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Hall of Fame: Walter Mills

Concluding a weekly series saluting some of the most celebrated names in Cliftonville history, today delves into the Club’s Hall of Fame to salute Irish Cup winning captain Walter Mills.

Inducted to the John McCredy McAlery Hall of Fame in May 2019, Mills scored 34 goals in 430 appearances over 11 seasons at Solitude.

A key performer in the middle of the park, Mills – who first joined the Club as a teenager – featured in 42 of the team’s 47 fixtures across all competitions during the iconic 1978/79 campaign, with one of his four strikes coming from the penalty spot when the Reds saw off Coleraine in the quarter-finals of the Irish Cup.

Part of the first Cliftonville line-up to play in Europe when French giants FC Nantes Atlantique visited for a Cup Winners’ Cup clash a few months after that famous Cup victory over Portadown, none of the famous 79ers made more overall appearances than Walter, who remains a legendary figure among Reds fans of all ages.