Brian “Boe” Hyde

Boe Hyde was an outstanding local footballer and referee.

Throughout the 1990s & 2000s, Boe, along with Gordon Swann, officiated the annual finals of the Totty Cup & Barlow-Salmons. Neither of them ever took a penny in payment. If a teacher ever asked them how much they charge, the standard reply was –
“It’s double what it was last year!”

As a pair, Boe & Gordon, are the only people to have played in AND refereed the prestigious Montagu Cup final.

Brian (left) & Gordon before a Totty Cup final at Swinton Communuity School

As a player, Brian played for Swinton Athletic in the victorious finals of 1964 (as captain) and 1968. Remarkably, Brian refereed two Montagu Cup finals – in 1987 and 2009.

Boe & the Mont in 1964

In 2023, for the centenary year of the Totty Cup, two new trophies were commissioned to honour Boe & Gordon. The Boe Hyde Cup will be competed for by those schools knocked out in the early rounds of both the Totty Cup and the Barlow-Salmons. The Gordon Swann Cup is a bronze medal play-off for the beaten semi-finalists in the Totty Cup.

Both trophies were old & unloved and they have been lovingly restored by local silversmith Bob Lamb. Like Boe & Gordon – Bob has not charged anything for his time, materials and expertise. Brampton Ellis school kindly donated the trophy that is now the Brian Hyde Cup.

Boe at Headingly

Brian’s brother, Frank played for Bradford City as the goalkeeper. Frank once played on for 20 minutes with a fractured skull. More on Frank at :

Brian’s son, Paul & Brian’s wife, Shirley.