Attacking midfielder Stuart Green joined Hull City on loan from Newcastle United in May 2002, Jan Molby’s first signing for the Tigers. Green slotted straight into the big Dane’s first team, but it was when Peter Taylor took over as manager that Green started to fully flourish. By December 2002 a number of clubs were gauging Newcastle’s appetite to sell the Cumbrian, so it was great news indeed when in the moments before City’s first game at the KC Stadium on Boxing Day 2002, chairman Adam Pearson announced the permanent signing of Green for a £150,000 fee. Stuart rewarded the club by scoring the second goal in a 2-0 victory over Hartlepool.
Within a couple of months Green embarked on a most puzzling endeavour. Dropped by Taylor due to poor form, Stuart attended a Carlisle United fixture instead of City’s game and was fined. Days later he was loaned to Carlisle where he spent a couple of months, before falling out with United’s manager Roddy Collins and getting himself tossed off the team bus. Green returned to City a chastened figure.
It was therefore gratifying to see him knuckle down in 2003/04 and provide a fulcrum for City’s attacking threat throughout the club’s promotion from the Fourth Division. Green’s form continued into the next season as City swept to a second promotion, recording a double figures goal tally for the first and only time in black and amber. Greeny also played well in Peter Taylor’s Championship side, often from the bench, and mid table security was sought amid a squad rebuilding exercise. However in the 2006 close season Taylor was lured south to manage Crystal Palace and new City boss Phil Parkinson was not minded to select the young Cumbrian. At the end of August 2006 Green left the Tigers to rejoin his former boss at Selhurst Park.
Born in Whitehaven on the Cumbrian coast, Green was snapped up by Newcastle United as a teenager. Though hailed as a promising talent, Green never broke into the Magpies’ first team and made his League bow during a loan spell at Carlisle United that preceded his move to City.
Green’s spell at Crystal Palace started promisingly under Peter Taylor, but when his mentor was sacked by the Eagles after sixteen months, Stuart was exposed to the prosaic managerial skills of Neil Warnock. Warnock didn’t show many signs of wanting to select Green for first team duties and a few months later he transferred to Blackpool. Over a year at Bloomfield Road yielded only eight appearances, six of which were from the bench, and he moved on to Wycombe Wanderers to be reunited once more with Peter Taylor.
At the age of 30 Green ended his professional career and returned to the North West to play non-league football for Workington. In 2012 he was appointed player-manager at Whitehaven and piloted the team to success, but left after his first season to pursue other goals. In 2013 Green set up an eponymous football academy to coach school children. In 2017/18 Stuart took over the managerial reins at Cleator Moor Celtic, gaining promotion and lifting the Cumberland Cup – but again he resigning after one season to spend more time with his family and return to his football academy.
Date/Place of Birth: 15 June 1981, Whitehaven
Hull City First Game: 10 August 2002, Southend United H (League Division 3), 21 years, 56 days old
Hull City Final Game: 30 April 2006, Watford A (Championship), 24 years, 319 days old
Newcastle United (1999-2002), Carlisle United (2001-2002, loan), Hull City (2002, loan), Hull City (2002-2006), Carlisle United (2003, loan), Crystal Palace (2006-2008), Blackpool (2008-2009), Crewe Alexandra (2008, loan), Wycombe Wanderers (2009-2011), Workington (2011-2012), Whitehaven (2012-2013)
Hull City Record
Career: 146 apps, 26 goalsStuart Green
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