David McMillan (footballer)

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David McMillan
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Personal information
Full name David McMillan
Date of birth (1988-12-14) 14 December 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Templeogue, Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Dundalk
Number 9
Youth career
Templeogue United
Mount Merrion Youths
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 UCD 55 (18)
2008–2010 UCD A 16 (3)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 St Patrick's Athletic 28 (6)
2012 Olympic F.C. 3 (3)
2012–2013 UCD 34 (19)
2013 Sligo Rovers 13 (1)
2014– Dundalk 86 (35)
National team
2010 Republic of Ireland U23 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


David McMillan (born 14 December 1988) is a League of Ireland Premier Division footballer who currently plays for Dundalk. He has previously played for UCD, St Patrick's Athletic and Sligo Rovers. McMillan has represented Dundalk, St Patrick's Athletic and Sligo Rovers in European competition. He is currently the League of Ireland's all-time leading scorer in the UEFA Champions League and was joint top-scorer in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round. McMillan has also been named League of Ireland Premier Division Player of the Month on three occasions. His older brother, Evan is also a Premier Division footballer and they have been team mates at UCD, St Patrick's Athletic and Sligo Rovers. In addition to playing football, McMillan is also a qualified architect.

Club career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Between 2000 and 2007 McMillan attended Wesley College, Dublin where he studied for his Leaving Cert. [1][2] As a schoolboy he played for Templeogue United and Mount Merrion Youths. He initially attended UCD games when Templeogue United supplied the club with ballboys. Mount Merrion Youths were effectively UCD's schoolboy team and his brother Evan also played for them. [3][4][5]

UCD[edit]

Between 2007 and 2010 McMillan attended University College Dublin on a sports scholarship and obtained a degree in architecture. [1][6] He also played for University College Dublin A.F.C. at both intervarsity and national level. In 2006 McMillan and his brother Evan began playing for UCD in their Leinster Senior League team. McMillan subsequently progressed through the ranks into the senior team. He made his Premier Division debut during the 2008 season, coming on as a substitute in an away game against Cork City on 26 September. [7][8] During his time at UCD he helped the club win three Collingwood Cups, two CUFL Premier Division titles, two A Championships and the 2009 League of Ireland First Division title. In the 2008 A Championship final, McMillan and his brother scored the two goals in an extra time win against Bohemians A. [9][10][11][12] McMillan also scored 12 league goals during UCD's successful 2009 First Division season. [13][14][7] In May 2010 McMillan was named League of Ireland Premier Division Player of the Month after he enjoyed a prolific run of form. McMillan scored against Dundalk, St Patrick's Athletic and Galway United. He also scored twice in a 6–0 win over Bray Wanderers. [3][8] In 2011 McMillan began studying at UCD for his master's degree in architecture. After spells with St Patrick's Athletic and Olympic F.C., McMillan also re-joined UCD A.F.C. mid-way through the 2012 season. His eight goals in 15 league appearances helped UCD avoid relegation. In 2013 he also helped UCD win the Collingwood Cup for a third time, scoring the only goal in the final against UCC. [12][15][16]

St Patrick's Athletic[edit]

During the 2011 season McMillan played for St Patrick's Athletic where he once again linked up with his brother Evan. He made 13 league starts but also gained a reputation as a super-sub, adding 14 more appearances from the bench. He also played for St Pat's during their 2011–12 UEFA Europa League campaign, scoring in the second qualifying round against Shakhter Karagandy. On 10 October 2011, McMillan helped St Pat's win the 2011 Leinster Senior Cup, scoring in the final against Bohemians at Dalymount Park. [13][17][5][18][14][19]

Olympic[edit]

In 2012 while studying for his master's degree in architecture, McMillan spent an Erasmus semester at the University of Queensland. [1] He also played for Olympic F.C., scoring three goals for them in the Brisbane Premier League. [12][20]

Sligo Rovers[edit]

In July 2013 McMillan signed for Sligo Rovers. [21] McMillan scored on his debut for Rovers, a 3–1 defeat to Cork City. This proved to be his only goal in 13 league appearances over the remainder of the 2013 season. He also played for Rovers in their 2013–14 UEFA Champions League games against Molde FK. However having played for UCD in the early rounds, McMillan was cup-tied and he missed out on Rovers successful 2013 FAI Cup campaign. [22][14][19]

Dundalk[edit]

In December 2013 McMillan signed for Dundalk. During the 2014 season he scored 15 goals and helped Dundalk win a League of Ireland double as the club won both the Premier Division title and the League of Ireland Cup. He also played for Dundalk in their 2014–15 UEFA Europa League campaign. In the 2015 season, McMillan scored 14 times as he helped Dundalk win a second double. This time Dundalk retained the Premier Division title and won the 2015 FAI Cup. [14][19] In March 2015, after scoring four goals in six league games, McMillan won the League of Ireland Premier Division Player of the Month for a second time. [23] In Dundalk's 2015–16 UEFA Champions League campaign, McMillan scored their only goal as they lost 2–1 on aggregate to BATE Borisov in the second qualifying round. [24][25]

During Dundalk's 2016–17 UEFA Champions League campaign, McMillan scored three times against Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar in the second qualifying round. [26][27] In the third qualifying round he scored twice against BATE Borisov. McMillan goals secured a 3–1 aggregate win for Dundalk and guaranteed the club a place in the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League group stage. McMillan also became the League of Ireland's all-time leading scorer in the UEFA Champions League, overtaking Jason Byrne and Glen Crowe. [6][28] After scoring two hat-tricks against Derry City and Longford Town in the 2016 Premier Division and scoring five goals in the UEFA Champions League, McMillan was named Premier Division Player of the Month for July 2016. [29][30][8][31] McMillan was joint top-scorer in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round with five goals.[32]

While playing for Dundalk, McMillan has also been employed as an architect by O'Brien Finucane Architects, a company based in Dawson Street, Dublin. [6][1][23]

International career[edit]

McMillan has represented the Republic of Ireland U23s at international level. On the 28 September 2010, in a 2009–11 International Challenge Trophy away game against Estonia, McMillan came on as a late substitute for Daniel Kearns. [33][13][14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Performance
Club Season League FAI Cup UCL UEL Other ^1 Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Dundalk 2016 6 5
2015 33 12 2 1 0 0
2014 19 4 1 1 0 0 4 0 9 7 33 12
Sligo Rovers 2013 13 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
UCD 2013 19 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 12
2012 15 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 8
Olympic F.C.^2 2012 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
St Patrick's Athletic 2011 27 6 3 2 0 0 5 1 6 3 41 12
UCD 2010 24 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 9
2009 32 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 35 12
2008 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
UCD A 2010 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2008 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
Total 202 69 8 4 10 6 9 1 17 10
Notes

Source: [8][20][31] [19]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dundalk
UCD
St Patrick's Athletic

Individual[edit]

  • PFAI Premier Division Team of the Year: 1

References[edit]

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  33. ^ "Estonia U23 0-1 Rep of Ireland U23". www.rte.ie. 28 September 2010. 
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