The two teams first ever meeting was in the Sussex Senior Cup semi-final at Littlehampton on 17 February 1951, which the Hawks won 4-1 to go on to raise their first senior non-league trophy. Whitehawk remain the only Brighton League team to have won the Sussex Senior Cup.
Hawks: Robins, Vore, Butcher, Blunt, Godfree, Barnard, Oliver, Standen, Adams, Sargent, Hayward
Rocks: Hankey, R Jones, Lloyd, Rousell, Fairweather, Dennison, Topliss, H Jones, Platt-Chance, Hazell, Hewings
The Rocks gained revenge the following season, knocking out the holders of the County Cup 3-2 at Nyewood Lane, in the second round.
The first ever league game was in the 1952-53 season on the 1st November when both sides were members of the Sussex County League Division 1. Rocks won 4-2 at home and the Hawks won thei rhome game 4-3. Following the Hawks promotion from the Brighton League, they finished their first season in 3rd place, just 4 points off the title and well above Bognor, Lewes and Crawley.
Sussex County League Division 1 1952-1953
P W D L F A Pt
- Shoreham 26 18 2 6 80 45 38
- Brighton Old Grammarians 26 14 7 5 69 48 35
- Whitehawk & Manor Farm OB 26 15 4 7 72 49 34
- Arundel 26 15 3 8 59 34 33
- Eastbourne United 26 13 4 9 77 49 30
- Newhaven 26 12 4 10 59 43 28
- Chichester City 26 12 4 10 62 58 28
- Bexhill Town Athletic 26 12 3 11 42 50 27
- Lancing Athletic 26 10 6 10 55 53 26
- Bognor Regis Town 26 11 4 11 67 68 26
- East Grinstead 26 9 6 11 65 66 24
- Lewes 26 7 5 14 47 75 19
- Littlehampton Town 26 4 4 18 44 78 12
- Crawley 26 1 2 23 30 112 4
The Hawks knocked Bognor out of the FA Amateur Cup 2nd qualifying round in 1953, winning 3-2 at the Enclosed Ground. The Rocks first ever game on the current Enclosed Ground was on the 12 March 1955 when the Hawks beat them 2-1 in an RUR Charity Cup semi-final. The Hawks also won the first ever league meeting on the current ground, 5-3 on the 25th April 1955.
The Hawks beat Bognor Regis Town to win the Sussex RUR Cup 4-2 in 1959, with Eddie Richardson (2), Ronnie Bliss and Harry Tharme scoring.
From 1952 until 1971 with the exception of just two seasons, the sides were County League 1 rivals, until Bognor’s promotion to the Southern League in 1972. The last ever County League meeting between Whitehawk and Bognor was on 15th April 1972, when the Hawks lost 0-4 at the Enclosed Ground.
In 1988, the two sides were drawn against each other in the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup. The Rocks, managed by Jack Pearce as they still are today, were members of the Vauxhall-Opel Premier Division, and their captain was the legendary Mick Pullen who made 967 appearances in a career spanning 19 years from 1976. Ex-Hawks midfielder Mark Wakefield was also in the Bognor team. The Hawks had never played in the first-round proper and after Mark Dunk had given them the lead, it took a free-kick by sub Gerry Fell in the last minute to force a 2-2 draw and a replay. At the end of the game Hawks manager Sammy Donnelly remembers being hit around the head with a corner flag by a Bognor fan, who blamed him for bringing Fell on as a sub, just to take the free kick.
With a tie against Exeter City in first round lying in wait, The Hawks bowed out 2-0 to their more illustrious opponents in the return match.The game was notable for a record attendance at the Enclosed Ground of 2100. This figure has only been bettered once since, by the recently televised FA Cup replay against Dagenham & Redbridge in 2015.
Both teams met again in the FA Cup at Nyewood Lane in 1995, with the Rocks winning a preliminary round tie 4-3.
It was the 2010-11 season in Ryman League South before the two clubs next met in a league match, when both sides ended up in the play offs but missed out on promotion. The Rocks did the double over the Hawks, winning both games 2-1.
The following season, the two sides were promoted to the Ryman Premier, with the Hawks going up as champions. Rocks won the game in Bognor 1-0 and the Hawks gained revenge with a 3-0 win at home.
Ryman League South 2010-2011 top 3
P W D L F A Pt
- Metropolitan Police 42 30 6 6 102 41 96
- Bognor Regis Town 42 29 9 4 103 43 96
- Whitehawk 42 26 10 6 109 44 88
Ryman League South 2011-2012 top 2
P W D L F A Pt
- Whitehawk 40 29 6 5 82 26 90
- Bognor Regis Town 40 26 10 4 105 37 88
In our only ever previous meetings in the Ryman Premier, the Hawks did the double, winning 3-1 away and 3-0 at home. Rocks did win a League Cup tie 1-0 at Nyewood Lane in the same season. The last cup meeting prior to this season was a Sussex Cup quarter final at the Enclosed Ground in 2014, which the Hawks won 2-0.
Hawks and Rocks met in the National League South last season. Rocks came from 2-1 down at home to win 6-2, with the return fixture ending 2-2.
Earlier this season the Rocks inflicted on the Hawks what at the time was their record cup defeat in senior football, beating an under-strength side 8-0 at Nyewood Lane.