Gary Mills (footballer born 1961)

Mills FC Tamworth

Gary Roland Mills ( born November 11, 1961 in Northampton ) is a former English footballer and current coach. As a player, he won the Nottingham Forest European Cup up 1979 /80.

Playing career

Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Seattle Sounders (1978-1987)

Gary Mills made ​​his debut at the age of 16 years on September 9, 1978 to Nottingham Forest in the Football League First Division 1978/79. In the rest of the season, he played three games ( one goal) and finished the season with his team as runner-up. Forest also won without the not appointed to the Executive Gary Mills the title in the European Cup Champion 1978 /79 ( 1-0 Malmö FF). In addition to thirteen games ( one goal) in the 1979/80 season, the 18- year-old midfielder from coach Brian Clough for the final of the European Champions Cup was nominated 1979/80. Mills was from the beginning to use before he was replaced in the 67th minute for John O'Hare. Nottingham won the game 1-0 against Hamburger SV and thus defended his title in the National Cup champion. After two more seasons in Nottingham, he joined the NASL to the Seattle Sounders and denied in the United States thirty-four games ( five goals ). After a stopover on loan at English second division club Derby County Gary Mills returned in December 1983 to Nottingham.

In the Football League First Division 1984/85 he played twenty-six league games and scored four goals. After two more seasons with a total of forty- league operations, he left for the second time the club and moved on August 14, 1987 city rivals Notts County.

Notts County and Leicester City (1987-1996)

With Mills County played (46 games / 5 goals) 1987/88 in the third division and missed than in fourth narrowly promotion to the second division. Before the end of the Football League Third Division 1988/89 joined the 27 -year-old on 2 March 1989 at Leicester City. In Leicester Mills is established in the next five years as a regular player at second division. In the 1991/92 season he reached with City than in fourth the play-offs, but lost after a win over Cambridge United the final game 0-1 against Blackburn Rovers. A year later, the club failed again in the play-off final, this time with 3:4 against Swindon Town. In the third play-off final in series managed Leicester City on 30 May 1994 with a 2-1 win over Derby County promotion to the Premier League.

After just one game in the Premier League 1994 /95 32 -year-old Gary Mills moved to Notts County, for which he had already played from 1987 to 1989. With Mills County dismounted as Table from the second division at the end of the season. In the 1995/96 season he reached with his team in fourth as the play-offs, but lost in the final 0-2 against Bradford City. After the season, he finished at the age of 34 years his playing career, but was still active for various amateur clubs in the following years.

Coaching career

After he had previously been training three amateur clubs, Gary Mills took over on 7 January 2004 as coach at third division Notts County, for which he had already been active as a player. At the end of the season 2003/ 04 he went with County last but one in the newly formed fourth-rate Football League Two from. After also unsatisfactory performance in the new league Mills was released on 4 November 2004.

On 13 October 2010 he took over the English fifth-tier York City. According to an eighth place in the table in the first season, Mills led his team in the 2011/12 season to fourth place and reached after a success in the play-off final of the Luton Town move up to the fourth-rate Football League Two. Just eight days earlier, the club had secured by 2-0 in the final of the AFC Newport County FA Trophy.

On March 2, 2013 Mills was fired as coach of the fourth division.


  • National Champions Cup Winners: 1980
  • FA Trophy: 2012