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Heroic Havant
By Kieran Fox
BBC South

Havant fans
Some 6,000 Havant & Waterlooville fans attended the historic match

Some years ago, there was a television advert for milk which played on the obscurity of Accrington Stanley Football Club.

Up until a month ago, the same could have been said about Havant & Waterlooville.

On Saturday though the south coast club from the Blue Square South stepped out of the football shadows and into the Anfield spotlight.

Defying the odds, this team of part-timers, known as the Hawks, found themselves in the lead not once but twice against their illustrious millionaire rivals.

To the Havant & Waterlooville faithful it was always going to be a day to remember, but scoring twice at the Kop end made it extra special.

Historic

Ally Jamieson, from the club's supporters committee, summed up the day in two words: "Absolutely brilliant".

I will never forget it. It's something I'll be able to tell my children and grandchildren
Fan Ally Jamieson

"I couldn't stop crying," said the 32-year-old from Leigh Park in Hampshire.

"I will never forget it. It's something I'll be able to tell my children and grandchildren."

Formed over 10 years ago, the Hawks usually attract a crowd of 600 for their tiny Westleigh Park stadium.

But some 6,000 met before dawn to fill 26 coaches on the route north.

No matter the result, this FA Cup fourth round fixture was going to live long in the club's history.

Dave Barlow, 67, took three generations of his family to the game.

"Unbelievable," said Mr Barlow, from Lovedean, Hampshire, who has been supporting Waterlooville for 35 years.

Hat-trick

"I was expecting a cricket score, but to be in the lead twice was fantastic. You had to pinch yourself.

Havant players
Richard Pacquette's header put Havant ahead

"The Liverpool fans were very sporting, we couldn't have asked for a better day."

Richard Self, 34, from Havant, runs the club's website.

"Everything went quiet when we took the lead, we couldn't believe it. To see your team at Anfield was one thing - but to be leading! I am really proud of the boys."

As it was, the premiership professionals ran out 5-2 winners thanks to a Yossi Benayoun hat-trick and the Hawks' cup run was grounded.

Havant & Waterlooville fans made their weary way home.

They had dared to dream - for 45 minutes that FA Cup fantasy was a reality.

SEE ALSO
Bookies feared 10m FA Cup loss
26 Jan 08 |  Hampshire
Liverpool v Havant & W'looville
24 Jan 08 |  FA Cup
Who are Havant & Waterlooville?
24 Jan 08 |  FA Cup

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