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David Cecil Mills

 
 
 

Ex Clifton College and Clifton RFC player David Cecil Mills plays for Cambridge in the 1958 Varsity match. He also played for Cornwall and went on to play for Harlequins. Born 23rd April 1937 at Cambourne, Cornwall. He joined as a playing member of Clifton Rugby Club on the 27th August 1956.

Above programme cover and team sheet for the Varsity match played on the 9th December 1958. Cambridge won 17-6 with Mills scoring a try.

Standing(L-R): D.C.Mills, D.R.J.Bird, V.S.J.Harding, D.G.Perry, J.J.Rainforth, M.R.Wade. Seated: H.J.Davies, K.R.F.Bearne, S.R.Smith, G.Windsor Lewis (Captain), D.A.MacSweeney, K.J.F.Scotland, P.R.Mills. On Ground: G.H.Waddell, M.T.Weston.

The Cambridge XV from the 1958 Varsity match which included ex Clifton RFC player David Mills. Cambridge won 17-6. David Perry in the above picture was also another Clifton College student and went on to captain England in 1965.

Programme cover and team sheet from the 1958 County Championship semi-final with ex Clifton RFC player David Mills.

Back Row (L-R): E.V.Barnes (Referee, Middlesex Society), D.C.Mills (Harlequins), W.J.Phillips (Redruth), Alvin Williams(Penzance-Newlyn) , C.R.Johns (Redruth), G.Harris (Cambourne), A.F.Mitchell (Redruth), K.Abrahams (Redruth), L.R.James (Touch Judge, CRORS). Seated: G.G.Luke (Penzance-Newlyn), R.W.Hosen (Penryn), V.G.Roberts (Penryn and Harlequins), J.F.Richards (President), H.Stevens (Captain) (Redruth), J.M.Jenkin (Penzance-Newlyn), J.Morgan (Falmouth). On Ground: P.J.B.Mitchell (Penzance-Newlyn), H.G.Paul (Penzance-Newlyn).

Above the Cornwall side that lost the County Championship final to Warwickshire 16-8 at Coundon Road, Coventry on the 8th March 1958. Standing 2nd left ex Clifton RFC player D.Mills.

Above a line-out from the Warwickshire v Cornwall final of 1958.

Above programme from the April 7th 1958 Cardiff v Harlequins match with ex Clifton players John Currie and David Mills.

Above the Cornwall side that lost the County Championship semi-final 11-14 to Surrey in 1960 with ex Clifton RFC player David Mills (On Ground, front right).

Above programme cover and team sheet of the County Championship semi-final Cornwall v Surrey in 1960 with ex Clifton RFC player David Mills. This match was watched by 18,000 people.

David Mills went on to play 9 times for Cornwall from 1957-60, they were

Versus Where Date Won/Lost Score Tries/Goals
v Gloucestershire Cambourne Oct 12th 1957 W 15-6 2DG,3T-2PG
v Somerset Taunton Oct 26th 1957 W 6-3 2PG-1PG
v Devon Redruth Nov 9th 1957 L 6-11 2PG-1G,1PG,1DG
v Hertfordshire (QF) Croxley Green Jan 11th 1958 W 11-0 1G,2T-0
v Lancashire (SF) Redruth Feb 15th 1958 W 14-8 1G,2PG,1T-1G,1T
v Warwickshire (F) Coventry Mar 8th 1958 L 8-16 1G,1PG-2G,1PG,1T
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v Surrey (SF) Twickenham Jan 30th 1960 L 11-14 1G,1DG,1T-1G,3PG

He played cricket for Gloucestershire

FIRST-CLASS (1958 - 1960) David Cecil Mills

 

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Runs

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100

50

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2

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19

17

9.50

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1

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Balls

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W

Ave

BBI

5

10

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Econ

Bowling

48

4

25

0

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3.12

In 1957 and 1962 he played for Gloucestershire Second XI.

Above programme cover and teamsheet from the Clifton v Milan match played on 21st September 1961 with David Mills

Above left fixture list from the back of the Clifton v Milan programme. Above right Milan Pendant.

Above ticket for the Clifton v Milan match played on 21st September 1961.

Above the Clifton and Milan sides lineup before the match. David Mills at front, 4th right.

He inventented a non-slip plastic in his mothers garage in 1964 which is now used by the disabled.

In the 1978 Clifton College Register he is listed as living at 3 Duchess Road, Clifton, Bristol.

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Above 3 Duchess Road, Clifton, Bristol.

He spent his last years at St Marys Convent and Nursing Home in Chiswick, West London.

He died on 16th March 2013. His funeral service took place at Mintlyn Crematorium, Kings Lynn. A Thanksgiving Service was held afterwards at Swaffham Methodist Church.