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what is the difference between a front tyre and a back tire and would it matter if they was both front tyres or both back tyres on a BMX bike?

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Look at the sidewall of the tire if it is marked front or rear the tire is designed with a specific position in mind. It may also include rotational direction arrows. Without any marking I assume it is a multidirectional and multiposition tire.

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I never met BMX tire with front/rear specification. At least among the mainstream. – J-unior Jun 17 '13 at 15:48

Most of BMXers I know put wide tire in front and narrower one for the rear (2.35 vs 2.10, sometimes rear have slicker protector). However some use the same for front and rear, I remember Cory Martinez has same. I myself have Animal Tom White 2.0 in rear and Animal GLH 2.35 in front.

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