Smith ‘so pleased’ for everyone at Hornchurch after treble success

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 September 2018

Hornchurch celebrate winning the Essex League Premier Division title to complete a treble (pic: Hornchurch CC).

Hornchurch celebrate winning the Essex League Premier Division title to complete a treble (pic: Hornchurch CC).


The former captain expressed his desire to continue playing after enjoying the 2018 campaign

Roy Smith in the field for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Roy Smith in the field for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Roy Smith has heaped praise on everyone associated with Hornchurch after a historic season for the Harrow Lodge Park club.

Billy Gordon’s men secured a clean sweep with the Essex League T20 Cup, Essex League Cup and Premier Division title all secured in recent months.

After beginning the 2014 season in Division Two, it has been some rise for the club and topped off with this remarkable campaign.

Smith said: “This year has gone much better than everyone predicted, but it shows what you can achieve with hard work and we have had a lot of that over the last few years.

“Billy took over the captaincy and brought a different approach and gave some freshness to everyone and it worked perfectly.

“It is a great achievement and I am so pleased for the chairman (Jeremy West), everyone else at the club and all the fans.”

At the end of the 2013 term, Hornchurch finished seventh in Division Two and the following winter Smith took over the captaincy and led the club to promotion in his first season in charge.

Since then it has been positive after positive and although he stepped down from the role at the end of the 2017, Gordon’s relished the opportunity to skipper the side.

Former captain Smith admitted while he has had some injury worries this term, he is eager to continue contributing and wants to help Hornchurch try and retain their crown.

He added: “I want to keep playing next year. I have enjoyed this season with a little bit less pressure.

“Fitness wise, I have had a few little niggles and I have batted down the order which is not always easy when you see the other guys come in and get runs, but I am cool with that and just happy to help out where needed.

“It has been nice to bat with some of the youngsters and try to offer my advice to them and I am still fit and able and have plenty of enthusiasm left in me, so while I have that I will look to keep going.”

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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


Everyone Active Raiders coach Sean Easton was delighted to see his side enjoy another four-point weekend in National League Division One with wins over Swindon and Bracknell.

Second-half goals from Snodgrass, Hernandez and Anderson give Hammers victory over Crystal Palace


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


Football manager beat actor Emily Atack to win this year’s series

Everyone Active Raiders came from two goals down to sting the Bees and complete a superb four-point weekend in National League Division One.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Raiders toppled National League Division One leaders Swindon with a superb display at the Link Centre on Saturday to make it three wins in a row.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Josh Staunton was dismissed for Shaymen in 35th minute, but Essex club still unable to win

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Romford were made to pay the penalty after falling to defeat against bottom club Witham at Spa Road.


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

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now