Search

Lincoln City assistant Nicky Cowley will seek out fellow ex-Hornchurch players Stefan Payne and Omar Beckles after full time at Wembley

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 April 2018

Stefan Payne scores for Hornchurch against Leiston during the 2013/14 Ryman Premier season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Stefan Payne scores for Hornchurch against Leiston during the 2013/14 Ryman Premier season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League images are subject to DataCo Licencing restrictions

Four people with links to Hornchurch will do battle this weekend at the national stadium in the final of the English Football League Trophy

Shrewsbury Town centre back Omar Beckles in action at New Meadow (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images).Shrewsbury Town centre back Omar Beckles in action at New Meadow (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images).

At least two ex-Hornchurch players will get their hands on the English Football League Trophy on Sunday at Wembley when Shrewsbury Town and Lincoln City go head-to-head, but regardless of the result, Nicky Cowley will seek out Omar Beckles and Stefan Payne come full time.

Cowley, the assistant boss at the Imps to brother Danny, played for the Urchins along with his sibling during their treble-winning 2005/06 season in the Essex Senior League.

Since leaving Bridge Avenue after that campaign, the Havering brothers have enjoyed huge success and gone on to lead Lincoln back to the Football League.

On Sunday, they will walk out at Wembley for the EFL Trophy final and in the opposition team will be two other ex-Urchins.

Payne enjoyed a fine season with Hornchurch in 2013/14 and scored over 30 times in the Ryman Premier before leaving for Dover Athletic and eventually ending up at Shrewsbury.

West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna (left) and Reece Burke (right) battle for the ball with Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne at the London Stadium (pic: Nigel French/PA Images).West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna (left) and Reece Burke (right) battle for the ball with Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne at the London Stadium (pic: Nigel French/PA Images).

He was joined at New Meadow by another player with links to Urchins last summer, as Beckles, who spent time at Bridge Avenue in 2014, signed up from Accrington Stanley.

Only two of them can walk away with winners’ medals at Wembley, but Nicky will make sure to seek out the two Shrewsbury players after the final whistle.

“Stefan and Omar have done fantastically well and they are playing for a football club near the top of League One and aspiring to be in the Championship and it is very likely they will achieve that,” said Imps assistant Cowley.

“We have faced Stefan and Omar a number of times and we would have first come across Stefan at Hornchurch and he was so effective at that level.

“He then moved to Dover and we faced him there when we were at Braintree Town and Omar has done ever so well too.

Lincoln City's Danny (left) and Nicky Cowley gesture on the touchline at Sincil Bank during a National League match with Macclesfield Town last season (pic: Nigel French/PA Images).Lincoln City's Danny (left) and Nicky Cowley gesture on the touchline at Sincil Bank during a National League match with Macclesfield Town last season (pic: Nigel French/PA Images).

“We would have pitted our wits against Omar when he was at St Albans City and Danny and I were Concord Rangers managers. I remember playing against him once in an FA Cup fourth qualifying round game and we managed to beat St Albans, but it was such a tough game.

“Then he moved onto Aldershot Town and also did very well in the National League and we faced him while we were at Braintree, so it is fantastic to see them both succeeding in the Football League.

“Whenever the full time whistle goes, I always tend to go and shake hands with the opposition manager, but then as soon as I get on the pitch, I look for the players who have progressed from non-league and are now in the professional game.

“I make sure I shake their hands first because I really admire those boys. They have found themselves in non-league having not achieved professional football status earlier in their careers, but they have fought their way back.

“I always feel that shows a real level of determination and resilience and they are traits I admire in people.”

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

14:00

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane says his side are not a million miles away from breaking their bad run of form in recent weeks.

12:00

Boro were without a competitive game last Saturday, instead taking on landlords East Thurrock United in a friendly

11:00

East Women’s One South: Upminster 7 Chelmsford seconds 0

10:00

Liam Gordon knows a victory at home to Fylde on Saturday would be the perfect way for Dagenham & Redbridge to return to action in the Vanarama National League.

08:00

London All-Stars and London Titans are gearing up for an epic weekend of wheelchair basketball, as the Lord’s Taverners Junior Leagues returns for the 2018/19 season.

Yesterday, 19:00

Latest news from the supporters’ association

Yesterday, 18:00

Gallagher, the proud title partner of Premiership Rugby, has launched a nationwide competition for community rugby clubs to win a training session coached by their local Gallagher Premiership Rugby club.

Yesterday, 17:00

Essex club have performed well in previous games this term against teams near the top

PROMOTED CONTENT

From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Competitions

A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now