A goalkeeper and a gentleman, Alan Miller joined the Albion on loan in 1991 from Arsenal and made 3 appearances before a further loan spell at Birmingham City. He signed for Middlesbrough in 1994 who subsequently loaned him back to The Albion, he played a further dozen games in 1997 before signing for us permanently. He made a further 93 appearances before joining Blackburn Rovers in 2000.
An England under 21` goalkeeper a back injury forced his retirement in 2003. Alan made many friends whilst at The Hawthorns both on and off the field and it was a pleasure to welcome him back whenever his duties as Holkham Hall Executive Events Manager allowed. Daryl Burgess was one of his closest friends who enjoyed teaming up with him on matchdays to entertain the guests in the East Stand.
His sudden death at the age of 51 has meant the Association has lost a colleague and friend, our sincere condolences go to his partner Nerida, brother Gary, his mother and other family members and friends.
RIP Alan, taken from us far too young
Message from the family of former WBA goalkeeper Alan Miller:
Following the sudden passing of former goalkeeper Alan Miller due to a heart attack at the age of 51 on June 3, his family have issued the following message expressing their thanks to Baggies supporters for the support they have received from them and many across the West Midlands – including Blues fans where he spent a time on loan.
“While we are still coming to terms with the shock of losing Alan so suddenly two weeks ago, the love and support shown to him from Baggies and Birmingham City fans has provided us with great strength.
“Alan absolutely loved his time at The Hawthorns. After an initial loan spell when he was a youngster, then a later second loan becoming a permanent move in 1997 – this was a special time in his career when he was playing at his peak. He always felt a special connection with the Albion fans and this has been highlighted over the past few weeks.
“The famous 1-0 win over Wolves and ‘boing, boing’ t-shirt celebrations at the Birmingham Road End were something that he often reflected on as he knew it meant so much to supporters and it really was a fantastic time for him.
“He always talked about how enjoyable it was to play for Ray Harford. Alan said all the players got up every morning looking forward to going into training. The team had a very good run up the league in a bid to challenge for promotion.
“As a family we were always grateful to everyone at the club, who became like family to Alan and so many in the area for making him feel so welcome during that time.
“Alan was a very proud former Albion player and remained good friends with many of the lads like Daryl Burgess.
“While this is understandably a difficult time for the family, we would like to place on record our sincere thanks to everyone who has contacted us directly, spoken in the media or on social media so positively about Alan. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and know that Alan would have appreciated the love for him so much.”
Nerida, Val and Gary
Alan’s funeral will take place on Friday 25 June, but due to Covid, restrictions will be limited to a small number of people.