Central defender Glenn Humphries was born in Hull but it wasn’t until he was in his early 30s that he joined Hull City. The Tigers were fighting financial strife and trying to maintain their place in League Division 3, so when Humphries returned from a stint in Hong Kong his signing seemed a good opportunity. While Glenn showed why he had a reputation for scarily aggressive football at his previous clubs, the truth was that his fitness was on the slide and his off field activities were reputed to be affecting his game. Manager Terry Dolan used Humphries as third choice centre back, stepping in for Neil Allison and Rob Dewhurst for the first four months of the season. However after a 1-4 defeat at Rotherham in January 1996 Glenn was consigned to the reserves and made just one more appearance at right back three months later. He left the Tigers in the 1996 close season.
Glenn Humphries grew up in Hull but joined the youth team system at Doncaster Rovers in his teens. He made his debut for Doncaster in May 1981 at 16 years and 268 days old, a record for many decades. Doncaster were promoted to the Third Division that week and in 1981/82 season Humphries returned to the first team occasionally before holding down a regular place at full back in the closing weeks of the season. For the next four seasons Glenn was a first choice centre back for Doncaster as the team was relegated to the Fourth Division in 1983 then rebounded back up 12 months later. In the 1986/87 season he was used more sparingly and ended the season on loan at Fourth Division side Lincoln City. However he returned to the first eleven at the start of the 1987/88 campaign and within two months he was transferred to Division Three rivals Bristol City.
Humphries’ tough tackling reputation continued to grow at Ashton Gate as he played in the side that reached the 1988 play-off final, losing 2-4 on aggregate to Walsall. Injuries hampered Glenn in the 1988/89 season but he returned to full fitness the following season as Bristol City won promotion to the Second Division. Glenn was used sparingly in the higher division and in March 1991 he signed for Scunthorpe United, returning to his Humber Estuary roots. He served the Iron for two seasons before briefly joining Frickley Athletic at the start of the 1993/94 season. He eventually headed to Hong Kong and spent two seasons at the Golden club before returning to England, initially spending a few weeks at Gainsborough Trinity before signing for the Tigers.
Humphries gave up playing the senior game at the end of his time at Hull City. Between his Doncaster debut in May 1981 and his last appearance for the Tigers in April 1996, Glenn made 434 senior appearances in England and scored 16 goals – the first of which came for Doncaster against Brentford in October 1982 and the last came for Scunthorpe against Wigan Athletic in February 1993. After football Humphries returned to Hull and sold caravans for a while before becoming a heavy goods vehicle driver.
Humphries played for the England Youth team in April 1983 against Belgium, his only international honour.
Date/Place of Birth: 11 August 1964, Hull
Hull City First Game: 26 August 1995, Blackpool H (League Division 2), 31 years, 15 days old
Hull City Final Game: 2 April 1996, Bristol City H (League Division 2), 31 years, 235 days old
Doncaster Rovers (1981-1987), Lincoln City (1987. loan), Bristol City (1987-1991), Scunthorpe United (1991-1993), Frickley Athletic (1993), Golden (1993-1995), Gainsborough Trinity (1995), Hull City (1995-1996)
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Career: 16 apps, 0 goalsGlenn Humphries
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