9 February 2010

Jimmy Millar

Name: James Millar
Born: c.1910, Belfast
Died:
Height:
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Position: Centre-Forward

Representative Honours: Ireland: 6 Amateur Caps / 3 Goals (1929-1931); Amateur League Representative.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Avonmore
25/26
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53rd.Old.Boys
26/27-27/28
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Crusaders
27/28
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Brantwood
28/29
c/s-28
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Cliftonville
28/29-??/??
Jan-29
Amateur
*/110
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TOTALS
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£0
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* all games

Biography:
One of only six players to a hit a hattrick for Amateur Ireland, Jimmy Millar began making his mark as a fifteen year-old with Avonmore in the Ballynafeigh & District League. The following season, while with 53rd Old Boys, he was honoured by the Amateur League as an inside-forward against the North West Association at Derry. He then played centre-forward against the same opposition and against Enniskillen & District the following season.

Towards the end of the 1927/28 season Millar played a few games with Crusaders, but from the start of the following season through to Christmas he was with Brantwood. He was then convinced to step up to the Irish League proper with Cliftonville. He scored “quite freely” in his opening months at the “highest level” with the Amateurs, his displays showing “him in a good light [demonstrating] plenty of dash and pluck [...] a splendid conception of a centre-forward’s duty and above all an eye for the main chance – goals.”

It was Amateur England’s visit to Belfast in November 1930 that brought the highlight of Millar’s representative career as he claimed all three of Ireland’s goals in a 3-1 win. Those were the only goals of his six cap amateur international career. His return of 110 goals for Cliftonville remains the fifth highest by a player for the club.

Millar’s father, also James, was also involved in football as a “well known referee”.

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
16-11-1929 England. A L 2-7
20-09-1930 Scotland A L 0-2
15-11-1930 England. H W 3-1 3 goals
28-01-1933 Scotland A L 1-5 (or 0-5?)
25-04-1934 Scotland H W 4-1
14-11-1931 England. A L 2-3

Summary: 6/3. Won 2, Drew 0, Lost 4.


Based on information kindly supplied by Jim Murphy.

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