Non-League Week: Eastleigh & Havant Renew Hostilities

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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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7 Responses

  1. As a Bristol Rovers fan it’s interesting to hear what Little Sammy’s been up to since scoring one of the most famous goals in our history at Wembley in 2007. Never had him down as one to taunt opposing supporters mind!

  2. skif says:

    I’m a H&W fan who was at this game and have ‘lived’ the rivalry for the last three years since it go a little lively. Personally, I think this is a very good, even-handed appraisal.

    And you are right, the ‘added spice’ has certainly added numbers to the gate. Our first Conference South game against them in 05/06 when Baird was our manager saw 668 in the crowd. Since he left the attendance has tended to be well into four figures, last seasons 1451 being the highest.

    My completely biased and one-sided view on this past Monday’s game can be found at http://dubsteps.blogspot.com/2010/08/havant-waterlooville-2-eastleigh-2.html

  3. skif says:

    apologies for the duplication – internet playing up here

  4. Mark says:

    just a couple of points to correct there , firstly we had played them up the road 3 times in the Hants senior cup and fa cup before the first league meeting and J****n sat out the Notts County game because he was suspended rather than having a hissy fit.

    the February game was actually in January and was played a couple of weeks before the SFC v PFC cup , for which Wendy Gee did her best to try and turn our game into a warm up , funnily enough the Echo couldn’t get a photograher to the Cricketers (the nearest pub to Eastleigh’s “stadium”) to see rival fans drinking and laughing together or to the match played in the morning between the two sets of supporters.

    the real heat of this rivalry is in the boardroom whilst on the terraces(well at West Leigh Park anyway , at the scrapyard it would be on the flat standing) it remains good natured.

  5. Neil says:

    Thanks Mark, couple of schoolboy errors by myself there. It seems there is a bit of confusion over the Notts County issue as the official Eastleigh club website states that:

    “The 6ft 5in centre half missed the historic FA Cup 2nd round proper victory over Notts County as Eastleigh made a second approach for him. Although Jordan played in the ground-breaking 3rd round win against League Two leaders Swansea and the 4th round tie at Liverpool, he still wanted a move to Eastleigh and spent the rest of the season on the sidelines as negotiations between the two clubs broke down”

    Though I’m happy to take your word for it and accept that I may be mis-reading this.

    On the topic of the rivalry. Yes it is by and large a good natured rivalry. As I say it is a young one though and rivalries are the sum of the heroes, pantomine villans and stories which are handed down so over time can go either way.

  6. Martin says:

    My favourite experience of Eastleigh’s new casual fans was when we beat them in a penalty shoot-out in the FA Trophy three years ago (when they were in a higher division than us).

    Their fans were full of it as we all congregated behind the goal but strangely disappeared quickly into the night as they missed their first few penalties…

  7. Martin says:

    Tom Jordan has also learned some interesting basketball from his father too…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_R5SKLGzHs

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