Arthur Milne (footballer)

Arthur Hughes Milne (1914–1997) was a Scottish football player, who was a prolific goalscorer for Dundee United[1] and also played in the Scottish Football League for Hibernian and St Mirren.

Arthur Milne
Personal information
Full name Arthur Hughes Milne
Date of birth 11 December 1914
Place of birth Brechin, Scotland
Date of death 22 May 1997 (aged 82)
Place of death Edinburgh, Scotland
Position(s) Centre forward
Youth career
–1934 Brechin Vics
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1934–1937 Dundee United 73 (77)
1937–1946 Hibernian 69 (38)
1939–1940Dundee United (wartime)
1941–1942Aberdeen (wartime)
1946–1950 St Mirren 71 (24)
1950–1952 Coleraine
1952–1953 Cowdenbeath
National team
1944 Scotland (wartime) 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Born in Brechin in 1915, Milne played for local club Brechin Vics, until signing for United in 1934.[1] Remarkably, he scored four goals on his senior debut, which no other player in the club's history has done.[1] Milne continued his prolific rate of scoring, netting 85 goals in 81 appearances for United.[1] No other player in the club's history has achieved a ratio better than one goal per game.[1]

Milne had a pay dispute with United in 1937, which led to him going on trial with Liverpool.[1] This trial, however, created a registration mix-up which led to Milne being declared a free agent.[1] Hibernian took advantage of the opportunity to sign Milne for no fee.[1] Milne also scored goals at a good rate for Hibs, finishing as their top scorer in the next two seasons. His career, however, was interrupted by the Second World War, which curtailed competitive football in the United Kingdom.

The outbreak of war meant that players were allowed to play for other clubs with their team's permission. It was under these circumstances that in November 1939 Milne returned to play for Dundee United who had joined the Eastern Division of the recently set up emergency league. United were also competing in the hastily set up Scottish War Emergency Cup. Milne showed flashes of the form he had shown in his previous spell at Tannadice, as United reached the cup final; he scored a hat-trick in the second round of the competition in a 7-1 win over Third Lanark and was in the starting line-up in the final which his side narrowly lost to Rangers. Milne was United's top scorer for the season with 24 goals. Shortly afterwards he was called up for military service.[2] During the war he appeared for Aberdeen in unofficial competitions.[3]

When league football resumed in 1946, Milne's career was nearing its end.[4] He only played in three league matches, scoring one goal, for Hibs after the war before being sold to St Mirren for £1650.[4][5] Milne played for the Paisley club for four seasons, before moving to Northern Ireland in the summer of 1950 to become a player/coach of Coleraine.[5]

Milne represented Scotland once, in a wartime international against England on 14 October 1944;[6] Milne scored one of the Scottish goals in a 6–2 defeat.[6]


  1. Archived 23 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Dundee United FC
  2. Gracie, Steve (2008). A Passion for Survival Dundee United FC A Comprehensive History 1909-1945. Dundee: Arabest Publishing. pp. 144=148 & 272.
  3. Arthur Milne, AFC Heritage Trust
  4. Jeffrey, pp115-116.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 December 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Arthur H Milne". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  • Jeffrey, Jim (2005). The Men Who Made Hibernian F.C. since 1946. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3091-2.