Bacon - Bandy
Immediately after the Second World War Hayes was blessed with two brothers, of whom one progressed into professional football and the other gave the club long service. Cyril Bacon was an inside-forward who made 31 appearances, scoring 11 goals, including a hat-trick against Carshalton in the London Senior Cup. He turned professional with Clapton Orient in July 1946. Stan Bacon also started as an inside-forward. In 1940, at the age of 16, he was invited by Ted Vizard to play for QPR Juniors. He then played for Fulham Juniors and Acton Town before military service took him off to Scotland. Stan joined his brother Cyril at Hayes in 1945 and played half a dozen games, before spending short spells at Hounslow and Southall. He reapplied to join Hayes in February 1946, but played only twice more that season and did not play regularly until 1947-8. By the following season he was installed at wing-half, where he was a fearless tackler and constructive distributor of the ball. In his Hayes career, which lasted until May 1953, he played 183 games and scored 28 goals.
Roy Bailey scored goals wherever he went. He spent only two seasons with Hayes (1948-50) and scored 47 goals in 54 matches in a side which boasted John Gregory and George Jones. He was described by the Middlesex Advertiser as ‘a slow-moving but effective and clever inside-forward of the [Phil] Nolan type’, and by the Hayes News as ‘an enigma of local football’. This was because of his inability to stay with one club for any length of time, no matter how successful he had been. In the days when players demonstrated incredible loyalty to a club, he joined Southall in summer 1950, Yiewsley in summer 1952, playing against Hayes in the FA Cup in September 1952, and Hounslow, where he had previously played, in 1953. His greatest performance for Hayes was against Yiewsley in the FA Cup in October 1949, when he almost single-handedly managed to salvage a draw with both goals, including a late equaliser. The cartoonist of the Middlesex Advertiser summed it all up admirably – does the gown and the reference to Euclid indicate that he was a Maths master? While with Hayes, Bailey gained county honours and was selected for an FA XI.
The most recent of the name was Steve Baker, a midfielder with previous experience at Tottenham, Brentford, Southall and Yeading. Joining Hayes in 1992, he played a total of 97+34 games, scoring 27 goals until his last appearance in 1996. His last season, the first in the Conference, was dogged by injury and he played only 1+1 games. In 1997 he moved on to Yeading and then, briefly, to Hendon. He played for Egham Town against us in a pre-season friendly in July 2003. He will always be remembered as the player at Carshalton who provided the high cross-field pass from which Junior Haynes scored the crucial third goal to gain promotion to the National Conference in May 1996.
EA (Ted) Ballard was one of three Hayes players to turn professional with Clapton (later Leyton) Orient in the immediately post-war period. He was a left-half and had time to play only four times before joining the Orient in April 1946. He later played for Southampton and Brentford. Ted passed away in 2008 just days short of his 88th birthday.
Harry Bamford was one of several players in the 1930s to try their luck in the Football League with Brentford. He had come to Hayes from Ealing YMCA, and was already on Brentford’s books as an amateur. While Leslie Smith and Len Townsend, for example, enjoyed immediate success, Harry had to wait nearly five years to make his début in the war-time competition. When he did get chosen, it was at outside-left, whereas his four appearances for Hayes in April 1936 had been at left-back. Nevertheless, he scored one goal in his three appearances, as he did in his only other games for Brentford, in the 1945-6 season. But at least he had the satisfaction of scoring against Arsenal. He was described as ‘very fast with a splendid kick’, and later played for Brighton. During the war he was twice mentioned in despatches in Italy, serving as a Warrant Officer, and was subsequently awarded an MBE. However, he died young in a tragic accident in 1949.
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