Green, Albert

Birth Date

22nd May 1887

Birthplace

Rotherham, Yorkshire

Occupation

Half-Back

Biographical Text

Albert Green, who played for Exeter City in both the Southern League and Football League, signed from Rotherham Town in 1914. Returning to the club after the First World War he played on until retiring in 1922. He later became an Exeter publican. 

Signed from Rotherham Town in the summer of 1914, Albert made his debut against West Ham United at St James’ Park in a Southern League fixture on 5 September 1914 as he went on to make 14 league appearances (7 goals) before football was suspended in 1915. After serving with the Army in India during the Great War, he became one of a handful of players who not only returned to play for City after the First World War but also remained with the club as it progressed to the Football League.

Featuring rarely during the club's final Southern League season in 1919/20 - just three league outings - Albert clocked up 31 outings during City's first Football League campaign in 1920/21. Subsequently making a further dozen league appearances in 1921/22, Albert retired at the end of the season and became the landlord of various Exeter pubs including the Coach and Horses on Sidwell Street and the Brook Green Tavern on Well Street during the years after his marriage to Winnie Walkey of the Old Golden Lion Inn in 1922.

He was also a cricketer and, said to be the first player to score a century in the Exeter & District league, coached the game at Exeter School.

Albert Green died in February 1933, and is buried at the Higher Cemetery in Exeter

Appearances

60 (Southern League 17; Football League 43)

Goals

8 (Southern League 8)

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Comments

Alison Styles

Sorry to be a pain but you've got Alf Greens first name wrong. Surprisingly he was called Albert and not Alfred. (Confirmed by a family member.)

Julia Neville

Albert Green married Winnie Walkey, not Agnes Walkey. There is an account of their wedding at St Mary Major Church in the Western Times on 27 March 1922.

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