Player profile

John Miller

Birthdate: 1870
Birthplace: Dumbarton, Scotland
Other clubs: Dumbarton (1888-92), The Wednesday (1893-94), Airdrieonians (1894-95)
Bought from: Dumbarton
Signed for LFC: 1892
Liverpool debut: 24.09.1892
Last appearance: 15.04.1893
Debut goal: 24.09.1892
Last goal: 15.04.1893
Contract expiry: June 1893
Win ratio: 75% W: 18 D: 2 L: 4
Games/goals ratio: 0.96
Honours: Lancashire league 1892/93
LFC league games/goals: 0 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 24 / 25

Player profile

Miller was victorious with Dumbarton in the first two seasons of the Scottish Football League from 1890-1892. Following their final game in the 1891/92 season at Abercorn, the champions for the second year running were welcomed by a sizeable crowd at the station with the D.R.V. band playing Händel's "See the conquering hero comes". After Miller left Dumbarton failed to retain their trophy, only finishing sixth in 1893. From early on it was clear that Miller was a major coup for Liverpool as Field Sports commented on: "J. Miller is an ideal centre, and no man has earned such high praise as Miller has done since he came to Liverpool. He is a most unselfish player, feeding his forwards with remarkable accuracy, and when a chance of scoring presents itself his shots are sent with a velocity that gives the goalkeeper little chance." 

Miller did turn out to be a goalscoring machine in his only season at Liverpool, scoring 25 goals in 24 games and wrote his name in the club's early history books by netting five goals in one game, a 7-0 win against Fleetwood Rangers on 3 December, a feat only four players at Liverpool have repeated. Once Liverpool entered the Second Division, Miller wanted a pay rise of £100 down and £3 per week which was a considered an "exorbitant sum" in the papers at the time especially considering every Liverpool player got a bonus for being a resounding success in their local Lancashire league. Miller joined first division's The Wednesday, which the Athletic News concluded "must be paying him a heavy sum." Miller scored seven goals in 13 games for The Wednesday before moving back to Scotland.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals03002124
1892-1893 03002124

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
2Bury
2Blackpool
2Southport
2Fairfield
2Nelson
2South Shore
2West Manchester
2Rossendale
2Fleetwood Rangers
2Heywood Central
1Higher Walton
1Newtown
1Nantwich
1Northwich Vict.
TotalCompetition
21Lancashire League
3FA Cup

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals03002225
1892-1893 03002225

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalCompetition
22Lancashire League
3FA Cup
TotalOpen play/Penalty
25Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
124.09.1892BuryAnfieldOther

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
1024.09.1892BuryAnfieldOther

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Related Quotes

J Miller is an ideal centre, and no man has earned such high praise as Miller has done since he came to Liverpool. He is a most unselfish player, feeding his forwards with remarkable accuracy, and when a chance of scoring present itself his shots are sent with a velocity that gives the goalkeeper little chance.

Field Sport on John Miller in 1892

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1892-1893 * Striker
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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