The North West Counties Football League
Published 12th May 2012
After ten years at the Holt House Stadium, Hayes admits it was a tough decision to make but as he explained, he believes that the time is now right to go.
“It comes with a saddened heart, but I feel it's time to move to pastures new,” he said. “With a young family amongst other reasons, it's about time to let the younger lads take over. I've enjoyed my time with Colne and gave them my everything, playing wherever needed, sometimes not in preferred positions, but for the good of the team. This season I've played every outfield position and only missed three games all season.
“Looking back over the years, the most memorable year was 2004/05, reaching the semi-final of the FA Vase, and beating the undefeated AFC Wimbledon in front of four thousand people on the way. Also winning the league and cup, and scoring the club’s 100th goal that season was a highlight, and scoring the two that won the league away at Leek wasn't bad either!
“Also, a couple of seasons ago, for the last fourteen games I was put up front as emergency striker, and finished the leading scorer for the club that season. I've been known more recently for the versatility more than anything, hence playing anywhere on the park - perhaps, as manager Nigel Coates has said, it's my only downfall.
“Other offers came in from within the division and above, but Colne FC grips you. It's very much like a family, you just don't want to leave. I had a few little injuries over the years, but the club always stood by me.
“I can't give enough love and praise to the hard working lads and girls behind the scenes. One or two I've known now for one third of my life!
“Good luck to all at the club, and hopefully I'll be up watching with my two young children next season, when I'm sure we'll be pushing for honours. Also, I’d like to give a big thank you not just to everyone at Colne FC, but to the league and officials, and all clubs and players whom I've made friends with over the years.”