On 1st May 2008, midfielder Chris Millar joined St. Johnstone on a free transfer from Greenock Morton. Fast forward a decade and the 35-year-old is still plying his trade in Perth, and has helped the McDiarmid Park club to a First Division title, a Scottish Cup triumph, and a number of European adventures and impressive Scottish Premiership finishes.
And this year the veteran will be rewarded for his loyalty with a testimonial which officially launches today. A number of events have been organised throughout 2018, with the first taking place on Friday 20th April - a 'Pie & Pint Night' with Tam Cowan and Stuart Cosgrove.
A golf day at Auchterarder Golf Club will follow, as well as a Boxing Night and the Testimonial Dinner which will both take place later in the year. The Testimonial Match will be played in the summer as part of Saints' pre-season schedule and the opposition will be announced in the coming weeks.
MKM Building Supplies Perth will sponsor the entire testimonial year, and the firm's Business Development Manager, Mark Longden, was at McDiarmid Park for the launch.
"We're delighted to come on board by sponsoring Chris's testimonial year," Mark said. Having been with the club since its rise from the First Division to that day at Celtic Park and also into Europe several times, it's fitting he will be honoured by the club and fans.
"He wrote himself into the St. Johnstone history books when helping the team to the Scottish Cup in 2014. Having been with the club since its rise from the First Division to that day at Celtic Park and also into Europe several times, it's fitting he will be honoured by the club and fans.
"MKM is a big supporter of St. Johnstone and we're looking forward to the events throughout the year."
Matt Henderson of WTG Henderson Jewellers has been appointed as the chairman of the testimonial committee, and he was also at McDiarmid Park to mark the official launch.
Henderson was quick to thank the testimonial's main sponsor MKM, and also hopes that other local businesses may look to get involved in sponsoring the individual events being held throughout the year.
"It's great to have MKM supporting us as our main sponsor," Matt commented, "and we're grateful to Mark for coming along today for the official launch.
"Chris has been a tremendous servant to St. Johnstone Football Club and deserves a fantastic testimonial and we've been working hard to put together an exciting programme of events which I'm sure the fans will want to get involved in.
"We have a number of sponsorship opportunities available for each of our events and we'd love to hear from any businesses who want to get involved in any way."
Speaking about the Saints midfielder, Henderson added: "Chris has played a huge part in what is arguably the most successful period in St. Johnstone's history. It is great to see him being rewarded and I'm sure the fans will want to turn out in numbers for the match and each of the events to show their appreciation to him.
"Our first event of what is a busy year gets underway on April 20th and we'll be releasing more details to the supporters about the match opponents, the boxing night and Testimonial Dinner in the coming weeks."
List of confirmed events for the Chris Millar's Testimonial Year:
'Pie & Pint Night' Off the Ball LIVE with Tam Cowan and Stuart Cosgrove - Friday 20th April (Sold Out)
Testimonial Golf Day at Auchterarder Golf Club - Friday 1st June
Testimonial Boxing Dinner at Salutation Hotel - Saturday 1st September
Testimonial Sportsman's Dinner at Salutation Hotel - Saturday 3rd November
If you're interested in sponsorship or would like to find out more about any of the individual events, contact the testimonial committee via email at Chrismillartestimonial@gmail.com.
Keep up to date with all the latest information about the testimonial events via the official Chris Millar Testimonial social media channels below.
Images by Graeme Hart of Perthshire Picture Agency.
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