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!

Two more seasons added

I’ve managed to get quite a few more records onto the site in the last few days and it means that season’s 1979/80 and 1978/79 are now on the site. I suppose it was always going to happen, but in getting these on, it has become apparent that some data is missing historically. Some player line ups are incomplete and looking at the resources Mike Pavasovic used to gain this information, I fear that they may be lost forever. I maybe have a couple of avenues I can explore but given the amount of time that has passed by, they are log shots! Nevertheless, I shall endeavour to see if at least some of the gaps can be filled in.

A journalists strike in 1979 has also meant that we are missing some results and also some dates for matches in 1978/79. I am confident that I will be able to find most of this information given time.

In the meantime, i have added a MISSING INFORMATION PAGE to show what information is missing. Please feel free to refer to this page.

Ten Years Away – Back in the NPL.

30th April 2005 – Gateshead 1 Hyde United 3

The last time we took part in a Northern Premier League (NPL) game, and little did we know at that point, that we were champions. The whole Spennymoor United saga had yet to be resolved and the actual fate of the championship would not be known for a few weeks. Eventually, Hyde were declared winners after an appeal to The Football Association.

Since that date, The Tigers have spent eight seasons in the Conference North and two seasons, the highest level the club has ever played at, in the Conference Premier.

But of course, our history with the NPL is long, having become one of the founder members of the league in 1968/69. Of the 20 teams that played out that first season, we will be the only ones competing in the Premier Division. Macclesfield Town, Wigan Athletic, Morecambe, Fleetwood, Boston United and Scarborough all went on to become Football League sides with varying levels of success.

From our last season, 2004/2005, of the 22 sides that competed, the following sides will be competing in 2015/16. Blyth Spartans, Frickley Athletic, Marine, Matlock Town, Whitby Town and Workington.

The make up of the league is a little different nowadays with an increase in the number of Midlands teams, with Barwell, Grantham Town, Halesowen Town,  Rushall Olympic, Stamford, Stourbridge and Sutton Coldfield Town all competing in the division.

Our full record in NPL League games (Including Division One 2003/04) is as follows….

Played Won Drawn Lost For Ag’nst + GD – Points
1049 445 267 337 1842 1508 +334 1574*

* – Includes two seasons at two points for a win.

All in all we have played for 25 seasons in the Northern Premier League and have been relegated once (Prem 02/03) and won two titles (Div 1 03/04, Prem 04/05) in this time. We have also been winners of the League Challenge Cup on three occasions, 1985/86, 1989/90, 1995/96 and won the Chairman’s Cup twice in seasons 1990/2000 and 2003/04.

I’m looking forward to going back to the league that Hyde were in when I began to watch them in 1986, I know for some people it will seem like going backwards but for me there is a homely feel to it. I just wanted to write a bit to show that we have plenty of history in the league and for the most part it has been a successful place for the club.

I will be writing a little preview closer to the start of the season, mainly comparing our records against the 2015/16 line ups.


Manager Page added to site


After a long time thinking about it, I have finally got round to adding a manager’s page to the website.

It is, like many things, still a work in progress, but will include a brief overview of their time in charge along with a statistical analysis and any honours that were won under their stewardship.

The list includes permanent managers only and at the moment goes back as far as Les Sutton.

Please use the link below to have a look and let me know what you think, any feedback on other aspects that you would like to see is always gladly received.

Link to managers page

Josh Brizell – 150 Appearances

17060288541_39f2d490f1_zAfter being selected in today’s game against Stockport County, Tigers’ captain Josh Brizell has now made his 150th appearance for the club.

Josh arrived from Rochdale in October 2011 appearing as an unused substitute at Harrogate Town but didn’t make his debut until November, coming on at half time against Hinckley United to replace Joel Richardson. He went on to become a regular starter in the championship winning side, making 23 appearances in total.

He was an integral part of the side that survived the first season in the Conference Premier making 43 appearances and scored his first goal for the club, a late winner against Cambridge United.8595764649_f441b4d34b_mLast season he started 40 games as Hyde were relegated from the Conference Premier and was sent off on three occasions.

Today’s appearance is his 44th of the season, the most he has made in any single season, and he has also scored six times in this campaign, taking his total for the club to nine.

He has been sent off four times in total (none this season), which is a joint club record in the database which goes back to 1979. He shares this with Adam Griffin and Paul Taylor who got their four in less games.

In terms of total appearances, he is now 33rd in the database (again back to 1979) with 150 which puts him just above Billy Garton and Val Owen (149) and just behind Peter Coyne (155).

Congratulations Josh, here’s to the next milestone!


Latest News & Features Section

I’m hoping to add in a new section to the site, Latest News & Features.

In here I will be able to keep you updated of any interesting facts, statistics I come across and any changes to the database that will be occuring.

As yet I am struggling to create a suitable index system for this part of the site which will be controlled via WordPress.

It is, like a lot of things on the site, a work in progress. Please keep checking back and with a bit of luck it should be working soon.