HAMPTON manager Alan Dowson was a relieved man as he finally clinched the signing of his No. 1 target, goalkeeper Sam Howes, this afternoon.
Howes starred for the Beavers last season while on loan from West Ham, but in the close season he transferred to Watford, to join their Under-23 squad.
A further loan at National League level has been a strong possibility since the switch, but Hampton faced competition from other clubs, alerted to Sam’s ability after a string of fine performances.
Dowse has kept in regular touch with the player, his agent Paul Goddard (a former team-mate at Millwall) and with Watford and was able to confirm the signing today after a number of last-minute delays.
Howes, 19, will be in goal for Hampton at Dulwich on Friday night in a friendly and is scheduled to start the Middlesex Senior Cup final against Wealdstone at The Beveree next Tuesday, 7.30pm.
He was buzzing as he posed for pictures with Dowse at The Beveree. He’s excited about his move to Watford...
The Pink and Blues have been one of the strongest Isthmian League sides in recent season without ever being able to achieve promotion. Dulwich have one of the most energetic sets of supporters you will ever come across and tomorrow night should be no exception.
It will be a very good test for the Beavers ahead of the Middlesex Senior Cup Final (2016-17) against Wealdstone next Tuesday night, and will give Dowse and the coaching team a further look at the state of the current squad.
It's a 7-45pm kickoff and the Hamlet have reduced their normal admittance to just £5; that's right, just a fiver! With all under 13s getting in free, it's a great deal from our hosts.
MANAGER Alan Dowson goes into the new season with an improved playing budget – one which he hopes can help the Beavers match or improve on last year’s fine performance.
But he also knows that, at crucial times of the season, a few extra pounds in the coffers can secure an outstanding player who has suddenly become available. Or maybe it can provide preferential medical treatment to get an injured key player back on the field sooner.
Dowse is therefore leading the way on our Boost the Budget initiative and has already secured a number of pledges from firms and individual supporters.
Beavers fans attending Saturday’s friendly with Aldershot will be handed one of these leaflets, specially designed for us by a supporter, Neil Earp.
As it explains, it’s not just a straight donation. There will be a quarterly prize draw for those taking part. Even £5 a month can make a difference – and we’ll try to have Dowse thank you personally!