Beleaguered non-league football club, Hyde United, are no more. After struggling with financial woes for three years, and nearly going out of existence twice only to be saved at the eleventh hour on both occasions, it is the end of the road for Hyde United.
Instead, they will be known as simply Hyde.
The official reason for the name change is a retrospective and nostalgic look at their roots, before they adopted the United tag.
A little bit of digging reveals the truth though. In order to save the club, the owners have allowed Manchester City's big money machine to use their ground for the Manchester City reserve games.
Manchester City are arch rivals of Manchester United.
When City came in, they insisted that the word United was dropped, so that when the reserve games are shown on MCTV there is no mention of United anywhere. City went further. They then insisted that the ground was painted blue, instead of Hyde's traditional colour of red. This colour change could have been considered a step too far, but Hyde needed the money. With the new paint job comes a new kit. The red club badge has been changed to blue, the traditional red kit is now white, with an away strip of sky blue.
So the Hyde United that it's thirty-five fans knew and loved is now gone, replaced with a nursery for City.
Are City finished yet? Well, there are rumours that more changes are expected next season, with a further name change to tag Manchester City in front of Hyde's name, so that they will become Manchester City (Hyde).