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Season Preview - Heath Hayes

9 months ago By Web Master

Today's MFL Division 1 team in focus is Heath Hayes

Heath Hayes FC

In 1965 they broke away from Heath Hayes CO-OP Youth Club and formed their own team which they then called Heath Hayes United.

There first season was spent in the Cannock Youth League and they ran the team from the Five Ways Inn, because of this they were not very popular with the Area Youth Organiser.

After that they joined the Cannock Chase League Division Two, rapidly gaining promotion to Division One and then into the Premier League as well as having a brief flirtation with Sunday football. They also changed their headquarters to the Constitutional Club, so the club then took the name of Heath Hayes Cons F.C.

In the early 1970`s the club spent a couple of seasons in the Mid Staffs League, before joining the Staffs County League (South), where they spent 15 very mixed and eventful seasons. In 1989 the Club moved back to the Five Ways and changed its name to Heath Hayes F.C. They also took the bold decision to join the Staffordshire Senior League.

They then changed leagues again to the West Midlands Regional League in 1996 where they spent 10 seasons. During this time they became winners of the League Division 1 in the 98/99 season and won the Staffs F.A. Senior Vase Competition in 2002.

Changes occurred in 2006 when a new committee and new manager Simon Davies were appointed. Due to boundary changes the club was moved into the Midland Combination Premier Division where they finished a respectable 8th.

The 07/08 season saw the introduction of the clubs first junior team, with Heath Hayes Under 12’s competing in the Lichfield recreational League. The senior team had a successful run in the FA Vase and also reached the final of the Walsall Senior Cup.

08/09 season proved to be a successful season as the club won the Staffordshire Vase beating Ball Haye Green in a gripping final. It was also the first time the club entered the FA Cup unfortunately losing their opening tie.

09/10 season saw the club achieve charter standard status and made history by winning the league title and being promoted into the Midland Football Alliance.

At the end of 2012/13 season Simon Davies stood down as Manager after 7 years with the club and the role was taken over by Steve Taylor. Hayes survived relegation that year and the club also celebrated it`s 50th birthday with a party in a marquee on the pitch at the end of the season. The continued growth of the club that year resulted in Hayes having the largest number of junior teams in it`s history with 16 teams ranging from under 7`s to under 21`s.

Taylor resigned from the 1st team manager role soon after the start of the 2014/15 season began and Simon Davies returned to the club only 18 months after he had left. The club again avoided relegation by the narrowest of margins that season but the following season the club could not repeat this and were relegated to division 1 of the newly formed Midland Football League. The U21`s however had a successful season, winning the North West League title. Last season Davies took charge again and further progress occurred at the club as the partnership with the Five Ways Inn pub, which had been it`s hospitality venue for many years, ended with the club having it`s own clubhouse on site. Davies steered his young Hayes side to a creditable 8th position and also clinched the Staffordshire Vase for the third time in the club’s history.

This season Life President John Deans has taken over as Chairman of the club. On the pitch Davies started as Manager but resigned in November with Jamie Hawkins taking over as 1st team Manager.

Founded:- 1965
Nickname:- The Hayes
Ground:- Coppice Colliery Ground
Capacity:- 1,000
Record Attendance:- ??
Best FA Cup Performance:- Preliminary Round (2009/10, 2010/11, 2012/13)
Best FA Trophy performance:- N/A
Best FA Vase Performance:- 3rd Round (2007/08, 2010/11)
2016/17 League Performance:- 14th Midland Football League 1st Division
Top Scorer:- Joe Hartshorne (11 goals)

Heath Hayes – The Last 10 Seasons

2007/08MFC P4218101499806410th
2008/09MFC P401751856795610th
2009/10MFC P42294912860911st
2010/11MID AL4420111384837111th
2011/12MID AL421491976905114th
2012/13MID AL4212723641114318th
2013/14MID AL429112254923618th
2014/15MFL P4261026431122822nd
2015/16MFL 138204145743648th
2016/17MFL 1381281867694414th

Updated 13:24 - 14 Jul 2017 by Web Master

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