Long-serving captain Styles calls time on his career with Hornchurch after 11 years
PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 June 2018
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Long-serving Hornchurch club captain Elliot Styles has revealed it was the right time for him to hang his boots up.
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.
The 34-year-old defender, who netted 32 goals in his 11 year spell at the club, feels the balance of family commitments and playing football was becoming too much.
“It was a big decision to make as being a footballer is a massive of your life,” Styles said.
“It’s the right time for myself and my family and where we are in life as it was becoming very hard to commit to family, work and football.
The skipper believes his time at the Bridge Avenue outfit had the perfect ending and made it feel like it was meant to be.
“It was a perfect way for it to come to a close with us winning the league and my last game being a win for us to lift the trophy. If anything it was meant to be.”
Styles, who started his career at Clapton, before having spells at Ilford and Redbridge says Hornchurch was his home and he was so happy to lead the club for so many years.
“11 years, I think that shows how fondly I think of the club.
“It’s a great non-league club and has always had a brilliant reputation and to be part of that and be captain is something quite special.
“I can’t believe 11 years of being over there has come to an end, but I’m sure I will be over there supporting the boys.”
He revealed his highlight moment was sealing a 1-2 victory away to then Conference side Weymouth to qualify for the first round of the FA Cup.
“No game every compares to Weymouth away in the FA Cup as I’d never been to the first round.
“We had some proper men in the team and being part of that at such a young age was something special.
“They were up near the top of the conference and we went there as complete underdogs.
“That will always be the game that sticks in my mind as my best game in a Hornchurch shirt.
Styles also admitted it will be a strange feeling not getting his new boots this campaign for the first time in 20 years.
“One of the things I will miss is getting new boots for the season.”