Tommy Green (footballer, born 1863)

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Tommy Green
Personal information
Full nameThomas Walter Green
Date of birth August 1863
Place of birth Worcester, England
Date of death 2 October 1923(1923-10-02) (aged 60)
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1879–1880 Dreadnought F.C.
1880–1881 Mitchell St. George's
1881–1882 Small Heath Alliance
1881–1882 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1881–1882 Church Villa F.C.
1882–1883 Mitchell St. George's
1883–1884 Aston Unity F.C.
1883–1884 Great Lever
1884–1885 Mitchell St. George's
1885–1887 West Bromwich Albion
1887–1889 Aston Villa 22 (14)
1889–1890 Kidderminster Harriers
1891–1892 Birmingham St. George's
1901–1902 Worcester Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Walter Green (August 1863 – 2 October 1923) was an English footballer, known for scoring Aston Villa's first goal in the Football League. [1] [2]

Playing career

He played for Dreadnought F.C., Mitchell St George's, Aston Unity F.C., Great Lever, West Bromwich Albion, Kidderminster Harriers and Worcester Rovers as well as guesting for several teams, including Wolverhampton Wanderers, the club he had scored Villa's first league goal against. [2]

He played in Albion's 1886 and 1887 FA Cup finals, losing both (the latter against Villa).

Tommy Green played one season in the Football League (1888-1889), the inaugural season. His League Debut was in the first Aston Villa League match, he played as a forward, at Dudley Road, Wolverhampton on 8 September 1888 and Green scored Aston Villa' 1st ever League goal in a 1–1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderer's. On 15 September 1888 Tommy Green became the first Aston Villa player to score two League goals. Tommy scored his only League hat-trick on 29 September 1888 as Villa routed Notts County 9–1. Green scored 2 in a match twice. In season 1888-89 he played all 22 of Aston Villa' League games scoring 14 goals. As a forward he played in a forward-line that scored three-League-goals-or-more-in-a-match on no less than on ten occasions. He scored 19 goals in 29 Villa starts and was 2nd top scorer for Villa in a team that finished 2nd. [3] [4]

Green was described as an enthusiastic forward. [5]

His son, also Tommy, played for Albion, as well as West Ham United and Coventry City.

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References

  1. "Aston Villa: History: Timeline: 1874 to 1900". The Official Website of Aston Villa Football Club. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  2. 1 2 Halford, Brian (8 September 2006). "The day that Aston Villa and Wolves kicked off the Football League". Burmingham Mail. Trinity Mirror Midlands Limited. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  3. Metcalf, Mark (2013). The Origins of the Football League. Amberley. ISBN   978-1-4456-1881-4.
  4. "English National Football Archive" . Retrieved 31 March 2018. (registration & fee required)
  5. Matthews, Tony (2004). Who's Who of Aston Villa. Mainstream Publishing. p. 126. ISBN   1-84018-821-9.