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Mike Milligan (footballer)

Personal information
Full nameMichael Milligan
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing positionMidfielder (retired)

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Michael Milligan (born 20 February 1967 in Manchester) is a former English footballer of Irish descent.

He left school in 1983 and signed for Oldham Athletic, establishing himself as a regular midfielder in the later part of the 1980s and helping them reach the FA Cup semi-final and Football League Cup final (which they lost to Nottingham Forest) in the 1989-90. After the end of the season, he signed for Everton in a £1million deal, but the move was not a success and after just one season at Goodison Park, Joe Royle bought him back to Oldham, who had just returned to the top flight after a 68-year exile.

Milligan resumed his key role in the Oldham side that survived three seasons in the top flight (Premier League from 1992), helping them reach another FA Cup semi final in 1994, before leaving to join Norwich City after Oldham's relegation from the Premiership. He remained at Carrow Road until 2000, when he signed for Blackpool. At Bloomfield Road, he helped Steve McMahon's side win the Division Three playoffs and survive in Division Two before finally retiring in the summer of 2002, aged 35, after a career spanning 19 years. At Blackpool he scored once, in a 6-0 win over Scunthorpe United.

He played once for the Republic of Ireland in 1992, once for the Republic of Ireland U21 and twice for the Republic of Ireland B.

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