Time at club: 1987-1994
A very popular long-serving right-back or midfielder who was yet another bargain signing by John Rudge.
Mills was signed from York City in 1987 for £35,000. The money came from the sale of Andy Jones and proved to be a bargain.
Mills couldn’t force his way into central midfield, which already had the partnership of Walker and Earle so he was converted to a classy ball-playing right-back.
The Vale corner routine of “MBE” (Mills to Beckford to Earle) proved to be a key factor in the club’s promotion in 1989.
Mills was a capable performer at the new high level but sadly injuries were to disrupt the latter part of his Vale career.
He was released on a free transfer in 1994.
More on Simon Mills:
- Ultimate Port Vale XI: the right-back
- Simon Mills
- Vale Legends No.3 - the MBE routine
- Video vault: Grimsby 1-2 Port Vale, 1991
- Cult Hero 05: Simon Mills
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