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Havant & Waterlooville
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Full name Havant & Waterlooville Football Club
Nickname(s) The Hawks
Founded 1998
Ground West Leigh Park, Havant
Ground Capacity 5,250 (560 seated)
Chairman Derek Pope
Manager Lee Bradbury
League Conference South
2014–15 Conference South, 5th

Havant & Waterlooville Football Club is an English football club based in Havant, Hampshire. The club participates in the Conference South, the sixth tier of English football. 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.[citation needed][2]

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.[3]

Baird resigned as manager on 1 October 2007 to become manager of Eastleigh and was replaced by Shaun Gale.[4] 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,[5] before causing an even bigger upset by defeating League One side Swansea City 4–2 in a third round replay.[6] In the fourth round, they played Premier League Liverpool at Anfield and caused a sensation by leading twice before eventually losing 5–2.[7][8] 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,[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] Assistant manager Steve Johnson and stadium manager/fitness coach Adrian Aymes were placed in charge on a caretaker basis.[12] In a tense finale, the Hawks avoided relegation with literally the last kick by a Havant & Waterlooville player in the entire season;[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]


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 5,250, of which 526 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 club's record attendance for any home game is 5,793, for the FA Cup first round defeat to Millwall 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 Charlie Searle
England GK Ryan Young
England DF Danny Blanchett
Scotland DF Warren Cummings
England DF Brian Dutton
England DF Ed Harris
England DF Lee Molyneaux
Cape Verde DF Pelé
England DF Dan Strugnell
England DF Josh Hill (on loan from Boreham Wood)
England MF Liam Bradbury
England MF Nic Ciardini
No. Position Player
England MF Liam Kimber
England MF Scott Donnelly
Wales MF Brian Stock
Wales MF Ben Swallow
Montserrat MF Adrian Clifton
England MF Marley Ridge
England FW James Hayter
England FW Marvin Morgan
England FW Shamir Mullings
England FW Jake Gale
Scotland FW Matt Paterson

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
England DF Harry Medway (at Staines Town)

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 has since gone on 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 6 July 2015)
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 Neil Champion – 223 (196+27)
  • England Steve Ramsey - 220 (168+52)
  • Guyana Jake Newton – 207 (198+9)
  • 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)
  • 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 Ryan Woodford – 132 (111+21)
  • England Ed Harris* – 131 (124+7)
  • England Sam Pearce – 131 (118+13)
  • 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 Dan Strugnell* – 124 (115+9)
  • England Gareth Howells – 123 (118+5)
  • England Scott Jones – 120 (67+53)
  • England Wes Fogden- 118 (115+3)
  • England Shaun Gale – 118 (106+12)
  • England Chris Ferrett – 118 (98+20)
  • 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)
  • England Gary MacDonald – 104 (102+2)
  • England Gary Connolly – 103 (85+18)
  • England Dave Wakefield – 100 (80+20)
  • 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

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


  1. ^ Havant & Waterlooville at the Football Club History Database
  2. ^ http://www.fchd.info/HAVANTWA.HTM
  3. ^ "Havant & W 1–2 Millwall". BBC Sport. 2006-11-13. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  4. ^ Havant & Waterlooville.Net Club History (to July 2007) Havant & Waterlooville FC
  5. ^ "Notts County 0–1 Havant & W'ville". BBC Sport. 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  6. ^ "Havant & W'looville 4–2 Swansea". BBC Sport. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  7. ^ "Havant take the glory but haves earn the prize". Guardian. 27 January 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Liverpool 5–2 Havant & W: Reds' early scare". ESPN Soccernet. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Match Of The Week: Havant & Waterlooville 0–0 AFC Wimbledon". Twohundredpercent. 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  10. ^ "Non-league Havant and Waterlooville play Real Betis". BBC Sport. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Basingstoke defeat ends manager’s four year tenure". havantandwaterlooville.net. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Board to look outside club for "right man" to manage". havantandwaterlooville.net. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Havant & Waterlooville 3 Staines Town 2". havantandwaterlooville.net. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Stuart Ritchie announced as new boss at Westleigh Park". havantandwaterlooville.net. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Bradbury is new boss at Westleigh Park". havantandwaterlooville.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 

External links[edit]

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