Tuohy thanks Urchins fans

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 June 2015

Martin Tuohy scores for Hornchurch from the penalty spot against Canvey Island last season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Martin Tuohy scores for Hornchurch from the penalty spot against Canvey Island last season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

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Forward bids farwell to Bridge Avenue to move to Ryman Premier side Canvey Island

Martin Tuohy has ended his five-year stay with Hornchurch to join rivals Canvey Island, it was confirmed yesterday.

The forward enjoyed great success at Bridge Avenue playing 201 times for Urchins and scoring 79 goals, which makes him the fourth highest scorer for the club in senior football.

Jimmy McFarlane’s team suffered relegation to the Ryman North last year and the 30-year-old has decided now is the time to take up a new challenge.

He has signed for Ryman Premier outfit Canvey but hailed the Urchins supporters and the club after posting a heartfelt message on Twitter.

“I would like to thank everyone involved at Hornchurch for everything they have done for me,” said Tuohy.

“It has been a fantastic club with great people around it. The supporters have been different class and stuck by me but sadly it’s time for a new challenge and one I am looking forward to but I wish them every success in the future.”

A statement on the official Hornchurch website also paid tribute to Tuohy’s success in Urchins colours, which included helping them win promotion to the Conference South via the play-offs in 2013.

It read: “After five seasons as an Urchin, Martin Tuohy has decided to depart the Bridge and head to Canvey Island.

“Martin has been a fantastic player for the club, playing 201 games and scoring 79 goals. Only three players have scored more for the Urchins in senior football. Hornchurch’s loss is Canvey’s gain.”

Canvey boss Danny Heale expressed his delight at capturing the former Ryman Premier Golden Boot winner.

“Martin is a proven goalscorer at this level and is another signing with bags of experience,” Heale told the official Canvey Island website.

“He’s been with Hornchurch for a good few years and needs a fresh challenge, and with injuries behind him and a solid pre-season I’m sure he will be back firing on all cylinders for us this year.”

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