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