Getting to know: Whitehawk FC

Despite a disappointing 2018/19 season and suffering a relegation, Brighton’s premier Non-League club are doing everything in their power to make next season much more promising.

The very early signings of 5 new players has given the Whitehawk fans great hope for the coming season.

Founded in 1945, the hawks have had two periods of unprecedented success as they ahve risen up the non-league football pyramid from a team play Sunday League park football to within one game of an FA Cup Third Round tie at Everton in 2015.

Between 1948 and 1952 the hawks won promotion 4 times reaching as high as senior county level, this was where the club remained until 2010, when three further promotions landed the club just two leagues below the Football League, in the National League South,even reaching the play-final for promotion to the top tier of Non-League, unfortunately falling short .

On multiple occasions the club has applied to the FA to be renamed as Brighton City FC as recently as 2015 believing that the new name would “widen the profile of the club”.

Credit: Whitehawk FC. The Ultras celebrating with players.

On the pitch now and historically compared to most clubs, Whitehawk have been very successful, only being relegated four times in their history, in the past couple of years however the team has struggled to have a core of the squad mainly due to have a large number of different managers bringing in their own players and then leaving.

This uncertainty has seen the hawks relegated twice in the last two seasons, something the club will certainly be looking to turnaround this year.

Playing out of what is known locally as the Enclosed Ground but known as the Terrapura ground due to sponsorship, Whitehawk has a group of fans called the ‘Whitehawk Ultras’. The Ultras aim to have fun, as well as espousing a strong anti-homophobic, anti-sexist, anti-racist and anti-fascist stance. They promote local charitable causes, non-league football and togetherness, as an opposistion to what they see as the commercialised world of the Premier League.

The Ultras have links with similar other fans groups such as Eastbourne Town’s Pier Pressure. They have a number of original songs and rituals, as well as a fanzine The Din Monthly.The Ultras also run the club’s shop and sponsor the first team’s tracksuits, doing a great deal of things for their local club.

From everyone here at ‘Climbing The Ladder’ we’d just like to wish everyone at Whitehawk FC all the best for next season as you look to bounce back up the leagues.

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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