Player profile

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

1960-1961 16100017
1961-1962 42500047
1962-1963 41600047
1963-1964 42500047
1964-1965 34607148
1965-1966 28106136
1966-1967 33403040

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

13Leicester City
12West Ham United
9Stoke City
8Aston Villa
8Manchester United
8Sheffield United
8Leeds United
8Nottingham Forest
8Sheffield Wednesday
7Blackburn Rovers
6Ipswich Town
6Leyton Orient
5Preston North End
4Luton Town
4Bolton Wanderers
4Manchester City
4Scunthorpe United
4Brighton & Hove Albion
4Birmingham City
3Swansea City
3Rotherham United
3Newcastle United
2Norwich City
2Bristol Rovers
2Charlton Athletic
2Huddersfield Town
2Plymouth Argyle
2Petrolul Ploiesti
2Port Vale
2KR Reykjavík
2Stockport County
1Borussia Dortmund
1Northampton Town
1Standard Liege
1Lincoln City
1Oldham Athletic
Total Started/substitutions
280 Started
2 On the bench
2 Substitute
3 Substituted

Goals per season

1960-1961 000000
1961-1962 200002
1962-1963 000000
1963-1964 200002
1964-1965 510006
1965-1966 700007
1966-1967 100001

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

1FA Cup
TotalGoal minute period
31-15 minutes
216-30 minutes
231-45 minutes
546-60 minutes
361-75 minutes
376-90 minutes
TotalOpen play/Penalty
18Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

15027.03.1964TottenhamWhite Hart LaneLeague
20027.03.1965ChelseaVilla ParkFA Cup
25017.09.1966SouthamptonThe DellLeague

Milestone Goals

11020.09.1961Newcastle UnitedSt James' ParkLeague

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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

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1960-1961 * Midfielder
1961-1962 * Midfielder
1962-1963 * Midfielder
1963-1964 * Midfielder
1964-1965 * Midfielder
1965-1966 * Midfielder
1966-1967 * Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.