Hayes chief has no plans to revert to former name
Brook House FC changed name in 2007
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)