Paul Hayward

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Paul Hayward
Personal information
Full namePaul Cecil Hayward
Born(1954-01-11)11 January 1954
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died9 May 1992(1992-05-09) (aged 38)
Canterbury, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight11 st 3 lb (71 kg)
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1973–78 Newtown Jets 76 14 43 0 129
Source: [1] Whiticker/Hudson

Paul Cecil Hayward (11 January 1954 – 9 May 1992) was a professional rugby league footballer who played for the Newtown Jets between 1973 and 1978.

Sporting career[edit]

Paul Hayward played 73 first grade games for the Newtown Jets during his 6 seasons with the club, scoring 14 tries and kicking 43 goals.

Originally a South Sydney junior league player from the Waterloo Waratahs club, he later represented a combined Sydney representative side that toured New Zealand in 1976 playing half-back.[2] Paul Hayward had been selecteded to represent Australia as a boxer at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Under the Olympic rules of that time, he was disqualified from competing after he turned professional.

Arrest and incarceration[edit]

Hayward was the brother-in-law of convicted criminal Neddy Smith. After the football season for 1978 had ended, Neddy Smith sent Hayward to Bangkok with Warren Fellows to arrange a shipment of heroin. On 11 October 1978, Hayward and Fellows were arrested at the Montien Hotel in Bangkok when a suitcase containing heroin was found in his room. He and Fellows were convicted in Thailand, alongside William Sinclair, for attempting to export 8.4 kilograms of heroin to Australia.[3]

Paul Hayward received a 30-year sentence while Warren Fellows received life. Hayward was imprisoned in Lard Yao men's prison in Klong Prem Central Prison before being moved to Bangkwang. After being transferred back to Lard Yao he was released on 7 April 1989, after being granted a royal pardon. He returned to Sydney, via Perth shortly afterwards.[4]

Decline and death[edit]

Hayward became a heroin user during his time in prison and contracted HIV.[3]

On Saturday 9 May 1992, Hayward was home with his family when he collapsed in the bathroom about 3pm, a police spokeswoman said. Ambulance officers tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him and he was announced dead on arrival at Canterbury Hospital.[5] Later it was announced that he died of a heroin overdose. He was survived by his wife Gail and his three children.[6]


  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ "Paul Hayward". Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  3. ^ a b Baker, Jordan (8 March 2008). "It's a crime: how footy heroes go bad". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  4. ^ The Canberra Times."Hayward Released From Thai Prison." 30 April 1989. (page 2)
  5. ^ The Canberra Times: "Former First Grade Footballer Dies." 11 May 1992 (page 4)
  6. ^ 4,000 Days: My Life and Survival in a Bangkok Prison. St. Martin's Griffin. 2000. p. 197. ISBN 978-0-312-25364-6. Retrieved 22 May 2010.

Further reading[edit]

  • Fellows, W., Marx, J., The Damage Done, Pan Macmillan Australia 1997, ISBN 1-84018-275-X