Willie Hayes

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Willie Hayes
Personal information
Full name William John Hayes
Date of birth (1928-03-30) 30 March 1928 (age 89)
Place of birth Limerick, Irish Free State
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19xx–1950 Limerick
1950–1951 Wrexham 14 (0)
1951–1952 Ellesmere Port ? (?)
1952–1956 Torquay United 54 (0)
National team
1949 Ireland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 23, 2007.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 23, 2007

William John Hayes, also referred to as Willie Hayes or Billy Hayes, (born 30 March 1928 in Limerick) is a former Irish footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Limerick, Torquay United and Wrexham.

As an international, Hayes also played for Ireland. Hayes was 21 when he made his one and only appearance for Ireland on April 24, 1949 in a 2-0 defeat to Belgium at Dalymount Park. His team mates on the day included Johnny Carey, Con Martin, Billy Walsh, Jackie O'Driscoll and Paddy Coad. Although a goalkeeper he was only 5 ft 9 inches tall. Another William Hayes also played for Ireland during the 1940s. [1] [2] [3]


  1. ^ Ireland (FAI) stats
  2. ^ Picture of Hayes in action
  3. ^ The Boys In Green - The FAI International Story (1997): Sean Ryan