Preston born winger James “Jasper” Green joined First Division Preston North End after World War One in 1919, and made his Preston debut in an FA Cup tie against Stockport County in January 1920. He made his Football League debut the following month in a victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. However he only appeared occasionally for The Lilywhites, making 8 appearances during his two seasons at Deepdale.
Described as being strongly built and full of dash and energy, ‘quite capable of giving opposing defences a severe shock’, he joined Exeter City in the summer of 1921, and played 7 matches during the first half of the 1921-22, unfortunately breaking a leg in the game against Watford in December 1921.
The injury kept him out for quite some time and although he tried training at the start of the following season, he was told that he would not be fit enough for League football, forcing his retirement from the professional game, before he joined non league Bideford in 1922.