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FOLKLORE LEGENDS:

DAVID (LARRY) MILLAR

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David (Larry) Millar
David Millar (Larry as he was known) was born in Paisley and played most of his football in west and central Scotland, but it is for his achievements in a black and gold Fife jersey that he'll best be remembered for.

Larry's footballing talents were very evident from an early age. Whilst playing for Paisley Y.M.C.A., his talents attracted the attention of several local clubs. He was soon snapped up by Junior club Yoker and seven goals in five games for the Clydebank club saw him soon moving onto the professional ranks with Falkirk.

Further spells in the senior ranks followed, with Larry turning out for Albion Rovers, St. Mirren and Kings Park. It was from Kings Park that East Fife signed the skillful inside left in October 1937.

Larry made his debut on October 9th, in the 4-1 home win against Dumbarton. A week later, he scored his first goal for the Fife in the 2-0 home win against Airdrie and went on to spend two seasons at Bayview, scoring 15 goals in 52 appearances.

Included amongst these fifteen goals were five vital goals in the Fife's Scottish Cup run: one in the 5-0 second round win against Dundee United; the winner in the 2-1 third round replay win against Aberdeen; one in the 2-2 fourth round tie against Raith Rovers; the first goal in the 2-1 semi-final second replay win against St Bernards; and the fourth goal in the 4-2 Cup Final replay win against Kilmarnock.

Five vital goals, and although his stay at Bayview may not have been lengthy, his exploits during his short time here have more than earned him an ever-lasting place in East Fife folklore.