Mary Strong Obituary

Mary Strong (nee Davey) died on 12th July 2014.

From 1962, she played for Liverpool and Lancashire and from 1963 for The North (Captain from 1966). Her international career began in 1965 and she captained England from February 1970 until she retired in 1971. She was a member of the outstanding GBITT touring side that had an unbeaten record in USA in 1967 – the last team to achieve such a result. She was a prolific goal scorer and during that Tour scored 80 of the 347 goals scored by the tourists in the games she played.

Mary was born in Liverpool in 1942 and was educated at Moreton Hall. She then studied PE at IM Marsh College, Liverpool before taking up her first PE teaching post at Benenden in 1963 where she taught until 1995. There was a break for two years at Haberdashers Askes, Acton in 1970/1 and for the birth of her two daughters. Mary has been described by former pupils as an inspirational and caring teacher, who bridged the divide between teacher and pupil. Mary married Jonathan Strong in 1971 and he survives her as do their two daughters Kate and Pippa.

There is a Service of Thanksgiving for Mary and her life to be held at St. George’s Church, Benenden at 12.00 on Friday 29th August. Jonathan can be contacted at