Monday, 7 September 2015

God bless you Ralphie Milne

Sad news today that former Addick Ralph Milne has died of drink-related illness at 54.

I remember just how excited I was at the signing of Ralph Milne. He had been a phenomenal player at Dundee United in a side that had won the title under Jim Mclean and gone on to some memorable European Cup nights. Milne starred in a side boasting Narey, Malpas, Gough, Sturrock, Dodds and Bannon. Surprising to see that he only feature 22 times in a Charlton shirt. I knew he wasn't with us for long but would have guessed at least twice that number of appearances. 

Playing for Charlton won't have been foremost in Ralphie's mind when he looked back on his career given his success with the Arabs and his subsequent cameos for Manchester United. His time at Selhurst Park was a struggle as he was rarely fit and he couldn't hide his love of a drink from the fans. For all that, Ralph Milne showed tantalising glimpses of what he was capable of and Charlton fans took him to their hearts. It was no surprise when he left for Bristol City, another move that didn't work out but it certainly was a shock when Alex Ferguson then took him to Old Trafford. He actually managed a game more for United than he did for us and he did what we all knew he would when he faced us for United. 

RIP Ralphie Milne.

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