AFC Hornchurch bring in quartet from Waltham Abbey as trio departs

Leon McKenzie has left AFC Hornchurch (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Leon McKenzie has left AFC Hornchurch (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

AFC Hornchurch manager Mark Stimson has made a handful of changes to his playing squad.

The new Urchins boss has moved to bring in Joe Christou, James Goode, George Winn and Charlie Stimson from former club Waltham Abbey.

This follows the news of Ronnie Winn also joining the club from the Abbotts last week.

Midfielder Christou was previously at the club during the 2014/15 season.

He started his career at Tilbury before moving to Hornchurch then on to Thurrock where he made 104 appearances, scoring 19 goals.

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He had a brief spell at East Thurrock United before joining up with Mark Stimson at Waltham Abbey.

Goode, who is also a midfielder, joined Abbey in the summer from Thurrock where he had made 113 appearances, scoring 20 goals.

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George Winn, the twin brother of Ronnie and can play at central defender or full-back.

He signed for Thurrock from Redbridge in October 2015 and while at Thurrock he made 63 first team appearances.

Winn moved from Thurrock to Waltham Abbey where he made 13 appearances.

Stimson, the son of the manager, is a forward and has played for Thurrock, Gillingham, Barnet and Tooting & Mitcham.

He was with Thurrock for six seasons making 220 first team appearances and scored 70 goals.

Stimson moved from Thurrock to Waltham Abbey at the start of the 2018/19 season, scoring 4 goals in seven appearances.

On the back of this news the club has released long-serving forward Leon McKenzie, defender Leon Smith, and Bode Anidugbe.

McKenzie was third in the appearance list in the current squad having played 184 times for the club stretching back to his debut in February 2012.

Only Alex Bentley (262) and George Purcell (254) have made more appearances.

Over that time Leon scored 64 goals, one of which was the opening goal in the 2012 play-off final against Lowestoft Town which helped secure Conference South football for the following season.

Defender Smith first joined the club in August 2015 making 12 appearances that season, scoring on two occasions.

He returned to the club in September 2018 in the 3-3 draw at Dorking Wanderers and made 11 appearances.

Anidugbe signed from Thamesmead Town in November 2018 and made his debut in a 1-0 loss at Bishop’s Stortford on 3rd November.

First team opportunities have been limited for Bode, making only 5 appearances for the club.

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