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History

HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE - The Hawks Take Flight

Local football can be traced as far back as 1883 in the Borough of Havant, when Havant FC was formed, playing in the Portsmouth Football League.  In the 1950’s Bobby Tambling made the large jump from playing for Havant FC (youth team) to join Chelsea, followed by International recognition with England.  On retirement Bobby returned to the Havant area opening a local sports shop. In 1969 Havant FC merged with local side Leigh Park United winning the Portsmouth Football League at their first attempt.

This witnessed a boom time in the Club’s history as they joined the 4th Division of the Hampshire League.  Between 1970-1977 the team progressed through to the 1st Division of the Hampshire League. This meant their home ground at Front Lawn would be unsuitable if the Club was to progress any further.  The current home of Westleigh Park was acquired in 1980 and after two years of hard work and considerable cost opened in August 1982. The new club was rebranded Havant Town FC.

1986 saw Havant Town FC as founder members of the Wessex League. They finished runners up on three occasions before finally winning the title and moving into the Southern League in 1991.

Meanwhile Waterlooville Football Club, who were established in 1905, had become firm fixtures in the Southern League since 1971. They too had slowly progressed from humble beginnings moving through Waterlooville District, Portsmouth and Hampshire League Divisions.

With the formation of the National Conference, the Southern League re-organised themselves.  In 1981 the side from Jubilee Park nearly won the Championship but narrowly failed despite going 31 matches without defeat.  Waterlooville then spent a lot of years proving too good for the Southern League but not quite up to the grade of the Premier one.  1993 witnessed an 11th place finish in the Premier, their highest ever placing. 

Relegation and rising costs meant that the Club struggled to remain competitive and the talk of a merger with their fierce rivals was first mooted.  Havant Town FC had their own problems as well.  In 1997  Club Manager Tony Mount had left unexpectedly, taking the core of his talented squad with him.  June 1998 saw the two rivals join forces.  Jubilee Park was sold and the newly renamed Havant & Waterlooville FC was created.

 A NEW ERA BEGINS

On the 22nd August 1998, the new look team beat Chelmsford City 2-0 to begin a new era in the Club’s history. The team duly won the Southern League Southern Division, earning promotion to the Premier Division at their first attempt.  With success came more financial backing and £500K was spent to bring the ground up to Conference standard.  The Club had now improved both their Stadium and fan-base as the local community flocked to see their local heroes in action. 

In 2004 the Club were part of the new restructuring of the Conference South. They have remained in the Division ever since.

Season 2006-2007 witnessed the highest placing for the Club, earning a play-off spot.  A hard fought Semi-final against Braintree Town ended with the Hawks remaining in the Division. 

Season 2011-2012 witnessed excitement of a different kind as the Hawks escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth, an extra time 93rd minute goal was badly needed to ensure that Conference football remained at Westleigh Park.

The last 16 years have seen the Club consolidate as an established member of the Blue Square South. With the game of football changing in the past few years, mainly due to financial matters being tightened up at all levels, the business side of all Clubs has become paramount. Fortunately the Club has been very prudent in this area and any money that has been made has been carefully re-invested in the Club as a whole; not just on the playing staff.

The Club can now boast a public house, The Westleigh, situated next to the ground. The stadium still retains its Conference 'A' Standard and is often viewed jealously by visiting directors. The Club is working towards making the Club fully self funding with long-term security the ultimate aim.

The philosphopy of the playing squad has changed over the past couple of seasons. Younger talent was sought out, backed up by some quality experienced Older heads to help establish growth of the squad year on year. 2005-2006 saw the Club Launch its Academy in conjunction with South Downs College. 

It is the Clubs impressive Cup exploits that has really captured both local and National attention as we have earned the un-official title of ‘Cup Specialists’.

 

Previous Season Stats

Season Played Won  Drew  Lost  GF  GA  PTS Average Attendence
1998 - 1999  42  29   07  06  85   32 94   359 
1999 - 2000  42    13    13  16  63    68  52  437
2000 - 2001  42    18     09   15  66    54  63  401
2001 - 2002  42    22    09   11  74  50 75     552
2002 - 2003  42   15    15   12   67    64  60   431
2003 - 2004  42   15    10   17  59   70  55            466
2004 - 2005  42   16    07   19   64    69  55   434
2005 - 2006  42   21    10  11  64    48  70   503
2006 - 2007  42   20    13     09    75     46   73   554
2007 - 2008  42   19      10     13    59     63   67     743 
2008 - 2009  42   11     15     16     59      58   48   716
2009 - 2010  42   19     14      09     65      44   71  891
2010 - 2011  42   16   10   16    56      51    58    656
2011 - 2012  42   11     11     20    64      75   44   722
2012 - 2013  42   14     16     18     68      60    58    632
2013 - 2014 42   19     12    11    57     43   69   563
2014 - 2015 40 21 7 12 61 41 70  
2015 - 2016 42 12 11 19 52 75 47

 

HAWK'S Managers

Season Manager
1998 - 2000 Billy Gilbert
2000 - 2004 Mick Jenkins/Liam Daish
 2004 Shaun Gale (Caretaker)
2004 - 2007 Ian Baird
2007 - 2012 Shaun Gale
2012 Adi Aymes/Steve Johnson (Caretakers)
2012 - 2013 Stuart Ritchie
2012 - 2013 Adi Aymes (Caretaker)
 Current Manager Lee Bradbury
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The Westleigh

Our Function Room is available to hire for any occasion seated or standing and we can supply food and entertainment if required.

The room is totally self contained with its own bar, smoking area and toilets (including an accessible toilet). Rates vary according to the time of booking but dates can be secured with a £50 refundable deposit. We can cater for any occasion and supply a DJ or arrange live music if needed.

The Westleigh, a great venue for -

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