Robert Hyde (footballer)

Robert Hyde (born 1 November 1954) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the Collingwood and Essendon football teams in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1970s.

Robert Hyde
Personal information
Full name Robert Hyde
Date of birth (1954-11-01) 1 November 1954
Original team(s) Greensborough
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19731978 Collingwood 62 (2)
1979 Essendon 1 (0)
Total 63 (2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1979.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Playing career

Hyde played 63 senior VFL football games between 1973 and 1979.[1] A defender, Hyde won the Copeland Trophy in 1976 for Collingwood's best and fairest player. Hyde played for Collingwood in both the drawn 1977 VFL Grand Final and the Grand Final replay the following week. He finished his career with Essendon.

Coaching career

Hyde coached Greensborough to Diamond Valley Football League premierships in 1983 and 1984,[2] and then spent time coaching North Old Boys in the Victorian Amateur Football Association.[3] He was coach of the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup from 1996 to 2006, during which time he led the Cannons to five grand finals, winning three premierships[4] After leaving Calder, he coached the Victorian Country team in the AFL Under 18 Championships.[5][6][7] Hyde was appointed as senior coach of the Northern Blues in the VFL at the start of the 2012 season, a role he took on a part-time basis;[8] however, he did not coach out the season, leaving the club on 28 June 2012. Hyde stated that the role was too large for a part-time coach, particularly because his own availability (as dictated by his primary job as a school principal) meant that he could not interact with AFL-listed players from Carlton, the Northern Blues' AFL-affiliate, except on game day.[9]

Life outside football

Hyde was the principal of Epping Primary School - Greenbrook Campus in Epping, Victoria.[9][10]

The Robert Hyde medal

The Robert Hyde medal is awarded to the Calder Cannons' best and fairest player each year.[11]


  1. AFL Player Statistics - Robert Hyde, retrieved 2009-09-18
  2. "Honour Board". Greensborough. Archived from the original on 26 January 2014.
  3. Pat Maher (19 April 1992). "AFL old-timers find niche in amateurs". The Sunday Age (Sports Liftout). Melbourne, VIC. p. 17-19.
  4. Calder Cannons homepage, retrieved 2009-09-18
  5. AFL Victoria, Annual Report, retrieved 2009-09-18
  6. Strong Falcons link to Victorian Country side for national under-18 titles, The Geelong Advertiser, 7 June 2008, retrieved 2009-09-18
  7. Geelong Falcon Ben Cunnington to captain Victorian Country, The Geelong Advertiser, 13 June 2009, retrieved 2009-09-18
  8. Landsberger, Sam (20 October 2011). "Hyde to coach Northern Bullants". Leader. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  9. Amy, Paul; Landsberger, Sam (27 June 2012). "Northern Blues coach Robert Hyde walks out after 10 games". Herald Sun. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  10. Primary School, retrieved 2009-09-18
  11. "2011 Robert Hyde Medal Presentation Night". Calder Cannons. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
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