Jonathan Greening

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Jonathan Greening
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Greening in 2007
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Greening[1]
Date of birth (1979-01-02) 2 January 1979 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Scarborough, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current club Nottingham Forest
Number 14
Youth career
1994–1996 York City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 York City 25 (2)
1998–2001 Manchester United 14 (0)
2001–2004 Middlesbrough 99 (4)
2004–2010 West Bromwich Albion 196 (7)
2009–2010 Fulham (loan) 23 (1)
2010–2011 Fulham 10 (0)
2011– Nottingham Forest 47 (0)
2012 Barnsley (loan) 6 (1)
National team
1999–2001 England U21 17 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jonathan Greening (born 2 January 1979) is an English footballer who plays for Nottingham Forest as a midfielder.

Greening began his career in 1996 with York City, but moved to Manchester United in 1998, with whom he won the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League as a non-playing substitute in the Final. However, he failed to make a breakthrough in the Manchester United first team and followed United assistant manager Steve McClaren to Middlesbrough in 2001. During his time at Middlesbrough, Greening earned his first call-up to the England national team, but he did not make an appearance. In 2004, he joined West Bromwich Albion for £1.25 million, and, in 2008, captained the team to the Football League Championship title. After West Brom turned down an offer from Fulham for Greening in July 2009, the two sides agreed a loan move the following month.

Career[edit]

York City[edit]

Born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Greening joined the York City youth system at the age of 15.[2] He signed with the club's Youth Training Scheme in December 1996 and broke into the first team towards the end of the 1996–97 season, making his debut as substitute in a 1–1 draw away at Bournemouth on 22 March 1997.[3]

Manchester United[edit]

Following a four-day trial with Manchester United in February,[2] he signed for the FA Premier League team on 25 March 1998 for what was understood to be an initial fee of £500,000, which could have potentially risen to £2 million dependent on appearances and international recognition, with a sell-on clause.[4] Greening gained England under-21 recognition despite his failure to gain a regular first team place at Old Trafford. As an attacking midfielder, he faced massive competition from more established players in both positions and his first-team opportunities were restricted, although he did make the substitute's bench in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final. He later admitted that he "felt a bit of a fraud" for picking up his winner's medal, having not played a single minute of European football that season.[5] He did however make a contribution to their victorious FA Cup campaign, coming on as a substitute at half-time in their fifth round tie with future club Fulham.[6]

Greening signed a new contract with United at the end of the 1999–2000 season, but by 2001 he had become frustrated by the lack of first team opportunities, and conceded that he would need to leave the club in order to play regularly.[7]

Middlesbrough[edit]

On 9 August 2001, Greening joined Middlesbrough for a combined fee of £3 million which saw both him and United team-mate Mark Wilson head to Teesside to rejoin former Manchester United assistant manager Steve McClaren, who was by now the manager of Middlesbrough.[8] Greening remained on Teesside for three seasons, being voted Club Player of the Year for 2002–03 and also being selected for the full England squad (though he did not play).[9] But his first team chances were more limited during the 2003–04 season, after which he signed for West Bromwich Albion for an initial fee of £1.25 million.[10]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Greening made his Albion debut in a 1–1 draw away at Blackburn Rovers on the opening day of the 2004–05 Premier League season,[11] and quickly established himself as a key player in the Baggies' midfield, helping to secure their Premier League survival in his first season. He was named Albion's Player of the Year in the 2005–06 season,[12] in which he made 41 appearances and scored 2 goals as the club was relegated to the Championship.[13]

He signed a new three-year contract with Albion in August 2007,[14] and was made club captain for the 2007–08 season.[15] His performances during the campaign led to him being named in the Championship Team of the Week on several occasions.[16][17][18] Greening missed the fifth round FA Cup match at Coventry City due to suspension,[19] but it was the only match he missed during the campaign; he started all 46 league matches and also participated in eight out of nine cup games. He captained Albion in the FA Cup semi-final, where they lost 1–0 to Portsmouth,[20] and one month later led the team to promotion as winners of the Championship.[21] Greening was named in the 2007–08 Championship PFA Team of the Year, alongside team-mates Paul Robinson and Kevin Phillips.[22] During the last two months of the season Greening suffered from a double hernia problem but played on until the end of the campaign, when he had an operation to rectify the injury.[23][24]

Towards the end of the 2008–09 season, Greening said he was looking to sign a new contract with Albion.[25] He was offered a new four-year contract by the club, but instead handed in a transfer request in July 2009.[26]

Fulham[edit]

On 14 July, West Brom rejected a "derisory" bid from Fulham for Greening.[27] Nevertheless, on 24 August, Greening joined Fulham on a season-long loan for the 2009–10 season, with a view to a permanent move upon completion of the loan period.[28] He scored his first and only league goal for Fulham against Portsmouth on 3 February 2010.[29] He also came off the bench in the UEFA Europa League Final defeat against Atlético Madrid.[30]

Greening signed a two-year contract with Fulham on 1 July after a successful loan spell the previous season.[31] After signing, he was mainly used as a substitute and was seen as a 'fringe' player. Under new manager Mark Hughes, he rarely featured, making only 10 league appearances in the 2010–11 season.

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Greening playing for Nottingham Forest in 2011

On 18 July 2011, Greening signed a three-year contract with Championship club Nottingham Forest, with Fulham receiving an undisclosed fee, reuniting with manager Steve McClaren for the second time after working with him at both Manchester United and Middlesbrough.[32] Greening said the move met his desire to seek regular football.[33]

Style of play[edit]

Although naturally right-sided, Greening can operate anywhere across the midfield.[34] Initially an attacking wide midfielder, he later moved to a central midfield holding role. Team-mate Dean Kiely once described how Greening "sprays passes around like a quarterback" in Albion's style of attacking football under Tony Mowbray.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 April 2012.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
York City 1996–97[36] Second Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1997–98[37] Second Division 20 2 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 22 2
Total 25 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 27 2
Manchester United 1997–98[38] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998–99[39] Premier League 3 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1999–2000[40] Premier League 4 0 0 0 1 0 3[b] 0 1[c] 0 9 0
2000–01[41] Premier League 7 0 0 0 2 0 2[d] 0 0 0 11 0
Total 14 0 1 0 6 0 5 0 1 0 27 0
Middlesbrough 2001–02[42] Premier League 36 1 4 0 1 0 41 1
2002–03[43] Premier League 38 2 1 0 0 0 39 2
2003–04[44] Premier League 25 1 0 0 4 0 29 1
Total 99 4 5 0 5 0 109 4
West Bromwich Albion 2004–05[45] Premier League 34 0 2 0 1 0 37 0
2005–06[13] Premier League 38 2 2 0 1 0 41 2
2006–07[46] Championship 42 2 4 0 3 1 3[e] 0 52 3
2007–08[47] Championship 46 1 5 0 3 0 54 1
2008–09[48] Premier League 34 2 3 0 1 0 38 2
2009–10[49] Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 196 7 16 0 9 1 3 0 224 8
Fulham (loan) 2009–10[49] Premier League 23 1 3 0 1 0 7[f] 0 34 1
Fulham 2010–11[50] Premier League 10 0 2 1 2 0 14 1
2011–12[51] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[f] 0 1 0
Total 33 1 5 1 3 0 8 0 49 2
Nottingham Forest 2011–12[51] Championship 31 0 2 0 3 0 36 0
2012–13[52] Championship 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Total 36 0 2 0 4 0 42 0
Barnsley (loan) 2012–13[52] Championship 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Career total 409 15 29 1 28 1 13 0 5 0 484 17
  1. ^ Appearance in Associate Members' Cup
  2. ^ 1 appearance in UEFA Super Cup, 2 in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearance in FIFA Club World Championship
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs
  6. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Manchester United

Middlesbrough

West Bromwich Albion

Fulham

Individual

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Red raiders net Greening". Evening Press (York). 24 March 1998. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Jarred, Martin & Windross, Dave (1997). Citizens and Minstermen, A Who's Who of York City FC 1922–1997. Citizen Publications. p. 42. ISBN 0-9531005-0-2. 
  4. ^ "Cash in reserve". Evening Press (York). 25 March 1998. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Greening attacks Man Utd youth policy". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 August 2001. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Hodgson, Guy (14 February 1999). "Cole ends Fulham's fight". The Independent (London). Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Greening: I have to leave". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 28 March 2001. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Man Utd duo complete Boro move". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 9 August 2001. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Greening earns England call". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 11 November 2002. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Greening joins West Brom". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 29 July 2004. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Blackburn 1–1 West Brom". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 14 August 2004. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
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  14. ^ "Greening signs new deal". West Bromwich Albion FC. 5 August 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Greening to stay Albion skipper". Express & Star (Wolverhampton). 5 October 2007. Retrieved 9 October 2007. 
  16. ^ "Coca-Cola Championship Team of the Week (20/08/2007)" (PDF). The Football League. 20 August 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
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  21. ^ "QPR 0–2 West Brom". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 May 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  22. ^ "Ronaldo named player of the year". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 27 April 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
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  26. ^ "Greening eager to quit West Brom". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 15 July 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  27. ^ "Fulham bid for Greening rejected". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 14 July 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  28. ^ "Fulham capture Greening on loan". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 24 August 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  29. ^ "Fulham 1–0 Portsmouth". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 3 February 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  30. ^ "Late winner breaks Fulham hearts". ESPNsoccernet. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  31. ^ "Jonathan Greening move confirmed by Fulham". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 1 July 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  32. ^ "Nottingham Forest wrap up deal for Jonathan Greening". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 18 July 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  33. ^ "Greening's Eyeing Premier Return". Nottingham Forest FC. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  34. ^ Taylor, Louise (19 January 2003). "Greening beats United boss in mind game". The Times (London). Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  35. ^ Solhekol, Kaveh (14 January 2008). "Q&A: Dean Kiely, West Bromwich Albion". The Times (London). Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
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  37. ^ Batters. York City: The Complete Record. pp. 390–417. 
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  39. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Greening in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
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  41. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Greening in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  42. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Greening in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  43. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Greening in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  44. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Greening in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  45. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Greening in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  46. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Greening in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  47. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Greening in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  48. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Greening in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  49. ^ a b "Games played by Jonathan Greening in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  50. ^ "Games played by Jonathan Greening in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  51. ^ a b "Games played by Jonathan Greening in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  52. ^ a b "Games played by Jonathan Greening in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 

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