Born in Motherwell, George started his playing career with Glasgow-based Junior side Bridgeton Waverley. He moved north to Aberdeen eventually signing part-time forms for the Dons in the summer of 1950. An electrician by day, McMillan made his solitary first-team appearance the following January in a 1-1 home draw with St Mirren before a work accident saw him side-lined, leading to his eventual release in May 1952.
Wrexham manager Peter Jackson persuaded the outside-left to move to the Racecourse and McMillan quickly established himself in the Reds’ reserve side during the opening months of the 1952-53 season. With Wrexham riding high in the Division Three (North) table, he found first team opportunities limited due to the form of the legendary Billy Tunnicliffe and the emergence of a young Gordon Richards.
Once again McMillan had to be content with just the one senior start – a 1-0 defeat at Gateshead – although he did net four times in a 7-5 win at Hyde United in the Cheshire County League in February 1953. He returned home that summer and had spells with Brechin City, Montrose and Newport County before hanging up his playing boots and taking a coaching role with Scottish Highland League side Huntly.
Upon relocating to Australia with his wife Wendy, McMillan continued his coaching career with Adelaide side Juventus leading them to two State Championship titles. Further success followed at Campbelltown City before he moved into the local media hosting his own football radio show, often interviewing stars of the British game such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Davie Cooper and Pat Nevin.
Having lived in Australia for the majority of his working life, the death of his wife in 2011 saw George return to the UK. He spent the last years of his life living with his son in Peterborough, battling the gradual onset of dementia.
October 25th, 1952
Gateshead AFC 1 - 0 Wrexham
League (Division Three North)