994||Isthmian Div 3||H||85||2-1||Barlow,Johnson.|
|1998-1999||Isthmian Div 3||H||40||1-0||Gregorio.|
|Isthmian League Cup||A||80||1-1||Wilkie.|
As AFC Hornchurch
|2011-2012||Isthmian League Cup||H||81||3-1||Ashwood, Hutchinson, Williams J|
|2015-2016||Isthmian Div 1 North||H||132||1-2||Pullen|
|2016-2017||Isthmian Div 1 North||H||170||2-2||Milbourne, Bolle|
|2017-2018||Isthmian Div 1 North||H||163||1-1||Sappleton|
Football is the most popular sport worldwide, and there are so many children who do not have the same opportunities to safely play the game that they are so passionate about.
In the UK, children are often buying new pairs of football boots every season, as they so quickly outgrow their old pairs. This means that their used football boots are often left in near-perfect condition.
Our goal is to give these football boots a second chance and to bring joy to children who don’t have the same opportunity.
Cheshunt FC teams are collecting boots for this very worthwhile charity, please check your cupboards for any boots you may be able to bring along to the club and donate.
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