Managers 2016/17

Lee Bradbury
Lee was appointed manager of the Hawks in October 2012 as the side looked to reverse their fortunes in the Conference South, winning the role ahead of interest from several other heavyweight candidates.

As a player, his illustrious career saw him make over 500 appearances in the football league, starting with the first of two stints at Portsmouth in 1995. A big money three million pound transfer saw him move to Manchester City in 1997, followed by a return to Portsmouth for five seasons via a short run at Crystal Palace.

Having totalled over 100 appearances for Pompey he moved on to play for Walsall, Oxford United and Southend before setting up residence at League One AFC Bournemouth in 2007. After playing 126 games for the Cherries he hung up his boots the day after being appointed caretaker manager of the side in January 2011, and steered them to a sixth placed finish that ultimately saw defeat to Huddersfield on penalties in the League One play-off semi-final. As a result, his contract was extended in January 2012, before a poor run of form ended his fourteen month tenure in charge two months later.

Lee’s first match in charge of the Hawks came against Basingstoke on October 13th 2012. He started his tenure with a win, just the second of the season, which lifted the Hawks out of the relegation zone. With 31 games remaining at the point he took over, Lee took time to cut underperforming players while relying on a string of impressive loan signings from league sides to bolster the team and eventually finished the season with the Hawks top of the form table.

In subsequent seasons, Lee has taken the Hawks to a Conference South play-off semi final, the first round proper of the FA Cup, the semi-final of the FA Trophy, and local victories in winning the Portsmouth and Hampshire Senior Cups.
Shaun Gale
Shaun started as a trainee at Portsmouth in 1988 and stayed six years before signing for Barnet in July 1994. With the then Division Three side he started 125 times in three seasons and then completed a £10,000 move to Exeter in 1997, where he again played over 100 games in three seasons.

Joining the Hawks in August 2000, he made 118 appearances in his first three seasons, however serious repercussions from a broken arm sustained during a friendly in August 2003 kept Shaun off the pitch for the whole of season 03/04, eventually forcing his retirement from playing.

In February 2004 he took up the position as then manager David Leworthy’s right hand man, and remained in the assistant manager role under Ian Baird. Baird’s departure in October 2007 left the path clear for Shaun to assume full control of the side, something he said at the time was the fulfilment of a personal ambition.

Gale’s successes as manager included two significant FA Cup runs, both gaining national exposure and television coverage, as well as taking the side to the quarter finals of the FA Trophy.

After a disastrous run of results in the 2011/12 season, Gale agreed to stand down as manager with six games remaining in the hope the Hawks could avoid relegation. Off the pitch he remained with the club in his other position as Community Manager and was reinstated in his old role as assistant manager by Lee Bradbury in October 2012.

Goalkeepers 2016/17

Charlie Searle
Charlie is a graduate of the Academy, brought into the side in the 2013/14 pre-season at a time when all three of the Hawks’ goalkeepers from the previous season had either moved on or been released. In his first season he understudied experienced keeper Scott Bevan, making just five appearances throughout, but impressed enough to be retained and has gone on to play 15 games for the Hawks in all to the end of the 2015/16 season. He signed a new two year contract at the end of July 2016.
Ryan Young
Ryan is an experienced non-league keeper who ended a seven year tenure with AFC Telford in 2014 by helping them to the Conference North title. He was part of the Hednesford Town side that won the FA Trophy in 2004 and has also played for Chasetown, Nuneaton and Hucknall.

He made an immediate impact after joining the Hawks in August 2014, scoring a goal with an upfield clearance against Bath City five games into the season. One of the most reliable members of the team, in his first two seasons he has played 84 league and 23 cup games.

Defenders 2016/17

Ed Harris
Ed started his career at Queens Park Rangers and also played a part in AFC Wimbledon’s push for league status in 2010/11, playing 16 league games for the promotion winning side. While there he went on loan to Hayes and Yeading for 13 games.

After moving to Dover in 2011 he played 31 games for the side in all competitions between August and March 2012, but was one of eight players released from the Crabble three days after the end of the 2011/12 season. He then signed for the Hawks in July.

Proving to be one of ill fated manger Stuart Ritchie’s more successful signings, Ed quickly became a regular in defence and in his first three seasons played and impressive 131 games. Injury problems then kept him off the pitch for the 2015/16 season.
Theo Lewis
Theo started his career as a youth player at Chelsea and Reading before joining Cheltenham Town for the 2007/08 season. Where he made his first team debut in a League One match against Scunthorpe United.

Having been a squad player for much of the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons, Theo went on loan to rivals Gloucester City for the end of the 2011/12 season. In May 2012, he was released by Cheltenham after the expiry of his contract and joined Salisbury City where he played in the majority of matches during the 2012–13 season. He signed a new deal in the pre-season period ahead of the 2013–14 season, keeping him with Salisbury for another year until financial problems at the Whites saw him move to Woking for the 2014–15 season.

From Woking he went to Ebbsfleet United, from where he joined the Hawks on loan for the end of the 2015/16 season, signing fully at Westleigh Park in the summer.
Harry Medway
Harry is a young left sided defender who had been with Portsmouth FC since 2004. Having made it as far as being a second year scholar, he was released at the end of the 2013/14 season and joined the Hawks shortly afterwards, from where he was put out on loan to Bognor Regis Town for three months at the start of the 2013/14 season.

Having been restricted to local cup appearances in the 2014/15 season, Harry found a regular place in the first team for 2015/16 - playing 31 league and 9 cup games in all.
Lee Molyneaux
Portsmouth born Lee started as a trainee at Portsmouth in 2003, from where he joined Weymouth Town in 2004. He has also been on the books of Oxford United, Cirencester, Forest Green Rovers, Clevedon Town and Gloucester City but recorded his most settled period with Gosport Borough, where he signed in 2011. At Privett Park he played 83 games over three seasons before joining the Hawks in the summer of 2015. Last season he appeared 25 times in competitive games.
Andy Robinson
Described as "a strong presence in the heart of midfield", Andy joined Southampton Academy at the age of eight, and has previously captained the club's under-18 side. He was promoted to the Southampton first team at the beginning of the 2012–13 season, and made his debut for the team on 25 September 2012 in a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the League Cup.

In March 2014, he joined Football League Championship club Bolton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season and was offered a contract with the side. However, Andy preferred to remain in the south and appeared for both Dorchester Town and Gosport Borough before joining the Hawks in March 2016.
Dan Strugnell
Dan is a young AFC Bournemouth defender who came to the Hawks on loan in December 2012 to provide cover for injuries to Ryan Woodford and Ed Harris. His loan was then extended to the end of January, and he ended up staying the rest of the season, installing himself as a regular with 22 games under his belt by May.

His evident skill made it look unlikely that the Hawks would secure his services beyond the end of the season, but having been offered contracts by both Bournemouth and the Hawks in May 2013, to the delight of fans he opted to stay at Westleigh Park. Since then he has become an integral member of the team, playing 177 games over four seasons.
Rory Williams
Rory joined Gosport Borough in January 2013, having previously played for GE Hamble and Andover. In four seasons at Privett Park he played 79 games in all, scoring 35 goals. He then signed with the Hawks in June 2016.
Ryan Woodford
Ryan is a product of Portsmouth’s Academy system, rising as far as claiming the number 48 shirt in the first team during the 2008/09 season. He was released in the summer of 2009 after being a regular fixture in the Premiership club’s Under-18 side and joined the Hawks shortly afterward. Quickly becoming a member of the starting eleven, Ryan played 19 games before sustaining an injury at Maidenhead in November 2009 that kept him off the pitch for all but six games of the 2010/11 season.

Fit again for the start of the 2011/12 campaign, he again began making regular appearances and eventually rose to the position of team captain, but his tenure with the Hawks continued to be blighted by injury problems. During 2012/13 after a consistent start he appeared just once a month from January onward, amassing 20 games in all. The 2013/14 season however saw Ryan back to form, and a regular member of the side who by the end of the season had played 117 games overall.

With a total of 132 Hawks games under his belt, Ryan joined Gosport Borough for the 2015/16 season, but as a fan favourite was welcomed back to the Hawks in June 2016.

Midfielders 2016/17

Wes Fogden
Wes’s triumphant return to the Hawks in the summer of 2016 is the latest step in a journey that has seen him play for a variety of league and non-league clubs across the south.

He began his career at Brighton and Hove Albion in July 2004, signing as a trainee. He made three appearances for the Seagulls and enjoyed loan spells at Dorchester and Bognor before moving to Dorchester permanently in September 2008. During his loan with the Magpies he played 14 games in all, adding a further 27 through the first half of 2008/09 and scoring seven goals overall.

He joined the Hawks for the first time at the start of February 2008, and over four seasons amassed 118 appearances. His impressive attacking midfield play also led to 35 goals. Possibly the most celebrated of the squad at the time, Wes was awarded the Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Season awards for 2009/10, and then won the Supporters’ award again for 2010/11. He remains unique in winning the Player of the Month award three times consecutively from January to March 2010.

His success saw him move to then League One side AFC Bournemouth in October 2011 on loan, which was made permanent with a three and a half year deal in February 2012. With the Cherries he played 59 games in all, scoring six goals, and then signed with Portsmouth in January 2014.

At Pompey he played 28 games over two seasons, scoring twice before joining Yeovil Town at the end of his 18 month contract last season. Released by the League Two side in May, Wes rejoined the Hawks in June.
Marley Ridge
Marley is a graduate of the Hawks Academy who signed a first team contract in the summer of 2015. So far, his first team appearances have been restricted to the Portsmouth Senior Cup, in which he has played for the last two seasons. However, for 2016/17 he has been a regular in the pre-season squad.
Brian Stock
Brian is an experienced Football League player who started his career at Bournemouth in 2000. Over six years with the Cherries he played 145 games before going on loan to Preston North End, with whom he then signed for a short stint in 2006.

Brian’s next move was to Doncaster Rovers in January 2007, having spent the start of the 2006/07 season there on loan from Preston. He played a vital role in Doncaster's 2007–08 promotion season, filling in as captain in the final two months - including their play-off final victory over Leeds United at Wembley. He is known for possessing a deadly long range shot and is a composed penalty taker.

In all, Brian played almost 200 games for Doncaster over six seasons before moving to Burnley in 2012, and then to the Hawks in September 2014. He quickly became a core member of the midfield, from where he has made 82 starts in the last two seasons.
Ben Swallow
Ben started his career as a schoolboy at Cardiff before joining Bristol Rovers, where he signed a professional contract in 2008. He stayed with Bristol for four seasons playing 40 games, also making appearances for Taunton, Bridgewater, Chippenham, Mangotsfield and Bath City on loan.

From there he moved to Newport County via a short spell at York City, and was part of the side that won promotion to the Football League in the 2012/13 season.

During the 2013/14 season he played for both Bromley and Dartford, and joined the Hawks during the 2014/15 pre-season, playing 92 games in his first two seasons.

Forwards 2016/17

George Barker
After youth spells at AFC Fareham and Southampton, George joined Brighton & Hove Albion’s youth team in 2008 and signed his first professional contract in 2010, eventually making his first team debut in March 2013. While at Brighton he enjoyed short loan spells at Barnet and Newport County, before signing for Swindon Town on an 18-month contract in January 2014.

From there he joined Gosport Borough for the 2015/16 season, playing 26 games, and joined the Hawks during their relegation struggle in March, playing nine games.
James Hayter
James boasts an illustrious career in league football, with over 600 appearances at that level. He holds the record for the fastest Football League hat-trick ever, and has been on the winning side in three Football League play-off finals.

James began his career as a youth player at Bournemouth, and stayed 10 years with the Cherries clocking up 359 appearances and an impressive 93 goals. In May 2007 he then signed for Doncaster Rovers for a club record transfer fee of £200,000 and played alongside fellow Hawk Brian Stock, scoring in the 2008 play-off final against Leeds United that saw Doncaster promoted to the Championship. At Doncaster James played 162 games and scored 33 goals.

In the summer of 2012 James joined Yeovil Town for a three season run, playing 119 games and scoring 25 goals. He then joined the Hawks in June 2015, appearing in a total of 45 games last season.
Marvin Morgan
Marvin started his career at Wealdstone as a youth player before progressing to the first team in 2000. Over eight years in the non-league game he moved up the ranks to play for Yeading and then Woking before signing for Aldershot Town in 2008, just as the Shots joined League Two.

He played 93 games for Aldershot over three seasons, scoring 25 goals, before moving to Shrewsbury Town in 2011. There he played 82 games, helping the side to promotion to League One in 2012.

Marvin then spent two seasons at Plymouth Argyle, and ended 2014/15 on loan to Hartlepool United. He signed for the Hawks in June 2015, playing 29 games in his first season. Currently on loan to Bath City for the 2016/17 season.
Matt Paterson
After starting his career as a youth player at AFC Bournemouth, Matt became a professional at Southampton, winning the accolade of academy player of the year in 2008. He made 17 appearances for the Saints before moving on to Southend United, where he played a further 27 games between 2010-12, with several additional loan spells.

Previously he joined the Hawks at the end of the 2013/14 season and played eight games before joining Gosport Borough, for whom he scored 25 goals in the 2014/15 season. Matt then rejoined the Hawks in the summer of 2015, becoming a regular in the starting line up last term.
Jason Prior
Jason began his career at AFC Newbury in 2005 before joining Moneyfields the following season, moving from a midfield position to a forward. The change benefitted him, and over the following three seasons he played 112 games and scored 43 goals.

Moving to Bognor Regis Town in September 2009 he became a fan favourite, laying 126 games in three seasons and scoring an astonishing 95 goals. He was due to join Eastleigh for a fee of £12,000 in January 2012, but instead opted to trial for Newcastle United, where he scored in the Premier League side’s reserve team.

He then signed for League Two club AFC Wimbledon on a two-and-a-half-year contract and made his football league debut in January 2012. However, injury problems kept him off the pitch, and after a recuperative loan at Dartford, signed fully for the Darts in July 2013.

For the 2014/15 season he moved on to join Margate, but spent most of his time on loan with Bognor, before returning to the Rocks for the 2015/16 season. He then signed for the Hawks in May 2016.
Alfie Rutherford
Alfie started his career at Moneyfields FC in the Wessex League before joining Bognor Regis last season. With the Rocks he struck up a prolific scoring partnership with Jason Prior, the pair amassing 60 goals between them. He signed with the Hawks along with Prior in May 2016.
Bradley Tarbuck
Bradley signed with Portsmouth on scholarship deal, making his professional debut in a league cup match in August 2012. Then becoming an academy regular, he was awarded a one year professional deal in May 2014 after proving to be the club’s top youth scorer.

Having made two league appearances for Pompey, he joined Conference Premier side Dartford and then Dorchester Town during the 2014/15 season.

Having been released by Portsmouth in May 2015, Bradley returned to Dorchester for the 2015/16 season, scoring 11 goals in 38 games. From there, he joined the Hawks in the summer of 2016.