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Name: Martin Hayes  
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Date of Birth: 21st March 1966
Place of Birth: Walthamstow, London
Profession: Footballer
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Martin Hayes (born March 21, 1966) is an English former footballer, now a manager.

Born in Walthamstow, London, Hayes playes youth football for Essex schoolboys before joining Arsenal as an apprentice in June 1982. A promising attacking player, either up front or on the left wing, Hayes impressed in the Arsenal youth and reserve teams, and made his first-team debut against Oxford United on November 16, 1985. He played another 13 matches that seasons as Graham Rix's understudy, scoring three goals.

With the ageing Rix starting to tire, Hayes soon took his place for good and started to flourish in the Arsenal side, and in 1986-87 he was the club's top scorer with 24 goals, 12 of them being penalties; he also played in the Gunners' League Cup-winning team that year, beating Liverpool 2-1. However, he could not continue this form the following season, and only scored three times – one of them being the opening goal in the League Cup final against Luton Town. However, Hayes also hit the post from a yard out when Arsenal were 2-1 up, and Luton staged a late comeback to take the game 3-2.

Hayes began to lose his form, and although he played 17 matches of Arsenal's 1988-89 First Division campaign, 14 of them were as substitute as new arrival Brian Marwood became Arsenal's regular on the left. With Alan Smith and Paul Merson dominating up front, Hayes couldn't find any way into the Arsenal side, and after another season on the fringes, he left Arsenal in the summer of 1990 to join Celtic for £650,000. In all he played 132 matches for Arsenal, scoring 34 goals. He also won several England U21 caps, but never played for the senior team.

At Celtic, Hayes proved to be an expensive flop, and only played seven matches. After a loan spell with Wimbledon, he joined Swansea City in 1993. Hayes won the Autoglass Trophy with them in 1994, but the following year he was released on a free transfer. He had spells in non-league football with Dover Athletic, Crawley Town, Romford, Purfleet and eventually Bishop's Stortford; he became player-manager in 1999 and is still manager of the club today.

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