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|Full name||Austin William Patrick Hayes|
|Date of birth||15 July 1958|
|Place of birth||Hammersmith, England|
|Date of death||3 December 1986(aged 28)|
|Place of death||Hammersmith, England|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Playing position||Left winger|
|1978||→ Los Angeles Aztecs (loan)||22||(4)|
|1985||→ Barnet (loan)||?||(2)|
|1979||Republic of Ireland||1||(0)|
|1978–1980||Republic of Ireland U21||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Austin William Patrick Hayes (15 July 1958 – 3 December 1986) was an English-born footballer of Irish descent, who played once as a full international for the Republic of Ireland in 1979, the same year that he collected a Football League Cup runners-up medal with Southampton.
He began his professional career as a left-winger at Southampton in 1976. He scored twice on his debut in a European Cup Winners' Cup tie at home to Carrick Rangers on 3 November 1976. Hayes played in the 1979 League Cup final but Southampton lost to Nottingham Forest. During that season he had played in 15 First Division games and scored three goals. He made his solitary appearance for Republic of Ireland in a 2–0 victory over Denmark at Lansdowne Road on 2 May 1979.
Hayes was never able to cement a regular first-team place, with players of the calibre of Kevin Keegan, Charlie George and Phil Boyer also in the Saints squad. His last appearance for Southampton came on 3 May 1980 and he was transferred to Millwall for £50,000 in February 1981, later turning out for Northampton Town and then for Barnet in the Gola League.
His last club was Swedish side Friska Viljor.
In December 1986, Austin Hayes died at the age of 28 from lung cancer after contracting pneumonia, just three weeks after the illness was diagnosed. Earlier that year he had spent a short time playing in Sweden and had recently returned to England when he became ill.
As a player
- Republic of Ireland profile
- Austin Hayes in 'Soccer Players' file at Limerick City Library, Ireland
- NASL Record
- "Austin Hayes". Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
- European Championship 1980 (Details)
- Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. p. 523. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X.