Green Benny Image 1 Birmingham City 1905

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Penistone, Yorkshire born inside forward Benny Green played for Penistone Juniors in 1900 before joining Second Division Barnsley, for whom he made his Football League debut at Doncaster Rovers in December 1901. He scored 16 goals in 1902-03 and was the club’s leading goalscorer, bringing him to the attention of First Division Small Heath (soon to be renamed Birmingham), who signed him in October 1903 after 18 goals in 48 appearances for The Tykes. He stayed 6 seasons at Birmingham, and scored the first goal at the club’s new ground, St Andrew’s, on 29 December 1906, three days after the official opening, for which he was rewarded with a piano. In the close season of 1909, after 47 goals in 198 games, he moved to Burnley, and again finished as the club’s leading goalscorer in 1909-10 with 18 goals. In 1911 he joined First Division Preston North End after 33 goals in 77 appearances for The Clarets, and although they were relegated in his first season, they bounced straight back winning the Second Division Championship in 1912-13, with Green scoring 13 goals. Back in the First Division Green played only 7 games before joining Blackpool in December 1913 after 23 goals in 75 appearances for the Deepdale club. He continued to play for Blackpool through to the suspension of peacetime football due to the outbreak of the First World War, making 33 appearances and scoring 4 goals for The Seasiders.

He was killed in action in France in April 1917, where he was serving as a private with the King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) aged 34.

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