Managers 2015/16

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. Having played 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 his second season in charge Lee continued to use the strategy of loaning players from league sides to add to his squad, and took the Hawks to the semi-final of the FA Trophy as well as the final of the Hampshire Senior Cup. The side also missed a playoff spot by just goal difference.

Last season Lee took the Hawks one step further by reaching fifth spot in the table and a two legged playoff semi-final against Boreham Wood, who beat the Hawks 4-2 on aggregate and went on to achieve promotion. The Hawks also enjoyed excellent cup success again, reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup to face league opposition in Preston North End, and more locally the side also won the Portsmouth Senior Cup, beating Petersfield Town 4-2 in the final.
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 2015/16

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 last season played a further three league games with four more appearances in the Hampshire Senior Cup.
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. He went on the record more appearances last season than any other player with a total of 51.

Defenders 2015/16

Daniel Blanchett
Danny’s career has seen him play everywhere from the Southern League Premier to National League One, before he joining the Hawks on contract terms in June 2013.

He started life as a youth player at Queens Park Rangers before moving on to Isthmian League sides Northwood, Hendon and Harrow Borough. From there in 2006 he joined Cambridge City, and two of his 33 appearances there came against the Hawks in the Conference South.

Bigger things awaited however, and Danny joined Peterborough United in 2006 for a four season run that saw him make appearances in League Two and then League One as the Posh rose up the ranks. While at Peterborough he also made appearances on loan at Hereford United and AFC Wimbledon.

For the 2010/11 season Danny joined Crewe Alexandra in League Two and played 39 games, following that with a year at Burton Albion and another at York City at the same level. He finished the 2012/13 season playing 17 games back at Cambridge City in the Southern Premier.

In his first season with the Hawks Danny quickly became a regular in defence, clocking up 47 appearances in all. Last season he made fewer starting appearances, but increased his overall total to 76.
Warren Cummings
Warren started his career at Chelsea but never made it into the first team, and instead was loaned out several times: Bournemouth 2000–01, West Bromwich Albion 2000–01 and 2001–02, and Dundee United in 2002–03.

Following his return from Dundee United, Warren was again loaned to Bournemouth, for a three-month spell, before signing a permanent deal with the club.He went on to make 23 appearances for The Cherries in that season, helping them win promotion via the playoffs. In the following season he established himself as a first team player, making 46 appearances in total and scoring 2 goals.

The 2004–05 season brought a playoff push with Warren playing an important part and scoring 3 goals. However, during an away derby with Swindon Town in March 2005, he suffered a double broken leg in a crunch tackle. Nonetheless, Warren signed a new deal with Bournemouth in the summer of 2006. He made his league return as a late substitute in the 3–0 defeat to Chesterfield at the start of the2006–07 campaign. In June 2007 Warren signed a new two-year deal with Bournemouth.

On 29 June 2012 it was announced that he has signed with League Two club AFC Wimbledon. He played a total of 9 league games for the Dons before being released from the club on 10 July 2013. On 16 August 2013, Warren joined Southern League Premier Division side Poole Town before joining the Hawks in November 2013. Last season he became a regular in the side, and has clocked up 54 games overall so far.
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 has played and impressive 131 games in the heart of the defence.
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. So far his Hawks appearances have been restricted to local cup matches.
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, Clevendon 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.
Pedro Monteiro
Pedro goes by the name Pelé and is of Portuguese origin, where he played the first ten years of his career, including a stint in the top flight with Belenenses.

He then moved to Southampton in July 2006 for a fee rumoured to be a million pounds and played 37 games for the Saints before moving on to West Bromwich Albion for the two seasons following in another £1 million move. 24 appearances later, and after West Brom’s relegation from the Premiership, Pedro moved on to Falkirk in the Scottish League and in recent seasons has appeared for Northwich Victoria, Hednesford Town and last season Hayes and Yeading Utd before arriving at Westleigh Park at the end of March 2013, playing five games at the end of the season.

By the end of the 2013/14 season Pedro had amassed 41 appearances for the Hawks in all, and last season assumed a player/coach role at the club as he worked toward his UEFA B licence. He continues to coach at the club while appearing mostly in local cup games.
Manny Monthe
Manny graduated from Queen Park Rangers’ youth system in the summer of 2013 when he signed a professional contract with the club at age 19. He then went on loan to Southport in March 2014 to finish the season. He signed with the Hawks the day before the start of the 2015/16 season.
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 124 games over two and a half seasons.

Midfielders 2015/16

Nic Ciardini
Nic played football for Farnborough at youth, reserve and first team levels and says in his time with the club played over 200 games. He joined Lewes from Farnborough in July 2011, staying with the Southern League side until re-signing with Farnborough in February 2012.

During 2012/13 he also proved himself as a goalkeeper when Farnborough were unable to replace Craig Bradshaw, but left the side immediately at the end of the season and signed a two year contract with the Hawks in May 2013. In his first season at Westleigh Park he quickly became a much loved regular, and played 93 games over his first two seasons.
Adrian Clifton
Adrian was Lee Bradbury’s first signing of the close season, joining the Hawks from Maidenhead United where he has spent the last two seasons. He started his football career with Arsenal as a youth player until the age of 15, and was also at East Thurrock United for two seasons before joining the Magpies.
Scott Donnelly
Scott started his career at Queens Park Rangers, making a first team debut at the age of 16 in 2004 that saw him begin to make inroads into professional football. Blighted by injury however he was eventually released in 2007 and has since moved between a wide variety of league and non-league clubs.

His longest spell came between 2007 and 2010 with Aldershot Town, where he appeared 71 times and scored 15 goals. Since then he has spent time with Swansea, Wycombe Wanderers and Newport County before joining Farnborough in the Conference South for the 2013/14, from where he joined the Hawks in mid-January 2014 after playing 20 games.

In his season and a half with the Hawks he has amassed 73 appearances and has become something of a favourite, as well as the side’s regular penalty taker. He extended his contract with the Hawks in the summer to wide appreciation from the fans.
Brian Dutton
Yorkshire born Brian has played for a considerable number of non-league sides since his debut with Pickering Town in 2003. Locally he has had spells with Weymouth, Eastleigh and Dorchester, but most notably spent three seasons with Salisbury City from 2010-14, amassing 140 appearances and scoring 9 goals. During this time he was made captain of the ill-fated side, and twice led them to promotion.

This was his second tenure with the Whites, and Brian originally trialled with the Hawks after his first departure from Salisbury in summer 2009, playing two friendlies. He rejoined the Hawks at the start of the 2014/15 season and played 45 games.
Liam Kimber
Liam is a graduate of the Hawks Academy who signed a first team contract in the summer of 2015. As well as regular appearances in the Conference Youth Alliance he also played for the Hawks senior team in the Portsmouth Senior Cup last term.
Marley Ridge
Marley is a graduate of the Hawks Academy who signed a first team contract in the summer of 2015. As well as regular appearances in the Conference Youth Alliance he also played for the Hawks senior team in the Portsmouth Senior Cup last term.
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.

Brian played a vital role in Doncaster's 2007–08 promotion season. He filled in as captain for Doncaster in the final two months of the season and captained the side in their play-off final victory over Leeds United at Wembley, having scored the first goal from the penalty spot against Southend in the semi-finals. Brian 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 become a core member of the midfield, from where he made 36 starts last season.
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 45 games in all last term.

Forwards 2015/16

Jake Gale
Jake is a graduate of the Hawks Academy, for whom he scored more than 50 goals in the 2014/15 season. As well as regular appearances in the Conference Youth Alliance he also played for the Hawks senior team in the Portsmouth Senior Cup.
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.
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 at the point 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 spent the last two seasons at Plymouth Argyle, and ended last season on loan to Hartlepool United. He signed for the Hawks in June.
Shamir Mullings
Shamir started his career with Southend United in 2012, and stayed with the side until the end of the 2012/13 season having spent time on loan with Thurrock, Tilbury and Harlow Town.

In June 2013 he signed with Bromley, from where he went on loan to Thamesmead six months later, and joined the Hawks after being released at the start of August 2014. Last season he scored nine goals from 14 starts and 33 substitute appearances.
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 last season. Matt then rejoined the Hawks in the summer of 2015.
Rod Young
Rod started his career at Norwich City, from where he spent time on loan at Bishop's Stortford in 2013-14. He signed for Welling United in May 2014, for whom he made a handful of appearances last season.