The story of Hyde Park in Sydney’s inner west has a familiar twist.
In the 1950s, Sydney was a booming city with an economic dynamism rivaling the world’s top-end cities.
But by the 1970s, with the decline of the mining boom and an industrial collapse, Sydney had fallen off the map.
Then in 1984, a young man named John Hyde Park was born, the son of a local shopkeeper who was in the construction industry.
Hyde had a passion for the sport of football and was passionate about it, but he was also a boy of 9, whose father was a football fan and a father figure.
Hyde grew up in a family where there were always two sports to watch.
He remembers watching the ABC as a child with his father and mother.
“He would always watch the ABC and they would come over and we would go to watch the game,” Hyde says.
By the time Hyde turned 10, he was already a fan.
So he joined the Sydney Football Club.
As a teenager, Hyde was an all-round footballer, playing for the youth team and for the Under-18s.
When Hyde was 13, he got into the Sydney Raiders, a youth football team in the north-west.
And when Hyde was 18, he signed with the Sydney Roosters.
Hyode was one of the first players to join the Roostars’ first team, in 1992, when he was 20 years old.
From there, Hyde had a number of good years in the NRL, including two premierships.
But Hyde didn’t want to be an NRL player, and in 1993, he joined another Sydney club, the Sydney Swans, but this time he didn’t get the opportunity to play in a regular NRL match.
Hydys career at the Swans would be cut short.
In 2008, Hyde died of a heart attack.
That same year, he had an operation to remove a tumour in his liver.
Despite being in a serious condition, Hyde managed to play one match in the NSW Super League, a club in Melbourne, and was able to play for another team, the Norths in 2009.
A decade later, Hyde would be found dead in his hotel room in Melbourne’s east.
It was a tragedy for Hyde, who loved the sport, and who was passionate in his support of football.
Football’s impact in the city and the stateHyde’s death is a painful reminder of what football can do for the city of Sydney, and its suburbs.
On the streets of the city, Hyde Park is a football-only village.
There is a long line of people queuing up to buy tickets for every home match, but the locals don’t care.
They just want to watch their favourite team.
HydoPark, where Hyde died in 2008.
Source: ABC News | Duration: 1min 46secTopics:sport,football,death,sydney-2000First posted December 19, 2019 08:51:17More stories from New South Wales