Former Arsenal and St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Miller has passed away, age 51.
Miller was a well-liked member of the Arsenal squad when the London club won the FA Cup and League Cup in 1993, as well as the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994. The goalkeeper also played for Blackburn Rovers, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion in a 15-year career, which ended at St Johnstone in the early 2000s.
Saints said in a statement: “We are very saddened to learn of the death, at only 51 years of age, of goalkeeper Alan Miller who played with the club in season 2001/2002.
“Best known for his time with Arsenal, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion, it was from Blackburn Rovers that Alan signed for Saints on loan as Billy Stark – in the early weeks of his tenure as Saints Manager – sought an experienced replacement for Alan Main who had been seriously injured in a match against Motherwell.
“Alan made his debut against Hearts in October 2001 and went on to play a further 17 Premiership fixtures plus a Scottish Cup tie before returning south. The thoughts of everyone at McDiarmid Park are with Alan’s family and friends.”
Former Arsenal teammate Ian Wright has paid tribute too, saying: “Gonna miss you Maxi. A great man. Such an important part of a special time at the club. Never once turned down any of the strikers for extra shooting practice no matter how hard you had been training in any kind of weather. Always put the team first. Rest in peace my friend.”
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