Ryan Green

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Ryan Green
Personal information
Full name Ryan Michael Green
Date of birth (1980-10-20) 20 October 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Merthyr Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 (0)
2001 Torquay United (loan) 10 (0)
2001–2002 Millwall 13 (0)
2002 Cardiff City (loan) 0 (0)
2002–2003 Sheffield Wednesday 4 (0)
2003–2006 Hereford United 91 (3)
2006–2009 Bristol Rovers 71 (0)
2009–2012 Hereford United 100 (2)
2012-2014 Port Talbot Town
2014- Merthyr Town
National team
Wales U21 16 (0)
1998 Wales 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:57, 31 March 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:21, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Ryan Michael Green (born 20 October 1980) is a Wales international footballer who plays as a defender and is currently playing for Welsh Premier League club Port Talbot Town. He is perhaps best known for breaking Ryan Giggs's record as the youngest player to be capped for the Wales national football team, a record which has since been surpassed.


Born in Cardiff, Green began his career as a trainee with Wolverhampton Wanderers turning professional in October 1997. He made his Wolves first team debut on 10 November 1998, in a 2–1 victory against Sheffield United at Molineux. After 70 minutes he suffered a medial ligament injury which sidelined him for six months.[1] He struggled to establish himself at Wolves and joined Torquay United on loan in March 2001, playing ten times as Torquay successfully fought off relegation to the Conference. However he scored an own goal in the final game of the season, a 3–2 win away to Barnet which nonetheless resulted in Torquay surviving at Barnet's expense.

He moved to Millwall on a free transfer in October 2001,[2] and almost joined Bradford City in 2002, a move scuppered by the financial impact on Football League clubs of the ITV Digital collapse.[1] Instead he joined Cardiff City on a monthly contract in November 2002, joining Sheffield Wednesday two weeks later. He was released by Wednesday at the end of the season, joining Hereford United in July 2003. In three seasons with Hereford he made a total of 117 appearances, scoring 4 goals. His first senior goal came against Telford United when, in the third minute of injury time, he ran the length of the pitch to get into a position to score the winning goal.[1] He scored his most notable goal in his final match for the Bulls, the 2006 Conference play-off final against Halifax Town. In the second period of extra time, he curled a shot into the top left corner of the goal, which secured Hereford's return to the Football League. However he left shortly afterwards, on 31 May 2006, signing a two-year contract with Bristol Rovers.[3]

Green made 33 league appearances in his first season with the Pirates but suffered a nasty foot injury in the 4–3 defeat to Grimsby Town, which sidelined him for several weeks and ruled him out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final. A broken jaw and further Achilles tendon problems in a volatile match at Swindon Town ruled him out for the rest of the following season. A hamstring injury sustained in a pre-season friendly added to Green's injury nightmare.[4] His contract was not renewed, and he left the club on 8 May 2009. On 5 June 2009 Green re-signed for Hereford United on a one-year deal for season 2009–2010. Following the relegation of Hereford in 2012, Hereford did not offer Green a new contract.[5]

In August 2012 he joined Welsh Premier League club Port Talbot Town.[6] In June 2014 he joined Merthyr Town

International career[edit]

Green's international career was brief and unusual; his full international debut against Malta on 3 June 1998 was also his senior football debut.[7] This made Green the youngest player ever to play for Wales, at the age of 17 years and 226 days, the record was previously held by Ryan Giggs.[8] Green's record stood until it was surpassed by Lewin Nyatanga, it is currently held by Gareth Bale. Wales manager Bobby Gould went on to select him for a match against Tunisia, his second and final cap to date. Green also represented Wales at youth and under 21 level.


  1. ^ a b c Ryan Green official PFA interview GiveMeFootball.com, 16 October 2003, retrieved 14 June 2009.
  2. ^ Green joins Millwall
  3. ^ Rovers bag Bulls' defender Green
  4. ^ Green looking to end Bristol Rovers injury jinx Evening Post, 20 October 2008, retrieved 14 June 2009.
  5. ^ Green rejoins Bulls from Pirates www.bbc.co.uk
  6. ^ "Ex-Wales defender Green joins the Steelmen". Welsh Premier League. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Ryan Green for go – Lewin Western Mail, 2 March 2006, retrieved 14 June 2009.
  8. ^ Green the younger to eclipse Giggs' mark The Independent, 3 June 1998, retrieved 14 June 2009.

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