Alan Miller, former Arsenal and Middlesbrough goalkeeper, dies at 51
Tributes have been paid from across football after it was confirmed that Alan Miller, the former Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion, Middlesbrough and Blackburn goalkeeper, has died at the age of 51.
Miller also played on loan at a series of clubs during a 15-year career that began as an apprentice at Arsenal.
Largely understudy to David Seaman and John Lukic, he made his full debut in 1992 and was part of George Graham’s squad that won the FA Cup and League Cup in 1993, as well as the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994. He then went on to appear regularly during the 1990s for Middlesbrough and West Brom.
Middlesbrough expressed their sorrow and said their thoughts were Miller’s “family and friends at this time”.
West Brom said the club were “desperately saddened” to hear of Miller’s passing.
Miller helped Middlesbrough win the old First Division to claim promotion to the Premier League in 1995, where he was voted into the PFA’s ‘Team of the Year’, and he was then part of the Blackburn squad that won the League Cup in 2002.
“Devastated to hear the news that our team mate Alan Miller has passed away,” said Lee Dixon, the former England Arsenal full-back. “He was one of life’s good guys. What a man. Heart of gold. RIP my friend.”
His former Middlesbrough team-mate Robbie Mustoe added: “Awful news. So very very sad. What a super human, a great fun-loving man. Brilliant goalkeeper for Boro and one of the big personalities in our dressing room. Thanks for years of great memories, a pleasure to have known you.”
Former Arsenal player David Hillier described Miller as a “great friend and team-mate” who had been “taken way too soon”.
Miller had been working until recently on organising events at the Norfolk estate of Holkham, including the upcoming Festival of Sport in August with rugby union World Cup winner Will Greenwood. He had been posting messages about the event on social media only last week.
Two other former Arsenal greats added their condolences in the form of Ian Wright and Miller’s fellow goalkeeper David Seaman, with both expressing their sadness at hearing the news.
“Gonna miss you Maxi. A great man,” Wright said on Twitter. “Such an important part of a special time at the club. Never once turned down any of the strikers for extra shooting practice no matter how hard you had been training in any kind of weather. Always put the team first. Rest in peace my friend.”
Seaman added: “I’m so saddened by the death of my great friend and teammate @alanmillergk such a larger than life character and always great fun to be around, will really miss you mate.”
“Absolutely gutted to hear about the death of Alan Miller,” said Greenwood. “I got to know Alan over the last couple of years and he was an unbelievably nice human being.. The big smile he greeted me with last week was wider than the Thames. Rest in Peace Alan.”