Paul Green

Green joined the club as a teenager during the Rovers’ time in the Conference, making his debut on the 19th March 2002 against Northwich, making his full debut three days later, and scoring in a 5-2 win against Hayes at Belle Vue.

He went on to become a regular in the Rovers midfield, forming a partnership with the more defensive minded Ricky Ravenhill, Paul was encouraged to push forward and get into the opponents box.  He was the archetypal, all action box to box midfielder, covering every blade of grass on the pitch throughout ninety minutes.  Full of running, a neat passer with an eye for goal he became a key player as the side made the conference play offs and was identified as one of the key players going into the final, he did not disappoint, producing a superb display, winning man of the match and scoring the Rovers first goal as they won promotion back to the football league.

He remained a key figure in the side form then on, his drive and his goals in from midfield proved to be one of the reasons Rovers won the third division championship the following year.

He won the Johnstone’s Paint trophy with the club in 2007 and was again a major force in the team particularly during the second half of the 2007-2008 season as Rovers went into the final game needing a victory at Cheltenham to gain promotion to the Championship.  Things didn’t go the Rovers way that afternoon, despite Paul bursting into the area to notch a trade mark goal, and he went on to play a pivotal role in the biggest day in the clubs history, winning the play off final at Wembley.

He caused a really shock among the supporters when he moved to Derby County that summer, declining to sign a new contract with Rovers who could not match Derby’s offer, though he received a standing ovation from the Rovers supporters as he made his Derby debut against Doncaster in August 2008.

He has been a great success in a Derby side that have largely struggled with life in the Championship and won a call up to the Republic of Ireland squad in 2010, scoring on his second appearance in a 3-0 win over Algeria.

Paul was always a popular figure with Rovers supporters, who watched him grow up in the centre of Rovers’ midfield.  He was the only member of the squad who made the journey from the Conference to the Championship having won three promotions with the club and for the significant part he played, he will always be held in high regard.  He made 198 league appearances and scored 25 goals and in total made 234 appearances and scored 27 times following the clubs promotion back into league football.

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