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Former Ipswich Town player Johnny Miller dies aged 65

12:11 19 February 2016

Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller

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Tributes have been paid to “jovial” former Ipswich Town player Johnny Miller, who has died aged 65.

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Miller, who was born in Ipswich, debuted in March 1969 against Coventry City, after making his way through the club’s youth system.

He died yesterday.

His family made an announcement on Miller’s Facebook page yesterday saying: “Sad news today John passed away surrounded by his family. Strong until the end, he never lost the smile from his face. We are all heartbroken.”

Miller was the club’s second black player, after Steve Stacey.

He scored four goals in his five years, making 43 appearances. His last came against Derby County in March 1974.

In October 1974 he moved to rivals Norwich City, and returned to Portman Road weeks after the move and scored either side of half time to knock his hometown club out of the League Cup.

Club archivist Pat Godbold said he was a “lovely, jovial, chappy.”

She said: “He was a bit of a joker, and very popular.

“Although he didn’t make many appearances he was still a good member of our happy family, so to speak.

“He lived so far away but I don’t think he missed many reunions.”

A spokesman for Ipswich Town said: “The club is obviously saddened to hear the news about the passing of Johnny.

“Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.

“John Wark was at the club today and was telling us what a great guy Johnny was.

“He was always full of stories and was a great character and I’m sure he will be deeply missed.”

Kevin Beattie, who was an apprentice when Miller played for Town, said: “He had this cheeky side. He would try and take the mick but we’d always get him back.

“He was such a happy guy. Don’t forget he was a very good player. He really was a star.

“His attitude was brilliant. He always gave 100% and nothing less.

“He’s going to be sadly missed.”

Following his spell at Norwich, Miller also played for Port Vale and Mansfield Town, the latter of who will be holding a minute’s silence before tomorrow’s home game against Dagenham and Redbridge, and wearing black armbands, to remember him.

8 comments

  • If I remember, his nickname was "dusty"

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    CritiqueBleu

    Monday, February 22, 2016

  • RIP Johnny Miller as a kid, lived a couple of doors from his parents in Cedarcroft Rd Ipswich.. Was truly blessed back then had David Best & Brian Talbot all lived within a short distance. Condolences to the Miller family. In another era he would of played many more times than he did for ITFC.. 8-(

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    soulboy

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Johnny Miller a true gentleman and a very talented footballer wish we could have seen more of him but there was a lot of talent in those days he would have been a regular in today's side i watched him play for the youth reserve and first team all those years ago lets hope they give him the redpect he deserved tuesday night RIP Johnny Miller

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    expatriot

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • It's a real shame about Johnny Miller a very talented footballer but unfortunately had to compete with the Robson boys as they were known a thoughly nice guy RIP Johnny Miller

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    Bacon & Egg

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Johnny Miller was a talented player who had the misfortune of competing against the super stars that came through the ranks and the other Internationals recruited by Sir Bobby. If he had his time back he could walk into the team of today. Let's hope he is given a tribute on Tuesday which is well deserved.

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    CritiqueBleu

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • He was one of the heros of my child hood. I cannot believe he only played 43 times, my thoughts go out to his family Rest in Peace

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    B-Mused

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • I remember the headlines when Johnny started playing. It went something like " First coloured player to play for England" Sadly he never did. I went to a cup game at Stamford Bridge and unless my memory is playing tricks I think Johnny was in the Town team that day. It's a sad loss and my sincere condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P.

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    whymarkmariner

    Friday, February 19, 2016

  • Such sad news Johnny Miller passing away,a school friend of mine many years ..came from a lovely family one of the first black families on Whitton estate..R.I.P Johnny.

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    scobie

    Friday, February 19, 2016

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