Ashley Bayes signed for Grays Athletic from Hornchurch on 8th November 2004. He made his debut for the club just two days later in the Essex Senior Cup match, away at Harlow Town - Grays won the match 4-1, but were later expelled from the competition due to playing inelgible players. His league debut came later the same week in a 4-0 win over Maidenhead United.|
Ashley began his career as an apprentice at Brentford, making his league debut on 20th March 1990 against Preston North End, and turned professional in July of that year. He made only 3 further league appearances over the next 3 seasons and was released, joining Torquay United in August 1993. He started the season as second choice, but played 32 league games in his first season, and another 2 games in the play-offs as Torquay lost a bad-tempered tie with Preston North End. After 97 games for Torquay, he moved on a free transfer again, joining local rivals Exeter City in July 1996. Whilst at the club, his performances earned him the 1998/99 club Player of the Year award. After 127 league appearances, Bayes turned down a two year contract, and became the first Exeter player to leave under the 'Bosman' ruling, joining Leyton Orient in July 1999. After vying with ex-Grays Assistant Manager Scott Barrett for the number one spot, he became the established regular goalkeeper at Brisbane Road.
He left the club in May 2002, joining Irish side Bohemians in August that year. He returned to England in March 2003, joining Conference side Read more]