The last couple of days have seen a James depart and another arrive at Hayes & Yeading United.
James Harper has decided he wants to return to the National League South arena and has consequently signed for Hungerford Town while at the same time we welcome former Cheltenham Town midfielder James McCarthy to United, the 19 year-old arriving from Kidlington in time to link up with the squad for today's trip to King's Lynn Town.
We wish Harps all the best with his new club and thank him for his efforts at United while welcoming James McCarthy to the United squad.
FA trophy v Hitchin Town will be played at Beaconsfield SYCOB, any replay will be at Hitchin Town on Monday 31st October.
Tuesday 8th November will be at home to Egham Town in the Southern League Cup, venue tbc.
We progress in the Middlesex Senior Cup then the above date will see us at home to Uxbridge in the MSC with the Egham game moving back 7 days to the 15th.
Cockfosters away is now 13th December in the Middlesex Charity Cup.
Mickey Steps Down
After discussions with manager Mickey Lewis over the weekend, it has been mutually agreed that Mickey will step down as first team manager of Hayes & Yeading United with immediate effect.
Mickey will however continue to work with the development of the next round of young talent through the Academy System.
Director of Football Tristan Lewis will take the reins for the forthcoming games on a caretaker basis, and the search for a new Manager has already started, with a view to them taking over as soon as possible to guide the club up the Southern League Premier table.
Rest in Peace Jack
It is with much regret I report the passing, on 21st September, of Jack Rawlings, Hayes FC's most honoured player from the golden age of amateur football.
Jack, born in Hackney, was 93 years of age. I found Jack a modest man, friendly and intelligent with a faultless memory, a true gentleman and a pleasure to talk football with.
He was the finest player to wear the Hayes colours, a schemer, playmaker and goalscorer who was respected throughout the amateur game.
His first taste of senior football was playing as a sixteen year-old for Leyton Orient’s first team and as a junior in the West Ham ‘A’ team a year later. Whilst at Orient in 1941 he was approached by Arsenal but war service intervened and early in 1942 he joined the East Riding Yeomanry, a tank regiment. He was badly wounded on D-Day when his tank was blown up but returned to see the war to it's conclusion, leaving the army in December 1946.
Jack joined Enfield in January 1947 and within a year had gained Athenian League, FA XI, Middlesex and, after scoring twice for The Rest against the England team, the first of 12 international caps. Jack gained ten England Amateur caps at Enfield and another one after he joined Hayes. His first international honour was in January 1948 against Wales at Bangor, scoring twice. The national press said afterwards: “Rawlings, who played splendidly, was easily the best England forward.”
Jack also scored in the next two England matches against Ireland at Norwich and Scotland at Hampden Park. He then played in the numerous trials matches and was selected for the Great Britain squad that competed in the 1948 Olympic Games in London, narrowly missing the bronze medal.
Offers to turn professional soon followed, Wolves, Blackburn, Bolton and Burnley all tried to lure Jack into their ranks. Jack, however, had a good well-paid job and the professional game didn't have the same appeal or financial rewards as it did in later years.