An exhibition celebrating the history of Havant and Waterlooville Football Club has opened at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant.
The exhibition, funded by a National Lottery grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund, traces the development of football in the borough since the foundation of Havant Red Star and Church FC in 1883 and tells the season by season story of the club since the merger of Havant Town FC and Waterlooville FC in 1998.
Visitors can watch a short film telling the story of the club’s famous FA Cup run in 2007/08 when they played five times European champions Liverpool at Anfield in the fourth round. In addition, supporters can choose their own all-time Hawks’ eleven after watching a film in which chairman Derek Pope and fans Ade Oakley and Barry Gamblin pick their own greatest eleven players. There is also an opportunity to win Hawks’ merchandise by playing a fun Spot the Ball competition.
Artefacts on display include legendary striker James Taylor’s two caps when he played for the England semi-professional side against Holland and the Republic of Ireland in 2002 and defender Dan Strugnell’s medal from the Hawks’ dramatic National League South title win last season.
Film production company Millstream Productions has also made an hour-long documentary celebrating the history of the club. This will feature as part of the exhibition after its premiere at The Spring on Sunday January 27th. Tickets are still available for the 3.30pm premiere screening and can be reserved, free of charge, by calling the box office on 023 9247 2700 or visiting www.thespring.co.uk. A book featuring all the stories of fans, players and staff is also being produced and will be available at the premiere.
Steve Murray, trustee of The Spring, said: “Football plays an important role in our community, forging a sense of place and helping bring people together. We have enjoyed working with Havant and Waterlooville FC to produce a comprehensive account of the club’s first 20 years, which ended with dramatic promotion to the National League last April. We hope visitors to our exhibition enjoy finding out more about their local non-league club and are inspired to visit Westleigh Park in the near future to get behind the Hawks.”
The exhibition, which runs until March 23rd, is situated in The Spring’s Mezzanine gallery, located at the rear of the museum.
For further information, contact Steve Murray on 07776 185976.