Tuesday, 3 January 2017
Always/The Gang That Sang Heart Of My Heart/This Is My Song/Among My Souvenirs/Love Is A Beautiful Song/ Irish Medely/ I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen/Somwhere My Love/ All I Do Is Dream Of You/The Mountains Of Mourne/Try A Little Kindness/Alice Blue Gown/ Shine On Harvest Moon/Danny Boy
In a distinguished football career, Hyde played for the Newtown Jets, Balmain Tigers, North Sydney Bears and NSW. He scored a try for the Tigers in their winning grand final in 1939, and captained NSW in the same year.He was captain-coach of North Sydney the last time they reached the grand final in 1943, but they were well beaten by his original club Newtown.Hyde began his radio career in 1953, calling games into a microphone set up on a card table on the sidelines.He called 31 consecutive seasons for Sydney radio station 2SM without ever being beaten in the ratings.His catch cry of "It's long enough, it's high enough and it's straight between the posts" became part of the fabric of the game."Frank Hyde was the voice of the game for so many people," NRL chief executive David Gallop said."The technology has changed a lot since, along with the way the game is played, but Frank's ability to make people feel part of the action through his calls is one of his great legacies."ARL chief executive Geoff Carr described Hyde as a great gentleman."Frank charmed everyone and he was one of the best judges of the game you could ever talk to."His influence was enormous and there are generations of fans who, every time they watch a goal being kicked, to this day hear in their mind the words 'it's long enough, it's high enough ...'."Hyde retired as a player in 1945 but continued coaching and became a qualified referee.Although the Second World War robbed him of the chance of playing for Australia, Hyde led Kangaroos supporters tours and was always invited to reunion dinners.He charmed people with his stories and renditions of Irish songs.He made a recording of Danny Boy which made it into the top 10 in the 1970s.A devout Catholic throughout his life, Hyde is survived by six children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.Gaby, his wife of 64 years, died earlier this year.He was awarded an MBE, an OAM, and the Dally M Life Achievement award.Last year he was inducted into the radio hall of fame.Rugby league remained his passion throughout his life. In 1995 he said: "In its modern dress or its old, it is a fine, fine game - the best of all, I reckon, played by men with a ball in their hands."NSW Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell has described late rugby league broadcaster Frank Hyde as an icon."(He was) just an extraordinary icon", Mr O'Farrell told reporters in Sydney."For those of us who remember growing up listening to rugby league before the days of great television telecasts, radio descriptions were important, and no-one did them better than Frank Hyde."