Northern Soul: Hyde’s Turbulent Week

Comings and goings and rumours of financial woe have dogged Hyde this week, Jenni Silver looks at the goings on at Ewen Fields. Hyde recorded their biggest victory in eight years when they beat Stafford Rangers 5-0 last Saturday, a decent enough win to buy the Manchester side a bit of Blue Square North breathing space. This win, however, is now but a distant memory and instead fans of the team, formerly known as Hyde United (before Ewen Fields was blue-washed and covered in badges and sponsor boards for Manchester City) have enjoyed a week of bewildering rumours and uncertainty. On Sunday chairman Steven Hartley and director and secretary Tony Beard resigned from the board “due to a number of issues which they believe make it impossible to continue to act.” This was followed on Monday another of the club’s directors David Farrington and the woman who runs the club shop, Joanne and comes on the back of a vote of no confidence against two members of the Supporters’ Trust. Today the replacements were revealed – with two new board members, an acting chairman and a new chief executive. Meanwhile Supporters Trust secretary Andy McAnulty has become the new secretary, resigning from his trust position and his role as a moderator on the unofficial forum in the process. It comes as no surprise to many Tigers’ fans that John...

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