Arthur Milne (footballer)
|Full name||Arthur H. Milne|
|Date of birth||11 December 1914|
|Place of birth||Brechin, Scotland|
|Date of death||1997 (aged 82–83)|
|Place of death||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Brechin in 1915, Milne played for local club Brechin Vics, until signing for United in 1934. Remarkably, he scored four goals on his senior debut, which no other player in the club's history has done. Milne continued his prolific rate of scoring, netting 85 goals in 81 appearances for United. No other player in the club's history has achieved a ratio better than one goal per game.
Milne had a pay dispute with United in 1937, which led to him going on trial with Liverpool. This trial, however, created a registration mix-up which led to Milne being declared a free agent. Hibernian took advantage of the opportunity to sign Milne for no fee. Milne also scored goals at a good rate for Hibs, finishing as their top scorer in the next two seasons.
His career, however, was interrupted by the Second World War, which curtailed competitive football in the United Kingdom. When league football resumed in 1946, Milne's career was nearing its end. He only played in three league matches, scoring one goal, for Hibs after the war before being sold to St Mirren for £1650. Milne played for the Paisley club for four seasons, before moving to Northern Ireland in the summer of 1950 to become a player/coach of Coleraine.
- Jeffrey, Jim (2005). The Men Who Made Hibernian F.C. since 1946. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3091-2.