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Haynes statue to be unveiled ahead of Sunderland game

Great news. The club has announced that they will unveil the statue of Fulham’s greatest-ever player, Johnny Haynes, at 12.45pm ahead of next Saturday’s home game against Sunderland.

The fans had petitioned the club to built a statue to commemorate Haynes’ contribution the club after his tragic death some few years ago. The historic Stevenage Road stand was renamed in honour of the former England captain and the proceeds from Fulham’s prize money award after winning the best fans’ award in the Premier League was put towards the project. Fans have been collecting money since the beginning of the season to add to the total – well done to all involved with the Johnny Haynes Statue Action Group.

It’s brilliant that the statue will capture Johnny in his characteristic hands-on-hips pose. A fitting tribute to one of the greats of English football which will add yet more character to our wonderful ground.

The statue will be unveiled by Fulham chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed and Johnny’s widow, Avril.

Haynes statue

The Maestro

The Maestro

Good news from TIFF.

Fulham have approved the Johnny Haynes Statue Action Group to begin fundraising outside the Cottage before the Arsenal game on Saturday.

More details can be found here

Fulham rename Stevenage Road stand in honour of Haynes

Fulham have announced that they will be renaming their iconic Stevenage Road stand in honour of Johnny Haynes after the club legend’s sad passing earlier this year.

Following consultation with supporters and a vote via the club’s website, Fulham have confirmed that the stand will be renamed the Johnny Haynes stand. A formal naming ceremony and the date of a memorial service for Haynes will also be announced in due course, according to a club statement.

Robson leads Haynes tributes

Sir Bobby Robson has led the tributes after the funeral of former Fulham and England midfielder Johnny Haynes.

Robson joined Sir Bobby Charlton, Alan Mullery, George Cohen and England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson to pay his respects at the service in Edinburgh.

“He was a wonderful passer of the ball, one of the best I’ve seen and I’ve been in football 50 years,” said Robson.

“I’ve seen a lot of great players but in that sense he was unsurpassed. He was a valued friend.”

Robson admitted his “distress” at the loss of Haynes, who died last week at the age of 71 after being involved in a car crash.

“The service was nice, very distinguished and George Cohen spoke especially well about Johnny,” Robson said.

“We’ve lost a great friend, a great chum and he was a maestro in footballing terms.

“It’s distressing. It’s a long time since I was so distressed about the death of anybody to be honest.”

Eriksson said: “I came to pay my respects to a great football player, he was a former England captain with 50 or 60 caps so I respect that.

“I have heard a lot about him and many say that (Roberto) Mancini played like him so he must have been a genius.”

The first player to earn more than £100-per-week, Haynes was described as the David Beckham of his era.

The inside forward made 594 appearances for Fulham and won 56 England caps.

Haynes was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary last Monday after an accident on Dalry Road and died a day later.

The Craven Cottage club held a minute’s silence in honour of “The Maestro” before their 2-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday.

Haynes had a spell as player-manager of Fulham after Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in 1968 and during his career turned down moves to Tottenham and AC Milan.

His former Fulham and England team-mate Cohen added: “He was a maestro. A considerable footballer and, more importantly, a kind, generous man and an acknowledged gentleman.”

Haynes dies after car crash

Fulham legend Johnny Haynes has passed away after a car crash in Edinburgh, according to reports this evening.

The 71 year-old was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary but succumbed to his injuries. A spokesman for the hospital has said:

“I can confirm Johnny Haynes has passed away tonight. His wife remains in hospital in a stable condition.”

Haynes, universally known as the ‘Maestro’, was the first player to earn £100 a week after the abolition of the maximum wage in 1961. He turned down offers from elsewhere to spend his entire professional career with Fulham, whom he joined as a schoolboy in 1950 to team up with his great friend George Cohen. Widely regarded as one of the best passes of a football ever seen, Haynes made 594 appearances for Fulham, scoring 147 goals.

He took the club to two FA Cup semi-finals in 1958 and 1962. The classy midfielder won 56 England caps, scoring eighteen goals, and captained his country but missed out on selection for the 1966 World Cup after a car accident in Blackpool saw him break both of his legs. It was some achievement for Haynes to return to professional football and he stayed with Fulham even though they dropped out of the top flight, finishing his playing career in 1970 after a short stint as the club’s player-manager.

Our thoughts are with Johnny’s friends and family as well as all the Fulham fans who loved watching him play.