Benjamin Green

Born: Penistone, 23 February 1883

Died: Arras, France, 26 April 1917

Burnley career:

77 appearances

33 goals

Position: Centre / inside forward

Benny Green began his league career in 1901 with Barnsley, where he established his reputation as a reliable goalscorer. In 1903 he joined Small Heath (later Birmingham) where he played almost 200 games and continued to find the net regularly.

Green moved to Turf Moor in September 1909 and in two seasons with Burnley, both of them modest campaigns, he was the Turfites top-scorer. He also played a key role scoring three goals in Burnley’s run the the FA Cup quarter finals in 1910-11, before going out to the eventual winners Bradford City.

He joined Preston in the summer of 1911 and although North End were relegated at the end of his first season, his goals were crucial as they immediately returned to the top flight in 1913 as Second Division Champions, alongside runners-up Burnley. He ended his career with Blackpool in 1915.

Following the outbreak of the Great War Benny Green joined the Kings Own Regiment and was killed in action in France in 1917. He is remembered at the Arras Memorial.

Private Benjamin Green

Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment

Killed in action France, 26 April 1917, aged 34

Remembered at the Arras Memorial, France

His war is over, his sun is set, 
But those who loved him, will never forget. 

Acknowledgements and thanks for additional research are due to the following: 
Ray Simpson,
Peter Briggs, 
Mike Smith,