Scunthorpe United is saddened to learn of the passing of former physio Charlie Strong, aged 98.
Previously a PT instructor in the RAF, he originally joined Gateshead as assistant trainer to Bob Keen in July 1948 and became Scunthorpe's masseur in June 1956 when new manager Ron Suart had advertised for the role.
Described as a vital member of United's backroom staff, he held a full-time position at the club for 12 years, which included physiotherapy and being a trainer. He was part of the set-up that saw the team promoted to Division Two as the very last Division Three North champions in 1957-58.
Charlie then went part-time during Freddie Goodwin's reign as manager, after he had qualified as a chiropodist and he's set up his own practise in the local area, which a number of United's players reaped the benefits from.
He would leave the Old Show Ground in May 1982 after almost 26 years service to the club. He would continue his practise until he retired in July 1988, although he continued to live local and attended matches at the Iron's new home of Glanford Park from then on.
Charlie passed away on December 21, 2020 at Scunthorpe General Hospital. The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the club are with Charlie's family and friends.