Tag: AFC Hornchurch

Match Of The Week: Lewes 0-4 AFC Hornchurch

Non-league football has experienced a culture of boom and bust for as long as it has existed. From the shamateurism of the 1950s and 1960s, through to more recent vanity projects, there has never been a completely level playing field in the semi-professional football, and what becomes troubling about this is, of course, what happens to a club when the money runs out. This afternoon at The Dripping Pan, two clubs that boomed and busted during the last decade but which both found their level in subtly different ways, meet in the Ryman League Premier Division. Within the last ten years, both Lewes Football Club and Hornchurch FC lived beyond their means. One of these clubs died and the other came as close to the same fate without actually expiring, yet this afternoon they meet in a top of the table league match. The story of the fate of Hornchurch Football Club is a by-the-numbers story of over-ambition and financial doping. The club rapidly through the non-league ranks during the early years of the last decade. Lavishly funded by Karl Williams’ Carthium group of companies, they seemed set for a place in at least the Blue Square Premier, but their collapse was as sudden as it was unsurprising. Early in 2005, Carthium suddenly collapsed with debts of £7m – Williams was subsequently disqualified from acting as a company director...

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AFC Wimbledon 3-1 AFC Hornchurch

It would probably be fair to say that, for AFC Wimbledon, this season has been a story of “two steps forward, one and seven-eighths of a step back”. It started with quiet optimism that, having stalled in the Ryman League Premier Division for the previous couple of seasons, this year would be the year in which they finally took another small step on the road to fulfilling what a sizeable proportion of their supporters regard as their destiny – winning back the Football League place that was swept away from under their feet by a three-kangaroo court appointed by the FA in May 2002. In the previous six years, however, a feeling of optimism has started to be replaced by the altogether more familiar feeling of frustration that the club has, in some ways, under-achieved. Last season, they briefly led the table during the spring before fading towards the end of the season and eventually losing 1-0 at Bromley in the play-off semi-finals. AFC Hornchurch, meanwhile, were formed in 2005 after Hornchurch FC closed down. The original club had been bank-rolled by the a double glazing company whose own sudden closure, with the team playing for promotion from the Conference South, left themin serious financial difficulties. The new club started again in the Essex Senior League, winning their way quickly back into the Ryman League, where they won the...

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