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Stephen Milne (born 8 March 1980) is a professional footballer for the St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).
Milne was recruited to the St Kilda Football Club from the Essendon reserves and placed on St Kildas Rookie List after playing for the Dandenong Stingrays and Noble Park in the late 1990s. Milne holds a record of 11 goals playing for Noble Park against Kwinana in 1996.
Milne was elevated to St Kilda's primary list from the club's rookie list prior to the start of the 2001 season. He played his first official AFL game in 2001 against Port Adelaide in Round 4.
He was St Kilda's leading goalkicker in 2002, kicking 50 goals from 21 matches in the 2002 AFL Premiership Season.
Milne played in St Kilda’s 2004 Wizard Home Loans Cup winning side, the club's second pre-season cup win.
In the 2005 AFL Premiership Season, Milne again kicked 50 goals or more in a season. In the final round of the 2005 season, against the Brisbane Lions, he had 15 kicks and kicked a personal best 11 goals in the Saints 139 point win. He finished with 61 goals from 24 matches for the season.
Milne played in St Kilda’s 2008 National Australia Bank Cup winning side, the club's third pre-season cup win. Milne kicked three of St Kildas nine goals in the Final.
In 2008, during a game against Fremantle at Subiaco, he kicked three goals after a head clash. He was driven back from Perth with St Kilda medical staff to avoid the risk of further damage and arrived in Melbourne on the Thursday following the game. Despite this he was named to play in the game on the following Sunday which was Robert Harvey's tribute game against Adelaide. He kicked two goals in a 20 possession game.
In the 2008 AFL Premiership Season, Milne again kicked 50 goals or more in a season. He finished with 60 goals from 24 matches.
Under coach Ross Lyon, he has continued to develop his forward defensive skills and setting up play in addition to his ability to score goals. Milne kicked his 400th career goal on 4 June 2010, in Round 11 against Richmond, scoring five goals for the game.
Mine played his 200th game the following week on 13 June 2010, in Round 12 against Fremantle, scoring four goals for the game.
He received three Goal Of The Year nominations in 2010 in Rounds 5, 11 and 12.
St Kilda Football Club qualified for the 2010 AFL finals series in third position and won through to the 2010 Grand Final after wins over Geelong in the qualifying finals and Western Bulldogs in the preliminary finals.
Milne played in the 2010 AFL Grand Final in which he kicked two of St Kilda 10 goals for the game against Collingwood, which ended in a draw, 10. 8. (68) to 9. 14. (68). Milne was also unlucky in the final two minutes of the last quarter were the ball bounced away from him, 10 metres out from goal, for a point to tie the game.
He was St Kilda's leading goalkicker in 2010 with 55 goals for the season prior to the 2010 AFL Grand Final Replay.
In St Kilda's Round 21 home game against the Magpies, Milne became the first player in the history of the league to kick 300 goals at Docklands Stadium. He overtook the previous record of 299 set by former Essendon player Matthew Lloyd. Milne kicked the record-breaking goal in the final quarter. He has also played the most games of any current AFL player at the venue, with 124 (as of 10 September 2011). He is currently fifth on St Kilda's list of leading goalkickers in the club's history.
Milne kicked his 500th career goal against the Melbourne Demons in Round 5, becoming the 50th player to kick 500 goals in the history of the VFL/AFL.