Player profile

Gordon Milne

Gordon Milne

Birthdate: 29 March 1937
Birthplace: Preston, England
Other clubs: Preston Amateurs, Morecambe, Preston North End (1956-60), Blackpool (1967-70), Wigan Athletic (1970-72)
Bought from: Preston North End
Signed for LFC: £16,000, 30.08.1960
International debut: 08.05.1963 vs. Brazil
International caps: 14/0 - 21.10.1964
Liverpool debut: 31.08.1960
Last appearance: 13.05.1967
Debut goal: 20.09.1961
Last goal: 11.02.1967
Contract expiry: May 1967
Win ratio: 51.06% W:144 D:65 L:73
Honours: League Championship 1963/64, 1965/66; Second Division 1961/62
LFC league games/goals: 236 / 17
Total LFC games/goals: 282 / 18

Player profile

When Shankly bought Gordon Milne in his first full season as manager he knew the boy pretty well having been his dad's teammate at Preston for a few years. Milne's play was uncomplicated and others prospered around his unselfish and skilful play. He made the transition from Second Division to the First without any problems and he was a vital part on the right side of Shankly's midfield. He only missed a handful of League fixtures in three seasons as Liverpool won the Second Division in 1962, established themselves in the First Division and then won the League Championship in 1964. Milne's greatest disappointment was without a doubt missing out on the 1965 FA Cup final, just as his father, Jimmy, had missed Preston's cup win in 1938. Another League title followed in 1966 but he was two months out through injury which proved a setback to his chances of making the World Cup squad. Milne had played 14 internationals and had hoped to be one of Liverpool's four players with England in the 1966 World Cup, but he wasn't chosen for the final group. 

Despite being a regular in the previous season 30-year-old Milne was sold to second division Blackpool in May 1967. Three years later he took on the role of player-manager at non-league Wigan Athletic. He was the England youth team manager for nearly 12 months before eight years as manager of Coventry City. After a four-year spell as manager of Leicester City, he moved abroad to coach Turkish club Besiktas and enjoyed great success with them, helping them to a hat-trick of championship wins in 1990, 1991 and 1992. Following a spell with Grampus Eight in Japan Milne became the Chief Executive of the League Manager's Association in 1995 before returning to management in Turkey. He took over as Director of Football at Newcastle United in 1999 working alongside Sir Bobby Robson until 2004 when he was appointed to the same post at Besiktas where he stayed until his retirement in 2007.

Appearances per season

Please note

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 236 28 0 16 2 282
1960-1961 16 1 0 0 0 17
1961-1962 42 5 0 0 0 47
1962-1963 41 6 0 0 0 47
1963-1964 42 5 0 0 0 47
1964-1965 34 6 0 7 1 48
1965-1966 28 1 0 6 1 36
1966-1967 33 4 0 3 0 40

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
13 Leicester City
12 West Ham United
10 Everton
10 Blackpool
10 Arsenal
10 Tottenham
9 WBA
9 Burnley
9 Fulham
9 Chelsea
9 Stoke City
9 Sunderland
8 Aston Villa
8 Manchester United
8 Sheffield United
8 Leeds United
8 Nottingham Forest
8 Sheffield Wednesday
7 Blackburn Rovers
6 Ipswich Town
6 Leyton Orient
5 Derby
5 Preston North End
5 Wolves
5 Southampton
4 Luton Town
4 Bolton Wanderers
4 Manchester City
4 Scunthorpe United
4 Brighton & Hove Albion
4 Birmingham City
3 Cologne
3 Swansea City
3 Rotherham United
3 Newcastle United
2 Bury
2 Walsall
2 Norwich City
2 Bristol Rovers
2 Charlton Athletic
2 Huddersfield Town
2 Middlesbrough
2 Plymouth Argyle
2 Honved
2 Celtic
2 Petrolul Ploiesti
2 Watford
2 Port Vale
2 Anderlecht
2 KR Reykjavík
2 Stockport County
1 Ajax
1 Borussia Dortmund
1 Northampton Town
1 Standard Liege
1 Wrexham
1 Portsmouth
1 Lincoln City
1 Oldham Athletic
Total Started/substitutions
280 Started
2 On the bench
2 Substitute
3 Substituted
Total Competition
236 League
28 FA Cup
10 European Cup
6 European Cup Winners Cup
2 Charity Shield

Goals per season

Please note

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 17 1 0 0 0 18
1960-1961 0 0 0 0 0 0
1961-1962 2 0 0 0 0 2
1962-1963 0 0 0 0 0 0
1963-1964 2 0 0 0 0 2
1964-1965 5 1 0 0 0 6
1965-1966 7 0 0 0 0 7
1966-1967 1 0 0 0 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Started/substitutions
18 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
17 League
1 FA Cup
Total Goal minute period
3 1-15 minutes
2 16-30 minutes
2 31-45 minutes
3 61-75 minutes
3 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
18 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 31.08.1960 Southampton Anfield League
50 24.02.1962 Middlesbrough Anfield League
100 08.04.1963 Everton Anfield League
150 27.03.1964 Tottenham White Hart Lane League
200 27.03.1965 Chelsea Villa Park FA Cup
250 17.09.1966 Southampton The Dell League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 10 20.09.1961 Newcastle United St James' Park League

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Related Quotes

"It's impossible not to be aware of the changes that have taken place since those days. As I was living in Preston I borrowed an old green van from my father-in-law to travel to Melwood and it was the only vehicle in the car park. And the Kop didn't sing in those days. They just roared."

Gordon Milne reflecting on his playing days

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Preston Amateurs N/A N/A N/A N/A
Morecambe Lancashire Combination Division 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Preston North End 1956-1957 England First Division 5 0 5 0
Preston North End 1957-1958 England First Division 5 0 5 0
Preston North End 1958-1959 England First Division 30 1 33 1
Preston North End 1959-1960 England First Division 38 2 44 2
Preston North End 1960-1961 England First Division 3 0 3 0
Blackpool 1967-1968 England Second Division 34 2 39 2
Blackpool 1968-1969 England Second Division 21 2 23 2
Blackpool 1969-1970 England Second Division 8 1 10 1
Wigan Athletic 1970-1972 Northern Premier League 73 4 73 4
Total 217 12 235 12
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