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Barry Hayles: the 43-year-old footballer who won't stop playing

Barry Hayles, 43. Photo: ITV News

Barry Hayles' career has involved quite a lot of journeys. But this one to where it all began - on the football fields in Willesden - brought back quite a few memories.

"It feels good," he told me.

We never had changing rooms, we used to bring our bags and change on the side of the pitch. So it was quite pleasing when I joined Stevenage to actually get paid!

– Barry Hayles

After Stevenage he joined Bristol Rovers before he spent six years at Fulham scoring over 40 goals.

They were fantastic times. For someone from non league to score nine or ten Premiership goals I shut the doubters up.

– Barry Hayles

?Barry Hayles' career has involved quite a lot of journeys. But this one to where it all began - on the football fields in Willesden - brought back quite a few memories.

"It feels good," he told me. "We never had changing rooms, we used to bring our bags and change on the side of the pitch. So it was quite pleasing when I joined Stevenage to actually get paid!"

After Stevenage he joined Bristol Rovers before he spent six years at Fulham scoring over 40 goals. "They were fantastic times. For someone from non league to score nine or ten Premiership goals I shut the doubters up."

Five clubs later was Truro City. And a 560 mile round trip to home games.

Incredibly, after turning out for around 12 clubs (it could be more) and at the age of 43, he wants to keep playing.

I still think I can contribute on the pitch. I still think I can score goals and help another team climb up the league as well.

– Barry Hayles

When he eventually hangs up his boots he'll concentrate on a coaching career. The Barry Hayles journey has many more miles left to run.