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Ralph Milne RIP

Former Addicks winger Ralph Milne has died, aged 54. Milne passed away after suffering with liver problems. 

Milne was signed by Lennie Lawrence in 1987 from Dundee United, where he helped them win the league title and still to this day holds the Dundee United record as their top European goalscorer. At Charlton though he was mostly remembered as a comical figure whilst we played at Selhurst Park in the top flight. Overweight and known to like a pint, he played just 22 times and made little impression before being moved on to Bristol City, who were in the 3rd Division at the time.

To make Milne’s time at Charlton even more bizarre was the Scotsman’s next move was to Old Trafford, signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for £150,000. Scoffed at by Addicks, Milne then obviously scored against us the following season when United beat us 3-0 at Old Trafford. 

Milne played 23 games for United but by the time he left he was known to have a drinking problem, fuelled  no doubt by the drinking culture at United at that time.

Milne’s last professional appearance was on loan at West Ham before he had even reached his 30th birthday. The Scotsman had admitted to drinking and gambling problems during and after his career and his manager at Dundee United Jim McLean said “he had tremendous talent – and I failed with him. He did not have the right attitude to the game and I could not instil that into him.”

A sad story. RIP. 

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