Alan Miller: Former Arsenal, Middlesbrough and West Brom goalkeeper dies aged 51

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Former Arsenal, Middlesbrough and West Brom goalkeeper Alan Miller dies aged 51 as Lee Dixon pays tribute to ‘one of life’s good guys’ with ‘heart of gold’

  • Former Arsenal goalkeeper Alan Miller has died aged 51, confirmed
  • The shot stopper came through the Gunners’ Academy and won the Double
  • He moved to Middlesbrough in 1994 and also played for West Brom and others
  • Former Gunners teammate Lee Dixon paid tribute to ‘one of life’s good guys’

Former Arsenal, Middlesbrough and West Brom goalkeeper Alan Miller has died aged 51, it has been confirmed.

The Englishman joined the Gunners in 1984 as a schoolboy and signed with the club as a pro four years later.

Miller made his Arsenal debut as a substitute against Leeds United at Elland Road, becoming the first Gunners goalkeeper to come on as a substitute.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Alan Miller (right) has died aged 51, confirmed

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Alan Miller (right) has died aged 51, confirmed

The Englishman has played for Arsenal, Boro and West Brom (pictured) in a 15-year career

The Englishman has played for Arsenal, Boro and West Brom (pictured) in a 15-year career

The Englishman has played for Arsenal, Boro and West Brom (pictured) in a 15-year career

He played a total of five games for Arsenal and was an unused substitute, as the Gunners won the FA double and the League Cup in 1993, and the European Cup II a year later.

Miller had been loaned to Plymouth Argyle, West Brom and Birmingham City, joining Boro in August 1994 for £325,000. He won the championship with the North East side in the 1994-95 season.

The Englishman moved to West Brom for £400,000 in 1997 before joining Blackburn Rovers in 2000. Miller ended his career at Ewood Park with a back injury that forced him to retire in 2003.

Miller came through Arsenal's youth and played for the club between 1988 and 1994

Miller came through Arsenal's youth and played for the club between 1988 and 1994

The Englishman moved to Middlesbrough in 1994 for £325,000

The Englishman moved to Middlesbrough in 1994 for £325,000

Miller won the FA and League Cup double with Arsenal before moving to Middlesbrough (R)

Miller also enjoyed loan spells at Huddersfield Town, Grimsby Town, Bristol City, Coventry City and St Johnstone.

West Brom tweeted: ‘It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of former goalkeeper Alan Miller. Our thoughts are with Alan’s family and friends at this terribly sad time.’

Former Arsenal teammate Lee Dixon tweeted“Stunned to hear the news that our teammate Alan Miller has passed away.

“He was one of the good guys in life. What a man. Heart of gold. RIP my friend.’

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