Lee Miller (footballer)

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Lee Miller
Lee Miller Aberdeen.jpg
Personal information
Full name Lee Adamson Miller[1]
Date of birth (1983-05-18) 18 May 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Lanark, Scotland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Kilmarnock
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Falkirk 61 (27)
2003–2005 Bristol City 49 (8)
2005 Heart of Midlothian (loan) 18 (8)
2005–2006 Dundee United 37 (8)
2006–2010 Aberdeen 119 (29)
2010–2011 Middlesbrough 11 (0)
2010 Notts County (loan) 6 (2)
2011 Scunthorpe United (loan) 18 (1)
2011–2014 Carlisle United 90 (28)
2014– Kilmarnock 5 (0)
National team
2005–06 Scotland B[2] 3 (2)
2007–09 Scotland 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:01, 6 December 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 February 2010

Lee Adamson Miller (born 18 May 1983) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Kilmarnock as a striker. Miller has represented Scotland three times. Miller has previously played for Falkirk, Bristol City, Hearts, Dundee United, Aberdeen, Middlesbrough, Notts County, Scunthorpe and Carlisle.

Club career[edit]

Miller began his professional career with Falkirk, who were playing in the Scottish First Division at the time. He made his debut on 29 September 2001, in a 4–2 victory against Ross County.[3] In March 2002, he was awarded the Scottish Football League Young Player of the Month award.[4] At the end of the 2002–03 season with Falkirk having won the First Division title, Miller was named as Scottish Football League Young Player of the Year.[5] In July 2003, Aberdeen had a bid for Miller turned down.[6] His agent then confirmed that he had handed in a transfer request.[7]

His form with Falkirk attracted the attention of English side Bristol City, who paid £300,000 to secure his services in July 2003.[8] Miller scored on his debut for Bristol City on 8 August 2003, as they beat Notts County 5–0.[9] However, he failed to make a major impact and scored only eight goals in 42 games during the 2003–04 season. After playing in seven games with no goals during the 2004–05 season, Miller was transfer listed with an asking price of £50,000.

Miller went on loan to Scottish Premier League side Hearts in January 2005 and stayed with the Edinburgh club until the end of the season.[10] He scored on his debut as Hearts beat Dundee United 3–2.[11] He proved to be worth the £50,000 asking price, putting in several eye-catching performances for Hearts, scoring eight goals in 18 league appearances, including the opener in a memorable 2–0 away win over Celtic at Celtic Park. His form also won him the SPL Young Player of the Month award for February 2005.[12] Hearts then attempted to secure Miller on a permanent deal, but his good form while on loan caused Bristol City to up their initial asking price.

In June 2005, Aberdeen and Hearts both had offers accepted by City, but Miller decided to join Dundee United for £225,000.[13] As he had done at both Bristol City and Hearts, Miller scored on his debut for Dundee United in a 1–1 draw against Aberdeen.[14]

At the start of the 2006–07 season, after refusing to play in a reserve match, United allowed Miller to join Aberdeen on a free transfer in August 2006.[15] Miller was the subject of a police report in April 2007 after baring his backside in front of Dundee United supporters during a 4–2 defeat.[16] Miller scored 13 goals in the 2007–08 season finishing as Aberdeen's top scorer and in May 2008, signed a two-year contract extension with the Pittodrie side. He scored his first goal of the season against Hearts at Pittodrie, and went on to score the only goal in a 1–0 win against Rangers. In March 2008, Miller was charged with driving dangerously at speeds of up to 120 mph.[17][18] In September 2009, Miller was stripped of his licence, banned from driving for a year and fined £600. He was also ordered to sit an extended driving test before being allowed to regain his licence.[19]

Miller was signed by Middlesbrough on 1 February 2010 for a fee of around £600,000.[20] His time at Middlesbrough was short-lived however, as he only made 11 first-team league appearances for the club, scoring no goals. He spent most of the 2010–11 season out on loan. Firstly on 19 November 2010, he signed for Notts County on loan until 4 January 2011.[21] On 28 January 2011, Miller joined Championship rivals Scunthorpe United in a loan deal until the end of the season.[22] At Scunthorpe his only goal was the winner in a 3–2 win over Sheffield United.[23]

Lee Miller playing for Carlisle United

On 23 August 2011, Miller signed a two-year contract with Carlisle United for an undisclosed fee.[24] He scored two goals on his debut against Leyton Orient, which gave Carlisle a 2–1 victory.[25] This was followed up with another goal in his first game at Brunton Park, a header against MK Dons.[citation needed] In January 2013 he was named Carlisle on the field captain.[26] On June 27 2013, Miller signed a new 12-month contract with Carlisle United, with the option of a further year.[27] In May 2014 Miller, along with 10 other first team players, was released by Carlisle after the club's relegation to Football League Two.[28]

Miller signed a two-year contract with Kilmarnock in July 2014.[29] He made his debut on 26 August 2014, coming on as a substitute as Kilmarnock beat Ayrshire derby rivals Ayr United 1–0 in the Scottish League Cup.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 6 December 2014[31][32]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Falkirk 2001–02 27 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 29 11
2002–03 34 16 4 0 3 2 3 1 44 19
Total 61 27 6 0 3 2 3 1 73 30
Bristol City 2003–04 42 8 2 0 3 1 1[33] 0 48 8
2004–05 7 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 10 0
Total 49 8 3 0 5 1 1 0 58 8
Heart of Midlothian (loan) 2004–05 18 8 4 3 1 0 0 0 23 11
Dundee United 2005–06 34 8 1 0 1 0 2[34] 0 38 8
2006–07 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Total 37 8 1 0 2 0 2 0 42 8
Aberdeen 2006–07 31 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 33 4
2007–08 36 12 6 0 3 1 7 0 52 13
2008–09 34 10 2 1 1 1 0 0 38 12
2009–10 18 3 1 1 1 0 2 0 22 4
Total 119 29 11 2 5 1 9 0 144 32
Middlesbrough 2009–10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2010–11 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2011–12 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
Total 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 13 0
Notts County (loan) 2011–12 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2010–11 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
Carlisle United 2011–12 33 14 2 1 0 0 1 0 36 15
2012–13 23 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 24 9
2013–14 34 5 3 3 1 0 0 0 38 8
Total 90 28 5 4 2 0 1 0 98 32
Kilmarnock 2014–15 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
Career total 414 111 32 9 20 4 16 1 482 125

International[edit]

Miller has three caps for Scotland, the first came in May 2006, during his time at Dundee United, against Japan in the 2006 Kirin Cup[35] and the others whilst with Aberdeen. He came on as a substitute against Argentina in a friendly in November 2008.[36] In September 2009, he was due to join up with the Scotland squad for the World Cup Qualifier against the Netherlands, but a hamstring injury ruled him out. He started the friendly match on 10 October against Japan in Yokohama.[37]

Honours[edit]

Club
Falkirk
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 288. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Miller, Lee (B)". fitbastats.com. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Falkirk find their form with a stirring comeback". The Scotsman. 30 September 2001. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Miller scoops up award, but fears for Falkirk". The Scotsman. 9 April 2002. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Top boss award is tied". BBC Sport. 20 May 2003. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Falkirk not selling on cheap". BBC Sport. 6 July 2003. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bairns snubbed as Miller asks to leave". The Scotsman. 11 July 2003. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Miller joins Bristol City". BBC Sport. 25 July 2003. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bristol City 5-0 Notts County". BBC Sport. 8 August 2003. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Miller makes loan move to Hearts". BBC Sport. 15 January 2005. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Hearts 3–2 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 15 January 2005. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Miller takes young player award". BBC Sport. 4 March 2005. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Dundee United clinch Miller deal". BBC Sport. 3 June 2005. 
  14. ^ "Dundee United 1-1 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. 30 July 2005. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Dons take Miller from Dundee Utd". BBC Sport. 31 August 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  16. ^ "Dons striker may face punishment". BBC Sport. 9 April 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2008. 
  17. ^ "Footballer on 120mph speed charge". BBC Sport. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2008. 
  18. ^ "Footballer set for trial over speeding charges". Edinburgh: The Scotsman. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2009. 
  19. ^ MacLarty, Leanna (24 September 2009). "Dons player stripped of licence after five-mile police chase". Press and Journal. 
  20. ^ "Aberdeen striker Lee Miller moves to Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "Miller Arrives in Time For Tranmere" Notts County FC
  22. ^ "Miller - It's a new start". Sky Sports. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Scunthorpe 3 - 2 Sheff Utd". BBC Sport. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "Carlisle United sign Middlesbrough striker Lee Miller". BBC Sport. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  25. ^ "Leyton Orient 1-2 Carlisle". BBC Sport. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  26. ^ "Lee delighted with new role". Sky Sports. 15 January 2013. 
  27. ^ "Family key to new Carlisle United deal - Lee Miller". BBC Sport. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  28. ^ http://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/news/article/retainedreleasedmay2014-1537794.aspx
  29. ^ Kilmarnock: Striker Lee Miller signs two-year deal, BBC Sport.
  30. ^ Wilson, Richard (26 August 2014). "Kilmarnock 1-0 Ayr". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  31. ^ Lee Miller career stats at Soccerbase
  32. ^ "Lee Miller profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  33. ^ 2004 Football League Second Division play-off final, wrongly listed as a League appearance on soccerbase"Bristol City 0-1 Brighton". BBC Sport. 30 May 2004. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  34. ^ Includes 1 UEFA Cup match not listed on Soccerbase"Dundee United 2-2- Mypa 47". BBC Sport. 25 August 2005. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  35. ^ "Japan 0-0 Scotland". BBC Sport. 13 May 2006. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  36. ^ Campbell, Andy (19 November 2008). "Scotland 0-1 Argentina". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  37. ^ BBC Sport (10 October 2009). "Japan 2–0 Scotland". BBC News. Retrieved 10 October 2009. 
  38. ^ BBC Sport (10 January 2009). "Dons' Miller wins December award". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 

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