Faal-Thomas - Flynn
Jomo Faal-Thomas came into the first team as an emergency right-back in December 2006 and despite his tender 18 years he played the game like a seasoned pro. A very quick and thoughtful defender who also played for and toured South Korea with the England colleges side during the season. At the time of the merger he had made 15 appearances for the Missioners.
Bill Farlam was another former Uxbridge player, who joined Hayes in the summer of 1962, but from Hendon, whom he had helped to win the Athenian League championship. He was a highly reputed goalkeeper, who played for Middlesex, FA XIs, and the Middlesex Wanderers, touring Holland and Germany with them in 1961, as well as playing in five amateur international trials. But he lost form with Hayes, conceding 65 goals in 39 matches, and returned to Uxbridge in 1963.
The war years deprived Hayes of the services of Bert Farrow at his most effective. Formerly on the ground staff at Brentford (the earlier equivalent of a training apprenticeship), he joined Hayes in 1937. He was an outside-right, who had an eye for goal; in 46 matches, he scored 17 goals. He also represented the Athenian League side in the annual match against the champions in 1939. He was called up for service in the Army in October 1939, and in June 1940 was reported as having sailed for an unknown destination, suspected to be Iceland. After the war he played for Southall.
Whenever the name of Hayes is mentioned on the radio, it is usually in connection with Les Ferdinand, its most famous (and lucrative) son. After playing for Southall in the FA Vase final at Wembley in 1986, he joined Hayes at the age of 19. In most of the next season he made 39 appearances, scoring 19 goals, and being sent off twice. He was transferred to QPR in March 1987 for the then enormous fee for a non-league club of £30,000. But Hayes received a far greater windfall when QPR sold him to Newcastle United for £6 million in 1995, for Hayes had inserted a 10% sell-on clause into the contract with QPR, and collected a cool £600,000. In time, this sum enabled Hayes both to mount a challenge for promotion and to bring the ground up to standard for the Conference; it also funded the first few seasons in the Conference. The rest of Les’ story is pretty well common knowledge – it was also fully documented in a Hayes programme. But he does have a unique for an ex-Hayes player – he is the only one to have had an autobiography published. Les was also awarded an MBE in the Queens' 2005 birthday honours list.
If he could have known of the fabulous sums of money involved in the 1990s, Arthur Findlator would have turned in his grave. He was raised in Southall, attending the Tudor Road School and joining Southall Imperial FC, playing in the Uxbridge District League. He joined Botwell Mission from the Imps in November 1921 and was a fixture at outside-left from then until the end of January 1927, when he announced that he wanted a rest from football. In fact, he played only once more for the Mission, at the start of the 1927-8 season. During this period he played an amazing (for the time) 183 times, scoring 29 goals. He was listed in the QPR squad for 1922-3, but did not play for the 1st team, and was selected for Middlesex many times. After retiring from senior football, he continued playing for Hayes Wasps, sometimes forming a left-wing partnership with young Jack Sutcliffe. He also took part in the Hayes Past v Hayes Present match in May 1938. He was employed by the Gramophone Company (EMI) and celebrated working 48 years there in 1963.
The last entry in this section is of a player who earned nothing but respect at Church Road. Lee Flynn, whose brother, Ben, also features in the table below, was a left-sided player, an overlapping wing-back and sometime sweeper, who allied speed and intelligence, with a lot of commitment, as well as having an eye for goal. He came to Hayes from Hendon in January 1995, having previously played for Boreham Wood, Wingate & Finchley and Romford. He formed part of the dream back five of Brady, Cox, Goodliffe, Kelly and Flynn in the promotion season and was the penultimate member of that team to leave in January 2001, when he was transferred for a bargain £13,500 to Barnet, who were then in the Football League. He thus achieved, albeit briefly, his ambition of playing League football. During his time at Hayes, he made 247+6 appearances and scored 26 goals. In June 2003 he made the inevitable move to Stevenage to help create an ex-Hayes back line in Hertfordshire.
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