A.F.C. Hayes

A.F.C. Hayes are a football club based in Hayes, Greater London, England. Founded in 1974 as Brook House, they are currently members of the Combined Counties League Division One and play at Farm Park.

AFC Hayes
Official crest
Full nameAssociation Football Club Hayes
Nickname(s)The Brooks
Founded1974 (as Brook House)
GroundFarm Park, Hayes
Capacity2,000 (150 seated)[1]
ChairmanBarry Stone
ManagerAlan Galloway
LeagueCombined Counties League Division One
2020–21Combined Counties League Division One (season curtailed)

HistoryEdit

Brook House Football Club was formed as a Sunday league club in 1974 by Saturday clubs Charville and Hayes North and joined Division Seven of the Hayes and District Sunday League. After a successful period that involved several cup and league titles, the club switched to Saturday football in 1982, joining the South-West Middlesex League.[2]

In 1984 they were founder members of the Middlesex County League, where they remained until joining Division One of the Spartan League in 1988. Despite only finishing sixth in 1988–89, they were promoted to the Premier Division.[2] In 1992 floodlights were erected at Park Farm for the first time and officially opened with a friendly against Chelsea, for whom former Brook House player Neil Shipperley scored a hat-trick in a 5–1 win; Shipperley's father Dave managed the club during the 1990s. In 1992–93 they entered the FA Cup for the first time, losing to Aveley in the preliminary round.[3]

When the Spartan and South Midlands League merged in 1997 to form the Spartan South Midlands League, Brook House were placed in the Premier Division South, going on to win the league that season. They were subsequently placed in the Premier Division the following season, where they remained until the end of the 2003–04 season, when they were transferred to Division Two of the Isthmian League after finishing as runners-up.[3]

After two third-placed finishes, the club were promoted to Division One South & West of the Southern League for the 2006–07 season. After finishing 18th in their first season in the Southern League, the club were renamed A.F.C. Hayes in 2007.[3] They moved divisions again in 2010 when they were placed in Division One Central of the Southern League.[4]

The club finished bottom of the division in 2014–15 and were relegated to the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League.[4]

Season-by-season recordEdit

  1. ^ Two points awarded
  2. ^ Three points deducted
  3. ^ Reprieved from relegation

StadiumEdit

A.F.C. Hayes play their home games at Farm Park on Kingshill Avenue in Hayes. The ground has a capacity of 2,000, of which 200 is covered and 150 is seated.[1]

HonoursEdit

  • Isthmian League
    • Associates Member Trophy winners 2005–06[1]
  • Spartan South Midlands League:
    • Premier Division champions 1997–98[3]
    • Premier Cup winners 1999–2000[1]
    • Challenge Trophy winners 2003–04[1]
  • Middlesex Senior Cup
    • Winners: 2008–09[1]

RecordsEdit

  • Best league performance: 3rd in Isthmian League Division Two, 2004–05, 2005–06[3]
  • Best FA Cup performance: Second qualifying round, 2005–06[3]
  • Best FA Trophy performance: First qualifying round, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12[3][4]
  • Best FA Vase performance: Fifth round, 2004–05[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p484 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0
  2. ^ a b History A.F.C. Hayes
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Brook House at the Football Club History Database
  4. ^ a b c AFC Hayes at the Football Club History Database

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°32′05.09″N 0°24′52.95″W / 51.5347472°N 0.4147083°W / 51.5347472; -0.4147083