Mike Green (footballer, born 1946)

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Mike Green
Personal information
Full name Michael Clive Green[1]
Date of birth (1946-09-08) 8 September 1946 (age 72)
Place of birth Carlisle, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Centre half
Youth career
Carlisle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1968 Carlisle United 2 (0)
1968–1971 Gillingham 132 (24)
1971–1974 Bristol Rovers 77 (2)
1974–1977 Plymouth Argyle 108 (8)
1977–1979 Torquay United 88 (7)
Newton Abbot
Teams managed
1977–1981 Torquay United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Michael Clive Green (born 8 September 1946) is an English former professional football player and manager. As player, he made more than 400 appearances in the Football League as a centre half for Carlisle United, Gillingham, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United.[2] As manager, he took charge of Torquay United.

Green was born in Carlisle, Cumberland, and began his career as an apprentice with Carlisle United,[2] turning professional in September 1964. He played only two league games for Carlisle, both the following season, before moving to Gillingham in July 1968. He soon found a regular place at the Priestfield Stadium, playing 132 league games, scoring 24 goals.[2]

He moved to Bristol Rovers in July 1971 and was appointed captain of the Eastville side. In July 1974, after 2 goals in 77 games, he moved to Plymouth Argyle for a fee of £19,000. He captained Argyle to promotion from Division Three at the end of his first season at Home Park, going onto play 108 league games, scoring 8 goals,[2] before leaving for local rivals Torquay United in March 1977 as player-manager for a fee of £5,000.

Working with the experienced Frank O'Farrell as the general manager, he put together an attacking side at Plainmoor, but could never get them challenging for promotion, not helped by the lack of funds at his disposal. He retired from playing, after 88 league games and 7 goals, to concentrate on his managerial duties. During the 1979-80 season he surprisingly turned down an offer to manage Second Division Bristol Rovers to remain at Plainmoor,[citation needed] but was sacked in May 1981 after a disappointing season, with O'Farrell taking over as team manager for a third time.[3][4]

He subsequently played for local non-league side Newton Abbot and later managed a sub-post office in Torquay.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Player: Mike Green". Argyle Review. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mike Green". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 2 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Mullery decides to stay with Brighton". The Times. 6 May 1981. p. 10. The manager of Torquay United, Mike Green, yesterday became a victim of the club's financial plight. The Fourth Division club, faced with 'a substantial trading loss' for the current financial year, feel they must revert to a player-manager if they are to remain in the Football League.
  4. ^ "The History Of Torquay United". Torquay United F.C. Archived from the original on 27 December 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2009.
  5. ^ Struthers, Greg (24 February 2008). "Caught in time: Bristol Rovers win the Watney Cup, 1972". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 December 2009.

External links[edit]

  • Mike Green at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database