A Look At The Other Clubs in Division 1 Central
The first club we look at is AFC Hayes.
Manager: Danny Vincent
Facilities: Hot & Cold Refreshments are provided at pitch side at the end of the changing room block.
The clubhouse is fully licensed and is open on all matchdays. Large TV's provide a full program of sporting coverage from Premier League, The Championship, to Live European matcheds and other major sporting events
AFC Hayes changed the name of their senior teams from Brook House Football Club at the end of season 2006/2007.
The club was formed in 1974, springing from local Saturday sides Charville and Hayes North.
Success soon followed in the lower divisions of the Hayes and District Sunday League culminating in winning the Middlesex Sunday Junior Cup. Success continued with two League and Cup winning doubles before a switch to Saturday football in 1982 joining the now defunct South West Middlesex League.
Brook House then became founder members of The Middlesex County League before they joined the London Spartan League in 1989 when they were awarded senior status. In their first season, despite not finishing in one of the two promotion spots they were promoted to the Premier Division.
See the light
In 1992 the club had their floodlights erected, and to mark the occasion, Chelsea were the first opponents under lights at Farm Park. In the same season, the final of the Spartan League Cup was reached, but Cheshunt took the trophy.
With the advent of their lights, the club was able to enter the FA Cup, and on two occasions they have reached the first qualifying round, most notably in 1995/1996 when they held Conference side Stevenage Borough to a 0-0 draw away only to lose the replay at home.
For the kids
Brook House have always been noted for their thriving Youth Teams and in 1997 they appointed Mickey Harvey as manager with the express purpose of linking the Youth and Senior set ups . The move proved very successful as in Mick's first season the club were Minerva Spartan South Midlands Premier Division (South) champions and in the following season the under 18 side won their section of the Allied Counties Youth League and then became champion of champions.
In 1999/2000 the club were runners up in the Premier Division of The Spartan South Midlands League and were Premier Division Cup winners. The reserve side won the Middlesex County League and Cup double and gained entry to The Suburban League for season 2000/2001.
The following season they won their geographical division and were promoted to The Premier Division.
"In 2005/6 we won the last ever Isthmian League Associate Members Trophy beating Hertford 3 - 1 in the final"
At the end of the 2001/2002 season, manager Mickey Harvey decided to try pastures new, with Bob Strutton taking over.
2003/2004 saw all the hard work and belief in younger players pay off, and we were never out of the top three in the league, eventually achieving second place. The lads also won the Challenge Trophy and were runners - up in the Premier Cup. Having just missed out promotion to the new National Step 4, we were invited into the Ryman Isthmian League Division 2.
In the close season, Bob decided to call it a day, so the Club again promoted from within. Joe Mitchell as manager with Colin Murphy as assistant and head coach.
2004-5 was a very good year - 3rd in the league and last 16 of the FA Vase, the Reserves won the Middlesex Premier Cup on penalties and were sill in the Suburban Premier. In 2005/6 we won the last ever Isthmian League Associate Members Trophy beating Hertford 3 - 1 in the final.
In the League we eventually finished third on goal difference behind Ware and Witham Town, but that placing and the E Level ground -grading saw us promoted to the newly -formed Step 4 Level and into The Southern League South & West Division.
After a promising start to the season we had a very indifferent second half, but we managed to achieve our main ambition of staying at this level. The highlight was coming runners-up in the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup.
From 2007/2008 the club started with the new name for our senior sides AFC HAYES. The Youth section are still carrying on our historic club name.
The 2008/2009 Season was the most successful season to date and the team finsihed 7th in the Southern League. This was overshadowed by winning the Middlesex Senior Cup for the very first time in the club's history. A 2-0 win over Hendon brought the trophy back to Farm Park.
The 2009/2010 season will start with a new management team of Dale Welch, assisted by Thomas O'Donaghue and Terry Welch in what we believe to be a very bright future for the club.