John Norman Haynes (17 October 1934 – 18 October 2005) was an
English footballer, best known for his 18 years at Fulham. An inside
forward, Haynes is widely regarded as the greatest footballer ever to
play for the London,
England 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). His passing ability earned him the nickname "the
Maestro". Haynes became the first player to be paid £100 a week,
immediately following the abolition of the £20 maximum wage in
Pelé was once quoted as calling Haynes the "best passer of
the ball I've ever seen".
1 Life and career
3 Career statistics
5 External links
Life and career
He was born in Kentish Town. He signed for Fulham as a 15 year old
amateur in 1950 and made his senior debut in May 1952.
Haynes made his debut for the
England football team
England football team in October 1954,
scoring a goal in a 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland in Belfast. He
England in 1960 and played for them at two World
His career was severely affected by a car accident in 1962 on
Blackpool promenade, when the sports car in which he was returning
late to his hotel was blown by a gust of wind into the path of another
vehicle. Haynes broke bones in both feet and badly injured a knee. He
recounts that the police officer who attended the incident reassured
him by saying "Don't worry son, you've only broken your legs". He
missed a season and, when he returned to the Fulham side, was not
quite the same player. Prior to the accident he had captained England
22 times, and, being only 27, was expected to lead them in the 1966
World Cup; but he was never again selected for the national team.
Whilst at Fulham he became Britain's first footballer to earn £100
per week. In total he made 657 appearances for Fulham, and scored 157
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. His last appearance for Fulham's 1st team was on 17
January 1970 in a home match against Stockport County. 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
On 17 October 2005 Haynes was driving his car when he suffered a brain
haemorrhage, which effectively rendered him brain dead
instantaneously. Although kept on a ventilator for some 30 hours, the
ventilator was turned off on the evening of 18 October 2005.
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."
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." 
England against Northern Ireland in 1955, Haynes ran onto
a long clearance into the Northern Ireland half. He met the ball as it
touched the ground and miraculously flicked a deft half-volley over a
defender's head, straight to his Fulham colleague Bedford Jezzard,
making a rare
England appearance - his career was cut short by injury
not long afterwards. Jezzard's half volley was saved by the Northern
Ireland goalkeeper Upritchard who got both hands to the ball but was
almost knocked into the net by the force of the shot. In 1959 at
Craven Cottage Haynes delighted even Tottenham fans by playing a
magnificent 30 yard pass through the centre of the Spurs defence - the
same one that helped them to "The Double" the following year - which
put Jimmy Hill through with a clear run on goal from which he scored.
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
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."
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
In 2002 Haynes became an Inaugural Inductee to the English Football
Hall of Fame in recognition of his football talents and impact on the
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
England national team
^ Haynes, England's pass-master general FIFA.com
^ Coates, Sam; Asthana, Anushka (20 October 2005). "Johnny Haynes".
The Times. London. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
Johnny Haynes 1934-2005". Fulhamfc.com. Retrieved 14 November
^ a b c "Johnny Haynes". Obituaries. The Independent. 20 October
^ a b c "Legendary Haynes dies after car crash". BBC. 12 October 2005.
Retrieved 30 May 2017.
^ "Johnny Haynes". The Daily Telegraph. London. 20 October 2005.
^ Fulham .v.
Stockport County Div 3 1969-70 season 1-1. Haynes played
at no10. (programme)
^ Goldman, L. (2013). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
2005-2008. ODNB Print Series. OUP Oxford. p. 504.
ISBN 978-0-19-967154-0. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
^ James Lawton: Haynes still the beginning, middle and end of how
football should be played . Retrieved 14 November 2013.
^ Fulham fail the maestro Fulham - Times Online Archived 1 December
2008 at the Wayback Machine.
^ "English Football Hall of Fame: 2002 Inaugural Inductees". National
Football Museum. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved
14 November 2013.
Johnny Haynes Statue Action Group".
Johnny Haynes Statue Action
Group. Archived from the original on 15 July 2009. Retrieved 14
^ "Johnny Haynes". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
Retrieved 28 January 2010.
Haynes' Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's
Transfer Database profile's statistics site
FA profile of Johnny Haynes, including full details of his England
Archive.is (archived 16 March 2009)
Fulham Football Club announcement of death at the Wayback Machine
(archived 26 December 2005)
Pathe newsreel footage of
Johnny Haynes hattrick for
Brian Glanville: Silent fans pay tribute to their midfield maestro
Memories of Craven Cottage
English Football Hall of Fame
R. P. Wilson
England squad – 1954 FIFA World Cup
4 Wright (c)
England squad – 1958 FIFA World Cup
5 Wright (c)
England squad – 1962 FIFA World Cup
10 Haynes (c)
Fulham F.C. – managers
H. Bradshaw (1904–09)
J. Bradshaw (1926–29)
Dodgin, Sr. (1949–53)
Dodgin, Jr. (1969–72)
(c) = caretaker manager
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