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Urchins Go Bust
by Hardy on 17/05/2005

The Daggers neighbours Hornchurch FC were officially liquidated yesterday. On 19th May it was decided they would restart life in the Essex Senior League.

Urchins go bust
The Daggers neighbours Hornchurch FC were officially liquidated yesterday following the rejection of a proposed CVA to settle their various debts.

The Hornchurch saga has been followed keenly by this site during the 2004/05 season, following the Urchins taking players, back room staff and ex-manager Garry Hill over the last couple of seasons in a double glazing fuelled spending spree that saw the club dubbed "the non-league Chelsea" by the press.

Having led the Conference South in the early stages of the season and looking odds on to be promoted it all fell apart in early November when the clubs main benefactors, Carthium Ltd, went bust. After cutting the squad and steadying the ship until January Garry Hill and chairman Gary Calder left the club early in the New Year when "Uncle Urchin", Karl Williams, previously the man behind the spectacular investment in the club by Bryco and Carthium, rode back into town to take over again.  

It seems like even another round of cost cutting could not save the club from its creditors though and at the end of the season the club went into administration, taking a 10 point penalty which dropped them to 17th in the final Conference South table. The failure to agree the CVA though is the final nail in the club's coffin and the company ceased trading yesterday.

While the real Chelsea realised many of their ambitions this season with a championship and League Cup double and a trip to the semi finals of the Champions League, the "non-league Chelsea" will be another lesson to football of how it can all go horribly wrong. And it was all so predictable!

A Phoenix rising?
The club management say that they will reform as AFC Hornchurch and start again, but the move sees the end of an 83 year history for Hornchurch FC brought about by the "assistance" of Karl Williams and the injection, then removal, of money from his double glazing companies.

The move is ironically very similar to the tactics employed by Williams during the "Bryco" years when his double glazing companies would regularly go bust then reappear under a similarly named new company less debtors and customer commitments.

Hornchurch FC's statement issued just after 1pm yesterday reads as follows:

Firstly thank you all for your patience and support throughout the past week. It was much appreciated and helped enormously in what was a very difficult time. 

As you are all aware from previous announcements, the Football Club had proposed a CVA to its creditors in an attempt to settle the remaining outstanding debts. Unfortunately this proposal did not receive the required 75% majority vote. 

The Directors of Hornchurch Football Club Limited immediately sought the advice of its Accountants and Lawyers and were advised that, under the circumstances, the Company had no option but to cease trading and subsequently the Company was placed into Liquidation on Wednesday 11 May 2005. 

A new Company known as Hornchurch Football Club (2005) Limited has been formed and the Company has received the consent of the FA and the Essex FA to play football within the pyramid as AFC Hornchurch. The Club will be advised as to what League it will be placed in after Thursday 19 May by the FA. (Although the Club have actually applied for a place in Ryman Division One the decision is fully in the hands of the FA.) 

The new Company has applied to Havering Borough Council for a new lease on the Stadium which is being considered at the present time. In the meantime the new club will continue to use the facilities at the Stadium under the terms of the existing roll over agreement. 

The Affiliated Social Club, and its Bar and Restaurant are not affected by the Liquidation and will now be affiliated to the new football club and continue to raise funds for it. 

Due to the much reduced budgets being prepared for next season, both Tony Choules and Carl Taylor have recognised the situation that the club now finds itself in, and have this morning taken the decision to resign their positions. At a much troubled period in the Club's history both Tony and Carl brought much needed smiles back to the faces of the Urchin faithful. They have done a tremendous job and everyone at the club is grateful for what they have done, they will always be welcome at the Stadium. Thank you Tony and Carl, you will both be much missed. 

Club stalwart and current Youth Team manager, John Lawrence was offered the position of AFC Hornchurch Manager this morning and immediately accepted that offer. His team of Alan Moulder, Paul Marler, Barry Fox and Del Edkins will join him.

The Club shall run a First Team squad, a Capital League Squad and an under 16 team next year. The existing under 19's will be amalgamated into the new setup. 

You, the supporters have been fantastic in large numbers throughout turbulent times and regardless of it all you have not wavered in your support. With our heads held high, this is the beginning, not the end. Up the Urchins. 

Jon Smith & Jennie Cliff

Stop Press 19th May
The FA have decided that AFC Hornchurch will play next season in the Essex Senior League, step five in the football pyramid. This represents an effective relegation of three divisions for Hornchurch which is the equivalent of what happened to Telford United at the end of the 2003/04 season when the new AFC Telford United were asked to start again in the Unibond League 1, step 4 of the pyramid.

There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth at the Hornchurch forum, but quite frankly, no other decision made any sense. The old club is dead allowing it to be free of its creditors, but like a dodgy double glazing company it has returned with a strikingly familiar name to start business again. New clubs start at the bottom again, where else should they be?

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