Alan Miller (footballer)

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Alan Miller
Personal information
Full name Alan John Miller
Date of birth (1970-03-29) 29 March 1970 (age 45)
Place of birth Epping, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1984–1988 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1994 Arsenal 9 (0)
1988–1989 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 13 (0)
1991 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 3 (0)
1991–1992 Birmingham City (loan) 15 (0)
1994–1997 Middlesbrough 57 (0)
1997 Huddersfield Town (loan) 0 (0)
1997 Grimsby Town (loan) 3 (0)
1997 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 12 (0)
1997–2000 West Bromwich Albion 93 (0)
2000–2003 Blackburn Rovers 1 (0)
2000 Bristol City (loan) 4 (0)
2000 Coventry City (loan) 1 (0)
2001–2002 St. Johnstone (loan) 18 (0)
Total 229 (0)
National team
England U21 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Alan John Miller (born 29 March 1970) is an English former professional football goalkeeper.


Miller began as an apprentice at Arsenal in 1984. With them he won the FA Youth Cup in 1988, and won four caps for the England under-21 team. However, with John Lukic and then David Seaman first-team opportunities were rare; he had loan spells with Plymouth Argyle, West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City.

He finally made his Arsenal debut on 21 November 1992 as a substitute (the first ever Arsenal goalkeeper to come on as a sub) and made another seven appearances over the next two seasons. He won FA Cup and League Cup winners' medals in 1992–93 and a European Cup Winners' Cup medal in 1993–94, as an unused substitute each time.

In the summer of 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. He played only two games during his time at Ewood Park, against Sheffield United in the league and Portsmouth in the League Cup.[1] While at Blackburn he went on loan at Bristol City and Coventry City during 2000–01. His only appearance at Coventry was one to forget, as he came on as a substitute against Chelsea after Chris Kirkland was sent off. Coventry went on to lose 6–1.[2] In October 2001 he was loaned out again, this time to St. Johnstone.[3] 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 regular second-choice goalkeeper Alan Kelly.[4] Miller retired in 2003 after failing to overcome a back injury.[5]

He now lives in Holkham, manages a café in Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk and plays cricket for the Holkham Estate.[6]




  1. ^ "Alan Miller". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Chelsea hammer sorry Coventry". BBC Sport. 21 October 2000. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Miller joins St Johnstone". BBC Sport. 10 October 2001. Retrieved 11 May 2007. 
  4. ^ "Miller back at Blackburn". BBC Sport. 15 February 2002. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Miller forced to retire". BBC Sport. 7 April 2003. Retrieved 11 May 2007. 
  6. ^ Norwich Evening News, Monday Aug 10th 2015, page 26.

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