Tributes flood in as former Bristol City goalkeeper dies aged 51

Tributes have been paid to professional English footballer and former Bristol City player Alan John Miller who has died aged 51.

The sportsman, from Epping in Essex, passed away yesterday (June 3, 2021) . He played for Bristol City near the end of his 18-year career before retiring.

The Mirror reports that the 6’4 goalkeeper was part of Arsenal’s League Cup and FA Cup winning squad of 1992/1993 before spells at West Brom, Middlesbrough, Birmingham and St Johnstone, among others.

He began his career with the Gunners having joined as a schoolboy in 1984 and won the FA Youth Cup four years later.

After this, he graduated from the youth ranks to sign professional terms and was involved as an unused substitute in the squad which won the League Cup and FA Cup in 1993, followed by the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994.

In summer 1994, wanting first team football, Miller moved to Middlesbrough for £500,000, winning a First Division winners’ medal in his first season.

In 1997, he signed for West Bromwich Albion in a £400,000 deal, before moving on to Blackburn Rovers in 2000.

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He played only two games during his time at Ewood Park, against Sheffield United in the league and Portsmouth in the League Cup.

While at Blackburn, he went on loan to Bristol City and Coventry City during 2000 – 2001.

In October 2001, he was loaned out again, this time to St Johnstone.

He was recalled from his loan spell at St Johnstone to take his place on the bench as Blackburn won the 2002 Football League Cup Final, providing back-up to Brad Friedel, because of injury to the regular second-choice goalkeeper Alan Kelly.

Miller retired in 2003 after failing to overcome a back injury.

In his later life Miller lived in Holkham, Norfolk and played cricket for the Holkham Estate.

Tributes have flooded in after news of his death on June 3, 2021.

His former colleague at Highbury, Lee Dixon, wrote on Twitter : “Devastated to hear the news that our team mate Alan Miller has passed away.

“He was one of life’s good guys. What a man. Heart of gold. RIP my friend.”

Goal’s Arsenal correspondent, Charles Watts paid his tributes saying: “Awful news about Alan Miller. So sad, 51 is just no age. RIP.”

Plymouth Argyle FC said: “The club is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Pilgrim Alan Miller. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Footballer at Watford FC, Ben Foster said: “Alan Miller, I didn’t know him, but was always told he was a a brilliant goalkeeper and a baggies legend.

“More importantly tho, he was apparently a top class human being. And that’s more important than anything in my book. RIP Alan Miller.”

Former Arsenal midfielder David Hillier said: “RIP Alan Miller, my great friend and teammate, taken way too soon, see you again someday for a beer.”

Michael Thomas, also on Miller’s Arsenal team said: “So sadden to hear off my ex teammate’s passing Alan Miller. He was a big and loveable character in our dressing room. A shy Essex boy! Not.”

His former Middlesbrough FC teammate, Jan Aage Fjortoft said: “I have just been told that my former teammate at @Boro, Alan Miller, has passed away. Alan was one of the “good guys”.

“I will remember his smile and his ability to make good atmosphere wherever he was. RIP”

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