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Willie Miller
Personal information
Full name William Ferguson Miller MBE
Date of birth May 2, 1955 (1955-05-02) (age 54)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Central Defender
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1972–1990 Aberdeen 558 0(20)   
National team
1975–1989 Scotland 065 00(1)
Teams managed
1992–1995 Aberdeen

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

William Ferguson Miller, MBE (born 2 May, 1955 in Glasgow) is a former professional football player who made a club record 558 league appearances for Aberdeen. He is currently the club's Director of Football.[1] Sir Alex Ferguson described Miller as "the best penalty box defender in the world".[2]

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Playing Career

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Aberdeen

Miller signed for Aberdeen at the age of seventeen and was made captain four years later by manager Ally McLeod. His central defensive partnership with Alex McLeish was integral to Aberdeen's great success in the 1980s, as they won all the major domestic honours and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1983. He retired from playing in 1990 due to an injury picked up whilst playing for Scotland.

Honours as an Aberdeen player

Scotland

Miller won 65 international caps for Scotland and scored one goal. He was an inaugural inductee to the Scotland Football Hall of Fame.

Career Statistics

Club Season League Scot Cup Lge Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aberdeen 1972–73 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1973–74 31 0 1 0 9 0 4 0 46 0
1974–75 34 1 4 1 6 0 0 0 44 2
1975–76 36 0 2 1 6 0 0 0 44 1
1976–77 36 0 3 0 8 0 0 0 47 0
1977–78 36 2 6 0 6 0 2 0 50 2
1978–79 34 0 5 1 8 0 4 0 51 1
1979–80 31 1 5 1 8 0 2 0 46 2
1980–81 33 2 1 0 6 0 4 0 44 2
1981–82 36 0 6 0 10 0 6 0 58 0
1982–83 36 2 5 0 8 0 11 1 60 3
1983–84 34 2 7 1 9 1 10 0 60 4
1984–85 34 3 6 0 1 0 2 0 43 3
1985–86 33 1 6 1 6 0 6 1 51 3
1986–87 36 2 3 0 2 0 2 0 43 2
1987–88 42 3 6 0 5 0 4 0 57 3
1988–89 22 1 0 0 5 2 2 0 29 3
1989–90 15 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 22 0
1990–91 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 561 20 66 6 109 3 61 2 797 31

Management Career

Aberdeen FC

In February 1992, he was appointed Aberdeen manager, but despite two second-place finishes in the league and two losing cup finals, Willie was sacked in February 1995. Miller was subsequently appointed to the Aberdeen board in May 2004 and given executive responsibility for football. He played a large role in the appointment of Jimmy Calderwood as manager.

Career outside football

He has worked for the BBC as a football commentator and analyst between leaving Aberdeen as manager in 1995 and returning as Director of Football in 2004.

References

  1. ^ "Willie Miller backs Aberdeen over criticism of referee Steven Nicholls". The Times. 4 November 2009. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/scotland/article6902176.ece.  
  2. ^ Harry Reid (2005), The Final Whistle?, Birlinn, 237-8 ISBN 1-84158-362-6

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