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Benny Green (footballer)

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Benny Green
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Haigh Green
Date of birth (1883-02-23)23 February 1883[1]
Place of birth Penistone, England
Date of death 26 April 1917(1917-04-26) (aged 34)[2]
Place of death Arras area, France
Playing position(s) Inside forward
Youth career
Penistone Rising Star
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1901–1903 Barnsley 46 (18)
1903–1909 Small Heath / Birmingham[a] 185 (43)
1909–1911 Burnley 71 (29)
1911–1913 Preston North End 73 (23)
1913–1915 Blackpool 31 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Benjamin Haigh Green (23 February 1883 – 26 April 1917) was an English professional footballer who played as an inside forward. He scored 117 goals from 406 matches in the Football League playing for Barnsley, Small Heath (renamed Birmingham in 1905), Burnley, Preston North End and Blackpool.[1]

He made nearly 200 appearances for Small Heath / Birmingham in all competitions, 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.[4]

Green was born in Penistone, Yorkshire,[1] and was killed in action in France in 1917, where he was serving as a private with the King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment).[2]


  1. ^ Small Heath was renamed Birmingham ahead of the 1905–06 season.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 106. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.
  2. ^ a b "Casualty details: Green, Benjamin Haigh". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Small Heath". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  4. ^ Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 91. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.

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