FRANK Hyde, the former professional goalkeeper and manager of Mexborough Town, has died aged 77.

Frank died on May 11 and more than 150 people attended his funeral on Thursday, May 20.

This popular Bolton man made his name as a goalkeeper with Bradford City in the late 1940s.

Following four years service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, he returned to work as a wages clerk at Manvers colliery, but it was while playing for Wath Athletic that he was spotted by respected scout Mark Crookes.

Crookes was there to assess a player on the opposing team, but Frank played a blinder and the scout took him to Stan Culliss's Wolverhampton Wanderers.< /p>

Delighted at his first break in football, Frank found himself third in the pecking order at Wolves behind England goalkeeper Bert Williams and Welsh number one Jack Kelsey.

Bradford City came to the rescue in 1947 and Frank enjoyed the best four years of his career.

In 1948, while playing against Hartlepool, Frank bravely dove at the feet of an oncoming striker and suffered a fractured skull.

Frank's younger brother Brian said: "I can still remember it today. I was in the stand with my mother and younger brother and it came of the Tannoy that we had to go to hospital.

"When we got there his face was as black as coal with the bruising."

Within a year though, Frank had reclaimed the number one spot in Bradford's goal.

In 1951 he moved into part-time football with Scarborough, and after racking up appearances for Selby, Bridlington Town and Frickley, he finished his career as manager of Mexborough Town.

He was playing well into his forties and was asked out of retirement to play for Denaby United.

Ironically, as a boy his passion was rugby.

After football he retook his job as wages clerk for four pits in the local area.

Socially, he was the secretary of Wath Central Working Mens Club for 10 years.

Brian added: "Frank was a lovely fellow, very generous."

He died in Barnsley Hospital.

He leaves wife Norah, son John, grandson Andrew, and great-grandchildren Jake and Bradley.