Brian Mills (footballer)

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Brian Mills
Personal information
Full name Brian Mills[1]
Date of birth (1971-12-26) 26 December 1971 (age 45)[1]
Place of birth Stone, Staffordshire, England[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Port Vale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Port Vale 23 (4)
Total 23 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Brian Mills (born 26 December 1971) is an English former footballer. A forward who scored four goals in 23 games for Port Vale in the Football League, his brief professional career was ended by illness in 1993.

Playing career[edit]

Mills graduated through Port Vale's junior squad to sign professional forms under manager John Rudge in April 1990.[1] He scored twice on his full debut on 11 May 1991, in a 3–1 win over Swindon Town at Vale Park.[1] This was the last game of the 1990–91 season.[1] He was selected for the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship for the England squad, playing alongside future Premier League star Andrew Cole.[1] He scored three goals in 27 league and cup games in 1991–92, as the "Valiants" suffered relegation out of the Second Division.[1] He scored in a 2–1 home win over Notts County on 24 September 1991, in the first leg of the First Round of the League Cup.[1] He also scored in a 1–1 home draw with Charlton Athletic on 21 April 1992, and also found the net in a 4–2 defeat to Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium four days later.[1]

Mills was hospitalized in March 1992 with a rare virus and was released from his contract in September 1993; still not fit to play full-time.[1] Still only 21 and with a mere 23 league appearances and four goals to his name, he never played professional football again.[1]

Post-retirement[edit]

After leaving the professional game, Mills taught Physics and Mathematics at John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire. He has also done work at King Edward VI School, Lichfield.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Brian Mills profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1990–91 Second Division 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
1991–92 Second Division 21 2 1 0 3 1 2 0 27 3
1992–93 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 23 4 1 0 3 1 2 0 29 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 199. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.