Who Is Barry Hayles?
Barrington Edward “Barry” Hayles is a former professional footballer. He is a striker and is most famous for his premier league goals for Fulham. He is Londoner born and bred, which contributed to his desire to move to Fulham when the opportunity came along. In 1998 Fulham paid a then whopping 2.7m to Bristol Rovers to secure his services. His current appearance and goals record can be seen below. He made his last league appearance in league football for Cheltenham in the 2009/2010 season making 42 appearances in all competitions.
Barry Hayles in his Prime
Barry Hayles reached his peak for Fulham playing in the premier league. He scored 13 goals in the premier league for Fulham at a time when they were coming up from the championship and trying to establish themselves. Hayles was released from Fulham at the end of his contract. He played for Sheffield United, Millwall , Plymouth and Leicester in the championship over the following year. He might perhaps be considered as player who was too good for the championship , but not quite premier league class for the bulk of his career. His Highlights during his time in the Premier League included scoring an equaliser against London rivals Chelsea. Hayles also grabbed a brace in a 2–0 win over Everton. When Fulham memorably beat Tottenham Hotspur (The club Barry supports) 3–0 away from home Barry Hayles scored twice.
What is he doing now?
The love affair between Barry Hayles and football, did not stop after his stopped playing professionally in 2010. Hayles went on to play for several non league clubs. He played for Truro City on 3 separate occasions , the first being spell starting in 2010. He would also play for St Albans City, Arlesey Town, Chesham and Windsor.
That brings up to the current day, where Hayles is the player/assistant manager for Merstham. He is approaching 50 yr. old and given his desire over the years to carry on going, it is likely he make an appearance after his 50th birthday.
What does the future hold for Barry Hayles?
The future of Hayles, will most certainly be in the dugout. Hayles has been credited with saying “I love coaching and I definitely want to go the management route”. Given his vast experience throughout the football pyramid, he would certainly bring a lot to the table. For now we can enjoy the possibility of him coming on for Merstham and maybe grabbing another goal to his already impressive career tally.