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Managers pay tribute to former Urchins boss McFarlane

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:22 27 November 2018

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (L) shakes hands with Aveley manager Justin Gardner during AFC Hornchurch vs Aveley, Ryman League Divison 1 North Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 12th March 2016

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (L) shakes hands with Aveley manager Justin Gardner during AFC Hornchurch vs Aveley, Ryman League Divison 1 North Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 12th March 2016

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Non-league managers Paul Martin and Justin Gardner have paid tribute to former Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane for his tremendous efforts in his long reign.

McFarlane resigned as Urchins manager after their 3-1 defeat to Haringey Borough on the weekend bringing an end to his 502 matches in charge of the club.

He originally joined the club in 2006 when Colin McBride became manager and brought a number of Thurrock players with him including defender McFarlane.

The former Clapton player made 107 appearances as a player over three seasons, his last game being at Sutton in April 2009.

The following season he became assistant manager to Colin McBride, a position he held for 73 matches, until Colin was forced to step aside to concentrate on financial matters at Hornchurch.

Jim’s first match first match as manager was on 26-September-2009 at Margate.

In January 2018 he suffered a stroke and Colin McBride took over as manager for the remainder of the season.

But McFarlane made an incredible recovery and was back in charge in time for the start of the current season.

Romford manager Paul Martin said: “It’s always sad to see someone who’s been with a club as long as Jim has to leave.

“We both started at our clubs around the same time and Jim has had tremendous success with Hornchurch.

“For him to come back from what happened last season is nothing short of remarkable.

“He’s an honest man and I’m sure he wouldn’t want all the praise he’s got in the last few days.

“Its football’s loss, but I wish him all the best in his retirement. From all of us at Romford, I wish Jim all the best for the future.”

While, Barking boss Justin Gardner praised McFarlane’s impact on his career and named him as one of his best friends in football.

“Well done to Jim for the service he gave to Hornchurch.

“He is a good friend and one that I would class as one of my best in football.

“Jim is someone who helped me out a lot when I first started out, so I thank him for that as well.

“I’m hoping to see him back in football again soon as he has done such a tremendous job over the years at Hornchurch.”

Additional reporting by Ned Keating.

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