Gilson - Gordon
Les Gilson was a member of the Athenian League championship side in 1956-7. A wing-half, he arrived from Guildford City in the autumn of 1955 and made his début in the Christmas game at Southall. He made the left-half spot his own for the championship season, playing in every league game and missing only a Middlesex Charity Cup match. He took over the captaincy from Derek Williams in October 1958, but played his last games for Hayes in November. During his stay, he made 103 appearances and scored four goals. He joined Kingstonian in January 1959, playing in their losing Amateur Cup final for 1960. He moved to Nottingham for his work in 1961 and turned out as an amateur for Notts County, before returning to Kingstonian for 1962-3 season. He played against Hayes for Kingstonian in November 1963 and for Leatherhead in April 1965.
Bobby Goldthorpe was 27 when he came to Hayes in the summer of 1977. He had already played for Crystal Palace as a 17-year-old, where he stayed for three years before joining Charlton Athletic. He went on loan to Aldershot during this time, and then joined Brentford, where he played 23+2 games in 1976-7. With his wealth of experience as a former professional, he assumed the captain’s armband and played the whole of the 1977-8 season, and a Middlesex Charity Cup tie at the start of the next. All told, he made 46+4 appearances for Hayes at centre-half. A South Londoner, who lived in Upper Norwood, he was a representative for an insurance company.
Had he been simply a player, George Goode would have merited no more than a mention in the They also played… table. Indeed, his exploits on the field of play were meagre. Coming up from the ‘A’ team as an inside-forward, he made 13 appearances in 1964-5, mainly at wing-half, scoring once. At this time he was .also on the groundstaff of Middlesex Cricket Club at Lords. He left for Southall in the summer of 1965, but rejoined Hayes two years later, making one appearance in a pre-season friendly before joining Chesham United. Next season he wore the colours of Walton & Hersham. In 1976 he got into management at Addlestone, where he stayed for three years before being sacked. In January 1980 Roy Ruffell invited him to be his assistant at Church Road. He remained in this capacity until January 1983, making a further 1+3 appearances as an emergency, when he replaced Ruffell. On taking over, he commented that his style would be less abrasive than his predecessor, with an emphasis on playing attractive football. It certainly worked. Under his charge, Hayes finished higher than they ever had done before in the Isthmian League, and even topped the table for the first time. During 1983, he three times won the coveted Manager of the Month award, including back-to-back awards in October and November. But all good things come to an end and he was sacked in November 1986 after a 10-match non-winning run. He later managed Viking Sports in 1993-4.
Not many players had careers which spanned the 2nd World War, but Joe Gooderham was one of them – in fact his career spanned the period from 1936 to 1948, and his appearances were limited by a broken collar bone which he sustained playing for the reserves at Redhill in March 1938. His injury was so bad that he was kept in hospital overnight and later awarded £3/3s compensation by the Middlesex FA. He did not play again until the 1945-6 season, when he made the lion’s share of his 38 appearances for the first team over five playing seasons and 12 years. He was typical of his era, in that he was a regular member of the reserves and filled in, usually at wing-half, when needed. Such players hardly exist nowadays, but they were the bedrock on which clubs such as Hayes relied. It was during the 1945-6 season that he scored his only goal against Wealdstone just before Christmas.
If Joe Gooderham was an unsung hero, by contrast Jason Goodliffe was one of Hayes’ most lauded sons. Born into a footballing family – his father, Dave, who always watched his son from the half-way line, had played for Harefield and Uxbridge – he was taken on by Brentford and played regularly in the Combination side. When he was released in August 1992 at the age of 18, he joined Hayes and made his début as a substitute in a surprising win at Enfield in March 1993. He was groomed in the back-line alongside Andy Dear and Warren Kelly and came into his own once Terry Brown had been appointed manager in December 1993. By then Andy Cox was back from injury, and the Cox, Kelly, Goodliffe defensive trio would last for four seasons and see Hayes turn from perennial non-achievers to Isthmian League Champions and members of the Conference. Representative honours came Jason’s way early, when he was selected for the Isthmian League XI in November 1995, but would reach a pinnacle when he was selected for the England Non-League XI in 2000. Altogether he won four caps while at Hayes. Over a career lasting nine seasons, Jason made 325+12 appearances and scored 25 goals, including the ‘goal of the century’ against Yeovil in an FA Cup replay from fully 45 yards. He was voted Player of the Year in 1999-2000 and captained the side the following season. He was badly injured in the opening match and missed most of the season, but crucially came back in time to lead a stirring and successful battle against relegation. But Jason clearly needed a new challenge – he had shored up the defence for several seasons and had already rejected overtures from Yeovil. Although a bitter disappointment for the fans, Jason finally joined Stevenage Borough in the summer of 2001. It came as no surprise that Hayes were relegated the following season. Much as his replacement Kenny Dyer led by example, relegation was staring the club in the face. At Stevenage, Jason became a fixed star and went on to captain the international team.
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