Arthur Milne (footballer)

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Arthur Milne
Personal information
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
Youth career
–1934 Brechin Vics
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1934–1937 Dundee United 73 (77)
1937 Liverpool
1937–1946 Hibernian 69 (38)
1946–1950 St Mirren 71 (24)
1950–1952 Coleraine
1952–1953 Cowdenbeath
National team
1944 Scotland (wartime) 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Arthur H. Milne (1914–1997) was a Scottish football player, who was a prolific goalscorer for Dundee United.[1]

Born in Brechin in 1915, Milne played for local club Brechin Vics, until signing for United in 1934.[1] Remarkably, he scored four goals on his senior debut, which no other player in the club's history has done.[1] Milne continued his prolific rate of scoring, netting 85 goals in 81 appearances for United.[1] No other player in the club's history has achieved a ratio better than one goal per game.[1]

Milne had a pay dispute with United in 1937, which led to him going on trial with Liverpool.[1] This trial, however, created a registration mix-up which led to Milne being declared a free agent.[1] Hibernian took advantage of the opportunity to sign Milne for no fee.[1] 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.[2] He only played in three league matches, scoring one goal, for Hibs after the war before being sold to St Mirren for £1650.[2][3] 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.[3]

Milne represented Scotland once, in a wartime international against England.[4] Milne scored one of the Scotland goals in a 6–2 defeat on 14 October 1944.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h [1], Dundee United F.C. official website.
  2. ^ a b Jeffrey, pp115-116.
  3. ^ a b [2]
  4. ^ a b "Arthur H Milne". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  • Jeffrey, Jim (2005). The Men Who Made Hibernian F.C. since 1946. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3091-2. 

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