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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

Season Two: January

A new year, with new challenges ahead. A month that could make or break our season, and either put us in the driving seat for automatic promotion, or slip further behind the powerhouse that is Luton Town. The FA Cup 3rd round was also on the agenda, of course, and so too was the FA Trophy – games that if won, could bring in plenty of money, doing wonders for the finances of a club of our stature.


FA Cup 3rd Round
Havant and Waterlooville 0 – 2 Southampton

Moussa Sow, 63’, 75’

FA Trophy 2nd Round
Havant and Waterlooville 1 – 0 Braintree

Shamir Mullings, 81’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 4 – 2 Torquay United

Bradley Bubb, 31’, 77’, 86’

De’ Jaune Taylor-Crossdale, 35’

Reece Gray, 82’

Dan Strugnell, 90+1’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 1 – 0 Nuneaton

Adebayo Akinfenwa, 90+2’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Luton Town 2 – 0 Havant and Waterlooville

Nathan Tyson, 31’

Callum Davies, 43’

FA Trophy 3rd Round
Hereford United 0 – 1 Havant and Waterlooville

Bradley Bubb, 90+3’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 2 – 1 Tamworth

Adebayo Akinfenwa, 38’

Ryan Yates, 71’

Benoit Dalibard, 90+3’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Bristol Rovers 0 – 0 Havant and Waterlooville

League Table

The Hawks are sitting in a strong second place come the end of January, with two games in hand on the league leaders, Luton Town. Nonetheless, the Hatters have a big 14 point advantage over us, and our defeat against them recently has really blown our opportunity to win the league. Play-offs are virtually a certainty, and automatic promotion looks out of touch, but that won’t stop us fighting until the very end.

Player of the Month

Daniel Pappoe is the first winner of the Player of the Month award, in 2016, collecting the award for his efforts during the month of January. The former Chelsea central defender may only be 22 years of age, but he is a commanding figure in our defence, and has been instrumental in many of this season’s successes. Pappoe helped the side to 4 clean sheets last month, while also keeping the talented Southampton attack at bay, for all of 63 minutes. Vocal, powerful and an excellent tackler, Pappoe surely has a bright future ahead of himself.

Goal of the Month

Bradley Bubb scored a hattrick against Torquay during January, and his first in that trio of goals, has claimed the ‘Goal of the Month’ award. An over weighted pass forwards looked comfortable for the opposition defender to deal with, but Bubb showed incredible pace and power to reach the ball before him, before driving towards the goal and firing home from a difficult angle.


A major blow would be one way to describe the defeat to Luton Town. It tarnished an otherwise excellent month for the club with the other defeat, 2-0 against Southampton, being one we could take plenty of pride from considering the quality of the opposition. The league defeat not so much, putting us plenty of points behind the league leaders, and leaving us with a very slight chance of automatic promotion. They performance was quite frankly poor, and a lack of passion from the players was also a worrying factor. We did put it behind us with 2 wins and a draw, and need to maintain this momentum if we are to get anywhere near Luton’s points tally. At least a play-off position looks to be secured, already, an amazing achievement for Havant and Waterlooville.

Last Update: Defensive duo bolster Havant squad
Next Update: The Jigsaw Puzzle Being Pieced Together
Ah man, you had a good month bar two results which were equally important! The Southampton loss wasn't too bad but the defeat to Luton means that you'll probably not get automatic promotion. Hopefully if you don't go up automatically, you'll cruise in the play-offs!
Three stoppage time winners this month! :O
Josh: Thanks!

Neal: ikr... :O
That defeat to Luton seemed to tip the title in to their hands but you have a lot to be proud of. You've more or less clinched a play-off spot now and you had a tremendous FA Cup run! The fans must be on their knees for you at this stage! :P
Justice: The defeat against Luton was a little bit disheartening, but we have still achieved plenty to be proud of, as you say. And oh yes, the fans adore me :P
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
9 yearsEdited

Perplexed, puzzled, and bewildered – Michael Owen had only just arrived in Peru, before being faced with a group of hardened thugs and a mysterious, furtive murderer. With the thugs abruptly shot down, he was left with no choice but to trust the murderer and follow him, as the answers he seek come ever closer to being revealed.

The Jigsaw Puzzle Being Pieced Together

“Over there.” The man beckoned him towards one of the cars parked across the road, and after Michael pulled his coat tight to his shoulders, shivering from the shock, the pair of them briskly walked to the Ford vehicle and stepped inside.

Driving through the silent streets of the city, for 10 minutes, neither of them said a word. He wanted answers, of course, but it was an uncomfortable situation. Michael cleared his throat to break the silence, and asked hesitantly, “Who are you?” He pulled the car to a stop, looking over to Michael’s direction, face still expressionless and replied “A friend.”

Michael examined him in further detail, in the sliding glare of street lights. He must have been around the same age as the former footballer, late 30’s, a big man too. Six one probably, with huge, bulging muscles. Yet he had showed such agility, shooting down 7 men in the space of a minute – he was at his peak physically. He had little hair though, tanned skin and a face which was both cold and hard; rather befitting of how he had acted in the airport. He breathed lightly. Black suit, white shirt, dead eyes.

Eventually their journey came to a halt, this time because they had reached their destination. It was a football stadium. Playing home of Allianza Lima, the Estadio Alejandro Villanueva is at the heart of Peruvian football. As they approached the ground, Michael realised how electric the atmosphere was. He had missed this. This was the beautiful game at its finest.

Taking their seats, the noise engulfed them. But this wasn’t the time for distractions. “I need answers” Michael said, and suddenly everything become a bit more serious again. The whistle sounded and the game got underway, but in the stands it was a different matter. The man’s story was starting to be told.

Born to an English mother and a Brazilian father, Manuel Enriquez grew up in London. As a child he become friends with a certain Adi Aymes, now chairman of Havant and Waterlooville Football Club, and the pair of them entered business together becoming involved in the medical industry. Fortune followed, much of it, but things weren’t all dandy. Aymes was a changed man, he had become powerful, yes, but he became corrupt too. Soon Aymes was involved in much more than just medication, he was an illegal drug lord. A self-obsessed ego who had lost control. His rule over cities across the world is absolute. “Nobody fucks with him” said Manuel. But that wasn’t quite true, Manuel was doing exactly so.

Learning of his future plans, knowing of everything that had happened, he fled. Old friends became new enemies, and suddenly Aymes had a problem on his hands. Soon to be worsened. Michael found things out. It all happened by fortune too. Sitting in the chairman’s office, he overheard a conversation, clearly not meant for his ears; the chairman has plans for match fixing. Not only does he want to rule the world, he wants to rule football. He wants ultimate power.

You already know what happened next.

Michael forged suicide and he too fled, desperate for a way out of the madness. His journey led him to Peru after hearing about a factory which was owned by the chairman – one of the many drug factories situated around the globe. And again, by fortune, he stumbled across Aymes’ old right hand man.

Not that the adventure ends there.

Last Update: Season Two: January
Next Update: Bradbury: We must remain focused
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
9 yearsEdited

Bradbury: We must remain focused

Lee Bradbury has urged his players to forgot about the disappointment of slipping behind Luton Town in the league, as they aim to hold onto a play-off position while attempting to string together a serious cup run in the FA Trophy.

The Hawks suffered a devastating 2-0 defeat against The Hatters in mid-January, with the loss proving to be especially costly in the race for automatic promotion – Havant now 14 points off the league leaders. It also brought about the end of an unbeaten league run spanning 14 games, and easily could have affected the players’ mental state, in the short term. Havant and Waterlooville did respond with two wins and a hard fought draw to close out the month, however, and boss Bradbury is insisting that the players don’t allow the night at Kenilworth Road to disrupt their campaign;

”We can’t afford to take our eye of the ball, and as frustrating as the Luton result was, we need to keep our concentration for the games ahead. The lads have been amazing all season, and our achievements should be applauded, so there is plenty to fight for still. A play-off place isn’t yet certain though, and as I say, the effort needs to be at 100%+ from everyone to make sure we do secure that position.”

”There is the FA Trophy as well, another cup competition to get excited about for all non-league clubs, considering what comes at the end – a trip to Wembley. We won’t get anywhere near their without drive and commitment from all squad members, so we can’t afford to see that go amiss just because of one defeat. It’s my job to get my players mentally fit as well as physically, but it is essential they do their job to the maximum too.”



He’s deadly, a proper, clinical striker. His goal scoring record, since I took him to Havant especially, must be fantastic. He’s got it all really. Bradley’s quick, strong and ever so powerful. Not only that but he’s a great lad to work with and really is a pivotal part of our side.

You’d think stepping up a division would make things tougher for him, but he has been just as brilliant. With Bayo coming in as well you’ve got a strike partner who really understands him, and the pair of them have shown fantastic link play all season long and been a real force.


It’s good to note that there is plenty of potential in my Havant side, and there is no doubt in my mind that they have the ability to go far. One of my aims is to build a young, hungry team filled with talented players and the current set of players really fit the bill and have shown so for much of the season.

If we can break into the Football League, who knows where we can go from then? League football would bring about a nice sum of cash too, and would give a bit more freedom in the transfer market when looking to bring players into the club.


My playing career was an interesting one, and obviously an enjoyable one too. Playing for clubs such as Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Portsmouth gave me some amazing experiences, and my bond with the Pompey fans in particular, was a special one.

The fans at Fratton Park simply are special. In the times when the club needed them they have been there – there’s no other team in the country that’d get 18,000 fans turning up to support them in League Two. My best days were at Pompey but I’m hoping for similar moments in management, now!

Last Update: The Jigsaw Puzzle Being Pieced Together
Next Update: Season Two: February
Great update Joshie! Love the layout in this one!

Nice few updates pompey while I've been away :D
Josh: Cheers bud!

Walter: Haha, yep. Thanks man :)
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
9 yearsEdited

Season Two: February

4 new players came through the door in the January transfer window, and they would quickly have to settle into life at West Leigh Park and fit into our mentality to help achieve positive results. I was confident that the additions could fit the criteria, but ahead of a busy period of 7 games in 25 games, pressure was mounting.


Vanarama Conference
Wrexham 2 – 1 Havant and Waterlooville

Theo Bailey-Jones, 1’

Ben Hirst, 30’

Austin Lipman, 63’

FA Trophy 4th Round
Havant and Waterlooville 1 – 0 Dagenham & Redbridge

Bradley Bubb, 4’

Vanarama Conference
Dartford 3 – 3 Havant and Waterlooville

Therry Racon, 22’

James Akintunde, 35’, 37’

Austin Lipman, 40’

Adebayo Akinfenwa, 63’

Aiden O’Brien, 72’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 2 – 0 Dagenham & Redbridge

Scott Donnelly (pen), 36’

Bradley Bubb, 42’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 1 – 1 Eastleigh

Barry Corr (pen), 63’

Austin Lipman, 76’

FA Trophy Semi Final Leg 1
Harrogate 0 – 4 Havant and Waterlooville

Rashid Yussuff, 1’

Scott Donnelly, 37’

Bradley Bubb, 40’, 74’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Woking 4 – 2 Havant and Waterlooville

Josh Payne, 7’

Chris Willock, 18’

Cory Galvin, 27’

Bradley Bubb, 54’

Therry Racon, 71’

Dean Howell, 90+2’

FA Trophy Semi Final Leg 2
Havant and Waterlooville 1 – 1 Harrogate

Bradley Bubb, 41’

James Jenkins, 64’

League Table

An up and down month may not have seen us close the gap on the league leaders Luton, but has seen The Hawks extend the advantage over 3rd place to 8 points, and put us firmly in the running to be runners up of the division. We can take huge pride in this standing, especially being a newly promoted club, competing against some very strong sides with financial advantage too.

Player of the Month

Therry Racon is the victor of the ‘Player of the Month’ award for February, the Frenchman bossing the midfield in recent games with a number of imposing performances, earning the accolade. Racon possesses plenty of Football League experience and was a real coup signing for The Hawks, and has showed he has ability in abundance, this season. Particularly, this month, Therry has weighed in with a couple of goals while continuing to provide assists for his team mates. He is a complete midfielder and now part of the spine of our side.

Goal of the Month

Who else but Bradley Bubb to win the ‘Goal of the Month’ award? The deadly striker scored 6 goals during February, with his strike against The Daggers being the best of the bunch, by far. The ball was fed into his strike partner Adebayo Akinfenwa, who to his credit did an excellent job in holding up play, before linking up with Bubb. He had his back to goal but Bubb spun his body brilliantly and with his first touch lashed the ball into the back of the net, from 20 yards. Stunning.


We’re off to Wembley! A mixed month was made so much better after a rampant victory in the FA Trophy Semi Final, sending us to ‘the home of English football.’ Disappointing away defeats to both Wrexham and Woking did leave me a little deflated, but thankfully that was soon forgotten about with the hammering of Harrogate away from home, followed by us seeing out the job at West Leigh Park. League form could have been a lot better although I will give the players credit for the well-earned win against Dagenham & Redbridge especially since we had worked hard to beat them in the cup beforehand. Until later, ‘Que sera sera’…

Last Update: Bradbury: We must remain focused
Next Update: FA Trophy: Road To Wembley
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
9 yearsEdited

FA Trophy: Road To Wembley

It has been an unbelievable tournament for Lee Bradbury’s Havant and Waterlooville side as they have now found themselves in the Final of the FA Trophy with a fixture against Luton Town awaiting them at the magnificent Wembley Stadium – this being the club’s first trip to the 90,000 capacity ground. Let’s revisit previous games of the competition and see exactly how the Hawks made it all the way.

First Round

The Hawks began their adventure with a home tie against Conference South side Whitehawk, running out 2-1 winners. Bradley Bubb of course bagged a goal, putting his side in front, but an unfortunate own goal from goalkeeper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz put the other Hawks level. Bubb was at it again though, firing Havant back in front and a late red card for the visitors condemned them to elimination, and saw the hosts through to the next round.

Second Round

Havant & W were at home again in the second round, with Braintree providing the opposition, for this cup clash. The home team were victorious in the end after a 1-0 victory, and although the scoreline may not suggest so, they controlled the entire encounter. Credit where credit is due, Braintree defended admirably and it took until the 81st minute for Shammir Mullings to make the breakthrough. But just a single shot on target just wasn’t good enough for Alan Devonshire’s men, and they crashed out of the competition.

Third Round

It took until the third round before Havant were faced with an away game in the FA Trophy, defeating Hereford United, by one goal to nil. The Bulls were flying at this point, in the Conference South, and although a division lower they played very admirably. It took an even later goal than the last game for The Hawks to progress in this one, Bradley Bubb striking in the 3rd minute of stoppage time to break Hereford hearts.

Fourth Round

Dagenham & Redbridge stood in the way of Havant and a semifinal position with Bradley Bubb’s 4th minute stunner enough to see of The Daggers. By far, they were the toughest team Havant and Waterlooville had faced in the tournament but Lee Bradbury’s players were excellent and put in a really thorough display. Come full time they were deserved winners, and showed just how serious they were taking the FA Trophy.

Semi Final Leg 1

The Semi Final draw was definitely a kind one for Havant, as they were matched up with the rock bottom Conference Premier club, Harrogate Town. The difference in quality of the two sides was evident in the first leg, as Havant stormed to a 4-0 trimph. Goals from Rashid Yussuff, Scott Donnelly, and two from Bradley Bubb practically ensured a place in the final, with the second leg still to play.

Semi Final Leg 2

It’s fair to say that Havant & W took things easy in part two of the Semi Final, with a largely rotated side fielded to play against Harrogate, considering the 4-0 aggregate lead that Bradbury’s boys had going into the game. Bradley Bubb made it 1-0 towards the end of the first half, and although James Jenkins did manage an equalizer, it was far too little, far too late and Havant were on their way to Wembley.


The 2016 FA Trophy Final see’s two league rivals go head to head for one showpiece event. Havant and Waterlooville and Luton Town have been competing for the Conference Premier automatic promotion spot, all season long, and as we reach March everything is looking very favourable for The Hatters. Now The Hawks have the opportunity to extract some sort of revenge with a memorable cup final victory against Gary Lowe’s team. It’s on!

NOTE: Thanks to Tallery for the graphic at the start of the update.

Last Update: Season Two: February
Next Update: LIVE: FA Trophy Final
Great update, and nice graphic if I do say so myself :P
Really sticking it to Justice from start to finish; beat Whitehawk in the first round, and (hopefully) beat Luton in the final! :P

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