Tommy Miller

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Tommy Miller
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Personal information
Full name Thomas William Miller
Date of birth (1979-01-08) 8 January 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Shotton Colliery, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bury
Number 8
Youth career
0000–1994 Ipswich Town
1994–1997 Hartlepool United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Hartlepool United 137 (35)
2001–2005 Ipswich Town 117 (29)
2005–2007 Sunderland 33 (3)
2006 Preston North End (loan) 7 (0)
2007–2009 Ipswich Town 69 (10)
2009–2011 Sheffield Wednesday 54 (10)
2011–2012 Huddersfield Town 26 (1)
2012–2013 Swindon Town 34 (1)
2013– Bury 18 (0)
Teams managed
2013 Swindon Town (joint-caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:46, 21 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas William "Tommy" Miller (born 8 January 1979 in Shotton Colliery) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for League Two side Bury.

He has previously played for Hartlepool United, Ipswich Town, Sunderland, Preston North End, Ipswich Town, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and Swindon Town.

Playing career[edit]

Hartlepool United[edit]

Born in County Durham, Tommy was in the Ipswich Town youth system as a youngster but was released at 15 and went onto join Hartlepool United, where he signed his first professional deal. After 162 appearances and 44 goals in the old Division Three, he attracted the interest of several clubs and so left the club in 2001. Before joining Ipswich Town, Miller was close joining Norweigian side Brann in order to play in the Champions League Campaign on a three-month loan deal.[1] However, Miller move to Brann was unlikely because FA rules state a player can only join a team outside of Britain for a minimum of three months.[2]

Ipswich Town[edit]

He was signed back to Ipswich in 12 July 2001 by manager George Burley for £750,000. In his first season at Ipswich Town, Miller only made 8 appearance and his side was 18th place which resulted relegation to the Football League Championship. On 1 November 2001, Miller made his European cup debut in the UEFA Cup against Swedish side Helsingborgs in a 3–1 win. On 25 November 2001, Miller made his league debut for the club in 0–0 draw against Middlesbrough after coming on as a substitute on a 75 minutes for Sixto Peralta. The following season, the club did play in the UEFA Cup again due to UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking where Miller was involved in the First Round against Smederevo and won 2–1 on aggregate.

He then spent 4 years at Ipswich, scoring 15 goals in 39 appearances in the 2004–05 season and helping them to an unsuccessful Championship play-off appearance. After his last season, Ipswich Town offered Miller a new contract on a two years, only for him to rejected as his contract was set to expire which attracted interests from Premier League and Championship clubs.[3]

Sunderland[edit]

He moved to Sunderland in June 2005 on a two-year contract,[4] beating Scottish Giant Celtic and Leeds United who were chasing after him.[5] On 13 August 2005, Miller made his debut for the club in a 3–1 loss against Charlton Athletic. On 25 September 2005, Miller scored his first goal in the Premier League and for Sunderland in a 2–0 win over Middlesbrough, giving their first win in the Premier League since 2002.[6] The next game on 1 October 2005, Miller scored his second goal in a 1–1 draw against West Ham United. It took 7 months for Miller to score in a 2–1 loss against Portsmouth on 22 April 2006. However he struggled as they returned to the Championship after just one season, finishing bottom with a record low of 15 points. In his first season, Miller played 38 game in the Premier League and played in the midfield position.

He started the first three games of the season under new manager Niall Quinn, but after the appointment of Roy Keane he found himself sidelined and in the pecking order which led him being loaned to Preston North End.[7] On 28 November 2006, Miller made his debut for the club in a 1–1 draw against Coventry City. On 30 December 2006, Miller played against his parents club in a 1–0 win despite being on loan. On 10 March 2007, Miller made his last appearance for club in a 2–0 win over Barnsley. He was released at the end of the 2006–07 season as Sunderland was promoted to the Premier League again after one season at the Championship.[8]

Return to Ipswich Town[edit]

After being released, Miller was linked to Championship sides Stoke, Coventry and Sheffield Wednesday, League One sides Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, and also SPL side Hearts.[citation needed] Also interested was Romanian side Steaua București who want to sign him with reports claiming that he could discuss a move.[9] However, Miller snub moving to Steaua București in order to stay in England.[10]

On 19 July 2007 Miller started his third spell with Ipswich Town, signing a two-year contract with the Championship club.[11] Ipswich Town were linked signing him last November 2006 on loan but opted to join Preston.[12] On 11 August 2007, Miller re-debut for the club in a 4–1 win over Sheffield Wednesday. At the start of the 07/08 season Miller failed to score many goals but towards the end of the season he scored 3 in the last 6 and finished his goal tally for the season on 6.

Miller was released by Ipswich on 8 May 2009 along with 7 players.[13][14]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Upon completing the signing of Miller for Sheffield Wednesday[15] manager Brian Laws commented, "I have made it clear that we need to add experience to our squad and Tommy certainly fits the bill. He also has the ability to go with that experience and a massive drive to succeed. I am delighted to welcome him to the club". Miller signed a two-year contract.[16] Previously in December 2001, Sheffield Wednesday made an approach for Miller but rejected by Ispwich Town as Manager Joe Royle wanted to keep Miller.[17] On 15 August 2009, Miller made his debut for the club in a 1–1 draw against Peterborough United. He scored his first goal in a 2–2 draw at Deepdale against Preston North End.[18] Later on the season, Brian Laws left the club after being sacked and went on to take up a Burnley in the Premier League and was succeeded by Alan Irvine. Also, Sheffield Wednesday was relegated on the final game of the season after drawing 2–2 with Crystal Palace.

At the beginning of the 2010–11 season, Miller changed his squad number from 6 to 8. Miller began a goalscoring form with 9. He was named PFA Fans' Player of the Month in League One for October 2010, pipping teammate Nicky Weaver to the award.[19]

On 10 May 2011, Sheffield Wednesday released Miller from his contract. After his release, Miller hit back on Irvine successor Gary Megson for forcing him out of the club and claims that Megson made Miller a promise for a new contract but Megson changed his mind.[20]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Miller signed a one-year deal with Huddersfield Town on 7 July.[21] Before joining Huddersfield Town, Miller was linked to join Conference National side Gateshead.[22] He made his Terriers debut as a substitute in the 1–1 draw against Bury at the Galpharm Stadium on 6 August 2011.

He scored his first goal for the Terriers in their 2–2 draw against Bradfordok City at the Galpharm on 11 October 2011, which he would later miss a penalty in the shootout. His first league goal came in their 2–2 draw against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park on 25 October 2011.

He left the club in June 2012, after not being offered a new contract by the manager, Simon Grayson.

Swindon Town[edit]

On 21 June 2012 Miller was announced as Swindon Town and Manager Paolo Di Canio's latest signing. Miller joined the club on a free transfer penning a one-year deal. He adds significant experience to the squad and joined former Terriers teammate Gary Roberts who signed a few days earlier at The County Ground. .[23] Among the clubs interested in signing Miller, was his former club Hartlepool United and had talks with him since his release.[24] He scored his first goal for Swindon on 21 August 2012 against Crawley Town at the County Ground

On 20 February, following the departure of Paolo Di Canio, Swindon announced that along with Darren Ward, Miller would be taking temporary charge of the squad for the game against Preston on 23 February.

Bury[edit]

On 19 August 2013 Miller joined Bury, with Kevin Blackwell saying “Tommy brings a wealth of experience that is needed at this level. He is excellent on the ball and is one of the key players I have been trying to bring to the Club. He had offers at higher levels but he was very impressed with the new set up here at Gigg Lane. He will be a great asset to the Club.”[25]

International recognition[edit]

Miller's first nationality is English, however he is eligible to play for Scotland (although he has yet to be capped by either nation). After his good form in 2004–05 he was noticed by Scotland manager Berti Vogts. But it never happened due to injury. This led Miller hint that he hope get a Scottish call up.[26] Miller was named in a friendly squad to face Wales but missed out due to an ankle injury.

Personal life[edit]

On 4 June 2005, Tommy Miller married his long-time girlfriend.[citation needed]

Club statistics[edit]

Career
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Hartlepool United 1997–98 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Hartlepool United 1998–99 34 4 2 1 2 0 3 2 41 7
Hartlepool United 1999-00 46 14 2 0 2 1 2 1 52 16
Hartlepool United 2000–01 46 16 1 0 2 2 5 2 54 20
Ipswich Town 2001–02 8 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 13 0
Ipswich Town 2002–03 30 6 1 1 2 1 4 2 37 10
Ipswich Town 2003–04 34 10 2 1 1 0 2 0 39 11
Ipswich Town 2004–05 45 13 1 1 2 1 2 0 50 15
Sunderland 2005–06 30 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 31 3
Sunderland 2006–07 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Preston North End (Loan) 2006–07 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Ipswich Town 2007–08 37 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 38 5
Ipswich Town 2008–09 32 5 2 0 3 1 0 0 37 6
Sheffield Wednesday 2009–10 20 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 22 1
Sheffield Wednesday 2010–11 34 9 3 2 1 0 3 0 41 11
Huddersfield Town 2011–12 26 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 29 1
Swindon Town 2012–13 34 1 0 0 4 0 1 0 39 1
Total 479 89 18 6 26 6 31 8 546 109
  • Note: Play-Off appearances are included within the 'Other' column.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MILLER SET FOR SHOCK BRANN SWITCH?". Sky Sports. 14 June 2001. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "MILLER BRANN MOVE UNLIKELY". Sky Sports. 15 June 2001. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Miller set for Black Cats". Sky Sports. 16 June 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Miller time for Black Cats". Sky Sports. 22 June 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Celtic join Miller race". Sky Sports. 5 June 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Black Cats end winless streak". Sky Sports. 25 September 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "North End land Miller". Sky Sports. 14 November 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Keane lets Cunningham & Miller go". BBC Sport. 18 May 2007. 
  9. ^ "Steaua option for Miller". Sky Sports. 25 June 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Miller snubs Steaua interest". Sky Sports. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Miller clinches return to Ipswich". BBC Sport. 19 July 2007. 
  12. ^ "Miller expected Ipswich move". Sky Sports. 16 November 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  13. ^ http://www.clubfanzine.com/ipswich_town/v2.showNews.php?id=19547
  14. ^ "Seven players released by Ipswich". BBC Sport. 8 May 2009. 
  15. ^ "Wednesday sign Miller and Purse". BBC Sport. 18 May 2009. 
  16. ^ "Miller time for Owls". Sheffield Wednesday official website swfc.co.uk. 21 May 2009. 
  17. ^ "Owls fail with Miller bid". Sky Sports. 4 December 2001. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "Preston 2–2 Sheff Wed". BBC. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2010. 
  19. ^ "ESPN PFA Fans’ Player of the Month: League One (Oct '10)". ESPN. 20 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  20. ^ "Miller slams Owls boss Megson". Sky Sports. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  21. ^ "TOWN SIGN MILLER ON FREE TRANSFER". htafc.com. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  22. ^ "Gateshead offer contract to midfielder Tommy Miller". BBC Sport. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "Paolo Di Canio behind Swindon Town move – Tommy Miller". BBC Sport. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  24. ^ "Hartlepool Miss Out As Tommy Miller Joins Swindon". Hartlepool Vital. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  25. ^ "Miller is now a Shaker!". Bury F.C. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  26. ^ "Miller hopes for recall". Sky Sports. 23 June 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 

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