Baptiste - Bartley
In this page, we meet two members of the 2000-2001 team whose popularity was at opposite ends of the scale. One endeared himself to the crowd with his unpredictable skills - as baffling to his team mates as to the opposition - while the other became the object of derision.
Rocky Baptiste was a last-minute signing from Staines Town on the eve of the 2000-1 season, although his registration was held by Wealdstone, for whom he had scored 22 goals in the previous season. After starting on the bench in the opener against Telford, he seemed to gain in confidence and gave a scintillating performance at Woking, but without scoring. He made amends in the match at Northwich, when he scored a hat-trick in only four minutes. After Terry Brown had talked him up in the Non League Paper, Luton Town signed him, but, because his registration was with Wealdstone and he had not signed a contract with Hayes, the Missioners did not get a penny. At Luton, however, a change of management meant that he did not get a fair chance, and he returned to Hayes for the last six matches of the season. All in all, he played only 21+1 games, but still finished as Hayes’ top scorer with 11 goals. Disappointingly, in the close season he chose to join Farnborough, where became a celebrity when he scored Farnborough’s goal at Highbury in a 4th round FA Cup tie before the TV cameras, and later had trials with Southend. In the summer of 2003 he followed former manager Graham Westley to Stevenage, and then went to Margate and in 2006 was plying his trade at Havant & Waterlooville.
Steve Barnes, on the other hand, joined Hayes in the summer of 2000 after having tormented the Hayes defence while playing on loan for Welling at Easter. He had started there, and been transferred to Birmingham in 1995 for £75,000. But he made only five appearances as a substitute in three years at St Andrews and spent a loan period at Brighton, before joining Barnet in 2000. For Hayes, he made 17+5 appearances and scored only one goal - but what an important goal it was. Not only did it win the match against Kettering, but it also played a large part in ensuring that they were relegated and not Hayes. Opinion remains divided on whether it was a mis-hit shot or an intentional lob from 25 yards. Steve was released in mid-season, and tried to find a place at Harrow, Kingstonian and Welling, and in Australia.
Paul Barrowcliff was a left-sided midfielder, who joined from Ruislip Manor in February 1989, having previously played for Brentford and Hendon. He played eight games in what was left of the 1988-9 season, and then 12+9 games in the following season, scoring three goals, before going on loan to Chalfont St Peter in January 1990, and being transferred to Harrow for an undisclosed fee in March 1990. While at Hayes, his most significant contribution was an equalizing penalty in the FA Cup tie at Peterborough in November 1989. He also gained Middlesex County honours in 1989. He stayed with Harrow until September 1990, then joined St Albans (Sept 1990-Feb. 1991), Woking (Feb.-Dec. 1991), Kingstonian, Sutton (1993-), Wycombe Wanderers and Stevenage, where he was captain. He rejoined Brentford in 1997 for £50,000, but injury curtailed his Football League career and he ended up at Slough Town.
One of the all-time great Hayes goalscorers was the popular Johnny Bartholomew. Johnny, whose nickname was ‘Noddy’, joined the Army at 18 as a parachutist and was stationed in Germany. He represented the British Troops in Berlin as a centre-half and played for his battalion as a left-half. On leaving the Army, although trained as a carpenter and joiner, he became a postman, a job which sometimes caused him to miss matches at Christmas. He came to Hayes in 1951 as a right-back from local football with Brentford Celtic and Mono Athletic. He was soon converted to a centre-forward, who could also play to great effect on either wing. During his first two seasons with Hayes, in which he scored 31 goals in 54 games, he often found himself in the reserves, as second choice behind Ron Ayres, so he joined Hendon, but returned before the season was over. Strangely, his first games on his return were at right-back. Thereafter he played for Hayes until 1960, making over 177 competitive appearances and scoring 126 goals. He celebrated his 100th goal in all matches when netting his second against Redhill during Hayes’ Athenian League championship season, although he missed the final games through injury. Johnny twice represented the Athenian League, against the Isthmian League in 1958 and against champions Barnet in 1959, and signed on Brentford’s books as an amateur in March 1958. When he moved home to Aylesbury in the summer of 1958, the local club, St Albans and Hitchin all made efforts to sign him, but he remained with Hayes. He took a break from football in December 1959, and then joined Wycombe in February 1960, captaining the club the following season.
Carl Bartley was a Luther Blissett-like centre-forward, whose menace was let down by his inability to finish. He was brought from Dulwich Hamlet at the start of Hayes’ Conference career, but never really made the position his own. He made 6+11 appearances and scored only one goal - but that goal was a corker, against Grays Athletic in the FA Cup. He left Hayes to join Bromley, and thereafter played for a succession of clubs, including Walton & Hersham and Croydon.
Gordon's unrelated namesake, Peter Bartlett, came to Hayes in 1985 from Epsom & Ewell, having previously played for Hampton for seven years, and Leatherhead for two. In his two full seasons at Hayes, Peter made 75+12 appearances and was twice chosen as sportsman of the year. He left in November 1987 to join Staines, for whom he played against Hayes in 1990 before following manager Alan gane to Wealdstone..
Marvin Bartley was a the first, and youngest, of three brothers to play for the Missioners in the last couple of years prior to the merger. A former FEDO player, Marvin moved to Burnham to get first team football before making a swift return to Church Road where he made his Hayes debut in February 2005. He quit the club again just after the start of the 2006/07 season having made 59+5 appearances, netting twice.
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