Ralph Milne - Player Profile


Full Name:Ralph Milne
Born:May 13th, 1961 (Dundee)
Died:September 6th, 2015 (Dundee)
Height:5' 8
Position:Winger/Forward
Signed:January 16th, 1976
First Manager:Jim McLean
Left Club:January 31st, 1987
Career Stats: 286 appearances, 75 goals
Full Debut: July 28th, 1979 - Dundee United 3 - 0 Dunfermline Athletic (Dryburgh Cup - Quarter Final)
First Goal: July 28th, 1979 - Dundee United 3 - 0 Dunfermline Athletic (Dryburgh Cup - Quarter Final)
Also Played For:Bristol City, Charlton Athletic, Manchester United, West Ham United
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 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 1986/87  Premier Division 14 (8) 2 0.09 0 0 54.5% 27.3% 18.2%
 1985/86  Premier Division 18 (11) 5 0.17 3 0 44.8% 31.0% 24.1%
 1984/85  Premier Division 24 (7) 8 0.26 5 0 67.7% 9.7% 22.6%
 1983/84  Premier Division 40 (7) 12 0.26 - - 61.7% 21.3% 17.0%
 1982/83  Premier Division 42 (7) 21 0.43 - - 65.3% 20.4% 14.3%
 1981/82  Premier Division 48 (7) 14 0.25 - - 47.3% 25.5% 27.3%
 1980/81  Premier Division 25 (8) 10 0.30 - - 45.5% 30.3% 24.2%
 1979/80  Premier Division 8 (12) 3 0.15 - - 35.0% 35.0% 30.0%
 1978/79  Premier Division 0 0 - - - - - -
219 (67) 75 0.26

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals 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:
 Dec 10th, 1986 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Hajduk Split 0 - 0
 Dec 6th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 0 - 0
 Nov 26th, 1986 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Hajduk Split 2 - 0
 Nov 22nd, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 1 - 0
 Nov 5th, 1986 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. FC Universitatea Craiova 0 - 1
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Oct 1st, 1986 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. RC Lens 2 - 0
 Sep 6th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 0
 Nov 23rd, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Clydebank 2 - 1
 Oct 2nd, 1985 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Bohemians 2 - 2
 Sep 7th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Clydebank 2 - 1

Ralph was a Dundee United 'S' signing from Dundee Celtic Boys Club in early 1976. By 1977-78 he was an established reserve player and turned out for the first team in a friendly against Alloa Athletic in August 1977. By the start of the 1979-80 season, the 18 year-old wide attacking player had pushed himself into first team contention, and after a scoring appearance in the Dryburgh Cup in July, he made his competitive debut in a League Cup match against Airdrie at Broomfield. A week later he came off the bench in a match at Celtic Park to earn United a 2-2 draw, and from then on his name appeared frequently in the line ups throughout that term.

The League Cup successes of 1979 and 1980 came too early for Ralph, with manager Jim McLean going for a more experienced side, however he was involved in the Scottish Cup replay defeat against Rangers at the end of the 1980-81 season. Now firmly established in the first team, he began to make his mark on the European scene, with goals against Monaco, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Winterslag. He also put United in front in the 1981 League Cup final at Hampden with a typical Ralph Milne goal, but ended the match with another runners-up medal.

His best season came in 1982-83, when his 16 league goals helped United win the Premier League championship. The goal he scored against Dundee in the final match of the league campaign at Dens Park is enough on its own to warrant his status as a Club legend. Just four minutes into the game he collected the ball just inside the Dundee half, he carried the ball forward skipping over a tackle, and delivered the most delightful chip high over the head of Colin Kelly and into the net from 25 yards.

Ralph had a flare for scoring spectacular goals and always saved his best for the big stage in Europe. Playing in over 40 European matches, he holds the Dundee United record of 15 European goals, four of which he scored in the European Cup run to the semi final against AS Roma in 1983-84.

In season 1984-85, he again collected runners-up medals in both the League Cup and Scottish Cup. He played in the first six matches of the 1986/87 UEFA Cup, and helped get United's run to the final under way with his equaliser against RC Lens in the first round at Tannadice. However, with appearances decreasing and his fractious relationship with manager McLean becoming more and more troublesome, he left United at the end of January 1987 to join Charlton Athletic for a fee of £125,000.

After a year at Charlton he moved on to to Bristol City, where a successful spell drew interest from other clubs and Alex Ferguson took him to Manchester United in November 1988. After a good start at Old Trafford, he eventually faded from the team and he spent some time on loan at West Ham United in 1989 before being released from Manchester United in 1991. He then moved to Hong Kong to join Sing Tao, but after a year he returned to Britain and retired at the age of 32.

Capped at Under-18 and Under-21 levels, Ralph never quite made it to full international level, but is often included in lists of the best players never to have played for Scotland.

After a star studded United career lasting eight years, Milne will forever be idolised by United fans, and was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in January 2009.

 Goals Scored
Jul 28th, 1979 Dryburgh Cup  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 3 - 0 (63')
Sep 8th, 1979 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 2 - 2 (76')
Oct 13th, 1979 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 0 (74')
Aug 13th, 1980 League Cup  (A)  vs. East Fife 5 - 2 (25')
Aug 13th, 1980 League Cup  (A)  vs. East Fife 5 - 2 (5')
Sep 24th, 1980 League Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 2 (113')
Dec 27th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 4 - 1 (68')
Dec 27th, 1980 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 4 - 1 (66')
Jan 3rd, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 7 - 0 (75')
Jan 10th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 1 - 2 (82')
Mar 14th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Partick Thistle 2 - 0 (44')
Apr 4th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 1 - 2 (15')
Apr 29th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Airdrie 4 - 1 (49')
Sep 12th, 1981 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 2 (60')
Sep 30th, 1981 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Monaco 1 - 2 (83')
Oct 17th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 1 - 1 (2')
Oct 28th, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 0 (38')
Oct 31st, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 1 (56')
Nov 3rd, 1981 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. M'gladbach 5 - 0 (36')
Nov 14th, 1981 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 3 - 1 (7')
Nov 28th, 1981 League Cup  (N)  vs. Rangers 1 - 2 (47')
Dec 9th, 1981 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Winterslag 5 - 0 (50')
Dec 9th, 1981 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Winterslag 5 - 0 (70')
Mar 27th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Morton 5 - 0 (55')
Mar 27th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Morton 5 - 0 (72')
Apr 7th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Morton 1 - 1 (71')
May 8th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 3 - 0 (80')
Aug 18th, 1982 League Cup  (A)  vs. Falkirk 4 - 0 (49')
Aug 21st, 1982 League Cup  (H)  vs. Raith Rovers 5 - 1 (65')
Sep 25th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 3 - 0 (16')
Oct 2nd, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 2 - 2 (85')
Oct 9th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Kilmarnock 1 - 1 (74') p
Oct 20th, 1982 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Viking 3 - 1 (73')
Oct 20th, 1982 UEFA Cup  (A)  vs. Viking 3 - 1 (80') p
Nov 13th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 4 - 2 (87')
Nov 13th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 4 - 2 (31')
Nov 24th, 1982 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Werder Bremen 2 - 1 (15')
Dec 11th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Kilmarnock 7 - 0 (78')
Dec 27th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 5 - 0 (33')
Jan 1st, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 0 (24')
Jan 1st, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 0 (83')
Mar 5th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 1 (70')
Mar 19th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 1 (30')
Mar 19th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 1 (25')
Apr 2nd, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 3 - 1 (33')
Apr 20th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 3 - 2 (84')
Apr 30th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Morton 4 - 0 (63')
May 14th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 1 (4')
Sep 3rd, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 4 - 1 (78')
Sep 10th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 5 - 0 (67')
Sep 10th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 5 - 0 (84')
Sep 28th, 1983 European Cup  (H)  vs. Hamrun 3 - 0 (46')
Sep 28th, 1983 European Cup  (H)  vs. Hamrun 3 - 0 (29')
Oct 26th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Morton 3 - 0 (43')
Nov 2nd, 1983 European Cup  (H)  vs. Standard 4 - 0 (44')
Nov 2nd, 1983 European Cup  (H)  vs. Standard 4 - 0 (26')
Nov 9th, 1983 League Cup  (A)  vs. Alloa Athletic 4 - 2 (22')
Nov 30th, 1983 League Cup  (A)  vs. Motherwell 3 - 0 (20')
Dec 3rd, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 0 (44')
Apr 2nd, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 5 - 2 (89')
Aug 11th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 2 - 0 (79')
Aug 11th, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 2 - 0 (16')
Aug 29th, 1984 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dumbarton 4 - 0 (79')
Aug 29th, 1984 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dumbarton 4 - 0 (81')
Sep 22nd, 1984 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 2 - 1 (56')
Oct 3rd, 1984 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. AIK 3 - 0 (74')
Oct 3rd, 1984 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. AIK 3 - 0 (70')
Feb 23rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Dumbarton 4 - 0 (17')
Sep 4th, 1985 League Cup  (H)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 1 (38')
Sep 4th, 1985 League Cup  (H)  vs. St Mirren 2 - 1 (19')
Sep 7th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Clydebank 2 - 1 (70') p
Oct 2nd, 1985 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Bohemians 2 - 2 (7')
Nov 23rd, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Clydebank 2 - 1 (73')
Sep 6th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 0 (49') p
Oct 1st, 1986 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Lens 2 - 0 (56')

 Hat-Tricks

Shoot
Oct 1981

Goal!
Jan 1982

Shoot
May 1982