Hayes chief has no plans to re­vert to for­mer name

Brook House FC changed name in 2007

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AFC Hayes chair­man Barry Stone ad­mits he’s not a fan of his club’s name – but he has no in­ten­tion of chang­ing it back to Brook House.

The club adopted the moniker in 2007, when it was felt a name re­flect­ing the area, rather than the pub the team was born out of, would en­hance their pro­file.

De­spite a re­turn to the club’s step five roots – af­ter rel­e­ga­tion from Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral of the South­ern League – Hayes will stick with the name it has gone by for the last eight years.

Stone said: “Part of the prob­lem AF­TER a thrilling cli­max, Hayes CC ended their los­ing streak and climbed off the bot­tom of the ta­ble. Slough put Hayes in and took five wick­ets for 57 in 13 overs de­spite a solid ef­fort from Ga­gan Sharma. Caleb Kent’s dogged de- is our name gives the wrong im­pres­sion. The board at the time thought chang­ing it would get more spon­sor­ship, but that came to noth­ing. It was done for the right rea­sons, but they could have come up with a bet­ter name, like Hayes North or Charville, where we are based.

“We just end up get­ting con­fused with Hayes & Yead­ing. We’ve had am­bu­lances turn up here meant for them, and vice versa. I’ve thought about chang­ing it back, but you have to jump through so many hoops.”

Fol­low­ing rel­e­ga­tion, Hayes were orig­i­nally bound for the Spar­tan South Mid­lands League (SSMFL), where they played for 16 years be­fore be­ing pro­moted in 2004, but were swiftly di­verted into the Com­bined Coun­ties ter­mi­na­tion to give top-scorer, Michael Green the strike led to a part­ner­ship of 85 but when both lost their wick­ets, only 12 more runs were added for a 154 to­tal.

Quick wick­ets from Green and Claudius Way­land rocked Slough, but by the time Way­nard took the ninth wicket, Slough had 149 and needed five more to win. League, where their cam­paign be­gins at old South­ern League ri­vals Ash­ford Town (Middx), on Satur­day.

Stone said: “We were orig­i­nally put in the SSMFL, but three days later the FA put us into the Com­bined Coun­ties League with no rea­son given. To be truth­ful, the trav­el­ling is bet­ter. There will be a lot new teams but a lot of lo­cal ones too. You al­ways like to think you will be up there, but there are de­cent teams in this league who have been play­ing in it for a while, I would be happy with any­thing above a mid-ta­ble fin­ish.

“We were dis­ap­pointed with our rel­e­ga­tion, but we’ve ac­cepted it now. We had nine sea­sons in the South­ern League, which a club our size should be proud of.”

The man in the man­age­rial Two runs fol­lowed and an edge bounced shy of Ra­man Lall. But the bats­men both ended up at the bowler’s end, al­low­ing wicket keeper Ge­orge Pain­ter to stump for the game. Green was man of the match with 80 and 5-32.

In Di­vi­sion 2a, Old Mer­chant Tay­lor’s drew with Che­sham II. In Di­vi­sion 4a, Ruis­lip beat NPL Teddington and Hilling­don Manor lost to Datchet II. hot­seat will be Paul Palmer – de­spite him be­ing un­able to stave off rel­e­ga­tion – hav­ing taken over mid­way through the sea­son fol­low­ing Ian Crane’s de­par­ture.

Stone added: “Paul had a tough job, but we had a long chat and de­cided to give him the op­por­tu­nity to to see what he could do start­ing from scratch.”

Hayes look likely to lose Melvin Min­ter and Jake Cass, who are on trial at Hen­don, but have snapped up Uxbridge’s Max Hub­bard as well as Hayes-born for­mer Ply­mouth Ar­gyle re­serve team midfielder Jor­dan Berry.

Mean­while, North­wood and Uxbridge, who Hayes left be­hind in South­ern One Cen­tral, be­gin their sea­sons at home to Ar­lesey Town and Roys­ton Town, re­spec­tively, on Satur­day.

n DE­PAR­TURE: AFC Hayes’ Jake Cass, right, is on trial at Hen­don but

the club have signed for­mer Ply­mouth re­serve

Jor­dan Berry, inset

Shane Dempsey NL20148927 (inset photo cour­tesy of

Ply­mouth Ar­gyle FC)

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