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Aug 23, 2017, 7:44 PM
Team(s): Tamworth, WBA
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William "Bill" Green died Monday 21st August 2017, aged 66
Bill Green (Hartlepool, Carlisle, West Ham, Peterborough, Chesterfield, Doncaster)
From News and Star
Former Carlisle United captain Bill Green, made history by scoring the Blues first goal in England's top division, has died.
The former centre-half had been working as senior recruitment officer at Southampton F.C.
He went down in Brunton Park folkore by leading United in to the old First Division for the only season in their history in 1974-5.
And he claimed a place in the club's history by scoring the opening goal in their 2-0 victory at Chelsea in that season's first game.
United tonight paid tribute to Green.
Chairman Andrew Jenkins said in a statement: “The only way to describe Bill is as a perfect gentleman. He became friends with everyone he met because he genuinely had time for them.
“We brought him over from Hartlepool as a raw centre half because it was obvious to us that he had real potential. He quickly blossomed to become a solid and dependable Division One player and it was no surprise that we had clubs like West Ham watching him whenever he played.
“We actually did our best to hang on to him, turning down an offer of over £150,000 from West Ham at one point, but they eventually got their man when we were relegated out of the top division.
“Bill loved it here but, like any player, he wanted to play at the highest level possible and we completely understood that.
“He kept in touch over the years and it was fascinating to hear from him when he was jetting off on international scouting trips for Southampton. He always shared information with us on players he felt would interest us and that’s something else we appreciated very much."
Green, from Newcastle, made 119 appearances for the Cumbrians after joining from Hartlepool for £15,000 in 1973.
His first season for the club resulted in Carlisle dramatically gaining promotion to the top flight.
He was an ever present in their Division One season, which saw Carlisle briefly top the league in August 1974, before joining West Ham in 1976.
He also played for Peterborough, Chesterfield and Doncaster, before going on to manage Scunthorpe in the early 1990s.
He later carved out a reputation as a highly respected scout, which included spells at Wigan, Derby, Leicester and Sheffield Wednesday, where he had a short stint as caretaker manager in 2002.
He had been at the forefront of Southampton's scouting staff since 2011.
The Saints also paid tribute to Green, saying they were "deeply saddened" by the news.
In a statement they added: "Bill worked for Saints across two spells, most recently for the past six years, having a hugely successful influence.
"During that time, he fulfilled the role of Senior Recruitment Officer, which is commonly referred to across football circles as chief scout, playing a hugely significant part in Southampton’s scouting and recruitment activity.
"Bill was enormously respected not only at Saints, but across the entire football community, where he is a legendary figure in scouting for the exceptional quality of his work, his values, standards and also his warm personality."
(This post was edited by John Treleven on Aug 24, 2017, 6:55 AM)
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Aug 29, 2017, 8:01 AM
Team(s): Torquay United/Dawlish United
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Back in January 1973, I embarked on one of my longer trips in the Reliant Regal and drove from Paignton to Hartlepool overnight. It took me about 12 hours to get there and after sleeping in the car for a few hours, I headed for the Victoria Ground to see the usual away defeat for Torquay United. It had seemed likely to be a battling 0-0, but then up popped big Bill Green with a last minute header to make the dreaded return journey seem even longer! Bill was a dominating force in defence and thoroughly deserved his spell in the top flight with West Ham. Sorry to learn of his passing at such a comparatively young age.
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