Tony Green (footballer)

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Tony Green
Personal information
Full name Anthony Green[1]
Date of birth (1946-10-13) 13 October 1946 (age 70)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
19??–1964 St. Mungo's Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1966 Albion Rovers 64 (21)
1966–1971 Blackpool 123 (13)
1971–1973 Newcastle United 33 (3)
Total 220 (37)
National team
1971–1972 Scotland 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Anthony "Tony" Green (born 13 October 1946) is a Scottish former professional footballer.

Club career[edit]

Green began his career at Albion Rovers in his native Scotland.


Green was transferred south of the border to Blackpool for an initial £13,500 in May 1967 on a four-year contract. Albion would receive a further £2,000 when he had played in twenty first-team games.[2]

Green suffered an injury that kept him out of the game for a year. His return to the fold came on 19 September 1970 for the visit of Everton to Bloomfield Road.[2]

Green was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road, when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006.[3] Organised by the Blackpool Supporters Association, Blackpool fans around the world voted on their all-time heroes. Five players from each decade are inducted; Green is in the 1960s.[4]

Newcastle United[edit]

In 1971, after Green had put in a transfer request,[2] Newcastle United came in for his services with an offer of £150,000, in a part-exchange deal involving Keith Dyson. He became Newcastle's second most expensive signing, after Malcolm Macdonald who was signed the previous summer from Luton Town for £180,000.[5][6] On 2 September 1972, Green suffered a knee injury which ultimately ended his career at the age of 25,[5] 33 games and three goals into his Magpies career; he had suffered a cartilage injury, and was never to play professionally again. Green later attributed the injury to a tackle by Crystal Palace's Mel Blyth but felt that any contact was accidental.[7]

United got their £150,000 back through an insurance company after Green's retirement at Christmas 1973, but it was little consolation. Newcastle manager Joe Harvey said: "After they made Tony Green, they threw away the mould. I couldn't hope to buy a similar player, not even for twice the amount."[5]

In 2008 Green said: "You think about things for about six months, and you look back wistfully. But in a way, I'm glad that if I had to finish like I did, I did it at Newcastle. I had a chance to play for a big club every week, in front of big crowds. You can't regret that. I'd have loved to have played on, but if you keep looking back it would drive you crackers."[5]

Green was inducted into a black and white Hall of Fame at the Toon Reunion at Dunston's Lancastrian Suite on 9 July 2008 at the age of 61.

International career[edit]

Green made six appearances for Scotland between 1971 and 1972.


After his football career ended Green became a maths teacher at Hodgson High School in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, and later at Millfield High School, in nearby Thornton. Since 1976, he has also served on the Pools Panel, a three-strong panel of experts who predict results of postponed football fixtures.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Green was born in Glasgow.


  1. ^ "Tony Green". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC On This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2. 
  3. ^ Singleton, Steve, ed. (2007). Legends: The great players of Blackpool FC (1 ed.). Blackpool: Blackpool Gazette. pp. 50–53. ISBN 978-1-84547-182-8. 
  4. ^ "The Hall of Fame – 1960's". Blackpool Supporters Association. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Legend: Tony Green", Blackpool Gazette
  6. ^ Malcolm Macdonald, Supermac - The Official Website
  7. ^ "Newcastle United legend Tony Green predicts top-10 finish for the Magpies". ChronicleLive. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Calley, Roy (20 October 1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992. Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd. ISBN 1-873626-07-X. 
  • Singleton, Steve, ed. (2007). Legends: The great players of Blackpool FC (1 ed.). Blackpool: Blackpool Gazette. ISBN 978-1-84547-182-8. 
  • Joannou, Paul (1996). The Black 'n' White Alphabet: A Complete Who's Who of Newcastle United. Polar Print Group Ltd. ISBN 1-899538-03-8. 
  • Canning, Tommy; Joannou, Paul (23 October 1989). Ha'way the Lads!: Illustrated Story of Newcastle United. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 1-85158-257-6. 

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