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Hall of Fame - Barry Hayles

 

Barry Hayles

Put the warm coffee down from your frost frozen hands, raise them above your head, and applaud into the Hall of Fame... Barry Hayles!

The former Fulham, Millwall, Leicester City and Plymouth legend still dons his boots at the age of 44 at Chesham United's 'The Meadow' in the Evo Stik Southern League. He's Chesham's most high profile player, and duals this with a coaching role. Sharing his experience of the football league and above with younger non league talent.

"Barrington" as his birth certificate states wasn't just a goalscorer on the pitch... He also has legendary status on Football Manager where in several of the games he could be the perfect bosman signing; catapulting most teams up the goal scoring charts, and subsequently league.

Back in the real world though Barry was prolific on the pitch, scoring goals in every division in professional football! He's graced some of the biggest like Old Trafford and St James Park but also some of the smallest, including Huish Park and the Crown Ground.

When we spoke to the striking ace he told us his favourite stadium to play at was White Hart Lane, and I don't think the fact he's Spurs mad was any coincidence! At the other end of the scale, and with no surprises Arsenal's Highbury was his least favourite, he told us it's because he never won there... But we have our suspicion that wasn't the sole reason!

Barry didn't just play in the league though, the man known as "The Ox in the Box" had spells for... Three... Yes three international sides! Initially he featured in the 'England Non League' side now known as 'England C', he then accepted a call up to the Cayman Islands but as FIFA didn't officially recognise the games he eventually settled playing for Jamaica. He made ten appearances for the CONCACAF side and has never publicly retired from international football... Still time for a comeback Barry!

From Adams Park to Villa Park he's nearly done them all! Well 72 in fact! It is for the reason he is a more than worthy member of our Stadium Hoppers Hall of Fame, and sits proudly close to Jamie Cureton as one of the most well travelled strikers in English football.

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