The Secret behind Hyde United’s FA Cup Success

Hyde United used Hudl to reach the FA Cup first round for the first time in their history. 

The Secret behind Hyde United’s FA Cup Success

Hyde United used Hudl to reach the FA Cup first round for the first time in their history. 

Evo-Stik League team Hyde United FC recent­ly played in the first round prop­er of the FA Cup for the first time in 23 years, host­ing League One giants MK Dons.

The game was broad­cast live on the BBC from their small, yet home­ly, Ewan Fields Stadium, a game which report­ed­ly earned the Tigers a £150,000 pay­day. That mon­ey is a wel­come boost for a club that became a com­mu­ni­ty-owned ven­ture in 2015.

Assistant Manager David McGurk explains how they run their club on a tight bud­get, how they man­age a part time envi­ron­ment and the role Hudl plays in help­ing them suc­ceed against big spend­ing competition.

The ana­lyst has a cer­tain struc­ture that he looks for in terms of the posi­tions that the oppo­si­tion get into, and the posi­tions we try and pre­vent them get­ting into,” McGurk said. I’ll get fig­ures on the data on that; how they got into them posi­tions, the clips, the tim­ings and it makes my job eas­i­er in terms of going through them, speak­ing to indi­vid­u­als, speak­ing to units and then putting ses­sions on.”

Janni Lipka, Hyde United’s cen­tral mid­field­er, has seen first­hand the ben­e­fit Hudl provides.

The man­age­ment staff here have a very pro­fes­sion­al set­up,” Lipka said. They use [video analy­sis] every week to show us what we’ve done well, what we haven’t done well, and then they can take that into the train­ing the fol­low­ing week and design the prac­tices work­ing on what we can improve on com­ing up to the next Saturday.”

McGurk explains their over­all objec­tive of using Hudl, which is all about get­ting the most out of a group of play­ers when they take the pitch, regard­less of the competition.

For me it’s get­ting max­i­mum effi­cien­cy out of the boys. You’ve got lads who are not on a lot of mon­ey here but we’ve got to try and go beyond what they’re on, so if you bring a play­er in on £100 per week, can we turn them into a £200 per week play­er and get the max­i­mum effi­cien­cy out of every sin­gle play­er in every sin­gle session.”

Want to learn more about how to imple­ment video analy­sis? The Head of Performance Analysis for the Houston Dynamo talks about how they use Hudl at the club