Alan Miller dies aged 51 as tributes paid to ex-Arsenal star who made history

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Former Arsenal,West Brom and Middlesbrough goalkeeper Alan Miller has passed away at the age of 51.

Miller began his career with the Gunners in 1984, starting off as a schoolboy and winning the FA Youth Cup in 1988.

He turned professional in the same year but found first-team opportunities at Highbury few and far between.

The Epping-born stopper made his Arsenal debut in 1992, becoming the first ever Gunners goalkeeper to come on as a substitute.

He was an unused sub in the squad which completed a League Cup and FA Cup double in 1993 and won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994.

After leaving north London in the same year, Miller joined Middlesbrough and won the First Division in his first season at Ayresome Park.

Miller later joined West Brom and Blackburn and had loan spells with numerous other clubs, including Bristol City and Coventry City.

Tributes poured in for the popular goalkeeper after news of his sad passing broke late on Thursday evening.

His former team-mate, Lee Dixon, wrote on Twitter: “Devastated to hear the news that our team mate Alan Miller has passed away. He was one of life’s good guys. What a man. Heart of gold. RIP my friend.”

David Seaman wrote: “I’m so saddened by the death of my great friend and teammate @alanmillergk such a larger than life character and always great fun to be around, will really miss you mate.”

Ian Wright also paid tribute to his former colleague: “Gonna miss you Maxi. A great man. Such an important part of a special time at the club.

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    “Always put the team first. Rest in peace my friend.”

    Many of Miller’s former clubs, including Arsenal, West Brom and Middlesbrough also posted messages on social media expressing their condolences.

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