Linfield FC mourns the sad passing of the legendary Linfield forward Billy Millen at his home in Sydney, Australia.
Billy had been seriously ill for some time but he fought a brave battle until the end.
Billy famously scored 2 goals to help Linfield defeat Manchester City 2-1 in a European Cup Winners Cup 1st round 2nd leg tie at Windsor Park on September 30, 1970.
The result was arguably one of the greatest in Linfield’s history with the then cup holders only progressing to the next round courtesy of the away goals rule.
The 50th anniversary of the momentous occasion was recently marked by the club and indeed at the start of this year when the club announced plans for a grand 50th anniversary reunion event, Billy fully intended returning home as special guest of honour.
Alas, his illness struck and then restrictions resulting from the pandemic forced the cancellation of the eagerly anticipated event.
Recently, this club marked the anniversary by presenting Billy’s son Billy Junior with the award of Life membership of this club on behalf of his father in recognition of his major contribution to one of the greatest nights of this club’s proud history.
Billy became one of the immortals of this club when he and his team mates defeated a star studded Manchester City team and the respect he was held in was shown recently when one of the stars of the English giants Mike Summerbee forwarded a goodwill Video message to Billy during his time in hospital.
Further tributes will be forthcoming on this website later today.
Billy’s sister Kay is married to legendary Linfield goalkeeper George Dunlop and the deepest sympathy and most sincere condolences of everyone at the club are extended to the entire family circle at this very sad time.
Audaces Fortuna Juvat