|Full name||Steve Lee Hayward|
|Date of birth||8 September 1971|
|Place of birth||Pelsall, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:10, 22 April 2010 (UTC).
Steve Hayward (born 8 September 1971 in Pelsall, England) is an English former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder in a sixteen-year career spanning from 1988 to 2004.
Hayward began his career with Derby County and made his League debut in 1990, but found first-team opportunities limited. He joined Carlisle United in 1994 and won two promotions from Division Three and the 1997 Football League Trophy Final during his time at the club before moving to Fulham in 1997. He played a role in Fulham's promotion and run to the 5th round of the FA Cup in 1999. Hayward was signed by Barnsley in January 2001. That season he had made one league appearance for Fulham up to that point, which ironically was against Barnsley. Fulham would go on to get promoted to the Premier League that season in his absence. Hayward scored on his Barnsley debut; a 2-1 defeat at Burnley. Injuries hampered his stay at Barnsley and he retired in 2004.
- Football League Third Division winner: 1995
- Football League Trophy runner up: 1995
- Football League Third Division third place promotion: 1997
- Football League Trophy winner: 1997
- Football League Division One runner up: 1999
Early and personal life
Hayward was born in Walsall, West Midlands, and grew up in Pelsall. He was One of two children, that both went onto having careers in football. Hayward spent the majority of his youth, training and playing for many different football academies all over England. He signed his first professional contract with Derby County at the age of 16. Following on from signing for Derby County, Hayward went on to also play for Carlisle United , Fulham and Barnsley. Due to injury Hayward was forced to retire in 2004. Hayward Now has three Children a daughter, Laila, and two sons, Stevie and Vinnie. Having retired from football, Hayward is now a successful business owner.
- Steve Hayward at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
- Steve Hayward at Soccerbase
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