A Goode day at the Bridge
Former Hayes defender warms up at Chelsea fixture FOOTBALL
FORMER AFC Hayes defender Charlie Goode was gracing the Stamford Bridge turf at the weekend as his remarkable rise up the football pyramid continued.
The ex-Brook centre-back strode out to complete the warm-up with Scunthorpe United ahead of the Iron’s FA Cup defeat to Chelsea in front of 42,000 supporters, including TV star and Blues fan Jeremy Clarkson.
Goode did not make the United squad for the 2-0 third round loss but soaked up all the atmosphere and got a closer look at his football idol John Terry, who also had a watching brief in west London.
The 20-year-old had 30 members of his family in the Shed End to see the latest chapter in his fledgling career after the disappointment of failed spells at Watford and Fulham as a youngster.
He had enjoyed time at Hayes’ near neighbours Harefield, but it was at Farm Park where Goode really started to attract the attention of scouts.
A move to Hendon followed in November 2014 and the eagleeyed watchers followed him to Earlsmead, with the Iron finally taking the plunge and offering him a professional contract.
Hayes, meanwhile, had no game on Saturday as mother nature put paid to their Combined Counties Premier Division clash with Epsom.
In the Southern League Division One Central, Niko Muir and Bayley Brown were on target for Northwood in a 2-2 draw with AFC Rushden & Diamonds at Chestnut Avenue.
Uxbridge also got a game on despite the torrential rain, but they were beaten 1-0 by Barton Rovers at Honeycroft. HAYES & Yeading United manager Garry Haylock is hoping to give debuts to two new players at Whitehawk this weekend.
Haylock’s boys put their feet up on Saturday as the appalling weather left the York Road pitch unplayable for the visit of Dartford.
But while there has been little action on the field of late, Haylock has been busy off of it and has recruited Darren Purse and Ashley Lodge from Ryman Premier outfit Staines Town.
Purse is the more eye-catching of the two arrivals and brings experience of 550 Premier League and Football League matches with the likes of Birmingham, West Brom, Cardiff and Millwall.
He will combine his playing role at Hayes & Yeading with an academy management role with Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central outfit AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
Purse’s impressive career has seen him command transfer fees totalling in excess of £3million, as well as having played in a League Cup final and experiencing an FA Cup final from the dugout with the Lions.
Lodge is a 26-year-old midfielder and came up through the ranks with the Swans, spending his early years on a dual registration deal with near-neighbours Staines Lammas.
He re-joined Staines Town in January 2013 and was voted player of the year in the 2013-14 season after months of excellent performances.
United lie in 18th place in the National League South going into this weekend’s clash with Whitehawk, who occupy eighth spot in the standings.
n BIG STAGE: Charlie Goode (No 20) warming up against Chelsea; (left bottom) Goode while at AFC Hayes; (left top) Chelsea against Scunthorpe
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