As we continue to look at the teams that will make up the National League next season, Lee Bradbury will want his Havant & Waterlooville side to adapt to life in the National League quickly after winning the South division last term.
‘Havant FC’ were formed back in 1883 before merging with local side Leigh Park Avenue in 1969. In August 1982, they were rebranded ‘Havant Town FC.’
Waterlooville Football Club were established in 1905, and in June 1998 they merged with Havant Town FC to create the newly formed Havant and Waterlooville FC.
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Bobby Tambling played for the Havant FC youth team in the 1950’s before going on to enjoy success with Chelsea and England. Upon his retirement, he opened a sports shop in the Havant area.
The fixture between the two sides on October 27 will be the first time the teams have met in a competitive fixture.
The return fixture will see Orient travel to Westleigh Park on March 2, 2019.
Lee Bradbury took charge of the Hawks for the first time in October 2012, marking the occasion with a victory over Basingstoke which moved them out of the relegation zone. During his second season in charge, Bradbury guided the Hawks to an FA Trophy semi-final, Hampshire Senior Cup final, and missed out on the playoffs by goal difference alone. In 2016/17, they finished fifth in the league and lost out to Boreham Wood in the play-off semi-finals. Also, they reached the FA Cup first round proper where they lost to Preston North End before winning the Portsmouth Senior Cup with a 4-2 win over Petersfield Town.
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Forward Alfie Pavey joined Havant & Watelooville from last season's National League South title challengers Dartford, where he scored 22 goals as the Kent side narrowly missed out on the League titile.
The 22-year old, former Millwall man has also turned out for Barnet, Aldershot and Bromley and is no stranger to the National League.
Havant and Waterlooville’s current home, Westleigh Park, was obtained in 1980 and officially opened in August 1982. It has a capacity of 5,250 of which 560 are seated.