Leslie Green (17 October 1941 – 30 July 2012) was an English footballer and manager.
|Full name||Leslie Green|
|Date of birth||17 October 1941|
|Place of birth||Atherstone, England|
|Date of death||30 July 2012(aged 70)|
|Place of death||Leicester, England|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Atherstone Boys Club|
|Durban City (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Les Green started out at a young age playing for youth teams around his hometown of Atherstone. He played for Atherstone Boys Club, Mancetter and Baddesley Colliery before being snapped up by local team Atherstone Town.
Green then decided to try to make it with a professional team, so he managed to get a trial with Arsenal. Unfortunately for Green, he never made the grade because manager George Swindin said he was too short at 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m).
After just three months with the Brewers, Green followed Taylor to Hartlepool United where he made 34 appearances over the course of two seasons.
The season Green joined a team that was changing for the better under Clough and Taylor's management. He was part of Football League Second Division winning team and the side that was in constant dispute with Leeds United due to the Clough/Revie rivalry.
In 1971 Green decided to leave top flight English football for National Football League side Durban City in South Africa. During his time with the Golden Boys, Green played with the likes of Alan Skirton, Bernd Patzke and Johnny Byrne. Green also had the pleasure of playing alongside Stanley Matthews in a rare guest appearance - when the man himself was into his fifties.
Sadly Green's leg was badly broken in a clash with Bobby Viljoen in a crunch derby game against arch-rivals Durban United which ended his playing career.
Following Green’s retirement from football – he stayed in South Africa at Durban City as assistant manager until returning to England to take on the role of Commercial Manager at former side Nuneaton Borough.
Green was married to Heidi, the daughter of a Natal farmer, whom he met whilst residing in South Africa. Green had a son called Simon.
On 30 June 2012, Green died of cancer at Loros Hospice near Leicester, aged 70. After the news of his death, former teammates from the world of football paid tribute to him. John McGovern, who played with Green at both Hartlepool and Derby County said, "I went to see him a few days ago and he was in a poor way but I'm glad I went, because we managed to have a last couple of laughs together. He was an incredible character."
Honours as playerEdit
- Football League Second Division: 1968-69
- Champion Of Champions: 1971
- National Football League: 1972
- Coca-Cola Shield: 1972
|Tamworth||12 March 1994||14 January 1995||50||25||11||14||100||83||50.00|
- "Testimonial for Martin Taylor 1996/97". ToffeeWeb.com. 14 May 1997. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
- "Club mourn death of Former Manager". TheLambs.co.uk. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- "Team-mates pay tribute to 'incredible character' as keeper Green dies". ThisIsDerbyshire.co.uk. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
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