Thurrock FC resign from League

Discussion in 'Dulwich Hamlet FC' started by pitchfork, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. pitchfork

    pitchfork Well-Known Member

  2. EDC

    EDC A Slightly Less Invisible Cyber Fan These Days

  3. PartisanDulwich

    PartisanDulwich Well-Known Member

    what a loss
    sorry for their loyal fans,officials
    another club gone
    another small chip in undermining non-league football
  4. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    That's really sad.
  5. Jimbob73

    Jimbob73 The Wanley Road Massive

  6. The Octagon

    The Octagon Stop...Hammertime

    That statement doesn't really say why they're resigning, just that the owner is ill, seems odd to just fold over that.

    Anyone with more info?
  7. liamdhfc

    liamdhfc Well-Known Member

    Primarily not enough people involved to run the club going forward.
  8. The Octagon

    The Octagon Stop...Hammertime

    Ah, fair enough. Shame.
  9. Pink Panther

    Pink Panther Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately the ground is in the middle of nowhere, they've always struggled to pull crowds, and there are four other Senior clubs in the same borough all of whom have been established for longer: Aveley, East Thurrock United, Grays Athletic, Tilbury.
  10. bkbk

    bkbk Well-Known Member

    Does this potentially reprieve whoever is relegated this season?
  11. liamdhfc

    liamdhfc Well-Known Member

    No. The bottom team will definitely be relegated.
  12. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    At least East Thurrock can now more meaningfully claim to be United
  13. Roger D

    Roger D Well-Known Member

    There is / was a recent court case going on about their ownership which may or may not have ramifications for ETU. Planning zone changes means their ground is now worth a reputed £10m if media reporting is correct.
  14. Pink Panther

    Pink Panther Well-Known Member

    Whose ground? ETU or Thurrock? I thought ETU had plans to relocate anyway. I believe they're associated with an extensive network of schools and junior teams in the vicinity of Corrringham and Stanford-le-Hope, with first team manager John Coventry also involved at that level.
  15. Dulwich Mishi

    Dulwich Mishi Old Skool Terrace Dinosaur-embracing the new-veau!

    East Thurrock United.
  16. Roger D

    Roger D Well-Known Member

  17. Pink Panther

    Pink Panther Well-Known Member

    How can that ground be worth £10m? Is it on an oilfield?
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  18. Roger D

    Roger D Well-Known Member

    The Thames Gateway development is just down the road. Serious money is going into developing that. Lots of mega container ships arriving needs all the supporting infrastructure and no doubt a few distribution depots etc. will appear in the area too.
    Either the club or their owners have hit lucky, the future will tell us which way round it is.
  19. steeplejack

    steeplejack Reluctant Hardliner

    Yep Thurrock were never going to survive the loss of Tommy South, the chairman who was the club for so many years.

    The guy has been seriously ill and although he's now recovered wants to spend time on other things. No one has stepped up to take the club forward.

    I watched them a bit and it's sad, they were a good small club with a really friendly atmosphere. Manager Mark Stimson did a great job there- a club of small resources playing at least one level above where their fan base and size suggested they should be in their final season. I am sure he will move on to another job at Bostik League Premier / One North level next season. Think a fair few ex-Thurrock players will follow, too.

    Sad I only just heard about this and won't be able to make their last games.

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  20. Pink Panther

    Pink Panther Well-Known Member

    They gave us two hard fought contests this season and were a good side to watch. The fact that they're still competing hard on the field at this stage of the season reflects well on the manager and his squad. There are a lot of decent players and a very good manager there who will doubtless benefit various other clubs next season and beyond.
  21. PartisanDulwich

    PartisanDulwich Well-Known Member

    I was very impressed on Saturday at the motivation of Thurrock players in what must be very difficult times, just a few games from being out of contract
    and their fans made a good lot of noise

    ill afford to lose any club, especially the likes of Thurrock - hope something is done to mark their passing and keep the memory going for future generations
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  22. StephenMac

    StephenMac Well-Known Member

    While it's undoubtedly sad, the club has barely existed for two generations.
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  23. dcdulwich

    dcdulwich Well-Known Member

    I gathered from liamdhfc that we allowed their fans in for free on Saturday given it was one of the last games their club will be playing. A very nice gesture and another example of why so many of us are proud to be associated with this club.
  24. gnar182

    gnar182 i am an okay person

    Agreed, their players did the club proud, gave it their all to the end on Saturday.
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  25. YTC

    YTC Human Man

    Correct. Great idea from liamdhfc and the fans I spoke to were very grateful.
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  26. steeplejack

    steeplejack Reluctant Hardliner

  27. billbond

    billbond Well-Known Member

    Well done the club & liamdhfc as you say
    Showing some class, unlike some organisations (cough)
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  28. PartisanDulwich

    PartisanDulwich Well-Known Member

    The final goodbye at Thurrock #respect

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