Havant & Waterlooville success story to be showcased on film

Hawks celebrate National League South promotion last season. Picture Credit: Keith Woodland
Hawks celebrate National League South promotion last season. Picture Credit: Keith Woodland
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The Hawks are to have their exploits presented on film in an exhibition next year.

The current campaign marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of the club following the amalgamation of Havant Town and Waterlooville.

Over the past two decades, supporters have experienced the inevitable highs and lows of football fandom, including promotion challenges, agonising relegation fights and exciting cup runs.

Hawks have come a long way in that time, rising through the non-league ranks to reach the National League.

They also wrote their names into FA Cup folklore in 2007-2008, progressing to the fourth round where they twice took the lead before falling to defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.

In getting there the Hawks knocked out Football League pair Notts County and Swansea City.

Their achievements are now to be celebrated on film and with an exhibition of Hawks memorabilia at the Spring Arts Centre in Havant.

Club director Trevor Brock believes it will be a fantastic advertisement for the club.

'We were approached about a year ago by a professional company Millstream Productions,' said Brock.

'Steve Murray who is a teacher at Havant College obtained funding for the project from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

'They have been working hard with the club for the last six to eight months putting it all together.

‘Players, staff and fans have completed film interviews about their experiences with the Hawks over the last two decades.

'These are being put together in a feature-length documentary charting the history of the club.

'There is also a commemorative book being published.

'It has been quite a big exercise.'

The film is being premiered at the Arts Centre on Sunday January 27 with a first showing at 2.30pm and another following on the same day an hour later.

There will be another viewing at the club following the home game against Wrexham on February 16.

On that evening there will also be a panel of three Hawks legends present, in James Taylor, Timmy Hambly and Paul Wood for a question and answer session.

The exhibition charting the history of the club opens at the Arts Centre on Monday January 7.

It will then run with free entry until Saturday March 23.

Tickets for the film premiere and for the showing at the club can be obtained from the Spring Arts Centre.

Email thespring.co.uk or call 02392 472700 for more information or to obtain tickets.