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Hornchurch release striker Martin Tuohy

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 November 2017

Hornchurch forward Martin Tuohy battles with Thurrock's Jordan Clark in last season's play-off semi-final (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch forward Martin Tuohy battles with Thurrock's Jordan Clark in last season's play-off semi-final (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Hornchurch have released club legend Martin Tuohy this week after playing his last match for the club in their 2-1 defeat to Romford on Saturday.

The striker played 220 games for the Urchins scoring 84 goals and has been a huge factor in the club’s success over recent years.

In his first spell at the club Tuohy scored 79 goals in 202 appearances before joining Canvey Island in the summer of 2015.

He returned to Bridge Avenue 18 months later in February 2017 and scored four goals in his 11 appearances to finish the 2016/17 season where they missed out on promotion to the Bostik Premier Division in the play-off semi-finals.

This term the attacker has found his opportunities limited and he has only started three games and came off the bench four times, scoring one goal and picking up three assists.

Manager Jim McFarlane said: “Martin Tuohy is one of the best finishers I’ve ever managed if not the best, in his prime.

“Certainly in the top three of the nicest blokes I’ve ever met, but I need to freshen things up and you have a look at things, he wasn’t getting on as a substitute.

“He still trained every week professionally, but I just felt it was time for him to move on.

“I spoke to him and he was Martin, brilliant about it, took it like a man and a lot of people think when they get released it’s a personal thing but its football.

“It’s not personal, he’s a top bloke and I hope he goes on and does what he did the last time he left, he went off and got 25 goals for Canvey.

“Hopefully he doest that again just in a different league.”

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