Jim Mills (rugby league)

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Jim Mills
Personal information
Born(1944-09-24) 24 September 1944 (age 69)
Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales
Playing information
PositionFront Row
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1965–6?Halifax386
1968–??Widnes
1971–72North Sydney3780024
Bradford Northern
Salford
Widnes
Total75140024
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1974–79Great Britain60000
1975–79Wales121003
Other Nationalities
 
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Jim Mills
Personal information
Born(1944-09-24) 24 September 1944 (age 69)
Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales
Playing information
PositionFront Row
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1965–6?Halifax386
1968–??Widnes
1971–72North Sydney3780024
Bradford Northern
Salford
Widnes
Total75140024
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1974–79Great Britain60000
1975–79Wales121003
Other Nationalities

Jim Mills (born 29 September 1944 in Aberdare) is a British former professional rugby league footballer of the 1960's and 70's. A Wales and Great Britain international representative Front Row player, "Big Jim" as he was known, played club rugby in England with Halifax, Salford, Bradford Northern, Widnes and Workington Town and also in Australia for North Sydney. His son, David Mills also became a Front Row forward for Widnes, playing in Super League.

Mills originally played rugby union in Wales with Cardiff RFC before turning professional.

Jim Mills played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8, and scored a try in Widnes' 14-7 victory over Warrington in the 1974–75 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 10 May 1975, and played in the Front Row during the 12-3 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the 1978–79 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 5 May 1979.

After a strong display in Wales' win against England in the 1975 World Series in Brisbane, Sydney's Manly-Warringah and Canterbury-Bankstown clubs were keen to get the prop's signature.[1] Mills was banned for the rest of the season after stomping on John Greengrass's head in the 25-24 win over New Zealand at Swansea in the same tournament. The ban was eventually lifted on 2 January 1976 however Mills remained banned for life by the New Zealand Rugby League.[2][3]

Jim Mills was also one of the original thirteen former Widnes players inducted into the Widnes Hall of Fame in 1992. That year he also worked as team manager for the Welsh national team.

International honours[edit]

Jim Mills won caps for Wales while at Bradford Northern and Widnes 1969…1979 (14?)17-caps 3-tries 9-points, for Great Britain in 1974 against Australia(2 matches) and New Zealand, and in again 1978 and '79 against Australia.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clarkson, Alan (1975-06-13). "Canterbury's bid for Mills". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 13. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Mills granted the stamp of forgiveness by Kiwi Greengrass after 33 years The Daily Mail, 20 June 2008
  3. ^ Tears and handshake for league thuggery 33 years ago The Press, 29 June 2008
  4. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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