Hornchurch legend Styles retires

PUBLISHED: 22:38 01 June 2018

Elliot Styles celebrates winning the Bostik North title with Leon McKenzie (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Elliot Styles celebrates winning the Bostik North title with Leon McKenzie (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch have announced that captain and club legend Elliot Styles has decided to hang up his boots and retire from playing.

Elliot Styles leads Bostik North champions Hornchurch through a guard of honour from Aveley players at Bridge Avenue (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Elliot Styles leads Bostik North champions Hornchurch through a guard of honour from Aveley players at Bridge Avenue (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

After making 541 appearances for the Urchins and having led them to the Bostik North title this last season, Styles has decided to step down due to family and increasing work commitments.

Having started his non-league career at Clapton in 2001 and moved on to have spells with Ilford and Redbridge, Styles was signed by former Hornchurch manager Colin McBride and made his debut against Redbridge in 2006.

He went on to make the centre-back position his own, but showed his versatility by also playing in midfield and, on three occasions, as an emergency goalkeeper.

Styles also scored 32 goals for Urchins and was given a testimonial at the end of the 2016/17 season.

A statement on the club website said: “We’d all like to wish Elliot the very best of luck for the future and look forward to honouring our skipper at one of the pre-season friendlies.

“Well done Elliot, a Hornchurch legend.”

Hornchurch have also announced the signing of midfielder Jordan Clark, who made 39 appearances for Thurrock last season and scored eight goals.

Urchins have arranged several pre-season friendlies ahead of their Bostik Premier campaign, starting at Hullbridge on Saturday July 14.

They host Concord Rangers on July 17, then visit Cheshunt (July 21) and Canvey (July 28), before another home match against Arsenal under-23s on July 31.

A trip to Bury Town on August 4 completes their schedule ahead of the new league season kick-off on August 11.


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