Pablo Mills

Pablo Simeon Ishmael Mills (born 27 May 1984) is an English footballer. He predominantly plays as a midfielder or defender who plays for Mickleover Sports.

Pablo Mills
Personal information
Full name Pablo Simeon Ishmael Mills[1]
Date of birth (1984-05-27) 27 May 1984 (age 37)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Position(s) Defender / midfielder
Club information
Current team
Mickleover Sports
Youth career
1998–2002 Derby County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Derby County 57 (0)
2005–2006Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 16 (1)
2006Walsall (loan) 14 (0)
2006–2010 Rotherham United 138 (3)
2007Crawley Town (loan) 14 (1)
2010–2012 Crawley Town 53 (5)
2012–2013 Macclesfield Town 30 (3)
2013–2014 Rotherham United 10 (0)
2014–2015 Bury 39 (0)
2015Cheltenham Town (loan) 8 (0)
2015 Brackley Town 2 (1)
2016– Mickleover Sports
National team
2001 England U16 1 (0)
2002 England U18 1 (0)
2002–2003 England U19 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:03, 13 July 2015 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

Mills joined Derby County as a 14-year-old, turning professional at 18. In the early stages of his career he played at full back for Derby. Mills went on to appear in 64 first team games in league and cup for the Rams and during this time had loan spells at Milton Keynes Dons and Walsall. Whilst at MK Dons he scored twice; once in the league against Swansea City[2] and once in the Football League Trophy against Colchester United.[3] He joined Rotherham United during the summer of 2006, adding strength to the centre of defence.

Mills allegedly returned to training for the 2007–08 season three stone overweight and was loaned out to Crawley Town of the Conference National on 24 August 2007 to regain his fitness.[citation needed] His loan was extended until the end of October, and he scored one goal for Crawley mainly playing in the centre of midfield.

Mills returned to the Rotherham squad after his loan spell ended and signed a new two-year deal at Millmoor in May 2008. Mills was also appointed club captain by manager Mark Robins, for the 2008–09 campaign. In a match against Brentford on 9 March 2009, Mills was involved in a challenge with Nathan Elder which left Elder suffered a double fracture of the cheekbone and a fractured eye socket and was out for the rest of the season. Manager of Brentford Andy Scott was very unhappy with the challenge and wanted the FA to take action.[4] Mills says he was sick after the challenge and insisted there was no malice in the challenge.[5] But Mills will not be charged by the FA and has been cleared of any wrongdoing.[6]

Mills was released by Rotherham after the League Two Play-off Final defeat at Wembley in May 2010. He re-signed for Crawley on 6 July.[7] He was named Man of the Match in Crawley's FA Cup fifth round loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford, on 19 February 2011.[citation needed] He was named in the Conference Team of the Year for the 2010–11 season after Crawley won the title and were promoted to League Two.[8]

Mills was released by Crawley on 8 May 2012.[9] Mills described his release as 'amicable' and wished the club well for the future.[10] Mills was linked with his former club Rotherham United.[11]

In July 2012, Mills was linked with French Ligue 2 side Boulogne after the club invited Mills for negotiations.[12] However, Mills rejected a chance to move to France after deciding to stay in the UK for family reasons.[13] In August 2012, Mills joined conference side Macclesfield Town.[14][15]

Mills joined Rotherham United on 30 August 2013 after a successful trial with the club.[16]

On 3 January 2014, Mills signed for Bury after being released by Rotherham United.[17]

After his release by Bury, Mills signed for Conference North side Brackley Town on 4 August 2015.[18]

On 8 August 2016, Mills signed for Northern Premier League side Mickleover Sports[19]

Brawl incidentEdit

On 27 March 2012, Mills was involved in a post-match fight against Bradford City and was shown a red card along with four other players (one Crawley and three Bradford).[20] As a result, he was given a three match ban as well as being stripped of his captaincy and fined two weeks' wages.[citation needed] Both Mills and Claude Davis (one of the players involved in the fight) wrote a letter of apology and said:[21]

"May I offer my most sincere apologises for my inappropriate and unprofessional behaviour at the end of our match with Bradford City on Tuesday evening.

My actions were wholly unacceptable and inexcusable and it is something I deeply regret. I have been hurting since Tuesday when in reality I should have been proud of another great victory, I am deeply ashamed of what happened.

My behaviour at Bradford City was not only out of character but totally unacceptable. I am ashamed of my conduct and I would like to place on record my apologies to everyone at Crawley Town Football Club and especially our supporters who should never have had to watch such actions from a player at their club.

I would also like to offer my sincerest apologies to my family who watched me behave in such a way.

I accept I will be disciplined by the football club and the Football Association and I can only trust that my previous excellent disciplinary record is taken into consideration. I am proud to be a player at Crawley Town Football CLub and can assure everyone that no such offence will ever happen again."

— Mills statement[22]

International careerEdit

Mills has represented his country at youth level, winning caps for the England under 16, under-18, and under-19 teams.

Personal lifeEdit

On 7 September 2006, Mills was charged with burglary and causing criminal damage at a property in Derby on 1 July 2006. Appearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court in Derby, Mills entered no plea and was remanded on conditional bail. The case was adjourned and heard at Derby Crown Court on 30 November 2006. His club, Rotherham United gave full backing to the player.[23] The burglary charge was later dropped,[24] but Mills pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage, and was handed a community order for the offence.[25]


  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/07/2010 and 31/07/2010" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  2. ^ "MK Dons 1-3 Swansea". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 September 2005. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  3. ^ "MK Dons 1-2 Colchester". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Scott – Elder has no vision". Sky Sports. 9 March 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Mills denies Elder intent". Sky Sports. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Mills faces no FA action". Sky Sports. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Crawley Town sign ex-Rotherham midfielder Pablo Mills". BBC Sport. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Blue SQ Bet Premier 'Team of the Year'". Blue Square Bet Premier. 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on 20 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Defender Pablo Mills among six released by Crawley Town". BBC Sport. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Mills bears no grudges". Sky Sports. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Mills open to Millers return". Sky Sports. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Mills in French connection". Sky Sports. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  13. ^ "Mills opts against French move". Sky Sports. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Mills backed despite charges". BBC Sport. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  15. ^ "Silkmen Sign Pablo Mills". Macclesfield Town FC. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  16. ^ "Rotherham United bring in defender Pablo Mills". BBC Sport. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  17. ^ "Bury: Pablo Mills joins Shakers on free transfer". BBC Sport. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  18. ^ "Vastly Experienced Pair Sign for Saints". 4 August 2015.
  19. ^ "Mills Coup For Mickleover". 8 August 2016. Archived from the original on 3 April 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  20. ^ "Bradford 1–2 Crawley". BBC Sport. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  21. ^ "Crawley duo apologise for brawl". BBC Sport.
  22. ^ "Crawley Town | News | Latest from the Broadfield | Latest from the Broadfield | Mills and Davis apologise".
  23. ^ "Mills backed despite charges". Sky Sports. 7 September 2006. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  24. ^ "Millers player in knife incident". The Star. Johnston Publishing. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  25. ^ "Mills backed despite charges". The Star. Johnston Publishing. 22 December 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2013.

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