Gary Mills (footballer born 1961)

Gary Mills (footballer born 1961)

Infobox Football biography
playername = Gary Mills

fullname = Gary Roland Mills
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1961|11|11
cityofbirth = flagicon|England Northampton
countryofbirth = England
dateofdeath =
cityofdeath =
countryofdeath =
height = height|ft=5|in=10
position = Midfielder
currentclub = Tamworth
youthyears =
youthclubs =
years = 1978–1982
clubs = Nottingham Forest
Seattle Sounders
Derby County (loan)
Nottingham Forest
Notts County
Leicester City
Notts County
Gresley Rovers
King's Lynn
Boston United
caps(goals) = 058 0(8)
00? 0(?)
018 0(2)
074 0(4)
075 0(8)
200 (15)
047 0(0)
007 0(0)
00? 0(?)
008 0(0)
00? 0(?)
00? 0(?)
487 (37)
nationalyears = 19??–19??
nationalteam = England U-21
nationalcaps(goals) = 002 0(0)
manageryears = 1997–1998
managerclubs = Grantham Town
King's Lynn
Notts County
Alfreton Town

Gary Roland Mills (born November 11, 1961 in Northampton) is a former English footballer and current manager of Conference North side Tamworth.

Playing career

Nottingham Forest

Mills started his long footballing career as a player under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest. During his time as a Forest player an 18-year-old Gary played in the 1980 European Cup Final, winning against Hamburger SV . After making 58 appearances and scoring 8 goals between 1978 and 1982, Mills left Nottingham to join US team, Seattle Sounders.

eattle Sounders & Derby County on loan

After only a few months in the United States, Mills returned back to England to play for his former sides local rivals, Derby County on loan. He played 18 games and scored 2 goals.

Return to The City Ground

It seems Mills was struggling to adjust to life in AmericaFact|date=February 2008 and he decided to return to England and join his former club, Nottingham Forest for a second spell. Like the first time round, Mills was a Forest player for four years, spanning from 1983 until 1987. He made 74 league appearances and scored 4 goals.

Notts County

After calling time on his Nottingham Forest career, Mills was once again on the move, this time to Forest’s main rivals Notts County. He was only there for just under two seasons before joining Leicester City.

Leicester City

Mills was part of The Foxes midfield for five years and made 200 league appearances exactly and scored on 15 occasions. He was part of the team that won the Football League First Division play-offs in the 1993/94 season, as well as the runners-up in the 1991/92 and 1992/93 season.

Meadow Lane again

Upon leaving Filbert Street, Mills made a return to The Magpies. Mills picked up his last winners medal here as he was part of the Anglo-Italian cup winners team. Mills left Notts County for a second time in 1996 to take up the management post at Grantham Town.

Gresley Rovers

Following his first stint of management, with Grantham Town, Mills returned to the playing field for Gresley Rovers. He was only there briefly before taking the vacant position at Kings Lynn.

Management career

Mills has achieved limited success as a non-league manager and is also a UEFA A badge level coach. During this time he has usually been assisted by Darron Gee, together at Grantham Town and King's Lynn.

He also had a previous spell with Tamworth but left the Lambs in 2002 to become first team coach at Coventry City. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=New recruit backs McAllister |url= |work= |publisher=BBC Sport |date=2002-05-24 |accessdate=2007-09-21 ]

Mills replaced Bill Dearden as manager of Notts County in January 2004, but despite an improvement in results he could not prevent the club's relegation to League Two. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Notts County appoint Mills |url= |work= |publisher=BBC Sport |date=2002-05-24 |accessdate=2007-09-22 ] Over the summer of 2004 Mills reorganised the Notts County squad, thanks in part to a relatively large transfer budget. However, the 2004-05 season began disastrously and Mills was sacked in November 2004. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Magpies relieve Mills of duties |url= |work= |publisher=BBC Sport |date=2004-11-04 |accessdate=2007-09-22 ] He was appointed manager of Alfreton Town on three-year deal in May 2005. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Mills named new Alfreton manager |url= |work= |publisher=BBC Sport |date=2005-05-25 |accessdate=2007-09-22 ]

Mills left the Impact Arena to return as Tamworth manager on January 26, 2007. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Gee in charge as Mills heads for Tamworth |url= |work= |publisher=Non League Daily |date=2007-01-26 |accessdate=2007-09-22 ] Mills was unable to keep The Lambs up after returning for a second spell in charge, adding another relegation to his managerial CV. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Tamworth boss keen to bounce back |url= |work= |publisher=BBC Sport |date=2007-04-26 |accessdate=2007-09-22 ]

In September 2008, Mills was named Blue Square North Manager of the Month. With three straight league wins following a draw away at in-form Alfreton Town, Mills scooped the award. The highlight of the month was a 3-1 victory over Harrogate Town. [cite news |first=Dave |last=Clayton |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Mills is Manager of the Month |url= |work= |publisher="" |date=2008-10-01 |accessdate=2008-10-01 ]

Career honours

Honours as player

Nottingham Forest

* 1979/80 European Cup

Leicester City

* 1993/94 Football League First Division "(Play-Offs)"

Runner Up
* 1991/92 Football League First Division "(Play-Offs)"
* 1992/93 Football League First Division "(Play-Offs)"

Notts County

* 1994/95 Anglo-Italian Cup

Honours as manager


Runner Up
* 2001/02 Southern League Premier Division

Manager Awards

Blue Square North Manager of the Month
* September 2008

Managerial stats


External links

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