Adie Hayes

Adie Hayes, who sadly died on August 18th, 2014 as a result of a brain tumour, was a midfield player for both the Lilywhites and Cambridge United.

Born in Norwich on May 22nd, 1978, he joined the youth setup at Cambridge United at the time that the U's were managed by John Beck. Then just 14, he made his first team debut four years later. At this time the U's were managed by former West Ham United player, Tommy Taylor. After 31 league appearances, he left Cambridge United in June 1998 for Kettering Town. There he made his debut in a pre-season friendly against Peterborough United. He subsequently made his league debut for Kettering against Yeovil Town on August 15th. After 14 first team appearances, the last being in the 3rd round of the F.A. Trophy against Kingstonian in January 1999, he signed for Diss Town.

In February 2000 he was on the move again as Boston United paid a fee of £4,000 for him. His stay at Boston was a short one as in October, they sold him to King's Lynn for half what they had paid for him. At King's Lynn he made 94 first team appearances, scoring 13 goals (6 of which were from the penalty spot).

In May 2002, he joined Cambridge City for a four figure fee and was to spend one season at Milton Road making 35 league appearances and in the process scored 3 goals. In May 2003 he was re-united with this former Cambridge United boss, Tommy Taylor, at Farnborough. He made 33 league appearances under Tommy at Farnborough, before he joined AFC Sudbury shortly before the start of the 2004.5 season. He made his AFC Sudbury debut in the pre-season friendly against Desborough Town at King's Meadow on July 17th, 2004 but in another pre-season friendly ruptured his cruciate ligament in his knee and as a result needed a major operation to repair it. This kept him out for the game for about 9 months before he was fit enough to come on as a substitute on April 14th, 2005. He also took part in the F.A. Vase Final that year but it was not until September 3rd, 2005 that he started a league match for AFC Sudbury. Despite playing throughout the 2005/6 season, he found himself not required for the following season, so he joined Mildenhall Town. He was shown the red card in his first competitive match for Mildenhall and on September 11th, 2006 joined Dereham Town. He remained at Dereham until the middle of 2008 when he returned to Diss Town. In February 2009, he thought of retiring due to a knee injury but decided to battle on but it was not until the start of the 2010/11 season that he played again, by which time he was with Fakenham Town. he continued to play for Fakenham until he was diagnosed with a brain tumour, which eventually ended his life.

Sources inc; Wikipedia and the websites of Kettering Town and AFC Sudbury Football Clubs.