- A.F.C. Hornchurch
Football club infobox
clubname = AFC Hornchurch
fullname = Association Football Club Hornchurch
nickname = The Urchins
founded = 2005
(or 1923 as Upminster Wanderers)
Hornchurch Stadium, Bridge Avenue
capacity = 3,500 +
chairman = Jon Smith
(officially managing director)
manager = Colin McBride
Isthmian League Premier Division
season = 2007-08
Isthmian League Premier Division, 4th
shirtsponsors= | Majestic pattern_la1=_red_stripes|pattern_b1=_whitestripes|pattern_ra1=_red_stripes
AFC Hornchurch are a
non-League footballteam based in Hornchurch, Greater London, England.
The club formed in 2005 when Hornchurch Football Club came in to financial problems and was closed down. A.F.C. Hornchurch played in the
Essex Senior Football League, an English footballleague covering Essexand East London, during the season 2005/06, where they were champions at the first attempt, and followed this up by winning the Isthmian League Division One Northtitle in 2006–07.
The Hornchurch home kit has a red and white striped shirt and black shorts whilst the away kit and shorts have yellow and black stripes. The Hornchurch kits are sponsored by Majestic.
A.F.C. Hornchurch started off their life in the
Essex Senior League, having signed many players from other clubs in the division.Fact|date=October 2007. The new club proved to be highly successful on the pitch embarking on an unbeaten run from the second game of the season through to the start of December. The Urchins recorded a record attendance for the league when 702 fans attended Bridge Avenue to watch the derby match with Romford which Hornchurch won 3-0. The club went on to win the league, with six games to spare, finishing with a league record of 78 points. Hornchurch completed a treble by winning both the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy and the Westview Essex Senior League Challenge Cup. The season was tarnished for the club somewhat by the death of Club President and founder, Jim Bradshaw, in February 2006. Prior to the new club's formation Bradshaw had been at Hornchurch F.C. since 1971.
They have reached the fourth qualifying round of the
FA Cupin season 2007-08.
Billy Coyne Lance Key
Before promotion to the Isthmian Premier, Hornchurch were among the best supported teams in their league,Fact|date=March 2008 recently attracting a crowd of over 1000 for a match against Welling United in the latter stages of qualifying for the
FA Cup, in October 2006. A visit from local rivals Romford brought a crowd of 702. A.F.C. Hornchurch last season got an average home attendance of around 400 whilst a pre season friendly against West Ham got an attendance of 911.
AFC Hornchurch have quite a few Rivals with Grays Athletic, Canvey Island,and Romford
A.F.C. Hornchurch play at
Hornchurch Stadium, Bridge Avenue, Upminster - also home to an athletics club. The stadiumhas two stands, the Riverside and the East Side. In addition to this, during the 2003/04 season when AFC Hornchurch achieved a good run in the FA Cup, temporary stands were erected at both ends of the ground. The end nearest the tunnel was appropriately referred to as the 'Tunnel End' however these stands were removed shortly after meaning there is no standing or seating behind either goals.
**Division One North Champions 2006-07
*Essex Senior League
**Challenge Cup Winners 2006
*Gordon Brasted Trophy
*Essex Senior Cup
* [http://www.afchornchurch.co.uk Official Site]
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