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The Hawks - Dare To Dream

Started on 22 October 2014 by pompeyblue
Latest Reply on 16 February 2015 by Walter
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pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
9 yearsEdited

On the run and heading out of the country - this man, whoever he was, had found out a very dark secret. A secret which means so much, but for so many, nobody knew a thing about it. News that former footballer Michael Owen had committed suicide had just hit, but was this really as it was made up to be?

Stuck In The Shadows

The wheeze of an alcoholic sitting across the bar briefly interrupted the deafly silence, before normal service resumed again.

Maribor, Slovenia was the location, and an old pub was where he found himself sitting in; the perfect location for a man undercover. There was an awful stench about the place, the building itself was run-down, but he had escaped the outside world for now and that was his aim. To get away, to stay away, and although that was still a tough decision, it was the only way he could continue to live.

Family, friends, football, he had left it all behind yet at the same time he wasn’t right in the middle of the corruption, crime and conspiracy at the club. His findings seriously were this troubling however he knew this wasn’t quite the time to expose the truth, at the moment, he was just beginning to execute his plan. Only his family knew of this, but even they weren’t told of his whereabouts after phase one. This being, the forging of his own suicide.

After putting everything into practice and quickly wishing his goodbyes, he had boarded a plane immediately, having pocketed a fake ID, it was easy to get past the borders and security. The 5 hour journey was tiresome, drab, but at least it gave him even more time to reflect, think ahead and make sure he remained in front of the ‘game’.

When he alighted in the new country, he was swift in his exit of the airport, and dived straight onto the grim, grey streets of Maribor. He wasn’t here for the sights, tourist attractions, or any of that nonsense, and settled into the pub as soon as he had located it.

Sitting inside was an old man at the bar, also known as the alcoholic, a bartender and another man dressed in white robes, slouched up against the wall. None of them spoke a word but then, how were they to know that they had just been graced by the presence of a former Real Madrid football player? He didn’t want to be recognized anyway, as you know, and this pub provided the platform for him to duck away from society.

Ducked away from society, he may have been, but far from dead. He, Michael, was stuck in the shadows. Biding his time, and waiting, waiting for the right moment, to reveal everything he had learned about the chairman. Every dirty little secret.

Last Update: Vanarama Conference Premier Season Preview: 2015/16
Next Update: Season Two: August
WOW you been taking lessons off Timmy for updates. I love this story and your just getting better and better
Incredible update, this story line is really good - doesn't take away from the football but just provides that little bit extra - awesome stuff. :D
No1VillaFan: Thanks for the kind words.

Walter: Cheers Walt, just trying to add another aspect to the story, so it's nice to see that you're enjoying it!
Woah, what a quality update Joshie! Your writing never disappoints!

And congratulations on receiving my 2000th post ;)

Josh: Thank you very much man, and I am privileged to receive your 2000th post. Well done on the achievement!
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
9 yearsEdited

Season Two: August

With the memories from last season’s epic title triumph still standing strong in the back of the players’ minds, it was finally time to move on, and get ready for life at a higher level. The Vanarama Conference Premier now awaited, and immediately had thrown hurdles in front of us, with a difficult opening set of fixtures.


Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 3 – 2 Lincoln City

Bradley Bubb, 11’, 65’

Anthony Malbon, 43’

Alan Power, 74’

Rashid Yussuff, 81’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Nuneaton 0 – 4 Havant and Waterlooville

Alan Connell, 9’, 76’

JJ Hooper, 48’, 55’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 3 – 2 Luton Town

Adebayo Akinfenwa, 4’, 86’

Denzel Slager, 32’

Dan Strugnell, 33’

Mark Cullen, 68’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Kidderminster 0 – 5 Havant and Waterlooville

Shamir Mullings, 4’

Bradley Bubb, 16’

Daniel Pappoe, 42’

Adebayo Akinfenwa, 46’

Dan Strugnell, 61’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 1 – 1 Wrexham

JJ Hooper, 79’

Kerry Morgan, 84’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Torquay United 0 – 2 Havant and Waterlooville

Dan Strugnell, 28’

Scott Donnelly (pen), 42’

League Table

Our unbeaten start to the new campaign, sees us take the top spot from an early stage, with 16 points garnered in 6 games. Bristol Rovers and Barnet are also unbeaten, with the same amount of points, but our superior goal difference puts us ahead of both.

Player of the Month

Dan Strugnell is the winner of the ‘Player of the Month’ accolade for August, with the 23 year old defender making huge strides of improvement in his game and forming an excellent partnership with new signing Daniel Pappoe. Strugnell was a very good player for us last season, especially impressive due to his age, but he has stepped his level of performances up even more this year, and is starting to become a real force in our backline. He has also been a threat in the opposition box, and has managed to score 3 goals this month, capping off some great displays.

Goal of the Month

Bradley Bubb is the acclaimed victor of the ‘Goal of the Month’ award for August, finishing off a sensational counter attacking move, in style. A corner was swung into the Hawks box, but it was expertly defended, and immediately played into the path of Bubb. Last year’s ‘Player of the Season’ ensued on a powerful run down the pitch and towards the opposition goal, cutting in from the left and holding off two challenges, before rifling the ball into the top corner.


The start of another special season? Perhaps it could be, but either way our opening month of results were a magnificent way to announce ourselves to the Vanarama Conference Premier and show that we are serious contenders for promotion, as well. One of our problems last season was keeping clean sheets, however we were able to achieve three in this month, all away from home. Our goal touch was also not lost with more defensive solidity, and neither was the entertainment factor with a particular highlight being the 3-2 victory over Luton at West Leigh Park, who are arguably the best side in the division.

Last Update: Stuck In The Shadows
Next Update: Season Two: September
Bubb, he played for Aldershot a while back, loved him :P
Tallery: He's been a fantastic player for me!
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
9 yearsEdited

Season Two: September

An unbeaten run to begin the Vanarama Conference Premier season offered huge promise for the fans of the club, but how long could our record really last? The challenge of adapting to a new league is no easy one, especially with some professional clubs competing alongside us ‘minnows’. We have already proved we are no pushovers though, and as long as the players continue to put in 100% effort, I was confident we could pick up many points in our September games.


Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 2 – 1 Dartford

Adebayo Akinfenwa, 26’

Charlie Allen, 37’

Bradley Bubb, 64’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Tamworth 2– 3 Havant and Waterlooville

Leon Mettam, 20’

Rashid Yussuff, 29’

Bradley Bubb, 38’

Kayden Jackson, 90+3’

Chris Lever, 90+4’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 0 – 2 Bristol Rovers

Dayle Southwell, 9’

Stuart Sinclair, 56’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Dagenham & Redbridge 1 – 3 Havant and Waterlooville

Rashid Yussuff, 24’

Daniel Pappoe, 65’

Kyle McFarlane, 84’

Alan Connell, 88’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Eastleigh 2 – 5 Havant and Waterlooville

James Constable, 16’

Adebayo Akinfenwa, 51’

Scott Donnelly (pen), 65’

Bradley Bubb, 78’, 85’, 90+1’

Duncan Greenwood, 90+2’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 4 – 2 Woking

Adebayo Akinfenwa, 10’, 45’, 84’

Simeon Akinola, 46’

Bradley Bubb, 53’

Scott Rendell, 86’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 1 – 2 Forest Green Rovers

Damien Mozika, 67’

Adebayo Akinfenwa, 79’

Sander Puri, 90+1’

League Table

Two losses have seen us slip down to 3rd in the table, while Bristol Rovers have leaped up to the top of the league table, and still remain unbeaten. Nonetheless, our position is still a very strong standing for a newly promoted club and we are only 4 points off the leaders, showing our strength and how competitive we can be this season.

Player of the Month

Adebayo Akinfenwa is the winner of the ‘Player of the Month’ award for September, after hitting top form and striking up an excellent partnership with Bradley Bubb, in recent games. The experienced striker scored 3 goals in his first month at the club as he began to settle in, but this month he has taken his performances to a new level and has scored 6 goals, including a wonderful hattrick against Woking. Strike partner Bubb scored 6 and got a hattrick for himself too, as both set about firing us to a successful campaign.

Goal of the Month

Rashid Yussuff hit home an absolute beauty against Tamworth, to win the ‘Goal of the Month’ award for September. After a mazy run from Ben Swallow, the wide man teed up midfielder Yussuff, who allowed the ball to run across his body before sending a rasping shot into the back of the net.


Even a first home league loss since the 2013/14 season couldn’t take the shine off another strong month for The Hawks, with 15 points collected out of a possible 21 and the team taking to the new challenge of a higher division in their stride. Bristol Rovers were a cut above us unfortunately and deserved their win at West Leigh Park, although I can’t say the same about Forest Green’s victory inflicted upon us. Still, there were many positives to take from the month such as the 5-2 demolition of fierce rivals Eastleigh and the fact that we are still positioned very nicely, in 3rd place in the table.

Last Update: Season Two: August
Next Update: Bayo: Havant move never in doubt
Fantastic start to the season!
A brilliant start to the season and long may it continue. I love the goal of the month feature of the update; keep that included for sure!
great start into the second season!
already fighting for promotion is a great thing and will be a massive boost for your side!
Good Start. Hope your team can keep it up.

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