Meet The Squad: Goalkeeper & Defence
26-year old James was signed from Shoreham on transfer deadline day in 2019 and appeared in the final three games of last season. James began his career as youth team captain and then turned professional at Rushden & Diamonds when they were playing in the National Conference. Since then he has played for Peacehaven & Telscombe, Eastbourne United and Eastbourne Town.
The 25-year old Londoner joined the Hawks in August 2019. A former Fulham youth player, Charles was an unused sub for the Cottagers in a Premier League match against Stoke City in 2012, before signing for Crawley Town, where he scored in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Cambridge United in 2014. Charles is a left-wing back who has also played for Woking, Maidstone United, Kingstonian, Harrow Borough, Welling United and Lewes.
Max is captain of the current Hawks youth side. The Brighton born 16-year old featured in central defence during pre-season but has yet to make his first team debut.
30-year old Marvin is in his third spell with the Hawks, having signed from Eastbourne Borough for the start of this season. He scored his only goal for the Hawks against Borough in 2016 and played in our play-off final for the National League against Boreham Wood. The Londoner started his career at Gillingham before appearing in non-league for Dover Athletic, Hemel Hempstead Town, VCD Athletic and Margate. He has also had three spells at Eastbourne Borough, as well as playing in Cyprus and Australia. He was called up to the Sri Lankan national team in May 2019.
The Polish under-18 international joined the Hawks on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion in August 2019. Lopata signed for the Seagulls from Bristol City in November 2018, and the central defender went on to make 11 appearances in the Premier League South for Albion’s under-18s.
The Brighton born 23-year-old full-back joined the Hawks from Newhaven in August 2019. As a youth player, Ian was a striker at Brighton & Hove Albion before joining Newhaven, where he scored on his first team debut as a 17-year-old. He elder brother Jake, a Hawks legend, is currently at Billericay Town.
The 21-year-old Argentinian centre half joined the Hawks in August 2019 after impression on trial. Matias is looking to follow in the foot steps of former Hawks captain, and club legend, Sergio Torres, who also happens to be his older cousin, in forging a career in England having recently arrived in the country.
Fintan was the first player born this century to play for our first team, at the age of 17, going on to make over 50 appearances in the last two seasons. A former skipper of the Hawks U18 double winners and the English Colleges FA team, Fintan has also appeared for Bognor Regis Town and Burgess Hill Town on loan. His first senior goal was the winner at AFC Hornchurch in April. Fintan re-signed for the Hawks in August 2019 after a move to Merstham fell through.
Glad to see fintans back