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AFC Hornchurch appoint Mark Stimson

PUBLISHED: 14:40 29 November 2018

Ex-Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane shares a few words with ex-Thurrock rival Mark Stimson during their pre-season friendly (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ex-Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane shares a few words with ex-Thurrock rival Mark Stimson during their pre-season friendly (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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AFC Hornchurch has appointed Mark Stimson as their new manager to replace Jimmy McFarlane who resigned from the role last weekend.

The 50-year-old joins the Urchins from Bostik South Central side Waltham Abbey after departing earlier today.

He only originally joined The Abbotts in the summer after Thurrock FC folded at the end of last season.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient player spent six years at Thurrock – guiding them to promotion to the Bostik Premier Division in the 2016/17 season.

They beat Hornchurch in the play-off semi-finals 1-0 to bag a place in the final in 2016/17 season, which avenged the 2-0 defeat the year before from the Urchins in the semi-finals.

Stimson then guided The Fleet to a 15th place finish in the Bostik Premier Division last term.

Winning their last home game at Ship Lane on April, 21, 2018 against Kingstonian but the club did lose their final competitive fixture away to Staines Town the following weekend.

The Plaistow-born boss then moved to join Waltham Abbey and has left them fifth in the table as he seeks a challenge at Bridge Avenue.

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