Gary Mills

Gary Mills

Born 20 May 1981 (Age 17 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #113)

Total appearances 190 – 3 goals

(161 League, 7 FA Cup, 1 FA Trophy, 8 League Cup, 6 League Trophy, 3 Hillier Senior Cup, 4 Maunsell Cup)

First spell: Debut: 22 December 1998 (Away Farnborough Town). Final game: 11 February 2006 (Home Notts County)

Second spell: Debut: 20 January 2007 (Home Stafford Rangers). Final game: 17 April 2007 (Away Stevenage Borough)

Third spell: Debut:18 January 2011 (Away Hayes & Yeading Utd). Final game: 22 April 2011 (Away Crawley Town)

Midfielder Gary started his career with the Coventry City youth set up but left before his sixteenth birthday. He was spotted playing for Northampton Spencer and joined Diamonds youth set up on 21 July 1997. He came straight into Diamonds youth team, playing in the same side as Andy Burgess and Jon Challinor. He made his debut in the League Cup game at Farnborough Town on 22 December 1998, coming on as a second half substitute. He signed a professional contract the following season, and after several substitute appearances early on, had his first start at Altrincham in October 1999. In the Conference winning season, he played in half of the League games which saw Diamonds progress into the Football League. As Diamonds adjusted to life as a League club, Gary found himself mainly on the bench during the following season, but at the beginning of the 2002/2003 season, established himself in the starting eleven as Diamonds gained another promotion.

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Gary unfortunately suffered a serious ankle injury in the game at Oxford United on 11 September 2004 and it meant he was sidelined for some 14 months by which time Diamonds were struggling to remain in the Football League. He went on to make another 14 appearances, but left the club by mutual consent on 20 April 2006 to join Crawley Town on non-contract terms after some eight years at Nene Park and some 153 games. Although not noted for his shooting prowess, he did score three times, including two League goals.

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After an unsuccessful trial with Yeovil Town, Gary re-joined Crawley Town on 10 August 2006 on a short term deal and remained with the club until 9 January 2007, when manager Graham Westley brought him back to Nene Park, and he went on to make another 17 appearances. Following another change of manager and the arrival of Garry Hill, he was released again at the end of the season, and signed for Conference North side Tamworth on 25 May 2007.

His stay at Tamworth was not very successful, and after an argument with manager Gary Mills (no relation) after being left out of the team, he was dismissed from the club on 24 October 2007. He joined fellow Conference North side Kettering Town just three days later, helping the Poppies to promotion – and scoring twice, but he was released at the end of the season. Graham Westley brought him to Stevenage Borough on 13 May 2008, and was a regular in the side during the 2008/2009 season, which included an FA Trophy win over York City at Wembley Stadium. He signed for Mansfield Town on 26 May 2009 on a two year deal, but on 18 October 2010, went out on a one month loan with Forest Green Rovers. He was eventually released by the Stags and on 13 January 2011 rejoined Rushden & Diamonds for a third spell with the club.

After becoming a main-stay of the Diamonds midfield for the remainder of that season, his last game for the club was at Crawley Town in April 2011 when the red card he received in that game meant a premature end to his season. He had made a further 20 league appearances for the club, one of them as a substitute. He joined Bath City on a season long deal on 23 May 2011, but made just three appearances before leaving to join Conference North side Nuneaton Town on 15 September 2011, helping them gain promotion to the Conference through the Play-Offs. Gary left at the end of the season however after being offered a 1 year deal with Conference side Lincoln City on 21 May 2012, where he became club captain. He suffered a serious knee injury during December 2012 which kept him out of action for several months and on 4 March 2013, he left the Imps by mutual consent, before signing for Conference North side Brackley Town on 28 March, although his injury was likely to keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season. On 12 May 2013, it was announced that Gary had joined Conference North side Boston United. In order to gain match fitness however, he went on a three month loan to NPL Premier side King’s Lynn Town on 29 August 2013 – the move to King’s Lynn Town being made permanent on 4 January 2014. He left the Linnets on 29 May 2014, to become assistant manager to Kevin Wilkin at Conference side Wrexham.

Appearance

1998/1999

ET2

22.12.98

Farnborough Tn(A)

as sub

HSCSr

10.4.99

Cogenhoe Utd (H)

as sub

1999/2000

MCF

31.7.99

Northampton Tn(H)

as sub

Conf

28.8.99

Sutton Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

30.8.99

Welling Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

11.9.99

Woking (H)

as sub

Conf

2.10.99

Altrincham (A)

 

FAC4q

16.10.99

Sutton Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

23.10.99

Scarborough (A)

as sub

Conf

13.11.99

Yeovil Town (A)

as sub

Conf

18.12.99

Telford Utd (A)

 

HSC2

25.1.00

Kettering Town (A)

1 goal

Conf

29.1.00

Northwich Vic (H)

as sub

FAT4r

8.2.00

Billericay Tn (H)

 

Conf

12.2.00

Dover Athletic (A)

as sub

Conf

18.3.00

Sutton Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

11.4.00

Woking (A)

 

Conf

15.4.00

Altrincham (H)

 

Conf

22.4.00

Southport (A)

 

Conf

29.4.00

Scarborough (H)

 

Conf

1.5.00

Welling (A)

 

Conf

6.5.00

Doncaster Rvrs (H)

 

2000/2001

Conf

19.8.00

Chester City (H)

 

Conf

12.9.00

Scarborough (A)

as sub

Conf

16.9.00

Woking (A)

as sub

Conf

3.10.00

Leigh RMI (A)

as sub

Conf

8.10.00

Boston Utd (H)

 

Conf

14.10.00

Hereford Utd (A)

 

Conf

21.10.00

Morecambe (A)

 

Conf

31.10.00

Hayes (H)

 

Conf

4.11.00

Yeovil Town (H)

 

Conf

11.11.00

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

 

FAC1

17.11.00

Luton Town (A)

 

LDV1

28.11.00

Barnet (A)

 

Conf

2.12.00

Dover Athletic (A)

as sub

Conf

9.12.00

Hayes (A)

 

Conf

16.12.00

Hednesford Tn (H)

 

NWT3

19.12.00

Kingstonian (A)

 

Conf

25.3.01

Northwich Vic (A)

as sub

Conf

7.4.01

Morecambe (H)

as sub

HSCF

10.4.01

Kettering Town (H)

 

Conf

14.4.01

Hereford Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

16.4.01

Doncaster Rvrs (H)

as sub

Conf

21.4.01

Yeovil Town (A)

 

Conf

24.4.01

Telford Utd (H)

 

Conf

28.4.01

Dover Athletic (H)

 

Conf

5.5.01

Chester City (A)

as sub

2001/2002 – squad number 15

D3

11.8.01

York City (A)

 

WC1

21.8.01

Burnley (A)

as sub

D3

1.9.01

Oxford Utd (A)

as sub

D3

8.9.01

Southend Utd (H)

 

WC2

11.9.01

Crewe Alex (A)

 

D3

15.9.01

Leyton Orient (A)

as sub

D3

13.10.01

Rochdale (A)

as sub

LDV1

16.10.01

Cardiff City (A)

 

MCSF

6.11.01

Northampton Tn(H)

 

MCF

12.12.01

Peterborough (H)

 

D3

23.3.02

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

as sub

D3

1.4.02

Swansea City (H)

as sub

D3

6.4.02

Scunthorpe Utd (A)

as sub

D3

13.4.02

Kidderminster (H)

 

2002/2003 – squad number 15

D3

10.8.02

Swansea City (A)

as sub

D3

13.8.02

Torquay Utd (H)

as sub

D3

17.8.02

Kidderminster (H)

as sub

D3

24.8.02

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

 

D3

26.8.02

Scunthorpe Utd (H)

 

D3

31.8.02

Cambridge Utd (A)

 

D3

7.9.02

Southend Utd (H)

 

WC1

10.9.02

Millwall (H)

 

D3

14.9.02

York City (A)

 

D3

17.9.02

Bournemouth (A)

 

D3

21.9.02

Wrexham (H)

 

D3

28.9.02

Hartlepool Utd (A)

 

WC2

2.10.02

Coventry City (A)

 

D3

5.10.02

Leyton Orient (H)

 

D3

12.10.02

Exeter City (A)

 

D3

19.10.02

Bury (H)

as sub

LDV1

22.10.02

Cambridge Utd (A)

 

D3

26.10.02

Hull City (A)

 

D3

29.10.02

Boston Utd (H)

 

D3

2.11.02

Rochdale (A)

 

D3

9.11.02

Darlington (H)

 

D3

23.11.02

Lincoln City (A)

 

FAC1r

26.11.02

Kidderminster (H)

 

D3

30.11.02

Bristol Rvrs (H)

 

FAC2

7.12.02

Exeter City (A)

 

D3

14.12.02

Macclesfield Tn (A)

 

D3

21.12.02

Carlisle Utd (A)

 

D3

26.12.02

Scunthorpe Utd (A)

 

D3

1.2.03

Swansea City (H)

 

D3

8.2.03

Darlington (A)

 

D3

22.2.03

Southend Utd (A)

 

D3

8.3.03

Wrexham (A)

as sub

D3

18.3.03

Bury (A)

 

D3

29.3.03

Exeter City (H)

as sub

D3

19.4.03

Carlisle Utd (A)

as sub

2003/2004 – squad number 4

D2

9.8.03

Luton Town (A)

as sub

CC1

13.8.03

West Ham Utd (A)

 

D2

16.8.03

Plymouth Arg (H)

 

D2

23.8.03

Tranmere Rvrs (A)

 

D2

25.8.03

QPR (H)

 

D2

30.8.03

Oldham Athletic(A)

 

D2

6.9.03

Wycombe Wdrs(H)

as sub

D2

20.9.03

Bournemouth (A)

as sub

D2

27.9.03

Stockport Co (H)

 

D2

30.9.03

Brighton & HA (H)

 

D2

4.10.03

Barnsley (A)

 

D2

11.10.03

Chesterfield (H)

as sub

LDV1

15.10.03

Oxford Utd (A)

 

D2

18.10.03

Sheff Wed (A)

 

D2

21.10.03

Blackpool (A)

 

D2

25.10.03

Wrexham (H)

 

D2

1.11.03

Grimsby Town (H)

 

LDV2

4.11.03

Luton Town (H)

 

FAC1

8.11.03

Swansea City (A)

 

D2

15.11.03

Hartlepool Utd (A)

 

D2

29.11.03

Port Vale (A)

as sub

D2

13.12.03

Bristol City (H)

 

D2

20.12.03

Peterborough U(A)

 

D2

31.1.04

Oldham Athletic(H)

 

D2

7.2.04

Swindon Town (A)

 

D2

14.2.04

Chesterfield (A)

 

D2

21.2.04

Sheff Wed (H)

 

D2

24.2.04

Tranmere Rvrs (H)

1 goal

D2

28.2.04

Wrexham (A)

 

D2

2.3.04

Blackpool (H)

 

D2

6.3.04

Peterborough U (H)

 

D2

12.3.04

Bristol City (A)

 

D2

16.3.04

Notts County (H)

 

D2

20.3.04

Brentford (A)

 

2004/2005 – squad number 4

CCL2

7.8.04

Kidderminster (H)

 

CCL2

10.8.04

Northampton Tn (A)

 

CCL2

14.8.04

Lincoln City (A)

 

CCL2

21.8.04

Grimsby Town (H)

 

CC1

24.8.04

Swindon Town (H)

 

CCL2

28.8.04

Yeovil Town (A)

1 goal

CCL2

30.8.04

Bristol Rvrs (H)

 

CCL2

11.9.04

Oxford Utd (A)

 

2005/2006 – squad number 4

MCSF

8.11.05

Rothwell Town (A)

 

FAC1r

15.11.05

Halifax Town (H)

as sub

LDV2

22.11.05

Swansea City (A)

 

CCL2

26.11.05

Darlington (A)

as sub

FAC2

3.12.05

Leyton Orient (H)

as sub

CCL2

6.12.05

Carlisle Utd (H)

 

CCL2

10.12.05

Mansfiled Town (H)

 

CCL2

17.12.05

Chester City (A)

 

CCL2

26.12.05

Leyton Orient (A)

 

CCL2

28.12.05

Cheltenham Tn (H)

 

CCL2

31.12.05

Torquay Utd (A)

 

CCL2

2.1.06

Bristol Rvrs (H)

 

CCL2

21.1.06

Stockport Co (A)

as sub

CCL2

7.2.06

Bury (A)

as sub

CCL2

11.2.06

Notts County (H)

as sub

2006/2007 – squad number 17

Conf

20.1.07

Stafford Rgrs (H)

 

Conf

23.1.07

Cambridge Utd (H)

 

Conf

29.1.07

Oxford Utd (A)

 

Conf

10.2.07

Dagenham&Rdg(A)

 

Conf

17.2.07

St.Albans (H)

 

Conf

20.2.07

Exeter City (A)

 

Conf

24.2.07

Aldershot Town (A)

 

Conf

3.3.07

Exeter City (H)

 

Conf

6.3.07

Morecambe (H)

 

Conf

23.3.07

Crawley Town (H)

as sub

Conf

27.3.07

Grays Athletic (A)

as sub

Conf

31.3.07

Forest Green (A)

 

Conf

3.4.07

Weymouth (H)

 

Conf

7.4.07

Southport (H)

 

Conf

10.4.07

York City (A)

 

Conf

14.4.07

Kidderminster (H)

 

Conf

17.4.07

Stevenage Boro (A)

 

2010/2011 – squad number 7

Conf

18.1.11

Hayes&Yeading(A)

as sub

Conf

22.1.11

Newport Co (A)

 

Conf

29.1.11

Tamworth (H)

 

Conf

1.2.11

Cambridge U (H)

 

Conf

5.2.11

Cambridge U (A)

 

Conf

12.2.11

Gateshead (H)

 

Conf

22.2.11

Eastbourne B (H)

 

Conf

1.3.11

Bath City (H)

 

Conf

5.3.11

Hayes&Yeading (H)

 

Conf

8.3.11

Forest Green (H)

 

Conf

12.3.11

Wrexham (A)

 

Conf

19.3.11

Southport (H)

 

Conf

22.3.11

Luton Town (H)

 

Conf

26.3.11

AFCWimbledon(A)

 

Conf

2.4.11

Mansfield Town (A)

 

Conf

5.4.11

Histon (A)

 

Conf

9.4.11

Wrexham (H)

 

Conf

13.4.11

Grimsby Town (A)

 

Conf

16.4.11

Gateshead (A)

 

Conf

22.4.11

Crawley Town (A)

 
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