Paddy Mills

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Paddy Mills
Personal information
Full name Bertie Reginald Mills[1]
Date of birth (1900-02-23)23 February 1900[1]
Place of birth Multan, India
Date of death 22 January 1994(1994-01-22) (aged 93)[2]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Forward / Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Barton Town
1920–1926 Hull City 173 (76)
1926–1929 Notts County 76 (35)
1929 Birmingham 13 (3)
1929–1933 Hull City 96 (25)
1933–1935 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United
1935–193x Gainsborough Trinity
193x–193x Barton Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bertie Reginald Mills (23 February 1900 – 22 January 1994), known as Paddy Mills, was a professional footballer who scored 139 goals in 358 appearances in the Football League playing for Hull City (in two spells), Notts County and Birmingham.[3] He played as a forward, though in the later part of his career he moved to wing half.

Career[edit]

Mills was born in Multan, India, but raised in Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire.[2] He began his football career with local club Barton Town before joining Hull City of the Second Division in 1920.[1] For three consecutive seasons, from 1923–24 to 1925–26, Mills was Hull's leading scorer;[4] in the second of those three seasons, he scored 29 goals in all competitions when no other Hull player reached double figures.[2]

In March 1926, Notts County paid a fee of £3,750 for his services,[1] but he was unable to prevent their relegation from the First Division.[5] In 1927 he was joined by his younger brother Percy, who would go on to play more than 400 games for the club.[3] After three years with County, in which he scored at a rate approaching a goal every other game,[3] Mills moved back to the First Division with Birmingham, but failed to settle, and returned to Hull in December 1929.[1]

Mills contributed two goals in Hull's 1929–30 FA Cup run which took them to the semi-final for the first time in their history, only to lose to eventual Cup-winners Arsenal, following which their form slumped and they were relegated to the Third Division North.[6] New manager Haydn Green converted Mills to play at wing half, though he still scored goals:[7] 12 in 30 games in the 1930–31 season and 11 in 37 the next season.[2] In 1932–33, Hull City won the championship of the Third Division North, winning promotion for the first time in their history.[7] Mills played in nearly half the games, but failed to score,[2] and was released at the end of the season.[7] As of December 2008, his league goal return of 101 in 269 games places him third in Hull City's all-time league goalscorers, and his 110 from 291 appearances puts him fourth when all competitions are counted.[8]

On leaving Hull, Mills moved into non-league football with Scunthorpe & Lindsey United and Gainsborough Trinity before finishing his career at his first club, Barton Town.[2]

After football Mills was employed as a security man at a steelworks in Scunthorpe.[1] He died in 1994 at the age of 93.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Mills was great-uncle to football player and manager Nigel Pearson, the grandson of his brother Percy.[9]

Honours[edit]

with Hull City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 111. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Bertie 'Paddy' Mills". Hull City Mad. FootyMad. 2 November 2000. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 185. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.
  4. ^ Bell, Andy (10 May 2010). "Top Scorers". Hull City Mad. FootyMad. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Notts County". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Cup semi – and then relegated". Hull Daily Mail. 7 August 1999. Retrieved 27 March 2009 – via NewsBank.
  7. ^ a b c "It is not just a well-worn cliche to describe Hull City's loyal fans as long-suffering. They quite simply have been – too often for too long". Hull Daily Mail. 11 March 2000. Retrieved 27 March 2009 – via NewsBank.
  8. ^ Bell, Andy (26 December 2008). "All-Time Top Scorers". Hull City Mad. FootyMad. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson's Forest connection". This is Leicestershire. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2012.