Ben Foster pays heartfelt tribute as ex-West Brom goalkeeper Alan Miller dies
Former West Brom goalkeeper Alan Miller has sadly passed away aged 51.
The Baggies announced the death of the former England youth international on their official Twitter account yesterday, and encomiums have been pouring in.
We are desperately saddened to learn of the passing of former goalkeeper Alan Miller.
Our thoughts are with Alan's family and friends at this terribly sad time. pic.twitter.com/mz40gAIG3w
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) June 3, 2021
Miller first joined West Brom on loan in 1991 from Arsenal, returning for another temporary spell in 1997 before signing permanently.
He spent three years at the Hawthorns, leaving in 2000 for Blackburn Rovers. Miller was forced to retire in 2003 after failing to overcome a back injury.
Classy message from Foster
Ben Foster spent seven seasons with us and kept us up in the top-flight before leaving for Watford in the summer of 2018.
The Baggies Supporters’ Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season in 2011-12 and 2013-14 established himself as a hero at the club, and he knows one when he sees one.
Foster took to his personal Twitter account to react thus after learning of Miller’s demise, and the message is as classy as they come.
“Alan Miller, I didn’t know him, but was always told he was a brilliant goalkeeper and a Baggies legend. More importantly though, he was apparently a top class human being. And that’s more important than anything in my book. RIP Alan Miller,” said Foster.
Alan Miller, I didn’t know him, but was always told he was a a brilliant goalkeeper and a baggies legend. More importantly tho, he was apparently a top class human being. And that’s more important than anything in my book. RIP Alan Miller. 🧤 @WBA
— Ben Foster (@BenFoster) June 3, 2021
Miller made the Championship PFA Team of the Year in 1997-98 while at West Brom, and also featured for Middlesbrough during a 15-year career, helping them win the old First Division to claim promotion to the Premier League in 1995.
While at Arsenal, the former Baggies star won the FA Cup and League Cup double in 1993 under George Graham as well as the 1994 European Cup Winners Cup.
Some of his former teammates have also taken to social media to send their condolences, and our thoughts are with Alan’s family and his friends.
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😢❤️ https://t.co/XwyRKvJqmY
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) June 4, 2021
A great roommate, teammate and friend. Rest in Peace Maxi ❤️ pic.twitter.com/5f5T1fJbty
— Alan Smith (@9smudge) June 4, 2021
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 @Arsenal
— Lee Dixon 💙 (@LeeDixon2) June 3, 2021
I have just been told that my former teammate at @Boro , Alan Miller, has passed away.
Alan was one of the „good guys“. I will remember his smile and his ability to make good atmosphere wherever he was.
— Jan Aage Fjortoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 (@JanAageFjortoft) June 3, 2021
Awful news, my teammate Alan Miller passed away today. So very very sad. What a super human, a great fun-loving man. Brilliant GK for Boro & one of the big personalities in our dressing room. Thanks for years of great memories, a pleasure to have known you. RIP Al. 💔
— Robbie Mustoe (@robbiemustoe) June 3, 2021
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