Havant and Waterlooville FC

In 1998 Havant Town and Waterlooville merged to play at Havant Town’s West Leigh Park ground. In their first season as a merged team, Havant & Waterlooville won the Southern League Southern Division under the management of former Crystal Palace and Portsmouth defender Billy Gilbert. There was also instant success in the FA Cup, a penalty shoot-out defeat to Hayes was all that denied the Hawks an opportunity to visit league side Mansfield Town in the first round proper.

the Hawks won the National League South 2017/18, winning it on the final day with a win against Concord Rangers where Jason Prior scored the 89th minute winning goal. Prior was also the Hawk’s leading scorer in their successful league campaign was who was the 5th top scorer in the campaign with 23 goals.

In the 2018/19 season, Havant & Waterlooville struggled to adjust to life in the National League and were relegated with three matches remaining. On 22nd of April 2019, Havant & Waterlooville released a statement confirming Lee Bradbury had left by mutual consent. The next day, assistant manager Shaun Gale was appointed caretaker manager for their final two games of the season. On April 29th, it was announced that former Sutton United manager Paul Doswell had signed a three year contract, bringing Ian Baird back to the club as his assistant, with Shaun Gale retained on the coaching staff.

Havant & Waterlooville now has an academy team for the club’s most promising youth players, run in conjunction with South Downs College and playing in the Conference Academy League Southern Section

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