Family of Alan Miller thanks football fans for their support since his death

Miller made 101 appearance for West Bromwich Albion. Credit: PA Images

The family of ex-West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Alan Miller have thanked fans for their support since his death at the age of 51.

Miller, who also had loan spells with Coventry and Birmingham City, died from a heart attack on Thursday, June 3 2021.“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," they said. “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.

The 'Boing Boing' image that became famous amongst Albion fans following a victory against rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers. Credit: PA Images

“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.

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Alan’s funeral will take place on Friday 25 June but, due to Covid, restrictions will belimited to a small number of people.