Matt Green (footballer)

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Matt Green
Matt Green BCFC 2013.jpg
Green training with Birmingham City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Matthew James Green[1]
Date of birth (1987-01-02) 2 January 1987 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Bath, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
Number 25
Youth career
Bristol City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Newport County 56 (8)
2007–2008 Cardiff City 6 (0)
2007 Darlington (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Oxford United (loan) 2 (1)
2008 Oxford United (loan) 18 (9)
2008–2010 Torquay United 29 (4)
2009–2010 Oxford United (loan) 38 (10)
2010–2012 Oxford United 17 (0)
2011 Cheltenham Town (loan) 19 (0)
2011 Mansfield Town (loan) 25 (14)
2012–2013 Mansfield Town 62 (40)
2013– Birmingham City 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:47, 5 October 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Matthew James "Matt" Green (born 2 January 1987) is an English footballer who plays for Birmingham City as a striker.

Green started his senior career at Conference South side Newport County in 2005, having been released from Bristol City's youth academy. He made 56 league appearances for Newport County in a two-season spell at the club, before joining Championship side Cardiff City in January 2007. Having made six appearances for Cardiff during the 2006–07 season, he had three loan spells away from the club the following season: one at League Two club Darlington in October 2007, where he made five appearances, and two for Conference Premier side Oxford United, where he made 21 appearances. Released by Cardiff at the end of the 2007–08 season, he switched to Conference side Torquay United in May 2008. He made 29 league appearances for Torquay during the 2008–09 season, but joined Oxford United for a third loan spell the following season. Having made 41 league appearances for Oxford during the 2009–10 season, he signed a permanent deal with the club, where he made a further 17 appearances. He spent the latter half of the 2010–11 season on loan to League Two side Cheltenham Town, where he made 19 league appearances and then joined Conference side Mansfield Town in July 2011, initially on loan, but permanently from January 2012 onwards. He made 87 league appearances for Mansfield, scoring 54 goals, before signing for Birmingham City.

Career[edit]

Born in Bath, Somerset, Green was a member of the Bristol City youth programme but was released by the club as they deemed he was too small to play professional football. An England schoolboy international, Green went on to join the Cirencester Academy under the direction of former Newport County player and Welsh international Steve Lowndes who recommended him to Newport in the 2005 close season.[3] A pacey striker, he made a big impact in his first season, making 30 appearances for the Newport County first team in all competitions. He was a part-time player at Newport and worked full-time at a nearby car auction warehouse before he began to attract interest.

Early career[edit]

Several teams watched him while he played for Newport, including Bristol City, Reading, Stoke City and Swansea City,[3][4] but instead Green joined Cardiff City in January 2007 for a fee of £10,000 with possible add-ons depending on appearances.[5] Green had played alongside several former Cardiff players at Newport including Nathan Blake, Jason Bowen and Damon Searle. Green made his debut for his new club against Preston North End on 23 February, coming on for the final few minutes as a substitute for Michael Chopra in Cardiff's 4–1 home win.[6] He made five further appearances, all as a substitute, later that season. At the start of the 2007–08 season Green was included in a two-game pre-season tour of Portugal where he made appearances in both games, scoring in one. He also appeared as a substitute in Cardiff's first-round League Cup win at home to Brighton & Hove Albion.[7]

In October 2007 Green signed a one-month loan deal at League Two side Darlington.[8] He made his debut for Darlington on 9 October against Leeds United in the Football League Trophy. He started the match on the bench, but was brought on earlier than planned due to the injury of teammate Tommy Wright. He hit the post late in the game as Leeds won 1–0.[9] He returned to Cardiff on 8 November after making five appearances in all competitions for Darlington.

He joined Oxford United on an emergency one-month loan on 22 November and scored on his debut two days later against Kidderminster Harriers.[10][11] He made two further appearances for Oxford during his loan spell, FA Cup draw at home to Southend United and in the Conference Premier defeat away to Northwich Victoria,[12] before suffering a broken collarbone and returning to Cardiff for treatment.

He rejoined Oxford on 25 January 2008 on loan until the end of the season.[13] He scored twice in the 3–0 home win against Histon on 9 February,[14] and went on to make a total of 18 appearances before returning to Cardiff where he was released on his return.

Despite Oxford's interest in taking Green on a permanent deal,[15] and suggestions from manager Darren Patterson that the player had verbally agreed to sign,[16] on 31 May he signed for Conference rivals Torquay United.[17] Green began the season on the bench for Torquay, making regular substitute appearances, and on 23 September he scored his first goal for the club with a late winner away to Forest Green Rovers.[18] On 3 January 2009, he scored the only goal of the game as Torquay eliminated Championship side Blackpool in the FA Cup third round.[19]

Green rejoined Oxford on loan for the 2009–10 season.[20] He was named in the England C squad to face a Polish under-23 team in November, but had to withdraw with an ankle injury.[21]

He helped Oxford finish third in the Conference, scoring 10 goals.[22] On 16 May 2010, he scored the opening goal at Wembley Stadium as Oxford defeated York City 3–1 in the 2010 Conference Premier play-off Final to return to the Football League after a four-year exile.[23] He signed a two-year contract with Oxford on 2 June; the fee was undisclosed.[24] On 31 January 2011, he signed on loan at Cheltenham Town until the end of the season.[25]

Mansfield Town[edit]

Green playing for Mansfield Town in 2013

On 22 July 2011, it was announced that Green would be joining Mansfield Town on loan until 31 December of the same year, with £2,000 donated towards the transfer by fans' group The 12th Stag.[26] He was an immediate hit, scoring 14 goals in 25 appearances, and signed an 18-month contract with the club on 1 January 2012.[27] He scored on his first day as a permanent Mansfield player in a 2–2 draw with York City, and went on to score 56 goals in just 92 appearances for the club in the Conference.[28]

Birmingham City[edit]

After a trial with Championship club Birmingham City in May 2013,[29] Green signed a two-year contract with the club on 3 July 2013.[30] He scored his first goal for the club against Shamrock Rovers during a pre-season tour of Ireland, but was then knocked unconscious in a challenge and received eight minutes of treatment before being stretchered off.[31] He made his competitive debut in a 1–0 defeat at home to Watford on 3 August, and his first competitive goal for the club opened the scoring in a 3–2 defeat at Leicester City three weeks later.[32] Green scored the second goal, "a superb right-foot finish at the back post" from Mitch Hancox's cross, as Birmingham beat holders Swansea City 3–1 in the third round of the League Cup.[33] He started the next three games, without scoring, but was omitted from the matchday squad thereafter. In early November, Green damaged cruciate ligaments in training and was expected to miss the rest of the season.[34]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 8 August 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newport County 2005–06[35][36] Conference South 36 4 1 0 3[a] 1 40 5
2006–07[35][37] Conference South 20 4 4 0 5[b] 3 29 7
Newport County total 56 8 5 0 8 4 69 12
Cardiff City 2006–07[38] Championship 6 0 6 0
2007–08[12] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Cardiff City total 6 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Darlington (loan) 2007–08[12] League Two 4 0 1[c] 0 5 0
Oxford United (loan) 2007–08[12] Conference Premier 20 10 1 0 21 10
Torquay United 2008–09[19][39] Conference Premier 29 4 3 1 5[d] 0 37 5
Oxford United (loan) 2009–10[22] Conference Premier 38 10 2 0 7[e] 4 47 14
Oxford United 2010–11[40] League Two 17 0 1 0 2 1 1[c] 0 21 1
Oxford United total 55 10 3 0 2 1 8 4 68 15
Cheltenham Town (loan) 2010–11[40] League Two 19 0 19 0
Mansfield Town (loan) 2011–12[28][41] Conference Premier 25 14 1 0 1[f] 1 27 15
Mansfield Town 2011–12[28] Conference Premier 20 15 1[g] 0 21 15
2012–13[42][41] Conference Premier 42 25 5 2 2[f] 0 49 27
Mansfield Town total 87 54 6 2 4 1 97 57
Birmingham City 2013–14[32] Championship 10 1 0 0 2 1 12 2
2014–15[43] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Birmingham City total 10 1 0 0 2 1 12 2
Career total 286 87 18 3 5 2 26 9 335 101
  1. ^ One appearance one goal in Gwent Senior Cup, one appearance in FA Trophy, one in FAW Premier Cup
  2. ^ One appearance in FAW Premier Cup, four appearances three goals in FA Trophy
  3. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Three appearances in FA Trophy, two in Conference League Cup
  5. ^ Four appearances two goals in FA Trophy, three appearances two goals in Conference Premier play-offs
  6. ^ a b Appearances in FA Trophy
  7. ^ Appearances in Conference Premier play-offs

Honours[edit]

Oxford United

Mansfield Town

  • Conference Premier: 2012–13
  • Conference Premier Golden boot: 2012–13

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "Cardiff 1–0 Brighton (aet)". BBC Sport. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
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  9. ^ "Darlington 0–1 Leeds". BBC Sport. 9 October 2007. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
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  11. ^ "Kidderminster 0–2 Oxford". BBC Sport. 24 November 2007. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
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  14. ^ "Oxford Utd 3–0 Histon". BBC Sport. 9 February 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
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  16. ^ "Green move shows 'little respect'". BBC Sport. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
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  18. ^ "Forest Green 1–2 Torquay". BBC Sport. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
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  33. ^ "Birmingham 3–1 Swansea". BBC Sport. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  34. ^ "Birmingham striker Matt Green won't play again this season due to knee injury". Sky Sports. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
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    Siddle, John (4 February 2009). "Giantkillers Southport have Wembley in their sights". Southport Visiter. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
    "Weymouth 0 Torquay United 3 – An emphatic win for the Gulls". The Herald Express (Torquay). 5 November 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
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  43. ^ "Games played by Matt Green in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 

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