Tuesday night, at 7:30pm, our rivals from across the hill will be making that short trek for the annual Ray Stanley Memorial Trophy match at Bower Fold. Forget pre-season friendly, this is a match Celtic must win to maintain a mini-tradition.
Celtic have won this competition 3 times (i.e. every one since its inception in 2001). Admittedly, the first two times we had to win on penalties ? but win it every time we have, ad we hope to continue this tradition.Some action from the 2002 game.
Celtic have met Hyde on numerous occasions, in both the league and a variety of cup contests. In the past 10 years, Hyde have managed to beat us just once in all competitions (1st of January 2000). We have played them eleven times, won seven and drawn two, including a 6-0 thrashing New Year?s day, 2003 (the game when Kev Parr was taken out by Steve Foster). Not a bad record. It could be said that they are about due a win.
Their pre-season build up has seen them win one so far, against Gainsborough Trinity, with Manchester City, TNS, and Buxton all scoring wins over them, and Altrincham getting a draw. Last season though, saw them have a storming season, and they ended up winning the Unibond First division, just pipping Matlock at the post, and by all accounts were unlucky to be beaten by Ashton United in the play-offs for Conference North.
Steve Waywell?s Hyde?s squad contains a handful of Celtic old boys: Glyn Barker, Steven Clegg, Dave Fish and Matty McNeil. Quite who will play in the Hyde starting line up is unclear though, as throughout the pre-season, Hyde have been trialling a fair few players.
Celtic will probably be edging towards their final squad for the start of the season. Chris Denham suffered a flare up of his injured leg in the previous friendly against Bury, but otherwise the squad is coming together.
Hyde were formed in 1919, and started life in the Manchester League. They joined the Cheshire Counties League in 1930, having won the Manchester league 5 times. In 1968 Hyde became founder members of the Northern Premier league, but couldn?t stay the course, resigning in 1970. After 10 years spent winning things in the Cheshire Counties league, they rejoined the Northern Premier league, and the 1980?s saw Hyde become something of a force, though they never quite won it, twice finishing runners up.
The nineties saw Hyde struggling off the field, and a succession of managers came and went during financial difficulties, though on the field they continued to be a good team, winning the Manchester Cup, and getting to the final of the League Cup in 1994. In 1999 Hyde again finished runners up in the Unibond Premier, losing to a rampant Leigh RMI side, managed by Steve Waywell!
The new millennium dawned and Hyde?s on field performances began to slip, with their final league placing slipping down and down until in 2003, they finished bottom having won only 5 games. Relegation into the Unibond first followed, and while their former league-mates were competing for Conference North spots, Steve Waywell now steered a new team to promotion, getting Hyde to top spot and into the play-offs for Conference North. They lost in the first play-off to Ashton United, and were destined for another year of Unibond football.