Maggs relishing Horsham New Year return

HOR 221008 John Maggs. Photo by Derek Martin.
HOR 221008 John Maggs. Photo by Derek Martin.

John Maggs has promised it will be business as usual ahead of his much anticipated return to Horsham.

The former Hornets boss spent a decade as manager at Queen Street and Gorings Mead before his departure in 2011, and comes back for the first time with a rival club when Crawley Down Gatwick visit in the Ryman League Division 1 South on New Year’s Day.

And while Maggs, who has been back to watch Horsham home games, is looking forward to catching up with old friends, a win is vital for his new club and management team of former Hornets Rob Frankland and Ian Payne.

Maggs said: “It goes without saying it will be a huge game for both clubs.

“I will be going there to get a result, that is for sure. I have to go about it in a very professional manner.

“But there will be emotions for me and my family going back there, I am looking forward to it. To just be back around the club and around their supporters will be nice. Horsham’s results are still one of the first I look out for.”

Maggs’ Crawley Down side made a solid start to the season and at the halfway point sit eighth in the table, playing with what he insists is among the lowest budgets in the division.

And while he has helped the Anvils reach the highest level of football they have competed at, Maggs believes Horsham can reach the dizzy heights they hit during his tenure again - but only once they have a new ground.

“You only have to look at clubs like Maidstone (top of Ryman 1 South) and Dartford (Ryman North in 2007, now Conference Premier), to see what a new stadium can do,” he added. “It will reinvigorate the club, the recovery will happen.”