John Milkins

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John Milkins
Personal information
Full name Albert John Milkins
Date of birth (1944-01-03) 3 January 1944 (age 70)
Place of birth Romford, England
Height 6 ft 0.5 in (1.84 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1959–61 Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1974 Portsmouth 344 (0)
1974–1979 Oxford 53 (0)
National team
1961 England Youth 1
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Milkins was an English professional footballer (soccer player) whose career ran from the start of the 1960s to the end of the 1970s.

Born in Romford on 3 January 1944[1] Milkins won one England Youth cap[2] whilst with his first club Portsmouth, to whom he was to give 15 years of loyal service . He made his debut for the first team in their very last match in the English First Division, although he was to wait a further two years for his next appearance.[3] In all Milkins was to make over 300 appearances for Pompey[4] and was to prove such a popular player that in 1970 he was awarded the inaugural Player of the Year trophy.[5] The following year he was awarded a testimonial against local rivals Saints which resulted in an ignominious 0–7 defeat.[6] In the 1974 close season he was sold to Oxford United for whom he played sporadically untilhis last league appearance in May 1979.[7] After a brief spell as player-manager of now defunct Southern League side Waterlooville[8] he retired to run a sports shop/ snooker hall consortium.


  1. ^ ”Rothmans Football Year Book,1970–71” Peskett,R/Williams,T: Harpenden, QAP,1970 ISBN 0-362-00071-9
  2. ^ He played in a 0–2 defeat against Germany in 1965– AFS DataBase
  3. ^ "Pompey: The History of Portsmouth Football Club" Cooper,M/ Neasom,M/ Robinson,D: Portsmouth, Milestone Publications, 1984 ISBN 0-903852-50-0
  4. ^ "The PFA Premier League and Football League Players’ Records 1946–98” Hugman,B: Harpenden, Queen Anne Press, 1998 ISBN 1-85291-585-4
  5. ^ ”Portsmouth, from Tindall to Ball” Farmery, C: Southend-on-Sea, Desert Island Books, 1999 ISBN 1-874287-25-2
  6. ^ Saints V Pompey: A History of Unrelenting Rivalry by Aldworth,C Bendell, B Bull, D Dave Juson, D: Southampton, Hagiology, 2004 ISBN 0-9534474-5-6
  7. ^ Oxford fan site
  8. ^ Club amalgamated with Havant to form Havant & Waterlooville F.C.