Gordon Milne

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Gordon Milne
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Personal information
Date of birth (1937-03-29) 29 March 1937 (age 84)
Place of birth Preston, England
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Preston Amateurs
Senior career*
1956–1960 Preston North End 83 (3)
1960–1967 Liverpool 236 (17)
1967–1970 Blackpool 64 (4)
1970–1972 Wigan Athletic 73 (4)
National team
1963–1964 England 14 (0)
Teams managed
1970–1972 Wigan Athletic
1972–1974 England U18
1974–1981 Coventry City
1982–1986 Leicester City
1987–1994 Beşiktaş
1994 Nagoya Grampus Eight
1996–1997 Bursaspor
1998–1999 Trabzonspor
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gordon Milne (born 29 March 1937) is an English former footballer and football manager.


Personal life

Gordon Milne was born in Preston, Lancashire, England and is the son of the Scottish former Preston player Jimmy Milne and Jesse Milne. [1]

Club career

He had a successful playing career with amateur side Morecambe, Preston North End, Liverpool (1960–1967), Blackpool (1967–1970) and Wigan Athletic (1970).

He was one of Bill Shankly's first signings, when he moved from Preston North End for £16,000 in August 1960. He made his debut in the 1–0 2nd Division defeat at Anfield by Southampton on 31 August 1960, he scored his first goal in the 10th minute of a 2–1 league win over Newcastle United at St James' Park on 20 September 1961.

Milne was a successful right-half for Liverpool during the 1960s and played a prominent role in Liverpool's rise from the old Second Division, forming a partnership with Gerry Byrne. While at Anfield, he won First Division Championship medals in 1963–64 and 1965–66, a Second Division Championship medal in 1961–62 and two shared Charity Shield triumphs in 1964 and 1965.

Milne missed the 1965 F.A.Cup triumph in 1965 through injury, but played a major role just a few days later as the Reds entertained Inter Milan in the first leg of the European Cup semi final. Bill Shankly sent out the injured pair Milne and Gerry Byrne to parade the F.A Cup before the kick-off. The Reds went on to win the match 3–1 but were beaten 3–0 in the return leg.

International career

Milne was selected to represent England at wing-half 14 times making his debut for Alf Ramsey's team in a prestigious friendly with Brazil at Wembley in a game that took place on 8 May 1963 and finished one-all.

Management career

Milne turned to management and coaching with Wigan Athletic as player-manager in January 1970. [2] He managed Wigan from 1970 to 1972, making 73 Northern Premier League appearances for the club, [3] and guided them to a league title and an FA Cup run, which ended with a narrow defeat to Manchester City at Maine Road.

Milne also became the part-time manager of the England Youth team in 1972, helping them to win the European Youth Championship that year.

Milne joined Joe Mercer at Coventry City as team manager in June 1972, taking full control in 1974, upon Mercer's elevation to the Board. He was shortlisted for the England management role following the departure of Sir Alf Ramsey, but was overlooked in favour of Don Revie. He continued at Coventry until 1981, producing several exciting teams and securing the club's First Division status. The 1977–78 season saw Coventry's most exciting top-flight team. Gordon Milne settled on an attacking 4–2–4 formation. A side containing Tommy Hutchison, Mick Ferguson, Ian Wallace, Terry Yorath, Graham Oakey, Bobby MacDonald and Jim Blyth played attacking football that swept many teams aside, often by large margins of victory.

Milne became boss at Leicester City in August 1982, winning promotion in 1982–83 and staying until 1986. He managed Beşiktaş in Turkey for seven years(1987–1994) (where he won three successive titles, during the early 1990s). He has succeeded in creating one of the most successful periods in the history of Beşiktaş J.K. and is still a legend for the Beşiktaş fans. He also managed Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan before returning to Turkey to take charge of Bursaspor (1996–1997) and then Trabzonspor (1998–1999).

Milne then accepted the role of Director of Football at Newcastle United, and worked alongside manager Bobby Robson between 1999 and 2004.

After a spell as chief executive of the League Managers Association, Milne was employed as Director of Football at Beşiktaş JK Istanbul, Turkey in 2006.





Wigan Athletic
England U18

Managerial statistics

Wigan Athletic Flag of England.svg 1 August 197015 June 19720000!
Coventry City Flag of England.svg 1 May 197431 May 19813039892113032.34
Leicester City Flag of England.svg 2 August 19823 June 1986177634074035.59
Beşiktaş Flag of Turkey.svg 16 August 198719 December 19932761766634063.77
Nagoya Grampus Eight [4] Flag of Japan.svg 199419944214028033.33
Bursaspor Flag of Turkey.svg 10 August 199624 May 1997341789050.00
Trabzonspor Flag of Turkey.svg 8 August 199830 May 19993417710050.00

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