May 27th 1984
Mills had joined Derby County as a 14 year old and graduated to make his first team debut under John Gregory’s management in 2002.
Primarily a defender, his versatility over the years has seen him play both midfield and striker too.
He stayed at Derby until the summer of 2006, having played 64 games in the Derby colours, as well as loans at Milton Keynes and Walsall, scoring his first league goal during the MK stay.
League Two Rotherham was his next stop, spending four years with them. For a while he was team captain, making 138 appearances and scoring three goals. He had another loan spell during that time, playing 14 games for Crawley Town in 2007.
He played for Rotherham in the 2010 League Two play-off final, but was then released and joined Crawley on a full time basis.
Two years at Crawley saw him make 53 appearances and score five goals, before moving to Macclesfield Town for a season.
The following year he returned to Rotherham, for a short stay before joining Bury for the 2014/15 season. After 39 games for the Shakers, plus a loan at Cheltenham, he made a couple of appearances for Conference North side Brackley Town, before beginning his long association at Mickleover from 2016.
He coached the 2020/2021 Academy to both the Regional and National titles, and repeated the feat with a National Final win over West Ham Utd last season.
He has brought forward a number of Academy players into the first team squad, where he also coaches.
Still registered on the playing staff too, he made a number of appearances last season in both the first team and reserves.
January 16th 1981
Mickleover assistant manager Ricky Ravenhill has been at the Don Amott Arena for almost five years. He started as a youth player at Barnsley in 1998, but got his break when he joined then Conference side Doncaster Rovers in 2002.
His forceful midfield role played a part in Doncaster’s play-off win in 2003, which took them back into the Football League, only to celebrate a double promotion success as Division 3 Champions a year later.
He had five season with Doncaster, making 159 appearances and scoring 10 goals, before a loan spell at Chester preceded a permanent move to Grimsby for the 2006/7 season. They lost out in the League 2 play-off final and after a change in management, Ravenhill had another loan at Darlington, which after 15 games and a goal was made permanent.
His stay at League 2 Darlington lasted a couple of seasons, making another 84 appearances with five goals.
The next stop was with Notts County, joining in the summer of 2009, he was League 2 title winner. But in his second year it was considerably tougher in League 1, although the Magpies avoided relegation, another loan spell beckoned at Bradford City.
He had made 97 appearances at Meadow Lane and hit three goals, before his move to Bradford City became permanent again in 2012. They were League Cup runners up and League two play-off winners by the end of the season.
But 68 games and two goals under his belt and the next stop was Northampton Town. An initial loan again became permanent, before a brief spell in the League with Mansfield Town in 2015.
He then played moved into the Northern Premier League with Buxton, before joining Mickleover in September 2018.
As well as his managerial duties, was still registered as a player until the end of last season, and occasionally played in the clubs reserve side.
March 27th 1980
As a young 16 year old McGrath was a star of Irish youth side Belvedere, who won the FAI Youth Cup, Leinster Youth Cup and Under 18 Premier League.
The success brought him to the attention of Premiership club Aston Villa, who he joined in 1999.
He made three Premiership starts against Liverpool, Chelsea and Bradford City before going out on loan to Conference side Dagenham & Redbridge in November 2002. 31 games and two goals were accumulated as he saw out the rest of the season, before joining newly returned to the Football League, Doncaster Rovers.
As part of the squad that won the squad that won the Third Division title, he made 14 appearances.
A loan spell at League 2 Shrewsbury then preceded a permanent move to fellow League 2 club Kidderminster Harriers. It was only a short stay and after 19 games he was released and returned to Ireland to see out the season with Limerick in the League of Ireland First Division.
He scored against Athlone Town but returned to England in 2006 with Conference South club Weymouth Town. His 13 games and 3 goals helped the club take the league title, but McGrath was on the move again to Conference National’s Tamworth.
It was a one season stay with five goals in his 48 games, before his long association with Burton Albion began.
He was player of the year in his first season as a Brewers player and won the Conference Premier title in the second. Continuing as a regular first choice in midfield, he totalled 247 appearances and scored 20 goals as Burton became established Football League members.
After six years at Burton he had a short loan spell at York City and then joined Alfreton Town for 2013/14. He had one season there before joining Mickleover as a player initially, taking over the reins a year later in 2016 to remain as player/manager. This is his ninth season at the Don Amott Arena.
He is still registered as a player and has still been on the bench for the first team and often turns out for the reserves when available.
He also gained International honours with the Republic of Ireland Under 21’s, making five appearances.