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Greg Young
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Young playing for Altrincham in 2010
Personal information
Full name Gregory James Young[1]
Date of birth (1983-04-25) 25 April 1983 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Doncaster, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Buxton
Youth career
000?–2002 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Grimsby Town 24 (0)
2004 Northwich Victoria (loan) 3 (1)
2004–2005 Northwich Victoria (loan) 3 (0)
2005–2008 Halifax Town 65 (3)
2006 Northwich Victoria (loan) 3 (0)
2007 Alfreton Town (loan) 6 (0)
2008–2010 Altrincham 107 (8)
2010–2011 York City 12 (1)
2011 Altrincham (loan) 11 (1)
2011–2012 Alfreton Town 30 (0)
2012–2014 Gainsborough Trinity 60 (3)
2014– Buxton 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:51, 29 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Gregory James "Greg" Young (born 25 April 1983) is an English semi-professional footballer who plays for Buxton as a defender.

Young started his career with the Sheffield Wednesday youth system and after being released in 2002 he joined Grimsby Town of the First Division. He made his first team debut on the last day of the 2002–03 season with the team having already been relegated and he suffered a second relegation the following season, during which he made 19 appearances. During the 2004–05 season he spent two periods on loan at Conference National team Northwich Victoria before joining Halifax Town in 2005.

He made 35 appearances for Halifax during the 2005–06 season and started in the 2006 Conference National play-off Final at the Walkers Stadium, which was lost to Hereford United. Following loans with former club Northwich and Conference North team Alfreton Town he joined Altrincham in early 2008. He played for Altrincham as a semi-professional and after making over 100 appearances in two and a half seasons he joined York City in 2010. After a season at the club he returned to Alfreton.

Career[edit]

Grimsby Town[edit]

Born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Young started his career with the Sheffield Wednesday youth system,[1] where he also played in the reserve team.[3] He was released at the end of the 2001–02 season, and was signed by fellow First Division team Grimsby Town in July 2002 following a trial,[1][4][5] initially playing in the reserves.[6] He eventually made his first team debut by starting in a 2–1 defeat to Reading on 26 April 2003, the last day of the 2002–03 season, with Grimsby having already been relegated to the Second Division.[7][8] He signed a new contract with Grimsby on 3 June 2003, with manager Paul Groves saying "Greg has improved since he arrived at the club. He did well on his debut at Reading, but it did show that there is a big step up from the reserves for him to make."[9]

His first appearance of the 2003–04 season came as a half-time substitute in a 1–0 victory at Blackpool on 30 September 2003.[10] The season saw him initially used as a stand-in left back as cover for injuries, but after the arrival of Nicky Law as manager, he became a regular starter as a central defender.[6] Young was described as the "stand-out performer" in a 4–4 draw at Chesterfield on 27 March 2004, despite suffering a dislocated shoulder during the match.[6][11] He made a "brave" return in the final game of the season on 8 May 2004, a 2–1 defeat at Tranmere Rovers, which condemned Grimsby to relegation to League Two.[6][12] He finished the season with 19 appearances for Grimsby and he signed a new two-year contract with the club in June 2004.[5][10][13]

He was still suffering from the shoulder injury in June and under new manager Russell Slade Young endured a frustrating spell.[14][15] A cold Young was suffering from in August required treatment from physio Dave Moore as it put him out of action.[16] He joined Conference National team Northwich Victoria on a one-month loan on 7 October 2004,[17] after having made five appearances for Grimsby up to that point during the 2004–05 season.[18] He made his debut two days later in a 0–0 draw with Crawley Town and in his third game scored in a 3–1 victory over Forest Green Rovers.[19] He was recalled by Grimsby later that month due to injuries after making three appearances for Northwich.[19][20] He rejoined Northwich on another one-month loan on 3 December 2004,[20][21] with injury restricting him to three appearances before returning to Grimsby on 6 January 2005.[19][22][23]

Halifax Town[edit]

Young moved to Conference National team Halifax Town on a free transfer on 25 February 2005 after signing a one-and-a-half-year contract.[24] He made his debut as a 57th minute substitute in a 2–2 draw with former club Northwich the following day.[19][25] His first goal for the club came on his sixth appearance against Tamworth after heading in a Martin Foster corner kick, with the game ending in a 3–3 draw.[19][26] He finished the season with 13 appearances and two goals for Halifax.[19] Young suffered an injury in August 2005 and he made his return in a 4–0 victory over Tamworth on 10 September 2005.[27][28] His only goal of the 2005–06 season came after he headed in from a Matt Doughty corner for the opening goal in a 1–1 draw with Stevenage Borough on 14 April 2006.[28][29] He played in both legs of Halifax's play-off semi-final victory over Grays Athletic, which the team won 5–4 on aggregate.[28] He started in the 2006 Conference National play-off Final at the Walkers Stadium on 20 May, being substituted on 61 minutes, which was lost 3–2 to Hereford United after extra time.[30] He finished the season with 35 appearances and one goal.[28]

He was affected by a shoulder injury towards the end of the season and he had a successful operation on this in May 2006.[31] After recovering from this operation he made his return in a 2–1 victory at Cambridge United on 29 August 2006.[32][33] He joined Northwich for the third time after signing a one-month loan in November 2006,[34] after having made eight appearances for Halifax up to that point during the 2006–07 season.[33] He made three appearances for Northwich before being recalled by Halifax on 18 December 2006.[35][36] He made three appearances after returning and his season was ended due to a knee injury sustained on 1 January 2007 in a 1–1 draw with Altrincham, after having made 11 appearances for Halifax that season.[33][37][38]

He joined Conference North team Alfreton Town on a one-month loan in August 2007,[39] making his debut and return from injury in a 2–1 defeat to Southport on 18 August.[40] He made six appearances before returning to Halifax on 18 September 2007.[41] He made an immediate return to the team after coming on as a substitute on 88 minutes in a 1–1 draw with Rushden & Diamonds on 22 September 2007.[42]

Altrincham[edit]

Young playing for Altrincham in 2010

Young was released by Halifax while they were enduring financial difficulties and he signed for Altrincham as a semi-professional on a contract until the end of the 2007–08 season shortly afterwards on 4 January 2008.[43][44] He made his debut a day later as a 60th minute substitute in a 4–0 defeat to Oxford United and his full debut came after starting in a 2–1 victory over Kidderminster Harriers.[45][46] His only goal of the season came from the edge of the box in a 2–1 defeat at Burton Albion on 8 April 2008.[45][47] He finished the season with 22 appearances and one goal for Altrincham and he signed a new two-year contract in the summer of 2008.[45][48]

Young featured for Altrincham in their FA Cup first round game and first round replay against League Two team Luton Town, with the latter being lost 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out.[49] His first goal of the 2008–09 season came after he scored from close range in a 1–0 victory over Northwich Victoria on 26 December 2008.[49][50] His second goal of the season was the winner in a 1–0 victory at Wrexham on 13 April 2009, a result that ensured Altrincham would not finish the season in the relegation zone.[49][51] He finished the season with 51 appearances and two goals.[49]

He contracted mumps in September 2009 and made his return to action against Rushden on 3 October.[48][52] Young's first goal of the 2009–10 season came with the winner in a 1–0 victory over Wrexham in an FA Trophy first round replay.[52] His first league goal of the season came after scoring the winning goal in a 2–1 victory at Ebbsfleet United after heading in a Doughty corner on 16 January 2010.[52][53] Young's fourth goal of the season came against Wrexham came after he scored an 82nd minute equaliser on 9 March 2010.[52][54] He scored the winning goal in a 3–2 victory over Kidderminster after shooting from 12 yards on 3 April 2010.[55] He finished the season with 44 appearances and six goals.[52]

York City[edit]

Young playing for York City in 2010

Young joined fellow Conference Premier team York City on a one-year contract on 24 May 2010 and so returned to playing full-time.[56][57][58] He made his debut in a 2–1 defeat at Fleetwood Town on 30 August 2010 and he scored York's only goal in the 87th minute with a header from an Alex Lawless cross.[59][60] After initially being used as an outfield substitute Young played in goal for the second half of York's 5–0 defeat at Luton Town on 18 January 2011, conceding one goal, after Michael Ingham was sent off in the 15th minute.[61]

Young returned to former club Altrincham on an emergency loan until the end of the 2010–11 season on 7 February 2011.[62] His first appearance after returning to the club came in a 2–1 defeat at Kidderminster on 12 February 2011.[59] After making 11 appearances and scoring one goal for Altrincham,[63] Young returned to York after being recalled on 20 April 2011 due to an injury to Danny Parslow.[64] He did not play following his return and finished the season with 12 appearances and one goal for York.[59]

Alfreton Town[edit]

Young playing for Alfreton Town in 2011

Young signed a two-year contract with former club Alfreton Town, who had recently been promoted to the Conference Premier, on 1 June 2011.[65] He finished the 2011–12 season with 35 appearances for Alfreton.[66]

Gainsborough Trinity[edit]

On 14 June 2012, Young signed for Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity and made his debut in their 2012–13 opening day 1–0 defeat at home to Gloucester City on 18 August.[66][67]

Buxton[edit]

Young signed with Buxton of the Northern Premier League Premier Division in July 2014.[68]

Style of play[edit]

Young primarily plays as a left-footed centre-back and is also able to play at left-back.[69] While at Altrincham, he was also deployed as an auxiliary striker.[48] While being a "classy centre-half",[70] he is an "aggressive player who likes to win the ball" and his play has been described as "shackling".[71][72] On his goalscoring record, Young said "It’s something I have worked on in my own game during the last couple of years. I made a point of improving my scoring record and I’ve done that slightly" in 2010.[73]

Personal life[edit]

Young studied for a degree in sport and exercise science at university while playing part-time for Altrincham.[44][72]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 April 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Grimsby Town 2002–03[7] First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2003–04[10] Second Division 17 0 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 19 0
2004–05[18] League Two 6 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 8 0
Total 24 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 28 0
Northwich Victoria (loan) 2004–05[19] Conference National 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Halifax Town 2004–05[19] Conference National 13 2 0 0 0 0 13 2
2005–06[28] Conference National 30 1 0 0 5[b] 0 35 1
2006–07[33] Conference National 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2007–08[42] Conference Premier 11 0 3 0 1[c] 0 15 0
Total 65 3 3 0 6 0 74 3
Northwich Victoria (loan) 2006–07[35] Conference National 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Alfreton Town (loan) 2007–08[40] Conference North 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Altrincham 2007–08[45] Conference Premier 22 1 0 0 0 0 22 1
2008–09[49] Conference Premier 45 2 3 0 3[d] 0 51 2
2009–10[52] Conference Premier 40 5 1 0 3[e] 1 44 6
Total 107 8 4 0 6 1 117 9
York City 2010–11[59] Conference Premier 12 1 0 0 0 0 12 1
Altrincham (loan) 2010–11[63] Conference Premier 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
Alfreton Town 2011–12[66] Conference Premier 30 0 2 0 3[e] 0 35 0
Gainsborough Trinity 2012–13[66] Conference North 26 2 0 0 2[e] 0 28 2
2013–14[66] Conference North 34 1 0 0 0 0 34 1
Total 60 3 0 0 2 0 62 3
Career total 324 17 10 0 1 0 19 1 354 18
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Two appearances in Football League Trophy, three in Conference National play-offs
  3. ^ Appearance in Conference League Cup
  4. ^ Two appearances in Conference League Cup, one in FA Trophy
  5. ^ a b c Appearances in FA Trophy

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