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Norwich City top 100 appearances: Robert Green (47)

Norwich City goalkeeper Robert Green alone as Birmingham fans celebrate their play-off final victory. Picture: Sam Robbins

Norwich City goalkeeper Robert Green alone as Birmingham fans celebrate their play-off final victory. Picture: Sam Robbins

241 appearances/0 goals

Robert Green in action against Southampton in APril, 2005. Picture: ArchantRobert Green in action against Southampton in APril, 2005. Picture: Archant

Only four players on the top 100 list – barring current members of the Norwich squad – are still active, and Green is the longest serving of them all.

Green, recently-departed fellow keeper John Ruddy, Grant Holt and Bradley Johnson still lace up the boots.

Leeds are Green’s current employers, having extended his stay at Elland Road for another year. They are the 37-year-old’s fourth club, having started his career coming through the ranks at Carrow Road, before moving on to West Ham and then Queens Park Rangers.

Green made his Canaries debut in April 1999, in a 0-0 draw at home to Ipswich.

Robert Green excelled as City's number one after Andy Marshall had moved on to fierce rivals, Ipswich Town. Picture: ArchantRobert Green excelled as City's number one after Andy Marshall had moved on to fierce rivals, Ipswich Town. Picture: Archant

However, the presence of Andy Marshall kept him out of the side until Marshall made the controversial move to Portman Road in the summer of 2001 – and up stepped Green, to great effect.

His performances in the 2001-02 season were of the highest order, helping City get to the Championship play-final against Birmingham, which they lost on penalties – although Green had made a superb point blank save from Geoff Horsfield in extra-time.

City and Green took the big step two years later with promotion to the top flight – Green kept 18 clean sheets as City conceded just 39 goals in 46 league games.

An international call-up followed – he was in the squad for England’s March 2004 friendly against Sweden – but so did relegation and in August 2006 he joined West Ham for £2m.

Robert Green sees the second of Fulham's six goals fired past him during Norwich City's Craven Cottage nightmare of 2005. Photo: Angela SharpeRobert Green sees the second of Fulham's six goals fired past him during Norwich City's Craven Cottage nightmare of 2005. Photo: Angela Sharpe

Green’s full England debut came in 2005, but a terrible injury during a friendly against Belarus – when he ruptured his groin taking a goal-kick – kept him out of the 2006 World Cup squad.

Four years later he was included for the 2010 World Cup, but in the first game, against the US, he made a terrible gaffe, allowing Clint Dempsey’s shot to slip through his grasp for an equalising goal.

He played just one more international, almost two years later, winning 11 caps in all.

Even during his City days, Green was studying for a career after football and has said the past he would like to be a club chief executive.


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