Ralph Milne Player Profile


  • Full Name: Ralph Milne
  • Born: May 13th, 1961 (Dundee)
  • Died: September 6th, 2015 (Dundee)
  • Height: 5' 8
  • Position: Winger/Forward
  • Signed: January 16th, 1976
  • First Manager: Jim McLean
  • Career Totals: 287 appearances, 75 goals
  • Also Played For: Bristol City, Charlton Athletic, Manchester United, West Ham United


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1986-87 14 (8) 22 2 0 0 7 (7) 1 7 (1) 1
1985-86 18 (11) 29 5 3 0 10 (8) 2 8 (3) 3
1984-85 24 (7) 31 8 5 0 14 (5) 4 10 (2) 4
1983-84 40 (7) 47 12 2 0 19 (6) 5 21 (1) 7
1982-83 42 (7) 49 21 2 1 30 (4) 16 12 (3) 5
1981-82 48 (7) 55 14 3 0 32 (3) 8 16 (4) 6
1980-81 25 (8) 33 10 1 0 16 (5) 7 9 (3) 3
1979-80 8 (13) 21 3 0 0 4 (10) 2 4 (3) 1
1978-79 - - - - - - - - -
1977-78 - - - - - - - - -
Totals: 219 (68) 75 132 (48) 45 87 (20) 30

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Dec 10th, 1986 10/12/86 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Hajduk Split (A) 0 - 0
Dec 6th, 1986 06/12/86 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 0
Nov 26th, 1986 26/11/86 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Hajduk Split (H) 2 - 0
Nov 22nd, 1986 22/11/86 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
Nov 5th, 1986 05/11/86 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Univ Craiova (A) 0 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
Oct 1st, 1986 01/10/86 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Lens (H) 2 - 0
Sep 6th, 1986 06/09/86 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 0
Nov 23rd, 1985 23/11/85 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (A) 2 - 1
Oct 2nd, 1985 02/10/85 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Bohemians (H) 2 - 2
Sep 7th, 1985 07/09/85 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 2 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Oct 1st, 1986 01/10/86 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Lens (H) 2 - 0 (56')
Sep 6th, 1986 06/09/86 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 0 (49') p
Nov 23rd, 1985 23/11/85 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (A) 2 - 1 (73')
Oct 2nd, 1985 02/10/85 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Bohemians (H) 2 - 2 (7')
Sep 7th, 1985 07/09/85 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 2 - 1 (70') p
Sep 4th, 1985 04/09/85 Quarter Final vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 1 (38')
Sep 4th, 1985 04/09/85 Quarter Final vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 1 (19')
Feb 23rd, 1985 23/02/85 Premier Division vs. Dumbarton (H) 4 - 0 (17')
Oct 3rd, 1984 03/10/84 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. AIK (H) 3 - 0 (74')
Oct 3rd, 1984 03/10/84 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. AIK (H) 3 - 0 (70')
Sep 22nd, 1984 22/09/84 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 2 - 1 (56')
Aug 29th, 1984 29/08/84 3rd Round vs. Dumbarton (A) 4 - 0 (81')
Aug 29th, 1984 29/08/84 3rd Round vs. Dumbarton (A) 4 - 0 (79')
Aug 11th, 1984 11/08/84 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 0 (79')
Aug 11th, 1984 11/08/84 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 0 (16')
Apr 2nd, 1984 02/04/84 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 5 - 2 (89')
Dec 3rd, 1983 03/12/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 0 (44')
Nov 30th, 1983 30/11/83 Group Section 1 vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 0 (20')
Nov 9th, 1983 09/11/83 Group Section 1 vs. Alloa Athletic (A) 4 - 2 (22')
Nov 2nd, 1983 02/11/83 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Standard (H) 4 - 0 (44')
Nov 2nd, 1983 02/11/83 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Standard (H) 4 - 0 (26')
Oct 26th, 1983 26/10/83 Group Section 1 vs. Morton (H) 3 - 0 (43')
Sep 28th, 1983 28/09/83 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Hamrun (H) 3 - 0 (29')
Sep 28th, 1983 28/09/83 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Hamrun (H) 3 - 0 (46')
Sep 10th, 1983 10/09/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 5 - 0 (84')
Sep 10th, 1983 10/09/83 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 5 - 0 (67')
Sep 3rd, 1983 03/09/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 1 (78')
May 14th, 1983 14/05/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 1 (4')
Apr 30th, 1983 30/04/83 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 4 - 0 (63')
Apr 20th, 1983 20/04/83 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 3 - 2 (84')
Apr 2nd, 1983 02/04/83 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 3 - 1 (33')
Mar 19th, 1983 19/03/83 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 1 (30')
Mar 19th, 1983 19/03/83 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 1 (25')
Mar 5th, 1983 05/03/83 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 4 - 1 (70')
Jan 1st, 1983 01/01/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 0 (83')
Jan 1st, 1983 01/01/83 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 0 (24')
Dec 27th, 1982 27/12/82 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 5 - 0 (33')
Dec 11th, 1982 11/12/82 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 7 - 0 (78')
Nov 24th, 1982 24/11/82 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Werder Bremen (H) 2 - 1 (15')
Nov 13th, 1982 13/11/82 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 4 - 2 (87')
Nov 13th, 1982 13/11/82 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 4 - 2 (31')
Oct 20th, 1982 20/10/82 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Viking (A) 3 - 1 (80') p
Oct 20th, 1982 20/10/82 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Viking (A) 3 - 1 (73')
Oct 9th, 1982 09/10/82 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A) 1 - 1 (74') p
Oct 2nd, 1982 02/10/82 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 2 (85')
Sep 25th, 1982 25/09/82 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 0 (16')
Aug 21st, 1982 21/08/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. Raith Rovers (H) 5 - 1 (65')
Aug 18th, 1982 18/08/82 Group Stage - Section 4 vs. Falkirk (A) 4 - 0 (49')
May 8th, 1982 08/05/82 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 0 (80')
Apr 7th, 1982 07/04/82 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 1 - 1 (71')
Mar 27th, 1982 27/03/82 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0 (55')
Mar 27th, 1982 27/03/82 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 5 - 0 (72')
Dec 9th, 1981 09/12/81 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Winterslag (H) 5 - 0 (70')
Dec 9th, 1981 09/12/81 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Winterslag (H) 5 - 0 (50')
Nov 28th, 1981 28/11/81 Final vs. Rangers (N) 1 - 2 (47')
Nov 14th, 1981 14/11/81 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 1 (7')
Nov 3rd, 1981 03/11/81 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. M'gladbach (H) 5 - 0 (36')
Oct 31st, 1981 31/10/81 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 1 (56')
Oct 28th, 1981 28/10/81 Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 0 (38')
Oct 17th, 1981 17/10/81 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 1 (2')
Sep 30th, 1981 30/09/81 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Monaco (H) 1 - 2 (83')
Sep 12th, 1981 12/09/81 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 5 - 2 (60')
Apr 29th, 1981 29/04/81 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H) 4 - 1 (49')
Apr 4th, 1981 04/04/81 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 2 (15')
Mar 14th, 1981 14/03/81 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 2 - 0 (44')
Jan 10th, 1981 10/01/81 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 2 (82')
Jan 3rd, 1981 03/01/81 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 7 - 0 (75')
Dec 27th, 1980 27/12/80 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 4 - 1 (68')
Dec 27th, 1980 27/12/80 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 4 - 1 (66')
Sep 24th, 1980 24/09/80 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 2 (113')
Aug 13th, 1980 13/08/80 1st Round 1st Leg vs. East Fife (A) 5 - 2 (25')
Aug 13th, 1980 13/08/80 1st Round 1st Leg vs. East Fife (A) 5 - 2 (5')
Oct 13th, 1979 13/10/79 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 2 - 0 (74')
Sep 8th, 1979 08/09/79 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 2 - 2 (76')
Jul 28th, 1979 28/07/79 Quarter Final vs. Dunfermline (H) 3 - 0 (63')

 List of Games Played
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Competition History


Comp
LGE 132 (48) 45 10 1
SC 18 (4) 0 1 0
LC 34 (9) 14 2 0
EC 7 (1) 4 0 0
UEFA 27 (6) 11 3 0
DRY 1 1 0 0
Totals: 219 (68) 75

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


Ralph was a Dundee United 'S' signing from Dundee Celtic Boys Club in early 1976. By 1977-78 he was an established reserve player and turned out for the first team in a friendly against Alloa Athletic in August 1977. By the start of the 1979-80 season, the 18 year-old wide attacking player had pushed himself into first team contention, and after a scoring appearance in the Dryburgh Cup in July, he made his competitive debut in a League Cup match against Airdrie at Broomfield. A week later he came off the bench in a match at Celtic Park to earn United a 2-2 draw, and from then on his name appeared frequently in the line ups throughout that term.

The League Cup successes of 1979 and 1980 came too early for Ralph, with manager Jim McLean going for a more experienced side, however he was involved in the Scottish Cup replay defeat against Rangers at the end of the 1980-81 season. Now firmly established in the first team, he began to make his mark on the European scene, with goals against Monaco, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Winterslag. He also put United in front in the 1981 League Cup final at Hampden with a typical Ralph Milne goal, but ended the match with another runners-up medal.

His best season came in 1982-83, when his 16 league goals helped United win the Premier League championship. The goal he scored against Dundee in the final match of the league campaign at Dens Park is enough on its own to warrant his status as a Club legend. Just four minutes into the game he collected the ball just inside the Dundee half, he carried the ball forward skipping over a tackle, and delivered the most delightful chip high over the head of Colin Kelly and into the net from 25 yards.

Ralph had a flare for scoring spectacular goals and always saved his best for the big stage in Europe. Playing in over 40 European matches, he holds the Dundee United record of 15 European goals, four of which he scored in the European Cup run to the semi final against AS Roma in 1983-84.

In season 1984-85, he again collected runners-up medals in both the League Cup and Scottish Cup. He played in the first six matches of the 1986/87 UEFA Cup, and helped get United's run to the final under way with his equaliser against RC Lens in the first round at Tannadice. However, with appearances decreasing and his fractious relationship with manager McLean becoming more and more troublesome, he left United at the end of January 1987 to join Charlton Athletic for a fee of £125,000.

After a year at Charlton he moved on to to Bristol City, where a successful spell drew interest from other clubs and Alex Ferguson took him to Manchester United in November 1988. After a good start at Old Trafford, he eventually faded from the team and he spent some time on loan at West Ham United in 1989 before being released from Manchester United in 1991. He then moved to Hong Kong to join Sing Tao, but after a year he returned to Britain and retired at the age of 32.

Capped at Under-18 and Under-21 levels, Ralph never quite made it to full international level, but is often included in lists of the best players never to have played for Scotland.

After a star studded United career lasting eight years, Milne will forever be idolised by United fans, and was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in January 2009.

Last updated on Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 by B Orr.





Debut

July 28th, 1979
Dundee United 3 - 0 Dunfermline Athletic

Dryburgh Cup (Quarter Final)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Ralph was born on this date in Dundee.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

    Alloa Athletic 3 - 1 Dundee United
    Friendly

    This friendly at Recreation Park brought some excellent football from both teams, but it was Alloa who were better at taking their chances. United came near to opening the scoring in the second minute


  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 3 - 0 Dunfermline
    Dryburgh Cup (Quarter Final)

    A confident start by the Tannadice side who took advantage of a superb Frank Kopel opener in 19 minutes, to go on to win in convincing fashion.


  • First Goal

    Dundee United 3 - 0 Dunfermline
    Dryburgh Cup (Quarter Final)

    A confident start by the Tannadice side who took advantage of a superb Frank Kopel opener in 19 minutes, to go on to win in convincing fashion.


  • League Debut

    Celtic 2 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Hamish McAlpine made just his second appearance of the season for Unite, in place of the injured Peter Bonetti. United also made number of positional changes from the previous week. Ian Phillip return


  • First League Goal

    Celtic 2 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Hamish McAlpine made just his second appearance of the season for Unite, in place of the injured Peter Bonetti. United also made number of positional changes from the previous week. Ian Phillip return


  • 50th Appearance

    Dundee United 4 - 1 Airdrie
    League (Premier Division)

    Since reaching the Scottish Cup Final with their victory over Celtic at Hampden in the Semi-Final, United had went three matches without a win. Dave Narey, who had missed the last two games through in


  • 50th League Appearance

    St Mirren 1 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    The severe winter weather meant that this was only United's second league match since the end of November and the team looked a bit ring-rusty as they endeavoured to reduce the four point gap which ex


  • 100th Appearance

    Dundee United 4 - 0 Airdrie
    League (Premier Division)

    Paul Sturrock returned after missing out on the midweek trip to Cappielow due to a back injury, and Dave Narey also passed a late fitness test to face bottom of the table Airdrie, with United hoping t


  • 100th League Appearance

    Dundee United 4 - 0 Kilmarnock
    League (Premier Division)

    United came into this home game with Kilmarnock on the back of a great win at Parkhead. The one downside of that match was the sending off of Richard Gough which meant he was missing for the visit of


  • 50th Goal

    Dundee United 5 - 0 Hibernian
    League (Premier Division)

    United were aiming to get back on the front foot in their league encounter against visitors Hibs, following the Tangerine's first mis-step of the season when they could only draw 1-1 away to first div


  • 200th Appearance

    Hibernian 1 - 0 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Willie Jamieson's 11th minute goal was the first that Hibs have scored against United this season and it was worth its weight in gold, bringing Hibs their third consecutive win to banish any re


  • Last Goal

    Dundee United 2 - 0 Lens
    UEFA Cup (1st Round 2nd Leg)

    R.C. Lens looked a better side at Tannadlce than in the first leg. Having said that their defensive formation threatened rarely. The best chance we created came when Ian Redford's dipping volley from


  • Last Appearance

    Clydebank 1 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Fixtures following a European jaunt are always difficult and the trip to Kilbowie turned out to be just that. Iain Ferguson almost gave us a first minute lead, but his lob went over. Bankies hit back


  • Left the Club


  • Date of Death


    Ralph died on this date in Dundee.