As a player Barry Hayward played for Dunlop, Birmingham in the fledgling National League and for Warwickshire in the County Championship also in the Premier Division. He won the County Championship Singles Title in 1981 and 1982, and the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles on several occasions. In his best ever season he attained a National Ranking of 31 and won 6 from 12 playing at Number 1 for Warwickshire in the Premier Division, including the scalp of the English No 2 of the time.
Barry qualified as a coach in the early 1960’s, and was guided by the enthusiast and National Coach, Jack Carrington. He attained 3* International status, and helped several young Juniors to International representation over the years.
For a period of 5 years from 1977, Barry had a weekly Table Tennis feature on the local commercial radio station, BRMB, broadcasting in the West Midlands. In 1978 he co-authored the book ‘Table Tennis Now’ which was described in the Sunday Observer as ‘the definitive book of the game’.
As a result of researches for ‘Table Tennis Now’, he started to collect other TT Books, thinking that there were not too many of them. Some 340 books later the collection continues a slow growth, and is now probably the largest collection in the world. (Barry only collects Books that are in the English language).
Barry continues to coach at his local club, Streetly Table Tennis Club in Sutton Coldfield, which he still greatly enjoys.
In his professional life Barry was a Chartered Management Accountant working in industry in the Birmingham area. His other passion is Golf, which he plays avidly and badly. In 2007 Barry was made Captain of Great Barr Golf Club, and raised over £11,000 for The Birmingham Children’s Hospital. In 2012 he accepted the role of President of Great Barr Golf Club, which he has pursued with enthusiasm.