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GEELONG great John Hyde has lost his battle with cancer less than a month short of his 90th birthday.

Hyde, who was due to reach the milestone on April 11, died on Thursday.

A member of Geelong’s 1951-52 premiership teams, he was recruited from Portarlington where was he part of the Demons’ 1947 Woolworth Cup flag-winning side as a 17-year-old.

He joined the Cats in 1948 and played 108 games in seven seasons, winning the 1950 best-and-fairest, and forming part of a famed half-back line that included Russ Middlemiss and Geoff Williams.

Hyde left at the end of 1954 for two years as captain-coach with West Australian club Claremont before returning to country Victoria to lead Hamilton in the Western District league for three years, landing premierships in 1958 and 1959.

He returned to Kardinia Park in 1960 as a member of the committee, where he spent 21 years, including four seasons as vice-president between 1972-75.

Hyde also served as match committee chair for 12 seasons in three different stints – 1966-68, 1973-80 and 1983.

He was honoured with life membership of Geelong in 1961 and was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame in 2002.

Hyde’s passing leaves only Bill McMaster, Les Reed, George Goninon, Geoff Williams and Terry Fulton as the only surviving members of the twenty-four players who featured across the 51-52 premierships under Cats legend Reg Hickey.

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