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….
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* – 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.