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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: March

Every game is an important one, from this point onwards, in our season. Luton were in pole position for the automatic promotion spot, and now it was our job to maintain the advantage in the play-off race. This is something we looked favorable in doing, but in no circumstances could we take things easy. Not only that, but there was the trip to Wembley to look forward to, as well.


Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 1 – 1 Braintree

James Mulley, 43’

JJ Hooper, 67’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Forest Green Rovers 1 – 3 Havant and Waterlooville

Adebayo Akinfenwa, 67’, 68’

Callam Wood, 72’

Bradley Bubb, 90’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 2 – 1 Aldershot

Dan Fitchett, 65’

Bradley Bubb, 72’, (pen) 90+3’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Welling 2 – 3 Havant and Waterlooville

Malik Ouani, 6’, 41’

Bradley Bubb, 12’, 57’

Jack Ryan, 56’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 2 – 1 Chester

JJ Hooper, 42’

Dan Holman, 44’

Bradley Bubb, 74’

FA Trophy Final
Havant and Waterlooville 0 – 0 Luton (5-3 pens)

Vanarama Conference Premier
Macclesfield 2 – 2 Havant and Waterlooville

Bradley Bubb, 25’, 87’

Billy Bingham, 51’

Christian Maghoma, 58’

Ian Morris, 61’

Jamal Lowe, 73’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 1 – 0 Barnet

Bradley Bubb, 86’

League Table

Our play-off position has been confirmed! A marvelous achievement for all involved with the Hawks, building on last year’s wonderful Conference South title triumph. We had our doubters, and our critics but it’s fair to say we have proved them wrong, and although we are 10 points adrfit of Luton Town, you can’t take anything away from the players.

Player of the Month

Bradley Bubb has won yet another ‘Player of the Month’ accolade, this time for his achievements during the matches in March. Sometimes you can run out of superlatives for a player, and I think that I have now reached that forgone conclusion with Bradley, now a Hawks hero. He scored in all but two games out of the 8 games which we played this month, a total of 9 goals – once again he stepped up to the mark when we needed him most. Aldershot were first hand witnesses of his ability, as Bubb hit two past his former employees. Their loss, our gain.

Goal of the Month

JJ Hooper fired in March’s ‘Goal of the Month’, his goal in the 2-1 home victory over Chester. Hooper first ensued on a powerful drive at the defence, bustling towards goal with all his pace. A clever one-two with Austin Lipman then made room for a shot, an effort which gave no chance to the goalkeeper. Hooper showed great composure to set himself before finding the bottom corner with his attempt.


The Havant history books have been rewritten again. It didn’t seem possible, but the strength in our signings, the ability of the current squad and the help of managerial ability – we have secured our place in the Conference play-offs. Nobody should pay much attention to the exploits of Luton, we can’t compete with their budget, and instead pride should be taken in the continued excellence of the Hawks squad to add to the growing list of achievements. Talking of achievements, this month also saw us lift the FA Trophy with a win over Luton at Wembley, a special moment for the club.

Last Update: Pappoe: We deserved it
Next Update: Season Two: April
I am loving the goal of the month and as usual you should be in with a sotm nomination shout imo still my favourite story on this site
Playoff football is secured. It is a bit of a lottery but you can still pull it off! ;)
No1VillaFan: That's very kind of you to say, thanks!

Walter: Nice to see you have confidence in me, haha... just kidding, cheers for the comment Walt.
Nooooo you beat Aldershot :( :( :(
Good luck in your promotion hopes, keep it up :D
Tallery: Well, of course :P

wellsy1498: Cheers!
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
9 yearsEdited

Season Two: April

The last month of the campaign, some would say, the last stretch in the race. While Luton close in on the league title, for us it’s about gaining momentum and preparing. A few wins would put us in the perfect state heading into play-offs, and although players are likely to be rested and rotated, our squad is definitely a capable squad.


Vanarama Conference Premier
Bath City 0 – 1 Havant and Waterlooville

Ben Swallow, 72’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 3 – 2 Dover

Dan Strugnell, 32’

Joe Oastler, 42’

Theo Jones, 52’

JJ Hooper, 73’

Matthias Fanimo, 90+2’

Vanarama Conference Premier
Havant and Waterlooville 0 – 2 Harrogate

Alex Rodman, 55’

James Jenkins, 70’

Vanarama Conference Premier
FC Halifax 1 – 1 Havant and Waterlooville

Ashley Hemmings, 81’

Paul Marshall, 90’

League Table

So, there it is, the final Vanarama Conference Premier league table. Havant managed an excellent 2nd place finish in their inaugural season in the division, landing a spot in this season’s play-offs, which will determine the team to be promoted alongside Luton. We amassed 95 points over the course of the season, finishing comfortably inside the top 5, although we were some way off the title winners too.

Player of the Month

Johnny Ertl wins the ‘Player of the Month’ award for April, an unexpected victory for the experienced Austrian loanee. With the play-offs fast approaching, many of our back-up players featured in the closing league games of the season and Johnny was a standout performer in the heart of our backline. Fierce, commanding and passionate performances were the regular, and may well even put him in contention for a starting place in our side for the play-offs, themselves.

Goal of the Month

Joe Oastler scored the ‘Goal of the Month’ in April, showing similar capabilities of a striker, to tuck the ball away from 16 yards. A cross was headed clear by the Dover defender but only as far as the Hawks right back, who controlled the ball excellently with his first touch and let it drop down to the ground, before lashing his right boot at the ball and sending it into the back of the net.


The beginning of the end. The league season has come to a conclusion, and what a wonderful season it was, in the Vanarama Conference Premier. But there is still more to come, the play-offs are next and Havant will feature within them. Dagenham & Redbridge are the semifinal opponents, a two legged affair which means so much to the club. The whole season, every single success, comes down to this. Failure and it’s another season in the Conference, a heart breaking misery. Success and it’s off to Wembley again, with untold glories awaiting. Here we go…

Last Update: Season Two: March
Next Update: FA launch 'corruption' investigation
Very well done, but I hate playoffs. Good luck. XD
Great second Season. You made a good foundation for success for the playoffs and the next Season!
Toon: Why so? Thanks anyway! xD.

TaroMisaki: Thanks for the support buddy.
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
9 yearsEdited

FA launch ‘corruption’ investigation

The English Football Assocation has today released a statement regarding a new investigation on corruption within football clubs, in this country.

Rumours have broken out that the probe is focused on Vanarama Conference Premier side Havant and Waterlooville or more precisely, the owner of the club Adi Aymes. Although, the FA declined to comment on the specificities of their investigation, at this stage in proceedings.

This comes at the worst possible time for fans, players and the Hawks manager Lee Bradbury, with everyone currently preparing for a play-off semifinal against Dagenham & Redbridge. Already this distraction has exploded on social media and some allegations have already been made about the validity of Aymes’ takeover of Havant & W, which occurred at the beginning of the season.

”In response to claims brought to our attention by two anonymous sources, who have been privately investigating for the past six months, we have agreed to press ahead with a detailed search into English football clubs on the matter of corruption and ownership farces. At present we are unable to present the public with any more information, however as soon as findings are completed, we will bring you everything we can.” read the statement published on the association’s official website.

Havant and Waterlooville themselves have refused to comment on any speculation, or the FA’s statement. Lee Bradbury was also questioned by our press officer, on the current situation, and he too wasn’t drawn on the subject by immediately admitting he didn’t know anything about it.

The two anonymous sources are no closer to being revealed either, with some mention that they are being held for safety, with both previously having close ties to the club being monitored.

Last Update: Season Two: April
Next Update: Season Two: Play-Offs
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
9 yearsEdited

Season Two: Play-Offs

After finishing second in the Vanarama Conference Premier, we therefore qualified for a position in the play-offs, with every hope that promotion to the Football League will be the outcome. A two legged affair against Dagenham & Redbridge was first up with the winners playing either Bristol Rovers or Barnet.

Semi Final First Leg


The first leg of the semi final saw us came away from Dagenham with an impressive 4-2 victory. The hosts may have had more shots on target, but we had more possession and were much more clinical. Bradley Bubb was superb, scoring a first half hattrick - all three goals coming in the space of 13 minutes. Therry Racon scored the other goal, putting in an accomplished display in central midfield, but we did concede two goals as well – one of the few negatives for Havant, in the match.

Semi Final Second Leg


The second leg of the semi final was obviously going to be just as a difficult of a game despite our comfortable advantage, with the visitors throwing everything at us, to try and get a positive result. Nevertheless we held our own, actually restricting our opponents to few opportunities. They did take the lead, but a Johnny Ertl equalizer ensured a draw, and a 5-3 win on aggregate.



We were back at Wembley for the huge play-off final matchup, and it was another wonderful outing for the Hawks. We cruised to a 3-0 triumph over Bristol Rovers, sealing promotion to the Football League for the first time in the club’s history, goals from Danny Blanchett, Therry Racon and JJ Hooper, doing the business. The win was the perfect way to cap off the season, and to be promoted in this style made it that bit more magical. Whatever is next for Havant and Waterlooville? For now, it’s understandably a time for celebration and a time to marvel all who made this possible.

Last Update: FA launch ‘corruption’ investigation
Next Update: Havant boss pens new two year deal
Congratulations on promotion thoroughly deserved. Good luck for next season :D

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