Recently Linfieldfc.com announced that the club’s board of directors had decided to award Life membership to former player Billy Millen.
The award was one way of marking the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Linfield v Manchester City European Cup Winners cup tie in which Billy Millen’s two goals helped Linfield win 2-1 on that never to be forgotten September 30, 1970 night, although City progressed to the next round on the away goals rule, as a result of their 1-0 first leg win a fortnight earlier.
Plans to hold a 50th anniversary reunion event next month had to be unfortunately cancelled, as a result of government restrictions arising from the corona virus pandemic.
Billy Millen has been resident in Sydney, Australia for several years and in his understandable absence, his Life members ticket was received today on his behalf by his son Billy Millen Junior.
Making the presentation in the Linfield office club chairman Roy McGivern stated “I’m delighted to be able to make this award to Billy via his son. It’s a richly deserved, prestigious honour which has proven very popular with our supporters, since we made the announcement recently. Billy achieved legendary status with the goals that defeated a star studded Manchester City who were holders of the European Cup winners cup at the time. It’s a game that has gone down in folklore and is undoubtedly one of the greatest results in this club’s proud history.
We are all disappointed that the planned 50th anniversary event isn’t able to proceed as we’d hoped but it’s appropriate that we honour one of the heroes of that night in this manner today to mark the upcoming special 50th anniversary.”
Accepting the award on behalf of his father, Billy Millen junior expressed his delight. “My father is very proud, flattered and honoured to receive this very special award from the club. I’m delighted to be here to accept it on his behalf. It’s lovely recognition for what my father and all his team mates did almost exactly 50 years ago in beating such a famous team in European competition. I want to thank the Linfield board of directors for bestowing this very special award on my father. It means a lot to me, my dad and the rest of the family.”
Also in attendance as the presentation took place were Billy’s brother in law and another Linfield Life member George Dunlop, as well as two former team mates of Billy - Billy Sinclair and another Life member in Eric Bowyer.
Several images of the presentation follow below.