Powerful defender Greg Strong joined Hull City in May 2002 as part of Jan Molby’s squad reconstruction programme. He started the first three games of the 2002/03 season before a red card and three match ban saw him quickly fall below Justin Whittle in the defensive pecking order. Pretty soon Molby was gone, replaced by Peter Taylor and Greg was frozen out completely after sustaining a broken elbow. He made no further first team appearances in 2002/03 and in the following season he only played twice for the Tigers in Associate Members’ Cup ties. After several loan spells Strong left the club in early 2004.
Bolton-born Gregory Strong started his football career as an apprentice at Wigan Athletic, making 45 appearances and scoring three goals while still a teenager. In August 1995, just days before his 20th birthday, Strong joined his hometown club Bolton Wanderers and was with the Trotters for five seasons as they oscillated between the Premier League and League Division 1. However Greg’s contribution was modest, in five seasons he played more games Blackpool, Stoke and Motherwell while on loan (27 appearances, 2 goals) than he did for his parent club (21 appearances, 1 start). In the 2000 close season Strong made his loan move to Motherwell a permanent switch, and for two seasons in the SPL he established himself as a first team regular and a popular figure amongst supporters, scoring 4 times in 67 appearances. After two years at Fir Park the defender was lured by Jan Molby to Boothferry Park.
Strong joined Boston United in March 2004 and in the following season he played 10 times, occasionally as target man up front, before being loaned to Macclesfield Town. At the end of 2004/05 he returned to Scotland and signed for Livingston, for whom he was a first team regular in 2005/06. He spent 2006/07 at Dundee before entering the English non-league scene with Halifax Town, Northwich Victoria and Droylsden. In 2008 he joined Welsh League side Rhyl and a year later he was appointed player-manager, piloting the Welsh side into the 2009/10 Champions League where they played Partizan Belgrade. He held the manager’s post at Rhyl for six years until resigning in 2015. He then took up scouting roles for Motherwell and Plymouth Argyle amongst other clubs, settling in the Wilmslow area of Cheshire. In 2018 he was appointed Head of Recruitment at Salford City.
Strong was an England Schoolboys international and in October 1991 he made a single England Under-16s appearance in a 0-1 defeat against Denmark played at Lilleshall.
Date/Place of Birth: 5 September 1975, Bolton
Hull City First Game: 10 August 2002, Southend United H (League Division 3), 26 years, 339 days old
Hull City Final Game: 4 November 2003, Scunthorpe United H (Associate Members’ Cup Second Round), 28 years, 60 days old
Wigan Athletic (1992-1995), Bolton Wanderers (1995-2000), Blackpool (1997-1998, loan), Stoke City (1999, loan), Motherwell (2000, loan), Motherwell (2000-2002), Hull City (2002-2004), Cheltenham Town (2003, loan), Scunthorpe United (2003, loan), Bury (2003, loan), Boston United (2004-2005), Macclesfield Town (2005, loan), Livingston (2005-2006), Dundee (2006-2007), Halifax Town (2007), Northwich Victoria (2007-2008), Rhyl (2008-2015)
Hull City Record
Career: 5 apps, 0 goalsGreg Strong