Hydes Arthur Image 1 Leeds United 1933

Hydes Arthur Image 1 Leeds United 1933


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Barnsley, Yorkshire born centre forward Arthur Hydes played junior football for Ardsley United in 1927 and spent 1928-29 on the books of Barnsley, without making their first eleven. playing for Ardsley Athletic in 1929. He joined First Division club Leeds United in May 1930 and made his first team debut in an FA Cup tie against Huddersfield Town in January 1931, with Hydes scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win. His Football League debut followed a week later at Blackburn Rovers, and again he scored albeit in a defeat. He became a regular member of the team from 1932 and played for Leeds until 1937, when that summer he joined Midland League club Scunthorpe & Lindsey United after 82 goals in 137 appearances for Leeds United, a total that included 4 goals against Middlesbrough in August 1933 and 3 other hat-tricks, scoring all three of Leeds’ goals in an FA Cup win at holders Newcastle United in January 1933, a treble against Blackburn Rovers the same December and again against Blackburn in January 1935.

He spent three consecutive seasons as Leeds’ leading goalscorer between 1932-33 and 1934-35 with a career best 25 goals in the latter campaign, his 16 goals in 1933-34 being scored in only 19 matches played. The 1936-37 season saw Hydes miss all but nineteen of the matches through injury but he still managed to top the United goalscorers, with eleven League goals, as he took the honour for the fourth time.

In May 1938 he returned to Football League action signing for Newport County, playing both sides of the Second World War for them, scoring 21 goals in 36 matches, 16 of which came in their 1938-39 campaign as The Exiles won the Third Division (South) Championship, still the club’s only major honour. However his career was then seriously interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 which forced the immediate abandonment of peacetime football.

During the War he guested for several clubs, 1939-40 saw him score once in three appearances for hometown club Barnsley, play once without scoring for Bradford City, score four goals in eleven matches for his own club Newport County, play once without scoring for Nottingham Forest and score five goals in five matches for York City. His own club Newport County did not field teams except in the first and last seasons of the War and 1940-41 saw him play just one match for York City.

With the War at an end he returned to Somerton Park but having played for Newport once in an FA Cup tie, scoring twice against Exeter City in December 1945, he joined Exeter City in February 1946, scoring once in 5 appearances for The Grecians in the first League season after the War before re-joining Scunthorpe & Lindsey United in 1947, his final club before his eventual retirement.

In this photograph he is pictured seated with Charlie Keetley and Billy Furness.

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