Many Shades of Grey feature in new Hawks book

Here at Many Shades Towers, we are all very proud to have been included in the new “A History of the Hawks 1998-2019” book.

The 4-page article, written by our very own Stewart Russell, details the journey from the “four old men in randomly acquired football kit” to the much travelled and much decorated significantly larger bunch that we are today.

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The book is available now at the Havant & Waterlooville FC shop priced only £10.00.

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With Mother’s Day fast approaching, what a wonderful surprise this would be for your beloved family member.

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Bobby leads the way at successful awards night for Many Shades

Thursday evening saw the annual Havant Borough Sports Association awards night and, of course, the Many Shades of Grey were there in force. The promise of free tea and a buffet was enough for the lads to don their Sunday best and head down to Havant Leisure Centre for what turned out to be a very enjoyable and successful evening.

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Looking nervous in the bar prior to the presentations

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Martin and John bemoan the fact that the bar shutters are down

The first success of the evening came in the category of Senior Team of the Year Award which the Mayor presented to Stewart and James  for the Many Shades of Grey.

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Stew’s media training pays off

Following quickly on, Havant & Waterlooville FC were awarded the Club of the Year Award, not just for the first team successes in 2018, but also for the great work done by Hawks in the Community and the award-winning Westleigh.
With the team and staff en route to Gateshead for the big weekend clash, Stew and James stepped forward to accept the award on the club’s behalf.

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It was James’s turn to take to the mic with the Mayor and Lady Mayoress hanging on his every word – and Stew wishing he would hurry up and finish so they could adjourn to the Westleigh.

However, the biggest congratulations of the night go to our own Bobby De Ste Croix who won the Special Merit Award for his long goal-scoring career in local football.

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Congratulations Bobby – Well Deserved

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With Bobby unable to attend, James was on hand to collect his award

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Well done to all the winners and many thanks to Havant Borough Sports Association for putting on the event and having us along.

Many more photos of the evening can be found here

Our new motto: “We’re gonna need a bigger trophy cabinet.”

Winter Festival sees new winners

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A very chill wind was blowing in from the north as six doughty groups of players gathered together at Park Community School on Sunday 27th January.  Our first festival of the year was living up to its name – the Winter Festival.  Solent City, one of our guest teams, reported a sad depletion in numbers, with a catalogue of injuries and illnesses leaving them with just three players a few minutes before kick-off – one of their number even pinged a calf muscle in the warm-up!  We formed a Many Shades of Solent squad, lending three of our spectators and one of the original MSoG squad members.

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We opened with a comfortable 5-0 win for the Many Shades of Grey squad over Bognor Regis Boulders, with Lloyd Fowler and a Mark Hughes hat-trick doing the damage in the wind-assisted first half, followed up by a Pete Brown strike in the second half.  Meanwhile the Solent squad introduced themselves to each other courtesy of a well-deserved 2-1 win over Mountbatten.

The MSoG squad then beat the same Mountbatten team 1-0, courtesy of a debut goal from new signing Jason Burch, while the Solent squad were drawing 0-0 with Gosport Neanderthals.

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He’s in there somewhere – John keeping the chill out in goal

The Neanderthals then played a dogged defensive game against the MSoG, and a rare breakaway following a pass being blocked gave them a fortuitous 1-0 lead, which they managed to hold on to in spite of the best efforts of your lads.  The Solent squad also found the going getting tougher as they lost 2-0 to the very impressive Godalming side.

The MSoG were next on the list for Godalming, who stormed into the lead, and but for a blinding save from John Kennett would have been in total control within five minutes.  However the MSoG gradually began to get a stranglehold on the game, and a neat Lloyd Fowler goal brought us back to all-square.  Your lads looked the more likely to score, but Godalming weren’t top of the league for no reason, and they managed to score a winner shortly before the end.  At the same time as this was going on, the Solent squad were giving Bognor a bit more of a bashing, running out 5-1 winners.

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The final round of matches saw the MSoG beat the Solent squad 2-0, courtesy of a pair of James McIlwaine strikes.  Credit must go to Pete Dolamore in goal for Solent, who saved a Pete Brown penalty.  Although we didn’t have a record of scorers for Solent, we were assured that Tony Elliott scored two goals for them through the afternoon.

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A fine save from Pete D thwarts Pete B
Don’t worry Pete B – I’m certain this incident will never be mentioned again

The final positions (as revealed at Suzette and Natalie’s awesome buffet afterwards) were: winners with a 100% record, Godalming; 2nd were Many Shades of Grey (9pts), followed by Gosport (8), Many Shades of Solent (7), Mountbatten (3), and Bognor (1).  Huge thanks to referees Graham Wilson, Dave Lister, and John Morgan.

MSoG: John Kennett, Ian Thakore, Chris Poirrier, Jeff Pickering, James McIlwaine, Lloyd Fowler, Mark Hughes, Jason Burch, Pete Brown.  Playing for Solent were: Pete Dolamore, Barry Ingram, Dave Hall, and Tony Elliott.

Thanks to Paul Sumpner from Solent for the photos.