19 January 2009

Paul Millar

Name: William Paul Millar
Born: 16 November 1966, Belfast
Height: 6.02 ft
Weight: 12.07 st
Position: Forward/Midfielder

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 1 B Cap (1994), 1 Under-23 Cap (1990), 1 Under-21 Cap (1990); Irish League 'B' Division Representative (1987).
Club Honours: (with Glentoran) Irish Cup Winner 1985/86; (with Cardiff) Football League Division Three Champion 1992/93; Welsh Cup Winner 1991/92, 1992/93, Runner-Up 1993/94, 1994/95; (with Linfield) Gold Cup Winner 1996/97; Irish league Cup Winner 1997/98; (with Portadown) Irish Cup Winner 1998/99.
Awards: Ulster Young Footballer of the Year 1986; NIPFA Most Promising Newcomer 1986.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
FL Cup
Europe
Other*
Glentoran
85/86-86/87
-
Youth
33 (7)/12
-
-
2(0)/0
8(3)/ 8
Portadown
87/88-88/89
Aug-87
-
31 (1)/10
-
-
-
/15
Port Vale
88/89-90/91
Dec-88
£35,000
19(21)/ 5
0(2)/0
-
-
1(1)/ 0
Hereford.U
90/91
Oct-90
Loan
5 (0)/ 2
-
-
-
-
Cardiff City
91/92-94/95
Aug-91
£60,000
91(29)/17
8(1)/1
7(1)/1
1(0)/0
6(2)/ 1
Linfield
95/96-97/98
Aug-95
£30,000
36(16)/13
-
-
-
-
Portadown
98/99
Aug-98
-
22 (6)/ 7
-
-
-
-
Bangor
99/00-00/01
Aug-99
-
64 (2)/23
-
-
-
-
Ards
01/02
Aug-01
-
29 (3)/ 7
-
-
-
8(0)/ 0
Ballymena
02/03
Aug-02
-
4(10)/ 0
-
-
-
5(5)/ 2
Brantwood
03/04
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
TOTALS

£125,000
334(95)/96
8(3)/1
7(1)/1
3(0)/0
-/26
* includes Irish Cup, Irish League Cup and all other minor competitions.

Biography:
Paul "Windy" Millar burst on to the Irish League scene as a teenager in the mid-eighties. He marked his debut for Glentoran with a goal in a 5-2 win over Newry, but it was the Irish Cup in which he made the biggest impact. He scored in every game as the Glens marched to the final but was surprisingly dropped to the bench for the "Blue Riband" match against Coleraine. With the scoreline 1-1, Millar was sent on with twelve minutes to go and in stoppage time he scored a spectacular goal with a volley from the edge of the penalty area. His season was capped with a Young Player of the Year "Double".

In 1987 Millar followed Ronnie McFall to Portadown where he recovered some of the impetus that had been lost since that first season. In December 1988 he made the long-talked of move to English football to sign for Port Vale. A serious knee ligament injury ruled him out for nearly a year and it was October 1989 before he made his Vale debut. He was rewarded for a promising 1989/90 season with Under-21 and Under-23 caps that spring.

Thereafter Millar never really established himself in the Port Vale firstteam and after a loan spell at Hereford he signed for Cardiff in August 1991. With the Bluebirds Millar played in four consecutive Welsh Cup finals and aided them to the Third Division title in 1993. Millar's goalscoring from midfield, which included a hattrick in a 5-3 win over Brighton in 1993/94, earned him a special place in the fans' affections and in 1994 a Northern Ireland call-up for a B international against England.

Following Cardiff's relegation in 1995 Millar was allowed to leave and he returned to Belfast to play for Linfield. He added further medals to his collection before re-joining Portadown where he was part of the team awarded the 1999 Irish Cup following Cliftonville's disqualification prior to the final. Spells with Bangor, Ards and Ballymena United took him to the veteran stage.

For 2003/04 Millar joined Brantwood as player-coach. In 2004 he joined the coaching staff at Newry before succeeding Roy McCreadie as manager in December 2005. He stayed just a few months in the Showgrounds hot-seat before replacing Roy Coyle at Glentoran (Coyle would in turn take over at Newry!). Unable to meet public expectation at the Oval, Millar was sacked in May 2007. For 2007/08 he was manager at Bangor and in January 2009 he took charge at Larne. In April 2012 he left Larne to become Gary Hamilton's assistant at Glenavon.

Northern Ireland B Cap Details:
10-05-1994 England..... A L 2-4 FR sub

Summary: 0(1)/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

Northern Ireland Under-23 Cap Details:
15-05-1990 Rep. Ireland H L 2-3 FR sub

Summary: 0(1)/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.


Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
03-04-1990 Israel...... H W 2-1 FR

Summary: 1/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 0.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Millar and legend in the same sentence just doesnt go :)

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