Locks Heath are Hampshire League champions

The celebrations continued in the dressing room – Picture James White Photography

Locks Heath were last night crowned the Puma Engineering Hampshire Premier League Champions with a thumping 8-1 win over Liphook United.

George Mason, the Chairman of the Hampshire League, presented the trophy to Locks Heath captain Sean Stacey to spark jubilant celebrations on the pitch at the Recreation Ground.

Locks Heath needed two points from their final two games in order to secure the title – but were determined to make sure of the championship at the first hurdle.

See the celebrations as Locks Heath lift the championship trophy

They raced into a four goal lead in the first half with goals from Matt Northcott and two more from Ash Tattersall before Sean Snelling scored a beauty just before the break.

pic of locks heath celebrating

Locks Heath celebrate winning the Puma Engineering Hampshire League. Picture – James White Photoghraphy

Sam Gray pulled one back for the visitors with a superb volley, but there was no stopping Locks Heath who fired in four more through Snelling again, two from Ryan Lock and one from Jordan Neal.

Now Locks Heath must sit tight and wait to see if they will be approved by the Football Association for promotion into the Sydenhams Wessex League.

Read more on plans for Locks Heath’s ground.

Click one of the images in our gallery to see the picture slideshow. Pictures by James White Photography.


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11 Responses to Locks Heath are Hampshire League champions

  1. Graham

    April 24, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Congrats to Locks Heath. Slight error editor. They will gain promotion to Wessex Division 1. Fareham are in Wessex Premiership, that’s the next League up.

    • admin

      April 24, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Oops! Thanks for pointing that out Graham – that was the information we had been given. We have corrected the piece now.

  2. Graham

    April 24, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    No worries. We’re all human

  3. Keith Shillingford

    April 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Congratulations Locks Heath and to you Dougie from Germany.

    Look Forward to having you over here one day, so be brave and rise to the challenge:-)


    Düsseldorf, Germany

  4. Locks Road resident

    April 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    We will fight you all the way before such a rabble of noise and yobbishness is allowed on the recreation ground. You will not get planning permission so why don’t you just give up?

    • Dougie Leask

      April 28, 2013 at 1:40 am

      Locks Road Resident, why hide behind anonymity with comments that show you clearly know nothing about what the football club does for the local community or understand how the club is run.

      Why should the club give up after 80 years of playing on the Rec, providing organised sport for local people? Would you rather there was no sport so that youths could spend their time standing on street corners trying to find ways of entertaining themselves?

      As for yobbishness being allowed on the recreation ground, you clearly have no idea how the club is run. We have a Charter status which indicates that we have attained an accepted standard of organisation, with signed policies and procedures in place against foul and abusive behaviour. We have also signed up to the FA initiative Respect campaign. With one of the best discipline records in the leagues we play in we ensure that all of our players treat anyone visiting the club, whether as a spectator or opponent, with the utmost respect.

      The same applies for all of our teams, Men and Women alike.

    • Local Plod

      April 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Locks Road Resident, you seem to have a very strong opinion. Considering how far you live away from the ground I find it extremely difficult to see how it affects you, or how you can form such an opinion. Particularly your comment regarding yobbishness behaviour and associating it with the football club.

      I myself am a Policeman and within the football club we have a further 5 policemen of various ranks. We also have 3-4 school teachers, a social worker and several who work both with or for the military.

      If that is what you deem to be yobs, then heaven help our country and its future.

  5. Casper

    April 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Mr Leask, you have no idea how your players park their cars when they play at the rec groud, if you want locals to support the team start there !

    • Dougie Leask

      April 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      Yes I do Casper because I am always the first one there and usually the last to leave, so I see all of our players coming and going. All of our players park their cars in the car park provided and any with vans that require access under the height barrier inform us ahead of the game and we open the gate for them.

      As I have stated previously, we have had 2 complaints in 7 years and one was found to be friends of neighbours visiting in the Farthings and nothing to do with the football club. The other was a high van from an opponent who hadn’t informed us and just parked in the street, which isn’t a crime, but when the complaint was made we found the individual and their van was moved.

      If you have a complaint, then why haven’t you ever made it directly to us or provided any dates and times?

  6. Mr C

    May 6, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Well done Locks Heath on a good season,its a shame that the local people who I must say moved in knowing that football has been playing at the rec for 80YEARS are so negative to your work and commitment to the Club,it’s also a big shame that the Club can’t find a piece of land to move to and move forward to build a good local sports arena.It seams to me that whoever is in charge around here has no interest in local sport and has no idea on the lack of facilities in the area,PLEASE CAN WE HAVE SOME FACILITIES to help not just Locks Heath FC but for the many Youth sporting clubs in the area.

    • Dougie Leask

      May 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Thank you for your comments Mr C. Despite all of the negativity and lack of facilities the club has just had it’s most successful season. With 4 League teams at the club we have this season won 3 League Titles and a League Cup Competition.

      To carry this forward and grow and develop this success we do need to find somewhere that will enable the club to develop a proper ground. We have tried all of the local places we can think of but it needs Fareham Borough Council to come up with a piece of land and support what we are trying to achieve.