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PUBLISHED: 13:29 30 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:08 02 December 2015

Billy Coyne of Hornchurch makes a tackle (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Billy Coyne of Hornchurch makes a tackle (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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The latest news from the Hornchurch Supporters’ Association

Billy Coyne has now moved into the top ten list of all-time appearances for Hornchurch. He now stands on 232, which puts him joint-ninth and level with Marc Kingston and Michael Spencer.

Elliot Styles leads the way for the current players on 433, a long way short of Peter Goddard’s 522, while Joey May, Alex Bentley and George Purcell are all in the top 100.

And let’s not forget our manager Jim McFarlane, who clocked up his 350th match in charge when we played Harlow on Tuesday. That match ended in a goalless draw, and by coincidence his first match in charge, at Margate, also ended goalless.

He is in second place in the managers’ appearances, behind Arthur Wenborn who ended on 459. Jim was also assistant manager for 73 matches and made 107 playing appearances for Hornchurch after leaving Purfleet, for whom he played 634 times.

In case anyone is wondering, Colin McBride was in charge for 180 matches.

George Purcell scored three times against Haringey Borough on Saturday to bring his total for the Urchins to 86 goals, only eight behind Alan Noonan, who is our leading scorer since Hornchurch entered senior football.

It took 231 matches to reach this total whereas George is currently on 131 appearances, exactly one hundred less. George’s record also compares favourably with that of Martin Tuohy, whose 79 goals was achieved in 202 appearances.

Our next Quiz Night is scheduled for Friday 04-December, at 7.30 pm in the social club, with the usual admission price of £4 per person.

And then comes our New Year’s Eve function on 31-December which is likely to be a sell-out, so if you want to go to this one it is advisable to book in advance. The price is £45, which includes drinks, buffet and disco.

Our Academy side did not manage to get a match last week, as their scheduled visit to Romford, who play at Barking FC, was called off due to the overnight rain.

They hope to get back on track this Wednesday when they are due to play Chelmsford City, and this one is not likely to be affected by the weather as the Clarets play on their 3G pitch behind the main ground at Melbourne Park.

Starting with Thurrock, Hornchurch now have three matches coming up against sides in the top six places in the Isthmian League.

Bury Town are at the Bridge on Saturday and they have still to lose in a league match away from home, and they are followed three days later by Tilbury, who have so far taken the league by surprise with a series of good results.

It is never easy to get to Heybridge by public transport – no train service and the only bus route is from Chelmsford – so we have decided to run a coach to this match, on the 12th of December.

It leaves at midday, and bookings are now being taken. Why so early as midday? Simple really. It is also the team coach and it gives the players a good chance to warm up and prepare for the match.

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