John Hayes (rugby league)

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John Hayes
Personal information
Full nameJohn Thomas Hayes
Born (1939-05-25) 25 May 1939 (age 81)
Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Position Second-row, Prop, Hooker
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1961–70 Western Suburbs 160140042
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1961 New South Wales 20000
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
198384 North Sydney 502222644
Source: [1]

John "Chow" Hayes is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s and 1970s. He played for Western Suburbs in the NSWRL competition, as a prop , hooker or second-row.

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Early life

Hayes was born in Marrickville and left school at 14 to pursue a career in panel beating and also as a professional rugby league footballer. He played his junior rugby league with a number of clubs most notably Granville where he caught the attention of Western Suburbs.

Playing career

Hayes made his first grade debut against Newtown in 1961 at Henson Park which Wests won 25-15. In the same year, Hayes played in the 1961 grand final defeat against St George. Hayes was also selected to play for New South Wales in 1961, featuring in two matches. In the following two years, Western Suburbs played against St George again in the grand final losing on both occasions with Hayes featuring in those matches. The 1963 grand final is remembered for the wet and muddy conditions the players competed in and for the photograph of Norm Provan and Arthur Summons embracing at full time which later became an enduring image of rugby league. There were also accusations that the referee had taken a bribe before the match and stood to earn 600 pounds if St George were to win but this allegation was never proven. Hayes played a further eight seasons and retired at the end of 1970. [2] [3]

Post playing

Hayes coached the Wests reserve grade side in the early 1970s and then coached North Sydney between 1983 and 1984. Hayes later became a Chief Inspector in the NSW Police Force and was inducted as a life member at Western Suburbs.

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References

  1. "John Hayes - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". Rugbyleagueproject.org.
  2. "John Hayes recalls the controversy of '63". Wests Tigers. 12 April 2013.
  3. "Noel Kelly's Kids - Interview with John "Chow" Hayes West's Through and Through". noelkellyskids.info.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ron Willey
1980-1982
Coach
North Sydney colours.svg
North Sydney

1983-1984
Succeeded by
Greg Hawick
1985