Havant & Waterlooville F.C.

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Full name Havant & Waterlooville Football Club
Nickname(s) The Hawks
Founded 1998; 20 years ago (1998)
Ground West Leigh Park, Havant
Ground Capacity 5,250 (560 seated)
Chairman Derek Pope
Manager Lee Bradbury
League National League South
2016–17 Isthmian League Premier Division, 1st of 24 (promoted)
Website Club website

Havant & Waterlooville Football Club is an English football club based in Havant, Hampshire. The club participates in the National League South, the sixth tier of English football, after winning the Isthmian League Premier Division in the 2016-17 season. The club formed in 1998 after a merger between Havant Town and Waterlooville. Nicknamed "The Hawks", they play at West Leigh Park.


In 1998 Havant Town and Waterlooville merged to play at Havant Town's West Leigh Park ground. In their first season as a merged team, Havant & Waterlooville won the Southern League Southern Division under the management of former Crystal Palace and Portsmouth defender Billy Gilbert. There was also instant success in the FA Cup, a penalty shoot-out defeat to Hayes was all that denied the Hawks an opportunity to visit league side Mansfield Town in the first round proper.

After Billy Gilbert left Havant & Waterlooville, Mick Jenkins and Liam Daish were appointed joint managers in April 2000. Jenkins and Daish guided the Hawks to notable successes in the FA Cup where they reached the first round, the first of four occasions achieved by the club. In 2000–01, Havant & Waterlooville lost 2–1 at home to Southport of the Conference North, and 3–2 away to another Conference side, Dagenham & Redbridge in 2002–03. The 2002–03 season was also notable for the Hawks' FA Trophy run when Havant & Waterlooville 'giant-killed' Forest Green Rovers en route to the semi-final where Hawks lost 2–1 on aggregate to Tamworth.[1] During a 5-year stay in the Southern League Premier Division from 1999-2000 to 2004-05, Havant & Waterlooville's best season came in 2001–02, finishing 3rd after leading the table during September. In the 2003–04 season, the club struggled and this led to Jenkins and Daish being dismissed in January 2004. However, the club recovered and finished 12th in the Southern League Premier Division and thereby qualified for a place in the re-structured Conference South.

Ian Baird took over the part-time managerial post at Havant & Waterlooville in November 2004. In 2005–06, the club missed out on a place in the end of season play-offs by a single point because of a controversial three-point deduction for breaking a gentleman's agreement with Weymouth that Havant & Waterlooville's ex-Weymouth player Tony Taggart would not play against his former club. Hawks manager Ian Baird claimed that an injury crisis had forced him to field Taggart in the home game with Weymouth.[2][3]

In the 2006–07 season, the Hawks qualified for the promotion play-offs but were beaten in the semi-final by Braintree Town. The club met a Football League club in a competitive match for the first time in the 2006–07 competition, losing 2–1 to Millwall in a 'home' match which was played at Fratton Park.[4]

Baird resigned as manager on 1 October 2007 to become manager of Eastleigh and was replaced by Shaun Gale.[5] In the 2007–08 FA Cup, the Hawks beat Bognor Regis, Fleet Town, Leighton Town, Conference Premier team York City and League Two club Notts County,[6] before causing an even bigger upset by defeating League One side Swansea City 4–2 in a third round replay.[7] In the fourth round, they played Premier League Liverpool at Anfield and caused a sensation by leading twice before eventually losing 5–2.[8][9] Havant & Waterlooville player Alfie Potter, on loan at the time from Peterborough United, was voted 'Player of the Round'.

The Hawks were involved in a relegation battle in the 2008–09 season despite being among the favourites to win the league at the start of the season,[10] but ultimately secured Conference South survival with three games remaining. 2008–09 did, however, see diverting runs in the FA Cup (ending with a first round home defeat to League Two Brentford) and in the FA Trophy (ending with a 2–0 defeat away to York City in the quarter-finals).

In 2009–10, Havant & Waterlooville made a late run that almost got them to the play-offs but Woking pipped them to the post by one point.

In July 2011, the club played a "once in a lifetime" game against La Liga side Real Betis, losing 7–0, after the Spanish club's original friendly opponents (Portsmouth) found themselves unable to play the game.[11]

The 2011–12 season was a poor one for Havant & Waterlooville, and after dropping to second from bottom in the league following a defeat at Basingstoke Town, Shaun Gale was sacked on 1 April.[12] Assistant manager Steve Johnson and stadium manager/fitness coach Adrian Aymes were placed in charge on a caretaker basis.[13] In a tense finale, the Hawks avoided relegation with literally the last kick by a Havant & Waterlooville player in the entire season;[14] Joe Dolan's 93rd-minute winner in the final match against Staines Town ensuring that Maidenhead United (who believed themselves to be safe having scored a last minute winner themselves) would fill the final relegation spot.

On 8 May 2012, the Hawks appointed Stuart Ritchie as manager and Sean New as his assistant, the combination having been very successful in partnership during eight years at AFC Totton.[15] Ritchie played 53 games for the Hawks in their first two seasons as a combined club (1998-2000). Sean New was replaced just 1 month later by Barry Blankley over a "failure to disclose particular information" scandal. Just ten games into his reign, Stuart Ritchie was sacked after just one win in those ten and a shock loss to Southern League South & West side North Leigh F.C. in the FA Cup.

On 9 October 2012, Lee Bradbury was appointed manager.[16] leading the club to 10th place at the end of that 2012-13 season.

The 2013-14 season was an eventful one, with the club reaching the FA Trophy semi finals, losing 3-1 on aggregate over two-legs against local rivals Gosport Borough. As a result of the Trophy run as well as weather -related postponements, the Hawks were required to play over half of their league campaign (22 games) within the final 57 days of the season.[17] Despite this the Hawks went into the final game of the season against Tonbridge Angels with a chance of making the play-offs. When the final whistle blew in that game, a 0-0 draw was enough, however in their match still on-going Dover Athletic scored a goal to mean that the Hawks would miss out on goal difference. In addition to the FA Trophy and Conference South disappointments, the Hawks also lost in the final of the Hampshire Senior Cup to Basingstoke Town 3-2 after extra time, despite battling back from a two-goal deficit to equalise in the final minute of injury time.

The Hawks went one better in their 2014-15 Conference South campaign, finishing 5th and making the play-offs. However the Hawks lost 4-2 on aggregate to eventual winners Boreham Wood. During this season, the Hawks also made the first round proper of the FA Cup, losing eventually to League One side Preston North End.

Despite starting the 2015-16 Conference South season as favourites, the Hawks were relegated on goal difference. They did, however, win the Hampshire Senior Cup, beating Winchester City 5-3 on penalties[18] at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton.

Placed into the Isthmian League following relegation, the Havant & Waterlooville board kept faith with manager Lee Bradbury, who led the team to the title on the final day of the season. Trailing Bognor Regis Town by a point prior to the penultimate round of matches, the Hawks won 1-0 at home against their title rivals, in front of new league record crowd for the Hawks of 3,455.[19] This result meant the Hawks needed to win their final game at Kingstonian or match Bognor's result. The Hawks drew 0-0 but, despite leading 1-0 with 20 minutes left, Bognor could only draw at home to Metropolitan Police, allowing a sizeable contigent of travelling Hawks fans to watch their team collect the trophy as 2016-17 Isthmian League champions.


The club play at West Leigh Park located on Bartons Triangle, Martins Road, West Leigh, Havant, PO9 5TH. It was home to Havant Town from 1982 onwards while Waterlooville F.C. played at the now extinct Jubilee Park. It currently has a capacity of 7,321, of which 607 is seated. The record attendance at the ground is 4,400, for the 4–2 third round FA Cup replay win against Swansea City on 16 January 2008. The record attendance for a league fixture was set on 17 April 2017, when 3,455[19] watched a penultimate 2016-17 Isthmian League fixture against Bognor Regis Town F.C., when the two clubs were placed first and second in the table. The club's record attendance for any home game is 5,793, for the FA Cup first round defeat to Millwall F.C. on 13 November 2006 played at Portsmouth F.C.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Ryan Young
England DF Dan Strugnell
DF Ed Harris
DF Ryan Woodford
England DF Lee Molyneaux
DF Rory Williams
England DF Jordan Rose
England MF Andy Robinson
England MF Wes Fogden
England MF Bradley Tarbuck
No. Position Player
England MF George Barker
Wales MF Brian Stock
England MF Theo Lewis
MF Mike Carter
England FW James Hayter
England FW Jason Prior
England FW Matt Tubbs
FW Alfie Rutherford

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
GK Charlie Searle (season long loan to Salisbury FC)
MF Marley Ridge (season long loan to Moneyfields)
MF Alfie Whittingham (on loan to A.F.C. Totton)
MF Liam Bradbury (on a season long loan to Fareham Town)
FW Jake Gale (on a season long loan to Chichester City)

Youth teams[edit]

Havant & Waterlooville now has an academy team for the club's most promising youth players, run in conjunction with South Downs College and playing in the Conference Academy League Southern Section. For the 2009/10 season this has increased to include two more reserve teams, playing in the Hampshire and Sussex College leagues. Nathan Ashmore, who left to join Gosport Borough, was the first player to be promoted from the academy team to the first team in the 2008–09 season.


Player records[edit]

(as at 15 March 2018)
Records for league and all cups, appearance totals are starting + substitute
Shown are all who have made more than 100 appearances, or scored more than 25 goals
*= still at club


  • England James Taylor – 297 (256+41)
  • England Brett Poate – 276 (249+27)
  • England Dan Strugnell* – 240 (220+20)
  • England Neil Champion – 223 (196+27)
  • England Steve Ramsey - 220 (168+52)
  • England Ryan Woodford* – 219 (193+26)
  • England Ed Harris* – 212 (199+13)
  • Guyana Jake Newton – 207 (198+9)
  • England Wes Fogden*- 200 (184+16)
  • England Ryan Young* – 199 (199+0)
  • England Dean Blake – 196 (150+46)
  • England Tim Hambley – 191 (182+9)
  • England Ben Price – 188 (176+12)
  • England Paul Wood – 184 (158+26)
  • Scotland Tom Jordan – 171 (169+2)
  • England Jamie Collins – 169 (152+17)
  • Republic of Ireland Liam Daish – 157 (156+1)
  • Cayman Islands Neil Sharp – 154 (147+7)
  • England Perry Ryan – 152 (130+22)
  • Wales Brian Stock* – 150 (140+10)
  • England Paul Hinshelwood – 146 (127+19)
  • England Tony Taggart – 146 (111+35)
  • England Rocky Baptiste – 145 (132+13)
  • Republic of Ireland Ian Simpemba – 143 (141+2)
  • England Sam Pearce – 131 (118+13)
  • Wales Ben Swallow – 130 (95+35)
  • England Nic Ciardini – 130 (97+33)
  • England Scott Donnelly – 128 (119+9)
  • England Luke Byles – 128 (111+17)
  • England Shaun Wilkinson – 128 (109+19)
  • England Neil Davis – 126 (100+26)
  • England Jamie O'Rourke – 125 (103+22)
  • England Gareth Howells – 123 (118+5)
  • England Scott Jones – 120 (67+53)
  • England Shaun Gale – 118 (106+12)
  • England Chris Ferrett – 118 (98+20)
  • England Theo Lewis* – 117 (105+12)
  • England Craig Watkins – 116 (63+53)
  • England David Town – 111 (91+20)
  • England Matt Jones – 110 (82+28)
  • Cayman Islands Alec Masson – 107 (104+3)
  • England Paul Nicholls – 105 (104+1)
  • Scotland Matt Paterson – 104 (70+34)
  • England Gary MacDonald – 104 (102+2)
  • England Gary Connolly – 103 (85+18)
  • England Daniel Blanchett – 101 (78+23)
  • England Dave Wakefield – 100 (80+20)
  • England James Hayter* – 100 (45+55)
  • England Craig Anstey – 100 (66+34)



England National Game XI^ internationals:

  • England James Taylor
  • England Tim Hambley

^ now 'England C'

Full internationals:

(only those capped whilst at club shown)


FA Cup

Conference South

Isthmian Football League Premier Division

  • Champions: (1) – 2017

Southern Football League Premier Division

  • Third: (1) – 2002

Southern Football League Southern Division

  • Champions: (1) – 1999

FA Trophy

  • Semi-Final: (2) – 2003, 2014
  • Quarter-Final: (1) – 2009

Portsmouth Senior Cup

Hampshire Senior Cup

    • Winners (1): 2016[18]


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Coordinates: 50°52′01.48″N 0°58′26.90″W / 50.8670778°N 0.9741389°W / 50.8670778; -0.9741389