Ally McMillan
Ally McMillan
Ally McMillan
● Ally McMillan, 1999 (BAN)

born in Scotland

Alistair Scott McMillan was born on Friday, 8th August, 1975, in Glasgow.

The 6' 0 (12st 2lbs) defender signed for John Lambie's Thistle on Monday, 29th March, 1999 (after a trial game) having most recently been with Clydebank.

Aged 23, he made his one and only appearance (as a trialist) on Thursday, 25th March, 1999, in a 1-0 friendly defeat at home to Motherwell.

Ally's club-list included Milngavie St Mungo's, Morton, Rutherglen Glencairn, Clyde, Clydebank, Cowdenbeath, Carlisle United, Partick Thistle, Grindavík, Finn Harps, Queen of the South, Stranraer, Albion Rovers, Stenhousemuir, Irvine Meadow XI and Elgin City.

Bio Extra

With Thistle embroiled in a battle to avoid dropping to the FOURTH tier, Firhill was a tense place to be in the springtime of 1999. John Lambie took over from Tommy Bryce and he was just a few weeks in to his 3rd spell as Thistle gaffer when he arranged a midweek friendly with Motherwell, to try a couple things out and to cast his eye over a few prospects. Two trialists featured on the night, one was mystery man Tony Della Sciucca, the other was Ally McMillan. Ally was a right back who had spent just over a season with Clyde, but had fallen out of favour. Ian McCall took him to Clydebank in January 1999 for a short spell, after which he played trial matches with Cowdenbeath and Carlisle United. On the day of the match, Lambie indicated (via the Daily Record) that he was keen on taking a look at a couple of new faces:

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I have to come up with ways to keep us in the Second Division and then I can concentrate on getting us back into the First. I hope Della Sciucca can do a job for us but I'll get a better idea after watching him play against a Premier League side. I'm told he is good, but I must see for myself. I also need a goalscorer and I have my eye on someone playing in England. I want to try out one or two of the young boys whom I haven't seen against Motherwell. Everything's going at a hectic pace as there is so much work to be done. No effort will be spared in getting this club back into the First Division. Division Two football isn't good enough for a team like Partick Thistle.

Only 665 saw a gritty, fighting display. Both teams had trialists playing, but it was a much improved performance. Motherwell scored early in the 1st half. Late on Callaghan headed over and Lauchlan had a shot well saved by the Motherwell keeper. Ally signed a short-term deal on the Monday after his trial game, but there was no further first team action. Ally moved on to try his luck in Icelandic football with Grindavík, before landing for a short-stint at Finn Harps in September. Struggling Queen of the South tempted him back over the water to Dumfries in late November 1999, where he featured regularly as the club just about saved themselves from relegation to the 4th tier. The big defender played with another few clubs after his single season at Queens, and he had one last hurrah at the senior level with 4th tier Elgin City in 2003-04.

Ally's life after football took a turn for the worse when he got mixed up in a gangland murder plot, so much so that he was given a new name, date of birth and location. We could write a book on ex-Jags misadventures, but perhaps, sometimes, it's a case of the least said the better…

(WS/SD/AFK/BR)



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