Family of late goalkeeper Alan Miller thank Albion fans for their support

The family of Alan Miller has thanked Albion’s fans for their love and support following the goalkeeper’s shock death at the age of 51.

Alan Miller
Alan Miller

Miller suffered a heart attack and died on June 3 with his passing prompting a flurry of tributes from Baggies supporters as well as his former team mates.

Miller enjoyed two loan spells at The Hawthorns before joining the club permanently from Arsenal in 1997.

And he became a cult hero when he famously lifted his shirt to reveal a ‘boing boing’ t-shirt during a 1-0 win over rivals Wolves.

In a statement released by the Miller family, they praised the love and support of Albion fans since the tragic news of Alan’s death was announced.

They also thanked Birmingham fans for their support – with Miller having also had a loan stint at St Andrew’s.

The statement – written by Miller’s mum Val, partner Nerida and brother Gary – read: “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.”

Alan’s funeral will take place on Friday.

But due to Covid restrictions it will be limited to a small number of people.

Alongside Albion, Arsenal and Blues, Miller also had spells with Middlesbrough, Coventry and St Johnstone.

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