Ryan Green is perhaps best known for breaking Ryan Giggs’s record as the youngest player to be capped for the Wales national football team, a record which has since been surpassed by Lewin Nyatanga and Gareth Bale.
Born in Cardiff, Ryan Green began his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers turning professional in October 1997. After limited opportunites in the first team and a spell with Torquay on loan, he moved to Millwall on a free transfer in October 2001. After a short spell with Cardiff City in 2002, he joined Sheffield Wednesday in November of that year but was released by Wednesday at the end of the season, joining Hereford United in July 2003. Following three seasons with Hereford, which included scoring to secure the Bulls return to the Football League in May 2006, he signed a two-year contract with Bristol Rovers.
After a bright start with Rovers, his career was hampered by injury and in June 2009, he re-signed for Hereford United and spent the next three seasons at Edgar Street. But, after their relegation in 2012, Hereford did not offer Green a new contract and Port Talbot swooped for him.
Ryan Green’s international career was brief; his full international debut against Malta on 3rd June 1998 was also his senior football debut and this made Green the youngest player ever to play for Wales, at the age of 17 years and 226 days. Manager Bobby Gould then went on to select him for the match against Tunisia, which was his second and final cap. Green also represented Wales at youth and under 21 level.