Neil Davis(Central Midfield)
|Joining the Hawks for the 2001/02 campaign from Southampton’s youth academy, Neil sat on the bench for much of the first half of the season. Given a chance in later games however, his initially timid presence was replaced by a tough crunching tackler, and he went on to become a first team regular. His amazing 30 yard drive at Chelmsford in March 2002 broke his long overdue duck with a goal that fans still chant about on the terraces.
Once seen as a possible replacement for Hawks legend Tim Hambley, a poor run of games through the 2003/04 season saw him released by the club shortly after Dave Leworthy’s managerial appointment. At the time he moved to Eastleigh, then on to Bognor Regis, and then back to the Hawks in February 2005 to help out with the push for Conference survival. Neil signed a new contract in May 2005 and at the start of the 2005/06 season showed himself to be an essential member of the side. Serious injury cut short his renaissance however, ending his season in October.