Football Statues No 43 (in a series of several): Johnny Haynes (1934 – 2005)
Haynes became the country’s first £100-a-week player, debuted for England at just 19 years of age and spent the whole of seventeen year Football League career with just the one club – Fulham. He went on to play 56 times for his country (scoring eighteen times) and made 594 league appearances for the Cottagers (scoring 146 times) between 1952 and 1970.
Considered to be one of that era’s best passers of the ball the high regard in which he was held can be measured by AC Milan’s offer of £80,000 – turned down by Fulham of course – that would have made him the world’s most expensive player. He lost his life in a car crash on the day of his 71st birthday.
The Grade II listed, Archibald Leitch designed, Stevenage Road Stand was renamed the Johnny Haynes Stand in his honour in 2005 and this statue, located in front of that stand, was unveiled in October, 2008.