Forward Mike Ring joined the Tigers in July 1984, following his former Brighton team-mate and now City player-manager Brian Horton to Boothferry Park. He started with a bang, scoring on his debut in a 3-0 win over Bournemouth then striking the opener three days later in the League Cup against Lincoln. However after another six starts that yielded no goals Ring was replaced by Andy Flounders in Horton’s fluid frontline that had Billy Whitehurst at its fulcrum. Ring returned to the first team in a December 1984 FA Cup tie against Tranmere, again announcing his presence with a goal. He spent December and January playing on the left wing but was consigned to the reserves for the last two months of the season as City won promotion to the Second Division. Ring was used more sparingly by Horton in the 1985/86 season as the Tigers competed at a higher level, scoring his only goal of the season in a New Year’s Day 4-1 thrashing of Barnsley inspired by the sumptuous promptings of Bobby Doyle. Mike left the club in the 1986 close season.
Born and raised in Brighton, Michael Paul Ring joined his local club as a junior and turned professional in 1978 after scoring numerous goals for the youth team (including six in one match). He made his first team debut in an October 1981 League Cup tie against Huddersfield Town before gaining experience during a loan spell at Greenock Morton in April 1982 that yielded four senior appearances after a daunting debut against Celtic. Ring managed only a handful of further appearances over the next three years and had a further loan spell at Ballymena United before joining the Tigers in the summer of 1984.
Ring joined Aldershot in July 1986, in his first season he scored ten goals in 44 appearances and contributed to the Shots winning promotion to the Third Division via a play-off victory over Wolves. In his second season Ring made a further 38 appearances and scored six goals as Aldershot narrowly avoided an immediate relegation. In the 1988/89 season Aldershot finished rock bottom and Ring scored only twice in 23 appearances, which prompted his departure from the Shots and a spell in the Sussex non-league scene. He started the 1989/90 season at Lewes, after a January 1990 switch to Farnborough Town he joined Southern league side Crawley Town in March 1990, moving on to Newhaven for the 1991/92 season.
After football Ring worked for Rigby Taylor, a provider of sports pitch maintenance supplies, rising to regional sales director by the 2010s.
Date/Place of Birth: 13 February 1961, Brighton
Hull City First Game: 1 September 1984, Bournemouth H (Division Three), 23 years, 201 days old
Hull City Final Game: 1 February 1986, Blackburn Rovers A (Division Two), 24 years, 353 days old
Brighton & Hove Albion (1978-1984), Greenock Morton (1981-1982, loan), Ballymena United (1984, loan), Hull City (1984-1986), Bolton Wanderers (1986, loan), Aldershot (1986-1989), Lewes (1989-1990), Farnborough Town (1990), Crawley Town (1990-1991), Newhaven (1991-1992)
Hull City Record
Career: 34 apps, 4 goalsMike Ring
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