1975/76 now complete in database

I said I was going to have a real go and get previous results onto the site and here is the first step. Some background changes kindly undertaken by tech wizard Neil Studd have seen the way things add up behind all the details quicken up and we he has also fixed the issue that lead to many players showing only part or no details from time to do. He is a genius!

Ok, so 1975/76 has now been completed. Not the greatest year we ever had but there were some good parts to it.

An eleven match run in the FA Trophy saw us reach the second round where we came unstuck in a replay at Morecambe, the highlight of this run for me was the three games we played again Bethesda Athletic in the Preliminary Round. Not for anything but I get slightly excited when I see the words ‘Second Replay’, a term which is now extinct. Also, Bethesda Athletic is a great name!

It was the season that saw a debut for our greatest appearance holder, Steve Johnson, who played a small role that season. His big brother Jeff however was top scorer with 37 goals and also topped the most appearances with a massive 62 (at least, there are a few line up gaps).

It was also a good season for local derbies. We played Stalybridge Celtic seven times this season, winning only twice!, Droylsden six times and Ashton United four times.

We did also manage some silverware, winning the Reporter Cup.

Full season details can be found by clicking here so please have a browse through!

Season Goals

….for hydeunited.com
Firstly, I don’t update the site enough. At the moment I am without a PC which makes things just that little bit harder, hopefully I will get that resolved soon and I can make more regular updates.
I want to do more articles about the history of the club, obviously these take time to put together, look out for one in the coming days.
The data on the site currently goes back to 1975/76 and inputting is quite a slow process. I think the best way to speed things up will be to continue inputting full match records (opposition, date, comp, result, line ups, scorers) until the beginning of 1968/69, that is when we first entered the NPL and so we will have a full record back to this point. My aim is to get this done by Christmas although that will be some going! After that I plan to input just the basics, i.e. No line ups/scorers. This will allow me to record the clubs results much faster and again, I hope to get back to the 20’s by the season’s end and complete the results by Christmas 2017. After that I can then go back to adding the player information for each match, the bit that takes the time. That is the plan anyway.
Finally, I need to get to more games. I only managed a pitiful 2 last season, I have already beaten that this season if I include friendlies. I work shifts which makes it difficult but I’m sure I can make 10 if I try.
I’m on Twitter @prestwichtiger and each day for this season I will be featuring a historical game played on that day. Please retweet these if you can so I can spread the database to a wider audience, thanks.
Anyway, that’s all for now. Just really wanted to express my plans for updating the site. Watch out for an article in the next few days!

Gary Lowe

The Board of Directors have today relieved Gary Lowe of his position of manager at Hyde United. This is due to recent results which have left the club three points above the drop zone with six games left to play. On behalf of hydeunited.com, I’d like to Thank Gary, and his assistant, Martyn Booty, for all the hard work they have put in over the last 15 months and I wish them well in their future endevours.

No-one will forget what they did for the club in the 2011/12 season, even if that sadly could not be replicated.

It’s been a while..

My apologies for the lack of updates recently. As I don’t get to many games nowadays, I rely on information from the website to update statistics and unfortunately that particular avenue hasn’t been productive recently.

So, I’m after some help. If anyone has a copy of the programme from Monday night, could you scan a copy of the appearances/line ups page to me @prestwichtiger on twitter?

I would be most eternally grateful.

Hat Trick Hereos

Scott Spencer’s third hat trick of the season last Saturday, prompted a quick look through the records to see which other players had achieved this feat. I mistakenly tweeted that this was the first time a player had scored a hat trick of hat tricks in a season since Simon Yeo in 2000/01. In fact, the last player to do this was none other than Scott Spencer himself, back in 2011/12!

Of the current squad, only two other players have scored three in a game, Ayrton Bevins in the 4-1 win at Ramsbottom earlier in the season and Reece Gray against Chadderton in last season’s 8-0 win.

Going back through the database, the full list of players who have bagged three hat tricks in a single season are…

Scott Spencer – 2015/16
Scott Spencer – 2011/12
Simon Yeo – 2000/01
Simon Yeo – 1999/2000
Simon Yeo – 1998/99
Malcolm O’Connor – 1987/88
Malcolm O’Connor – 1986/87
John Timmons – 1984/85

Saturday’s hat trick v Ramsbottom was Scott Spencer’s sixth for the club, currently Simon Yeo leads the way with nine.

*The database is currently complete to 1977/78 only, Earlier goalscoring feats are more than possible!

A few Thank You’s and updates

A little while ago, I finished uploading the data for the 1978/79 season and unfortunately a journalist’s strike meant we were missing some results for this season. Just want to say Thank You to Andy McAnulty and Tony Spencer who combined to put me in touch with John Ellis who has been compiling all known Cheshire County League results. Needless to say, John came up with the goods and I am now pleased to say we have all league results from that season. Just a few line ups with gaps now but that is always going to happen as we go back.

Also, huge thanks to Mike Pavasovic for writing the Hyde United Miscellany, which has allowed me to finish off all the team line ups for the 1988/89 season. From March 1989 there were no complete team line ups as I had lost a couple of pages from the data I was working with. This has led to a few amendments to players records from that time, including Mike Lutkevitch moving to 110 goals, Keith Hicks moving to 104 games, Carl Hodgert to 209 games and changes to all other players from that time such as Paul Kirkham, Gary Walker and John Bishop. Thanks also to Phil Chadwick for hand delivering the book straight to my door, top class service from our club shop!

Matlock Town (H) 29th August 2015

Hyde United v Matlock Town
Saturday 29th August 2015 15:00hrs
Evostik League, Premier Division
Venue: Ewen Fields

MTFC Badge

Contender ready? Gladiator ready? 3…2…1…


It’s time to welcome The Gladiators of Matlock Town to Ewen Fields for our next Evostik League match of the season. Whilst Wolf, Hunter and Jet may not be travelling over from Causeway Lane, Mark Hume’s squad will provide a stern test for The Tigers.
Midweek fixtures saw Hyde falter at home to Marine, losing 2-0 to a solid but unadventurous visiting team and continuing an indifferent start to the season. Matlock however won 3-2 away at previously unbeaten Rushall Olympic and currently sit sixth in the league table with Hyde in fourteenth.

Prior to Tuesday’s game, the five goals Matlock had scored this season had arrived in the final ten minutes of matches and they have now won three and lost one of their four games. They defeated Frickley Athletic, Whitby Town and Rushall Olympic and were defeated by Salford City where former Tigers Gareth Seddon and Chris Lynch both scored for The Ammies.

Gary Lowe’s Hyde team will be looking to restore pride after a poor performance against Marine and will be hoping for another good crowd after encouraging attendances in their first two home games.

    Current Form

Hyde United: LWLD
Matlock Town: WWLW

    Previous Meetings

So far, there have been 37 meetings between the two sides, the last of which was in 2011 as Adam Griffin scored a last minute free kick at Causeway Lane to seal a 1-0 win for Hyde. Prior to that, the sides met in the NPL Shield in 2005 with Hyde coming out 2-0 winners with goals from Steve Brackenridge and Dale Johnson. Matlock’s last league win over Hyde came in 1991 at Causeway Lane where despite Hyde leading for an hour through Mike Stephens, a Glenister penalty levelled things up before Haycock won it with five minutes left. The first meeting between the sides I can find was in 1982, an FA Trophy clash at Matlock where despite two Peter Coyne goals, The Galdiators won 5-2. Appearance wise, Terry Megram made 12 against Matlock with Steve Johnson and Russ Hooton both with 10. Phil Chadwick (not from the club shop) and Ged Kimmins both netted six times against our opponents to lead that particular chart.


Played 37
Hyde Wins 22
Draws 7
Matlock Wins 8
Hyde Goals 74
Matlock Goals 55

    Previous Games on 29th August

Our last game on this day was in 2011 where Matt Berkeley and Danny Broadbent scored in a 2-0 win at Gloucester City. A mixed bag really with results as follows.

29/08/2011 Gloucester C (A) Conf North 472 2-0 Berkeley (27 pen), Broadbent (55)
29/08/2009 Blyth S (H) Conf North 349 0-3
29/08/2005 Alfreton T (H) Conf North 433 2-3 Salt (41), Brackenridge (88)
29/08/1998 Gateshead (H) NPL P 371 3-0 Richardson, Wilson, Page
29/08/1994 Buxton (A) NPL P 435 2-1 Kimmins (65, 74)
29/08/1992 Frickley A (H) NPL P 278 0-0
29/08/1988 Buxton (A) NPL P 2-1 Nisbett (2 goals)
29/08/1987 Gainsboro’ T (A) NPL P 1-1 Johnson
29/08/1983 Mossley (H) NPL P 1-3 Golder
29/08/1981 Chorley (H) CCL 2-0 Daniels, Golder (pen)
29/08/1980 Curzon Ashton(A) CCL 2-0 Golder, Holt

Ramsbottom United (a) 22nd August 2015

Tuesday night’s late defeat to Colwyn Bay means we have just a single point from our opening two games, fair to say it isn’t the start that we were hoping for. We move on to our next game which is away at Ramsbottom United, a game I was desperately hoping to make it to, but find myself working.

Like ourselves, Ramsbottom have not had the greatest of starts, suffering 1-0 defeats at Rushall Olympic and at home to Buxton, if you haven’t seen the mass brawl that occurred in the latter game, you can do so by clicking here

Considering the relative proximity geographically of the two sides, I find it quite amazing that there is no record of any previous meetings between the sides in the database. Having a quick flick through Mike Pavasovic’s excellent history books also draws a blank, certainly in terms of competitive games.

Ramsbottom do have a couple of players who have been previously been at Ewen Fields. Andy Fitzgerald and Grant Spencer, brother of Scott are both with the club. Shelton Payne also played in one game this season but has now decided to retire from football.

Previously on August 22nd we have played nine matches (back to 1978/79) of which we have…
Won 3
Drawn 4
Lost 2
Scored 14
Conceded 9

The last time we played on this date was in 2011 when a Matt Berkeley double and goals from Ryan Crowther and Scott Spencer saw us defeat Hinckley United 4-0. The earliest database game on this date was in 1981 as we beat Darwen 2-1 in the Cheshire League Challenge Cup with goals from Steve Johnson and Barney Daniels.

League Positions
I know it’s early but Hyde are 19th and Ramsbottom 22nd.

Colwyn Bay (a) 18th August 2015

I’ll start with some facts from the weekend. Saturday’s draw against Grantham was the first time Hyde have got anything on the opening day since 2012 when we drew 2-2 at Braintree Town, again having a player sent off and paying for it. The last time we won in the season opener was in 2011, our title winning season when we defeated Worcester City 2-1. In four out of our last five opening day fixtures we have had a player sent off. 2011 – Brett Renshaw, 2012 – Andy Pearson, 2013 – Josh Brizell, 2015 – James Burke. Ayrton Bevins scored twice on his debut and was the first player to score on debut since Ryan Masterson in September last year. The database shows 56 players making a goalscoring debut. Only five members of the starting eleven had played a competitive game for Hyde before, James Burke, Shane Killock, Andy Pearson, Reece Gray and Scott Spencer.

Onto the next game against Colwyn Bay. The Seasiders were relegated from the Conference North last season along with ourselves, although they were unfortunate to go down on the final day of the season, losing out on goal difference to Stalybridge Celtic. Colwyn Bay have been regular opponents of ours over the last three decades or so and the sides have met on 38 occasions since December 1981. Hyde have won 16 of these ties, Colwyn Bay have won 14 and there have been 8 draws.Overall, a fairly even record between the sides. Our last meeting was on December 28th 2014 when the sides played out a 3-3 draw at Llanelian Road when Ted Cribley equalised late on for The Tigers. For me personally, the most memorable fixtures between the sides came in September 1994 in the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round. Heading into the final minute of the game, Hyde were 2-0 down and seemingly going out of the competition, when Gary Simpson gave us a tiny amount of hope by pulling a goal back and then late into stoppage time Oshor Williams pounced to send us to an unlikely replay. Two days later, back at Ewen Fields, Hyde were 8-0 winners with Colin Little bagging five goals and we went on the reach the First Round.
Colwyn Bay started the season away at Halesowen and were beaten 1-0, I’m sure they will want to grab a win in their first home game.

In previous ties on August 18th our record is..

2 Wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats.

The last time we won on this date was way back in 1984 with a 4-1 win away at Southport with John Timmons scoring a hat trick.

Grantham Town (H) 15th August 2015

Now, I can’t pretend I’ll be doing a preview for every game this season, it just won’t happen, but I will try to do a couple a month at least. So first up this Saturday we face Grantham Town to open the 2015/16 season.

With no form to look at, it isn’t going to be a very long preview either, but we’ll see where it goes…

Saturday 15th August 2015 – 15:00hrs
Hyde United v Grantham Town
Evostik (NPL) Premier Division
Venue: Ewen Fields, Hyde

Obviously with no points on the board yet it is difficult to assess where the two teams have done well or not. Hyde have brought in a number of players over the summer as Gary Lowe looks to turn around the fortunes of the side oer the last couple of seasons. Former players Scott Spencer and Shane Killock have returned to the club along with Reece Gray who has been unfortunate with injuries in the last couple of seasons.

Grantham finished last season, their 3rd in the Evostik Premier Division, in 12th place, building on 15th and 19th places before that and will no doubt be looking to improve again.

Previous Meetings

Last Meeting: 13th October 1984 – NPL Premier – Grantham 0 Hyde United 0

Played 9 – Hyde Wins 5 – Draws 3 – Grantham Wins 1

All of our nine meetings came in a two year spell between 1982 and 1984 when both sides were NPL Premier Division members. Grantham’s only win came at Ewen Fields in the FA Trophy in December 1983 as they came away 4-0 winners. Interestingly, the three draws between the sides were all goalless affairs. The Gingerbreads have visited Ewen Fields on the opening day of the season before on 20th August 1983 when Peter Coyne netted twice to give Hyde a 2-1 win. So whilst Hyde may have the upper hand historically, it counts for nothing with the last meeting being 31 years ago. Also interesting to see that Gary Lowe made two appearances for Hyde against Grantham in the 1984/85 season, one of which was a 4-0 win.

Previous Matches on August 15th

Only three games appear in the database (back to 1978/79 season) for this date.

2009: Hinckley United 1 Hyde United 2
2005: Hyde United 1 Workington 1
1981: Chorley 1 Hyde United 0

So a win, a draw and a defeat.


Scott Spencer, 49 goals, requires one more to hit 50 for the club.

Here is hoping for a strong start to the season!