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Johnny Haynes
Johnny Haynes at Craven Cottage.jpg
Personal information
Full name John Norman Haynes
Date of birth 17 October 1934(1934-10-17)
Place of birth    Kentish Town, London, England
Date of death    18 October 2005 (aged 71)
Place of death    Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Inside-forward
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Toronto City (loan)
Durban City
Durban City
Durban United
Durban Celtic
594 (147)
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National team
1954–1962 England 056 0(18)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

John Norman Haynes (17 October 1934 - 18 October 2005), better known as Johnny Haynes, was an English footballer who played a club-record 658 games and scored 158 goals for Fulham Football Club between 1952 and 1970. An inside forward, Haynes is widely regarded as the greatest footballer ever to play for the London club, particularly noted for his exceptional passing skill and ability to read a game. An accomplished international, he made 56 appearances for his country, including 22 as captain (many of them while playing for Fulham in the Second Division). Haynes became the first player to be paid £100 a week, immediately following the abolition of the £20 maximum wage in 1961.[1] Pelé described 'The Maestro' as the "best passer of the ball I've ever seen".[2]



Johnny Haynes was born in the Kentish Town area of London, and attended The Latymer School in Edmonton during his youth. He signed for Fulham as a schoolboy in 1950 and played loan spells at amateur sides Feltham (in the Middlesex League), Wimbledon (Isthmian League) and Woodford Town (Delphian League). He turned professional in May 1952, at the age of 17 (the youngest possible age legally) and made his debut at 18. Unusually, and despite many offers from other clubs, he remained at Fulham for his entire professional career, until leaving for South Africa in 1970, where he played for the now defunct Durban City, alongside former Fulham teammates Johnny Byrne and Bobby Keetch.

Johnny Haynes was the first footballer to appear for England in every class of football available in his playing era - school, youth, under 23, `B` and full international level. His debut for the full senior side came on 2 October 1954, scoring a goal in a 2-0 England victory over Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast. An accomplished career saw him making 55 further appearances (the last 22 as captain) for the national side, with perhaps his best game being 1958 at Wembley Stadium when he scored a hat-trick against the Soviet Union in a 5-0 win. He was to become one of the famous stars of the sport along with Stanley Matthews and others of the era, and was to be one of the first to appear in adverts (for Brylcreem), after Denis Compton. He is sometimes considered the David Beckham of his day, with his exceptional passing ability turning him into somewhat of a "schemer" despite being an "inside forward". During his time at Fulham, he was picked on several occasions (as Captain) for the London XI in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

He became captain of the side in 1960, and a year later led his team to a famous 9-3 victory over Scotland at Wembley, (considered to be one of his finest performances). His final appearance, for England was on 10 June 1962, as England were defeated 3-1 by Brazil in the World Cup quarter-final at Estadio Sausalito in Viña del Mar, Chile. A bike crash in Blackpool the same year caused cruciate ligament damage which prevented him from playing for a year, and is widely regarded to have been the significant cause for the end of his England career, preventing him from appearing in the 1966 World Cup winning team. Many of his caps were whilst playing Second Division football with Fulham, a rare feat nowadays.

In his record 658 appearances for Fulham, 594 of which were in the Football League, he rose to become club captain and scored a total of 158 goals, another club record and one which was only surpassed by striker Gordon Davies in 1991. Haynes' best scoring season was 1958-59 with 26 from 34 games. He has scored the most hat-tricks (9) for Fulham, scored 4 goals twice and once even 5 goals in a First Division match. He was very selfless player allowing others to take penalties even when he was on a hat-trick. Haynes wasn't a prolific goalscorer, instead preferring to set-up goals and assist. Haynes is often known for having saying he would prefer to give a good long-ball rather than score personally. He would often hone his passing skills alone at Craven Cottage laying a towel out in front of the clubhouse and pinging balls onto it from the center spot.

Haynes had a single spell in football management, taking charge of the Cottagers for a brief spell in November 1968 after the dismissal of Bobby Robson as player-manager, but Haynes never had any ambition to go into coaching. In 1970, he retired professionally aged 35, and joined the South African club, Durban City, for whom he played one season and helped them to win the national championship. This was his only winner's medal in club football. [3].

Long after his departure from Fulham, Haynes remained an immensely popular and respected figure at the club whose supporters had dubbed him "The Maestro". Unquestionably far more gifted than his colleagues in a relatively low profile team compared to the best of the day, he is fondly remembered for his tendency to fail to disguise his exasperation with his teammates and their frequent lack of understanding of his intentions and ideas. This often resulted in Haynes' iconic hands-on-hips stance or him giving an earful, usually to his pal Tosh Chamberlain who bought him to Fulham.

On 17 October 2005 (his 71st birthday), at approximately 2:55pm BST (1:55pm GMT), Haynes was driving his car along Dalry Road in Edinburgh, Scotland, the city in which he had lived since 1984 after leaving South Africa when he suffered a brain haemorrhage, which effectively rendered him brain-stem dead almost instantaneously. The car veered off into the oncoming traffic and hit a light goods vehicle. Although the accident was witnessed by a doctor who managed, using CPR, to restart Johnny's heart, he was effectively dead. Although kept on a ventilator for some 30 hours, all tests that were undertaken by the medical staff in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, showed negative activity in the brain and, as per his family's wishes, after he had donated some of his organs, the ventilator was turned off at approximately 9pm GMT on the evening of 18 October 2005. Earlier afternoon reports that day from several major news sources, and the Fulham FC official website, suggested that Haynes had already died, but these were retracted within an hour, with Haynes' condition subsequently described as "serious". His third wife, Avril, who had been travelling in the passenger seat, was also injured in the accident, and was described later in the day as being in "stable" condition, having suffered five broken ribs and a punctured lung.

First £100-per-week Player

Johnny Haynes, as one of the finest players of his era, was of constant interest to other football clubs, which contributed to the pressure which led to the demise of the £20-per-week maximum wage applied to the game until 1961. Fulham chairman Tommy Trinder had boasted that Haynes was worth £100 a week, not expecting that the £20 pay cap (equivalent to £1200 in 2005) would be abolished. When it was removed, Trinder paid up without complaint to make Haynes the first footballer to earn £100 per week. The Riversiders famously turned down an offer of £80,000 from AC Milan for "The Maestro" that would have been over double the record for a transfer at the time and would have made Haynes the best paid player in the world.


On the day of the death of Johnny Haynes, Alan Mullery, another high-profile Fulham and England player, made the following tribute: "He was the only reason I went to Fulham as a young boy of 15 leaving school. He was my hero, the captain of England and Fulham. The word great rolls off the tongue quite easily these days but he really was. He was the best passer of a ball I have ever seen - I don't know anyone who could pass a ball as accurately. Anyone who saw him will know what a great player he was."[4]

The Fulham Supporters Trust stated: "His dedication, skill, professionalism, grace and charm - both in his playing days and in retirement - serve as a poignant reminder to many of today's footballers about what true greatness really means." [4]

George Cohen, a World Cup winner for England in 1966 and a Fulham teammate of Johnny Haynes, stated: "I have a hundred individual memories of the beauty of John's play. One stands out for the sheer perfection of his skill. It was a charity match which, but for that one second, has faded completely from my memory. The ball came to him at speed on a wet, slippery surface but with the slightest of adjustments, one that was almost imperceptible, he played it inside a full-back and into the path of an on-running winger. I looked at our coach Dave Sexton on the bench and he caught my glance and shook his head as if to say 'fantastic'. Haynes could give you goose bumps on a wet night in a match that didn't matter."[5]

Bobby Moore, Haynes' successor as England captain, said of him: "Once you get used to watching that perfection you realised the rest of the secret. John was always available, always hungry for the ball, always wanting to play. I loved watching the player. Later I learnt to love the man."[6]

In 2002 Haynes became an Inaugural Inductee to the English Football Hall of Fame in recognition of his football talents and impact on the English game.[7]


  • Its All In The Game
  • In March 2008 the first full book on Johnny Haynes' career was published by club photographer Ken Coton and life-long supporter Martin Plumb. Eulogised by journalists, the book with over 300 pages and 300 photographs details all of his games and goals with rare archive footage (Ashwater Press)

Craven Cottage

The Johnny Haynes stand at Craven Cottage, home of Fulham Football Club.

Johnny Haynes Stand

Weeks after its centenary year, on 27 November 2005, it was announced that the Archibald Leitch-designed Stevenage Road Stand at Craven Cottage would be renamed The Johnny Haynes Stand. Other suggestions to honour Haynes had included a redesign of the gates of Craven Cottage and the retirement of the number 10 shirt worn by Haynes throughout his time at Fulham.



On 28 July 2008, Fulham announced that fundraising had commenced, with the co-operation of a fan's group, to produce a lasting tribute to Haynes.[8] A statue was commissioned and was unveiled at Craven Cottage before the Premier League match against Sunderland on 18 October 2008.

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1952-53 Fulham Second Division 18 1
1953-54 41 16
1954-55 37 8
1955-56 40 18
1956-57 33 5
1957-58 38 15
1958-59 34 26
1959-60 First Division 31 10
1960-61 39 9
1961-62 38 5
1962-63 8 0
1963-64 40 8
1964-65 39 5
1965-66 33 6
1966-67 36 6
1967-68 34 5
1968-69 Second Division 28 1
1969-70 Third Division 27 3
Total England 594 147
Career Total 594 147
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Billy Wright
England football captain
Succeeded by
Bobby Moore


  1. ^ Johnny Haynes obituary - Times Online
  2. ^ Johnny Haynes 1934-2005
  3. ^ The Independent, 20 October 2005, Obituaries, Johnny Haynes, “In 1970, having scored 157 times in 657 senior appearances for the Cottagers, the 35-year-old Haynes joined the South African club Durban City, for whom he played one season and, ironically, earned his first and only honour in club football by helping them to become champions”.
  4. ^ a b Legendary Haynes dies after car crash (Accessed 21 September 2007)
  5. ^ James Lawton: Haynes still the beginning, middle and end of how football should be played (Accessed 21 September 2007)
  6. ^ Fulham fail the maestro | Fulham - Times Online
  7. ^ English Football Hall of Fame: 2002 Inaugural Inductees (Accessed 21 September 2007)
  8. ^ Johnny Haynes Statue Action Group
  9. ^ :: National Football Teams ::.. Player - Johnny Haynes

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Johnny Haynes
File:Johnny Haynes at Craven
Personal information
Full name John Norman Haynes
Date of birth 17 October 1934(1934-10-17)
Place of birth    Kentish Town, London, England
Date of death    18 October 2005 (aged 71)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1952-1970 Fulham
National team
1954-1962 England

Johnny Haynes (born 17 October 1934 - died 18 October 2005) is a former English football player. He has played for England national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1952/53FulhamSecond Division181
1959/60First Division3110
1968/69Second Division281
1969/70Third Division273
CountryEngland 594147
Total 594147

International career statistics

England national team


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