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Gordon Alec Hill (born 1 April 1954 in Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Millwall, Manchester United, Derby County and Queens Park Rangers, and was capped six times for the England national team.[1][2]


He started in the Athenian League at Southall FC. Hill, a goal scoring winger played a few youth games with Southend whilst his brother was on trial at the club. His career then subsequently got off the marks with Millwall. Known to The Lions fans as Merlin, Hill had outstanding skill that earned him International recognition. The Millwall youngster entertained the fans with some incredible shooting and dribbling and it was not long before scouts from the big clubs noticed him. Hill played 100 overall games for Millwall scoring 22 goals. After playing on loan in the summer with North American Soccer League's Chicago Sting, and being named an NASL all-star, Hill subsequently signed for Manchester United in November 1975 for £70,000 a massive bargain for manager Tommy Docherty, forming an effective wing partnership with Steve Coppell.

Hill helped United to the 1976 FA Cup Final, scoring both goals with typical long-range efforts in the semi-final at Hillsborough Stadium against Derby County. He was also part of the winning team in the 1977 FA Cup Final. Hill left United for Derby County in 1978 after scoring 51 goals for United. He left the English game after playing for Queens Park Rangers, returning to play in the NASL with the Montreal Manic in 1981 and part of 1982, playing 36 games and scoring 18 goals, and the Chicago Sting for the remainder of 1982, where he got 9 goals in 26 games. Gordon played for Inter-Montreal of the CPSL in the Summer of 1983. Hill played in the Major Indoor Soccer League in 1983 to 1985 with 3 teams - the New York Arrows, Kansas City Comets (41 apps 46 goals), and the Tacoma Stars (48 apps 18 goals).

He joined FC Twente in the Dutch Premier Division, for the 1985/86 season, playing 19 times and scoring 4 goals. He spent the summer of 1986 in Finland with HJK Helsinki, making 2 appearances and scoring two goals before returning to England where he helped his former team mate Stuart Pearson, then manager, playing for Northwich Victoria, before retiring from the game.

Hill has since briefly managed Chester City in the early 2000s during their spell in the Football Conference, and had a short spell managing Hyde United.

In the summer of 1991, he was Managing Director, Head Coach and Player of the Nova Scotia Clippers in the team's only year in the Canadian Soccer League, where he took the club to the playoffs. He is the owner and head coach of United FC, a youth soccer club in McKinney, Texas. Although United FC has no formal connection to Manchester United, Hill admits that any promising players would be steered towards his former team. He returns to the UK several times a year to help run soccer schools in Newport and Cardiff.[3]

International career

During his career, Hill played at every stage for England: as an amateur, youth, under 23, England B and full International, at which level he won 6 full caps between 1976 and 1977.[4]


  1. ^ "Gordon Hill". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Gordon Hill". Englandstats. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Best & Worst: Gordon Hill". The Sunday Times (Times Newspapers). 7 March 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Gordon Hill". The Football Association. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
Preceded by
David Nolan
Hyde United manager
October-December 2002
Succeeded by
Steve Waywell


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