“The visit of neighbours Birmingham City to The Hawthorns is always a much anticipated fixture in the second city, the first meeting between the two sides going back to 1883, when the ‘Blues’ as we know them today were then known as ‘Small Heath Alliance’.
There have been many special meetings between the two old adversaries, down through the years, but Friday nights crucial Championship clash, was given a more poignant meaning with evening being dedicated to the memory of former City and Albion goal-keeper Alan Miller who passed away suddenly and tragically in June this year at the tender age of just 51..
Alan, who was of course an active member of the association was represented pitchside, by friends, family and former playing colleagues, before the game, with Darryl Burgess, Paul Raven and Bob Taylor fondly remembering their great friend.
In the Regis Suite Chaiman Ray Wilson, Secretary Geoff Snape and Treasurer Norman Westbury were joined by Ally Robertson, Jack Lovatt and Nicky Cross, with cameo visits from Chris Brunt, Tony Brown, Don Goodman and Andy Johnson.
On the other side of the Shrine, Paul Raven, Bob Taylor, Richard Sneekes and Paul Mardon were ‘on duty’ in the East stand suites both before and after the game, which was settled by the only goal of the evening. a superb strike from the edge of the box, scored by karlan Grant with just fifteen minutes of a dour ‘derby’ remaining. It was a goal fit to win any game, certainly lighting up a sad evening, as we remembered yet another of our friends twho has left us far too early
RIP Alan..Thankyou for the memories.”