The name "HYDE" is derived from the hide, a measure of land for taxation purposes, taken to be that area of land necessary to support a peasant family. In later times it was taken to be equivalent to 120 acres .
Most people know about Hyde United's (then Hyde FC) claim to fame being beaten 26-0 in the FA Cup by Preston in 1887 - It is still the biggest-ever defeat in English football !!
In 1988 there was a replay at Ewen Fields to mark the clubs centenary. Here is a scan of the souvenir programme. It notes Sam Allardyce (West Hams Manager) and Frank Worthington (former player of many professional clubs) as Preston Northend players.
Unfortunately, I cant remember the score if anyone out there can help, please comment.
This photo was taken at Flowery Field Junior School in the late 1960's. On the back row, 3rd from right, is my brother Adrian. On the row in front of him, 2nd from right, is his pal Kevin Barker from Hallbottom Street.
Thanks to David Hamilton for sharing this photo :)
This class photo was taken at Oakfield Primary School in 1963. The teacher was Miss Jones, next to her, in the fourth row from the front, is Steven Heginbotham. Third from left in that row is myself, and at the far right of the row is Graeme Green.
Mrs Clegg was the Headmistress, she had previously been at
St. Mary's School just up the road.
One of the most vivid memories I have of my time at Oakfield is of the sickly smell of tobacco wafting over from Senior Service !
You will see from the
attached that I am hoping to arrange a table top sale, on the Hyde Civic Square
in late June. The poster dose not say that there are a further 8 stales
available to local groups, such as Morris dancers, etc, which will be free to
the organisation, in exchange for a display or similar, which could be classed
as entertainment for visitors. Any one interested in any of the 48
stalls should contact me as soon as possible. Could you assist by
letting others know?
On the brook side behind the Bankfield Hotel and Bankfield Terrace,
there stood, for about a hundred years, a Bone Mill. This mill was
erected about the end of the 18th century, by Mr. Randal Hibbert;
it had a picturesque appearance, which was enhanced by the lake-like
reservoir behind it; and at one time it was a very busy place. It was
demolished circa 1903. Randal Hibbert built Boston Mills, and it was at these mills that the Ashton’s first began cotton spinning.
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