The most memorable FA Cup wins in Hawks’ history (if you ignore the 2007/08 season, that is!)

Hawks are this weekend bidding to write another glorious chapter in an FA Cup history which began against Hassocks in September 1998.

Monday, 23rd November 2020, 1:18 pm
Hawks celebrate after their 3-0 FA Cup win at higher division Crawley in 2008/09. Picture: Dave Haines

There were only 260 fans present at Westleigh Park 22 years ago when the newly-formed Havant & Waterlooville took part in their first FA Cup tie.

Drawn against the west Sussex side, a lone goal from Dave Wakefield gave Billy Gilbert’s side victory.

Greater, and far more high-profile, days in the world’s greatest sporting club knockout competition were to follow.

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Ian Simpemba heads the first of his two goals in Hawks' 3-0 win at his former club Crawley Town. Pic: Dave Haines.

In only Hawks’ 10th ever season, they knocked out EFL pair Notts County and Swansea City en route to a memorable fourth round trip to Liverpool.

There, they incredibly twice led before losing 5-2.

This coming Sunday Hawks return to Liverpool bidding to reach the third round for the first time since that extraordinary 2007/08 run.

Paul Doswell’s men face Marine, who play in the Northern Premier League North West division - two tiers below the Hawks in the non-league pyramid.

Ian Simpemba celebrates Hawks' 3-0 FA Cup win at Crawley in 2008. Pic: Dave Haines.

Here, The News starts our countdown to Sunday’s tie by looking back at some of the Hawks’ most memorable FA Cup wins.

We have purposely ignored the 2007/08 run, for that will be covered in the coming days.

None of the victories featured here will be as fondly recalled as the third round slaying of Swansea in front of a packed Westleigh Park crowd in January 2008 – or the wins at York and Notts County in the same season - but they all have their place in Hawks’ folklore.

Hassocks (home), 1998/99

Hawks celebrate their 2-0 FA Cup win over higher division Histon in 2010. Pic: Dave Haines

Miles Rutherford - the man who guided Chichester City to the second round of the FA Cup last season - was in the Hawks team that lined up for the club’s historic first-ever tie in the tournament.

Wakefield struck the only goal of the first qualifying round tie 20 minutes from time.

Hawks: Mark Brown, Miles Rutherford, Ben Price, Stuart Ritchie, Simon Ellay, Simon James, Dave Milkins, Craig Anstey, Steve Tate, Jason Lovell, Dave Wakefield.

Paul Wood (2), Steve Tate, Craig Anstey and Wakefield were on target in a 5-1 second qualifying round drubbing of Hampton.

Mustafa Tiryaki celebrates scoring Hawks' second goal against Histon in 2010. Fellow goalscorer Wes Fogden is also pictured. Pic: Dave Haines

After a 0-0 home draw with Essex-based Witham in the next round, Wood bagged Hawks’ maiden FA Cup hat-trick in a 4-0 replay win - Wakefield again on target.

Wakefield maintained his record of scoring in every round when Hawks drew 2-2 at home to Hayes in the fourth qualifying round.

Dave Milkins was on target in a 1-1 replay draw, with Hawks losing 4-3 on spot-kicks.

Thame (away), 2001/02

Hawks trailed 3-1 at half-time in a second qualifying round tie, but hit back to win 4-3.

Liam Daish had grabbed the first-half goal, with Tim Hambley starting the second half revival with a 47th minute penalty.

Wes Fogden celebrates putting Hawks ahead in their 2-0 FA Cup win over higher division Histon in December 2010. Picture: Dave Haines

An own goal levelled matters on 55 minutes before Jamie O’Rourke completed the comeback on 69 minutes.

Hawks: Paul Nicholls, Ben Price, Chris Ferrett, Shaun Gale, Liam Daish, Dean Blake, Tim Hambley, Jamie O’Rourke, James Taylor, Craig Anstey.

Bognor Regis (away), 2003/04

Hawks received the perfect start to this second qualifying round tie at Nyewood Lane when Bobby Howe gave them a first-minute lead.

They never looked back, speeding to a 4-0 win with further goals from Alec Masson (27), James Taylor (70) and James Ford (84).

In the Rocks line-up were current Horndean boss Michael Birmingham and his brother David, as well as Miles Rutherford and his brother Guy.

Hawks: Gareth Howells, James Ford, Brett Poate, Luke Byles, Aaron Skelton, Alec Masson, David Town, Chukki Eribenne, Bobby Howe (Neil Davis), James Taylor, Neil Champion (Dean Blake).

James Taylor scored twice against Salisbury in the third qualifying round, but Hawks were beaten 4-3 with Darren Crook scoring an 86th minute winner.

Eastleigh (home), 2005/06

Rocky Baptiste scored twice as Hawks defeated their Hampshire rivals - managed by current boss Doswell - 4-1 in a second qualifying round replay at Westleigh Park.

After a 0-0 away draw, Baptiste needed only two minutes to open the scoring and the same player doubled the lead just before the half-hour mark.

David Town and Neil Davis were later on target.

Hawks: Gareth Howells, Neil Champion, Luke Byles, Jamie Collins, Tom Jordan, Neil Sharp, Guy Lopez, Neil Davis, David Town, Rocky Baptiste, Brett Poate.

Crawley (away), 2008-09

Ian Simpemba netted twice against his former club as Hawks defeated higher division Crawley 3-0 in the fourth qualifying round.

He struck in the 41st and 84th minutes, with Craig Watkins also on target against Conference National opposition on 71 minutes.

Hawks had received a boost just before the hour mark when Crawley were reduced to 10 men after Thomas Pinault was shown a second yellow for shoving Shaun Wilkinson.

Hawks: Kevin Scriven, Jay Smith, Jay Conroy, Jamie Collins, Gary Elphick (Jay Gasson, 85), Ian Simpemba, Matt Gray (Steve Ramsey, 74), Gary Holloway, Luke Nightingale, Craig Watkins (Paul Booth, 74), Shaun Wilkinson.

Three months later, Hawks completed a cup double when they knocked Crawley out of the FA Trophy.

This time Craig Watkins and Luke Nightingale (penalty) were on target in a 2-0 Westleigh Park triumph against Steve Evans’ side.

Histon (home), 2010/11

This was the last time Hawks defeated higher-division opponents in the FA Cup.

Goals from Wes Fogden and Mustafa Teryaki gave Shaun Gale’s men a 2-0 home fourth qualifying round success against Conference National Histon.

Fogden opened the scoring after only three minutes with Teryaki adding a second shortly after the hour mark.

Histon went on to finish bottom of the fifth tier that season.

Hawks: Aaron Howe, Jake Newton, Jon McDonald, Ian Selley (Bobby Hopkinson, 78), Sam Pearce, Ian Simpemba, Wes Fogden, Paul Hinshelwood, Manny Williams (Liam Sewell, 86), Mustafa Teryaki, Steve Ramsey (Guiseppe Sole, 59).

And here’s one result that’s not particularly memorable ...

Ebbsfleet (away), 2016/17

Hawks suffered their heaviest ever FA Cup defeat when they collapsed 7-0 at higher-division opposition.

This was the season when Hawks won the Isthmian League Premier Division, but Lee Bradbury’s side suffered an afternoon to forget at Stonebridge Road.

Current Hawks striker Danny Kedwell was among the scorers, firing home a penalty to make it 3-0 just before half-time.

Hawks defender Lee Molyneaux had been sent off for the foul which gave Kedwell the chance to convert from 12 yards.

Defender Ed Harris was brought on immediately after the penalty, in place of attacking midfielder George Barker, put Hawks conceded seven goals for the only time in their FA Cup (and, for that matter, FA Trophy) history.

Hawks: Ryan Young, Dan Strugnell, Rory Williams, Andy Robinson, Ryan Woodford, Lee Molyneaux, Ben Swallow, Theo Lewis, Jason Prior, Matt Paterson (Alfie Rutherford, 62), George Barker (Ed Harris, 44)