Tommy Millar - Player Profile


Full Name:Thomas Thomson Millar
Born:December 3rd, 1938 (Edinburgh)
Height:5' 9
Position:Right Back
Signed:March 2nd, 1962
First Manager:Jerry Kerr
Career Stats: 282 appearances, 10 goals
Full Debut: March 17th, 1962 - Dundee United 1 - 1 Motherwell (League - Division One)
First Goal: March 23rd, 1963 - Dundee United 4 - 1 Clyde (League - Division One)
Also Played For:Berwick Rangers, Colchester United, Cowdenbeath, Hamilton Academical

 Season  League Apps Gls ClnCtGR Yel Red W D L
 1968/69  Division One 12 (2) 0 2 0.14 - - 64.3% 14.3% 21.4%
 1967/68  Division One 27 (1) 0 4 0.14 - - 21.4% 32.1% 46.4%
 1966/67  Division One 44 1 13 0.30 - - 47.7% 22.7% 29.5%
 1965/66  Division One 42 1 12 0.29 - - 52.4% 16.7% 31.0%
 1964/65  Division One 55 0 15 0.27 - - 56.4% 12.7% 30.9%
 1963/64  Division One 48 5 9 0.19 - - 37.5% 25.0% 37.5%
 1962/63  Division One 44 3 10 0.23 - - 43.2% 34.1% 22.7%
 1961/62  Division One 7 0 1 0.14 - - 28.6% 28.6% 42.9%
279 (3) 10 66 0.23

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Jan 4th, 1969 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 4
 Jan 2nd, 1969 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 1
 Jan 1st, 1969 League  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 4 - 2
 Dec 28th, 1968 League  (A)  vs. Dunfermline Athletic 2 - 2
 Dec 21st, 1968 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 1
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Aug 31st, 1966 League Cup  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 5 - 3
 Feb 12th, 1966 League  (A)  vs. Hamilton Academical 4 - 0
 Mar 14th, 1964 League  (A)  vs. Heart of Midlothian 4 - 0
 Mar 11th, 1964 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 2 - 1
 Feb 29th, 1964 League  (A)  vs. Falkirk 1 - 2

Starting his career in the Scottish junior ranks with Slateford Athletic, Edina Hearts and Armadale Thistle, Tommy signed provisionally with Hibs before heading to Bo'ness. During this time he contracted tuberculosis but was lucky enough to fully recovered and continue his playing career. Whilst completing his apprenticeship as a bookbinder, he signed for English Third Division side Colchester United at the age of 21 and was a first team regular over the next two years. Following the tragic death of his young son, Tommy returned to Scotland in January 1962, and was offered training facilities by United. Just over a month later he signed a contract at Tannadice, and made his United debut at inside right against Motherwell in March 1962 and remained in that position for the rest of the season.

He was soon back in his more familiar right back position and was rarely out of the United line-up over the next six seasons. During that time Jerry Kerr's side not only solidified their position in the top flight, they also reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup for the first time in 1963, and their first League Cup semi-final in 1964. In the summer of 1965, he played in all ten matches as United reached the final of the short-lived Summer Cup competition, collecting a runners-up medal.

Having finished in 5th place in Division One at the end of the 1965/66 season, the club's highest ever league position as the club qualified for European football for the first time. Prior to United's first venture into Europe, United rejected a 10,000 bid for Millar from Billy Shankly's Liverpool, and the defender decided to only sign a part-time contract with the club and took a job working in a local printers. He was then part of the side that famously recorded home and away wins over Spanish giants, Barcelona. Unfortunately for Tommy, he lost his job as a result of taking time off to play in the away leg at the Nou Camp! Thankfully United then took him on full-time again, and could later travel with the team to Italy to face Juventus in the next round, as well as to the United States as the side represented Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association.

In season 1967-68 Tommy was joined at United by his older brother Jimmy, who had been released after a successful spell with Rangers. The brothers played together on at least a dozen occasions, however injuries prevented that that number being higher. In February 1968 Tommy was stretchered off with a broken leg in the classic 5-6 Scottish Cup match with Hearts at Tannadice, an injury that marked the beginning of the end of Tommy's time at United. Out for nine months, he returned to the side for a while in October 1968 but he was released in May 1969. He then joined Cowdenbeath where he collected a Second Division runners-up medal in 1970, and later played with Berwick Rangers and Hamilton Academical before retiring in 1971.

In 2014, he was posthumously inducted in to the Dundee United Hall of Fame.

 Goals Scored
Mar 23rd, 1963 League  (H)  vs. Clyde 4 - 1 (6')
Apr 8th, 1963 Scottish Cup  (N)  vs. QOS 4 - 0 (-)
Apr 24th, 1963 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 1 - 1 (-)
Oct 5th, 1963 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 9 - 1 (46')
Oct 5th, 1963 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 9 - 1 (4')
Feb 29th, 1964 League  (A)  vs. Falkirk 1 - 2 (70')
Mar 11th, 1964 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 2 - 1 (36')
Mar 14th, 1964 League  (A)  vs. Hearts 4 - 0 (44')
Feb 12th, 1966 League  (A)  vs. Hamilton 4 - 0 (27')
Aug 31st, 1966 League Cup  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 5 - 3 (47')

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