Colin Miller (soccer)

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Colin Miller
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Personal information
Full name Colin Fyfe Miller
Date of birth (1964-10-04) 4 October 1964 (age 49)
Place of birth Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1984 Toronto Blizzard 23 (2)
1984–1986 Rangers 2 (0)
1986–1988 Doncaster Rovers 61 (3)
1988 Hamilton Steelers 27 (?)
1988–1993 Hamilton Academical 198 (5)
1990 Hamilton Steelers (loan) 11 (?)
1994 St. Johnstone 24 (0)
1995 Heart of Midlothian 19 (1)
1995–1998 Dunfermline 61 (0)
1998 Ayr United 14 (0)
1999–2000 Hamilton Academical 9 (0)
2004–2005 Abbotsford Mariners 9 (0)
National team
1982 Canada U20 5 (0)
1983–1997 Canada[1] 61 (5)
Teams managed
1999–2000 Hamilton Academical (player-manager)
2000–2002 Canada (assistant coach)
2003–2004 Canada (interim coach)
2005–2007 Abbotsford Rangers
2007 Derby County (assistant first-team coach)
2008–2009 Victoria Highlanders
2009 Fraser Valley Cascades Women's
2009 Vancouver Whitecaps Residency (assistant coach)
2010 Vancouver Whitecaps Residency
2010–2011 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (assistant coach)
2012 Fraser Valley Cascades Men's (assistant coach)
2012– FC Edmonton
2013 Canada (interim coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Colin Fyfe Miller (born 4 October 1964 in Hamilton, Lanarkshire)[citation needed] is a Scottish-born Canadian professional football coach who captained the Canadian national team several times while earning 61 caps (scoring 5 goals) in total.[2]

Club career[edit]

Moving to Vancouver at the age of 10, Miller began his professional playing career as an 18 year old, joining the Toronto Blizzard of the NASL in 1982.[3] After playing 23 games over three seasons with the Blizzard, Miller joined Scottish giants Rangers, where he spent the 1984–85 and 1985–86 seasons, appearing in four first-team games.

Miller played in 61 games and scored three goals for Football League side Doncaster Rovers in 1986–87 and 1987–88, for Scottish Football League club Hamilton Academical 199 times over six seasons (1989–94), St. Johnstone in 12 games in 1994, Heart of Midlothian 16 games in 1994–95, Dunfermline 62 times over three seasons (1995–98), Ayr United six times in 1998, and eight times as a player-manager of Academical in 1998–99. Miller also played two summer seasons for the Hamilton Steelers in the Canadian Soccer League, playing 27 times in 1988 and 11 times in 1990.[4]

International career[edit]

Miller made his national team debut against Scotland on 19 June 1983[5] and was a squad member for Canada's only World Cup finals appearance in 1986 although he did not play.[6] He has represented Canada in 26 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[7] His final international was a November 1997 World Cup qualification match against Costa Rica, a game in which seven other national team veterans finished their international career.[8]

Managerial career[edit]

He became Canada's assistant coach in the early 2000s and interim manager in 2003–04. Miller was a youth soccer coach with the Abbotsford Soccer Association in the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, specifically the Abbotsford Rangers USL Premier Development League side, until 2007.[9] On 3 July 2007, it was announced that Colin Miller was hired as assistant first-team coach of Derby County, an English club playing the 2007-08 season in the Premier League. On 2 April 2008, Miller was introduced as the manager and Director of Soccer Operations for the Victoria Highlanders of the USL Premier Development League.[10] On 25 March 2010 and the resigns of German football coach Thomas Niendorf, was named as the new manager of the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency.[11] Miller served as Assistant Manager of Vancouver Whitecaps FC during the club's 2011 inaugural season in Major League Soccer. Vancouver released Miller from his coaching contract on 26 October 2011, due to the newly appointed manager Martin Rennie bringing in his own staff.[12] On November 27, 2012, FC Edmonton announced Colin Miller as its new manager.[13]

In January 2013, Miller was confirmed interim manager of Canada for a second time following the departure of Stephen Hart.[13] On March 14, 2013, it was announced that Tony Fonseca, technical director for the Canadian Soccer Association, as manager of the Canadian national team for the friendly matches in March 2013,[14] although Miller returned as interim head coach for a match in Edmonton on May 28.[15] The CSA announced in mid-June that Miller would continue as interim manager for Canada during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

[17]

Canada national team
Year Apps Goals
1983 2 0
1984 3 1
1985 0 0
1986 2 0
1987 0 0
1988 1 0
1989 2 0
1990 1 0
1991 3 1
1992 10 2
1993 11 1
1994 5 0
1995 5 0
1996 8 0
1997 8 0
Total 61 5

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 October 1984 Rabat, Morocco  Morocco 1–0 2–3 Friendly
2. 3 July 1991 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles  Jamaica 2–1 3–2 1991 Gold Cup
3. 25 October 1992 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador  El Salvador 1–1 1–1 1994 World Cup qualifier
4. 8 November 1992 Swangard Stadium, Burnaby  El Salvador 1–0 2–3 1994 World Cup qualifier
5. 24 March 1993 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José  Costa Rica 1–0 1–0 Friendly

Managerial record[edit]

As of January 25, 2014
Team From To Record
G W L T GF GA GD Win %
Hamilton Academical 1 July 1998[18] August 20, 1999[18] 46 8 26 12 39 83 -44 17.39
Canada September 2, 2003[19] December 31, 2003[20] 3 0 0 3 3 11 -8 00.00
Abbotsford Rangers 2005 2007 49 17 24 8 92 88 +4 34.69
Victoria Highlanders April 3, 2008[21] July 26, 2009[22] 16 6 6 4 37 25 +12 37.50
FC Edmonton November 27, 2012[13] Present 26 6 8 12 26 26 +0 23.08
Canada January 7, 2013[13] March 14, 2013[14] 2 0 1 1 0 4 -4 00.00
Canada May 16, 2013[15] July 14, 2013 4 0 3 1 0 4 -4 00.00
Total 146 37 68 41 197 241 -44 25.34

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colin Miller at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Canada - Record International Players". RSSSF, 29 February 2012. Retrieved on 16 June 2013.
  3. ^ United Press International. "Sounders 2, Blizzard 1". Sarasota Journal, 1 July 1982, p. 3B. Retrieved on 16 June 2013.
  4. ^ Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Colin Miller
  5. ^ Brown, Alan. "Scotland - International Matches 1981-1985". RSSSF, 11 October 2012. Retrieved on 16 June 2013.
  6. ^ FIFA. "1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico(TM) - Canada". Retrieved on 16 June 2013.
  7. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
  8. ^ Player profile – Canada Soccer
  9. ^ Soccer America. "From the PDL to EPL: Colin Miller". 6 July 2007. Retrieved on 16 June 2013.
  10. ^ Victoria Highlanders History [1] Retrieved on: 9 March 2009
  11. ^ 'Caps and Thomas Niendorf part ways
  12. ^ http://www.whitecapsfc.com/news/2011/10/caps-part-ways-colin-miller-and-denis-hamlett
  13. ^ a b c d Daum, Evan (January 8, 2013). "FC Edmonton manager to lead Canadian men’s team on interim basis". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Tony Fonseca ready to lead Canada in men's soccer friendlies". CBC. The Canadian Press. March 14, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Miller appointed interim Canada coach for Costa Rica friendly". May 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Miller returns as Canada MNT interim Coach for 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup". June 19, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Miller, Colin". National Football Teams. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "Colin Miller". Soccerbase. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "CSA Accepts Osieck Resignation". Canadian Soccer Association. September 2, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Yallop Named Men's World Cup Team Head Coach". Canadian Soccer Association. December 16, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Highlanders hand reins to Miller". Canada.com. April 3, 2008. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Miller Announces Resignation". Victoria Highlanders. July 26, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 

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