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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 former Preston player Jimmy Milne, and son to Jesse Milne. He was a nephew to Richard Forbes Sutherland, and cousin to Richard William Sutherland and Walter Sutherland.

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 the 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 the 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 unfortunately, 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. Master tactician 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 the 8 May 1963 and finished one-all.

Management career

Milne turned to management and coaching with Wigan Athletic as player/manager in August 1970. He finished playing and took on the management full-time at Wigan from 1970 to 1972 and guided them to the Northern Premier League and a F.A.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 which produced splendid results and performances. A side containing Tommy Hutchison, Mick Ferguson, Ian Wallace, Terry Yorath, Graham Oakey, Bobby MacDonald and Jim Blyth played scintillating 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 has also managed Beşiktaş in Turkey (1987-1994) (where he won three successive titles, during the early 1990s), and Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan before returning to Turkey to take charge of Trabzonspor.

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.

Career details

As a Player

  • Liverpool F.C. (1960 - 1967) - 282 appearances, 18 goals
    • 2 First Division (level 1) championship winners medals (1964 and 1966)
    • Second Division (level 2) championship winners medal (1962)
    • European Cup Winners Cup runners-up medal (1966)`
    • FA Charity Shield 1964(shared) 1965(shared)
  • England (1963 - 1964) - 14 c

As a Manager

  • Wigan Athletic (1970 - 1972)
    • Northern Premier Division Winners (1972)
  • England Youth Team (1972 - ?)
    • European Youth Championship winners (1972)
  • Coventry City (1974-1981)
  • Leicester City (1982-86)
  • Beşiktaş (1987 - 1994)
    • 3 Turkish League championships (1990, 1991 and 1992)
  • Nagoya Grampus Eight (1994)
  • Trabzonspor and Bursaspor (Briefly after 1994)
  • Beşiktaş Football Director (Briefly in 2006 )

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