The Football Hall of Fame WA is saddened to learn of the passing of former Azzurri striker George McMillan. A State team representative, McMillan passed away earlier this week in Melbourne, aged 70.
Born in Scotland in 1952, George arrived in Perth in 1974 and quickly made his mark with Azzurri by collecting the First Division Golden Boot in 1975 and 1976, the latter shared with Len Dundo. In three-year spell with Azzurri he helped the club to two First Division titles, two Top Four Cups and one Night Series trophy.
During that same period George represented Western Australia on 19 occasions. He bagged the deciding goal in the State team’s historic 1975 2-1 defeat of Glasgow Rangers and chimed in with some classy finishes in the successful Marah Halim Cup campaign of 1976.
George’s knack for finding the back of the net resulted in a mid-1977 loan move to Victoria State League side Essendon Lions, where he contributed six goals in 14 appearances. Soon after Preston Makedonia swooped to sign the Scotsman from Azzurri for $5,000.
In his first three seasons with Preston, George scored 39 goals in 64 appearances. He represented Victoria in a 2-1 1978 win over Dundee and was instrumental in Preston’s first top-flight Championship in 1980, which earnt the club promotion to the National Soccer League the following year.
George was an ever-present across five national league seasons, making 124 appearances with outings in the 1985 NSL Cup and Dockerty Cup finals. In 1984 he collected Preston’s player of the season award. George saw out his playing days with Thomastown, where he played 81 times between 1986 and 1989.
In 2004, George was recognised as one of the 100 best players to have represented Western Australia between 1902 and 2002 when named in ‘A Century of Champions’ by the Hall of Fame committee.