John Hayes Obituary, Death- The Western Suburbs Magpies are in grief over the loss of John ‘Chow’ Hayes, a prominent member of the club. Chow, who spent his entire childhood in the Marrickville area, was a true Magpie who loved his hometown and its Rugby League team.
At the age of 14, John Hayes quit school to become a panel beater and Rugby League player. While in junior high and high school, he played rugby for South Strathfield, Haberfield, and Granville, and his skills were noticed by the Western Suburbs Magpies. He belonged to the Magpies of the Western Suburbs.
Hayes debuted with the Magpies in 1961, and he played many positions for the squad including prop, hooker, and second rower. He helped lead the team all the way to the Grand Final in his rookie year, where they lost to the St. George Dragons. His skills were noticed, and he ended up playing twice that year for New South Wales.
Chow’s 160 games played for the Magpies demonstrated his commitment to the squad. His playing career ended with his retirement in 1970, but his coaching career was only getting started. From 1971 to 1973, Hayes coached the Magpies’ reserve team.
In his debut season with the club, the team made it all the way to the semi-finals. His leadership skills and level of competence were unquestionable. John Hayes was an established figure in Rugby League after serving as the Bears’ coach in 1983 and 1984. His impact as a coach extended much beyond the field.
John Hayes spent his whole life working for the New South Wales Police Force, eventually reaching the position of Chief Inspector. His unbreakable dedication to the rules and the sport he loved showed the world the kind of person he was.
The New South Wales Rugby League, the Western Suburbs Magpies, and the North Sydney Bears have all made John Hayes a Life Member in recognition of his countless services to the sport of rugby league. These honors are a reflection of his lasting impact.
In this time of sorrow, our thoughts and prayers are with John’s loved ones. His achievements will live on in Western Suburbs Magpies lore and serve as an inspiration to future teams. Chow, I hope you have a restful snooze. Your impact on the Magpies and the people who knew you personally will live on in indelible memory.