Danny Mills on PEDs, Injections & the Final That Changed His Life

As a youth, Danny Mills went to Norwich City games at Carrow Road, standing on milk crates just to get a view of the pitch. Little more than a decade later he was representing his boyhood club as an 18-year-old in the First Division (now known as the Championship).

Danny Mills

Over the next 13 seasons, Mills would amass 375 appearances for club and country and became a fixture at right-back in the famous Leeds teams of the early 2000’s. This led to an England call-up, culminating in him playing every single minute in England’s 2002 World Cup quarterfinal run. His career was cut short by recurring knee injuries. Now, Mills is a successful investor.

In our interview with Danny Mills he discusses:

  • The struggles he had making it to the Premier League
  • His battle with Roberto Carlos in the 2002 World Cup quarterfinal
  • The 2001 Leeds team that reached the Champions League semi-final
  • PEDs and painkilling injections in football


“I just look at them and said, ‘right, this is me versus Roberto Carlos’. That is my job.”
Josh Schneider Weiler

Host of the This Football Life podcast. Was once called the Messi of robe collecting. Migrated from the Mecca of Basketball (New York) to the Mecca of Football (London).