Title winning ex-Trinity manager dies after short illness

Russell Green receives the Midland Counties League trophy for Gainsborough Trinity, at the Northolme, after the final game of the 1966-67 season.

Russell Green receives the Midland Counties League trophy for Gainsborough Trinity, at the Northolme, after the final game of the 1966-67 season.

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THE man who led Gainsborough Trinity to the Midland Counties League championship in 1967 has passed away.

Former player-coach Russell Green died on 21st April aged 78, after a short illness.

Gainsborough Trinity team 1966/67.

Gainsborough Trinity team 1966/67.

Mr Green was a member of Lincoln City’s 1957-58 ‘Great Escape’ team who managed to stave off relegation from Division Two by winning their six final games.

In seven seasons at City the versatile Green played 135 times at right-half or right-back, scoring eight times – including a hat-trick against Newport County.

Having gained his FA coaching badge, he moved to Trinity as player coach in 1964.

The highlight of his tenure was the league title (pictured, far right) in 1967, when Trinity beat Heanor 3-2 on the Northolme in front of 2,704 in the final game of the season, snatching the championship from rivals Worksop Town.

Mr Green finally hung up his boots after the 1970-71 season.

Son Stuart Green told the Standard: “Throughout his playing career and afterwards he worked as a machinist and later as a foreman at Ruston Gas Turbines, now Siemens, in Lincoln.”

A keen cricketer, Mr Green played for Saxilby and scored the first ever century by a Saxilby player in the Lincs League’s Premier Division, going on to represent the league in the 1970s.

In addition to his achievements as a player, he also coached youth teams at Trinity and Saxilby Cricket Club, and was a driving force in setting up the Reynolds Youth Cricket League.