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Paul Green
Paul Green
Personal information
Full name Paul Jason Green
Date of birth 10 April 1983 (1983-04-10) (age 26)
Place of birth Pontefract, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Derby County
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2008 Doncaster Rovers 235 (30)
2008– Derby County 55 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 16 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Jason Green (born 10 April 1983) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Derby County.


Playing career


Doncaster Rovers

Green started his professional career as a trainee with Doncaster Rovers, making his debut at 19 in a 2–2 draw with Northwich Victoria in the Conference on 19 March 2002. His first career goal came three days later in a 5–2 home win against Hayes (who have sinced merged with Yeading). Over the following seasons Green played a key role in several promotions with Doncaster. He first achieved promotion into the Football League following a 3–2 win over Dagenham & Redbridge in the Conference Play-off Final in the 2002–03 season and then won the League Two title the following season. He was again a key player in the side that achieved another play-off promotion, this time from League One into the Championship after a 1–0 win over Leeds United at Wembley in the 2007–08 season. He also won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy whilst with the club in 2006–07.

Green's contract with Doncaster was completed at the end of the 2007–08 season. Despite being offered a new deal,[1] Green opted to leave Doncaster and join fellow Championship side Derby County on a free transfer,[2] where he has signed a three-year contract. Prior to his departure he was the last remaining player in the squad from the Doncaster Rovers team that won promotion from non-league football in 2003.

In total, he played 277 games for Doncaster, netting 33 goals.

Derby County

Green made his first appearance in a Derby shirt at home to his former club Doncaster Rovers in a 1–0 defeat on 9 August 2008. He scored his first goal for his new club away at Bristol City in a 1–1 draw on 19 August, and grabbed his second in a 1–0 League Cup win at Preston on 26 August. Green established himself well in the Derby side and was the clubs' only remaining ever-present when he played his fourteenth consecutive game, a 3–2 defeat to Blackpool on 21 October. He played 40 out of Derby's first 45 fixtures, including both legs of Derby's League Cup semi-final against Manchester United, before breaking his fifth metatarsal whilst sprinting in a training session on 6 March 2009. He was predicted to be out for 6 to 8 weeks, and missed the remainder of the season.[3] He finished the season with six goals in all competitions.

Green began the 2009-10 season well, playing in six of Derby's opening seven games, and scoring in Derby's 3–2 defeat to Scunthorpe United on 15 August 2009. However, he picked up a slight foot injury in the first game of the season, a 2–1 win over Peterborough on 8 August.[4] He continued to play through the injury with painkilling injections,[5] and had appeared to be recovering.[6] However, his start against Sheffield United on 12 September[7] would prove to be his last appearance for almost two months as his foot injury flared up again.[8] After having another operation on his foot on 18 September, Green was predicted to return to action in four weeks.[9] However, Green suffered a setback in his recovery[10] and his comeback was delayed until 6 November.[11] Since returning to the first team, Derby's form improved as he helped The Rams to 5 wins and 3 draws in the 11 games he played, scoring the equaliser in Derby's 2–1 win over Reading on 28 November.[12]

Green is a popular figure with the Derby fans and writes a column for the Derby Evening Telegraph's sport section, taking over from former player Michael Johnson after the latter's summer move to Notts County.


Doncaster Rovers

Personal Life

Green has three children with his fiancée, Claire. The couple's third child, Ruby, was born on 20 September 2009.[13]


  1. ^ "Green offered new Doncaster deal". 28 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  2. ^ "Rovers' Green set to join Derby". 30 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  3. ^ "Green is out until end of season". 6 March 2009. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  4. ^ "All-action Green rues the chance he missed". 17 August 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Green will only be used in small doses before break". 22 August 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Green gives the Rams an injury boost". 9 September 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Green takes another step after injury blow". 14 September 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Rams are rocked by double blow". 16 September 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Rams ace Green boosted by latest surgery". 23 September 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Rams midfielder Green hit by fresh delay". 6 October 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Rams midfielder Green aims for a timely return". 28 October 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Green feeling sharper as he gets name on Rams scoresheet". 30 November 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Rams ace Green boosted by latest surgery". 23 September 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 

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