Player profile

Tom Miller

Tom Miller

Birthdate: 30 June 1890
Birthplace: Motherwell, Scotland
Date of death: 3 September 1958
Other clubs: Larkhall Hearts (1905-06), Glenview (1906-07), Lanark United (1907-08), Third Lanark (1908-11), Hamilton Academical (1911-12); Hamilton Academical (2 / 1914-15), Royal Albert (1915-16) - wartime loans, Manchester United (1920-21), Hearts (1921-22), Torquay United (1922-23), Hamilton Academical (3 / 1923-26), Royal Albert (2 / loan 1924), Raith Rovers (1926-27)
Bought from: Hamilton Academical
Signed for LFC: £400, 15.02.1912
International debut: 10.04.1920 vs. England
International caps: 3/2 (1/2 as a LFC player) - 09.04.1921
Liverpool debut: 17.02.1912
Last appearance: 06.09.1920
Debut goal: 02.03.1912
Last goal: 01.09.1920
Contract expiry: 23.09.1920
Win ratio: 43.15% W:63 D:36 L:47
Games/goals ratio: 2.61
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 3 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 127 / 50
Total LFC games/goals: 146 / 56

Player profile

Miller was an inside-forward who had played for several Scottish clubs before signing for Liverpool in February 1912 He quickly established himself and helped the club reach their first FA Cup final in 1914, in a season he scored 20 goals in 40 games. All the good deeds he did at Liverpool are though overshadowed by the fact that Miller along with three Liverpool players; Thomas Fairfoul, Bob Pursell and Jackie Sheldon and three United players was found guilty of fixing a game between Liverpool and Manchester United on Good Friday 1915. For his service to his country in the war Miller's life ban from the game was lifted and he was still a Liverpool player after League football resumed. Miller scored 13 goals in 25 games in the 1919/20 season as Liverpool finished fourth. He was described as having "a rare burst of speed and a good shot and knows how to hustle the defenders" and that he was "a rare stamp of forward, intelligent, quick on his toes and skilful in passing and finishing."

Miller started the following season well by scoring three goals in his first two games, but funnily enough, considering the Good Friday scandal, moved to Manchester United in September 1920. Miller scored eight goals in 27 appearances in his only season at United before moving to his native Scotland in July 1921 to play for Hearts who signed him for a club-record fee. The 31-year-old was however past his best and was offloaded to Southern league's Torquay United in the 1922/23 season.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 127 19 0 0 0 146
1911-1912 8 0 0 0 0 8
1912-1913 30 4 0 0 0 34
1913-1914 32 8 0 0 0 40
1914-1915 33 2 0 0 0 35
1919-1920 20 5 0 0 0 25
1920-1921 4 0 0 0 0 4

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
9 Sheffield United
9 Manchester City
9 WBA
9 Sheffield Wednesday
8 Manchester United
8 Newcastle United
7 Sunderland
7 Bolton Wanderers
7 Tottenham
7 Notts County
6 Aston Villa
6 Middlesbrough
5 Everton
5 Blackburn Rovers
5 Oldham Athletic
5 Bradford City
5 Burnley
4 Arsenal
4 Chelsea
3 Derby
2 Preston North End
2 West Ham United
2 Barnsley
2 Bradford Park Avenue
2 Gateshead
1 Gillingham
1 Birmingham City
1 Stockport County
1 QPR
1 Bristol City
1 Huddersfield Town
1 Bury
1 Luton Town
Total Competition
127 League
19 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 50 6 0 0 0 56
1911-1912 1 0 0 0 0 1
1912-1913 8 0 0 0 0 8
1913-1914 16 4 0 0 0 20
1914-1915 11 0 0 0 0 11
1919-1920 11 2 0 0 0 13
1920-1921 3 0 0 0 0 3

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Competition
50 League
6 FA Cup
Total Open play/Penalty
56 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 17.02.1912 The Wednesday Anfield League
50 18.10.1913 Chelsea Stamford Bridge League
100 16.01.1915 Sunderland Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 8 02.03.1912 Middlesbrough Anfield League
50 62 21.02.1920 Birmingham Anfield FA Cup

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Larkhall Hearts 1905-1906 Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Glenview 1906-1907 Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lanark United 1907-1908 Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Third Lanark 1908-1911 Scotland Division 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hamilton Academical 1910-1911 Scotland Division 1 5 1 5 1
Hamilton Academical 1911-1912 Scotland Division 1 22 8 22 8
Manchester United 1920-1921 England First Division 25 7 27 8
Hearts 1921-1922 Scotland Division 1 27 7 27 7
Torquay United 1922-1923 Southern League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hamilton Academical 1923-1924 Scotland Division 1 31 2 31 2
Royal Albert 1923-1924 Scotland Division 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hamilton Academical 1924-1925 Scotland Division 1 29 7 29 7
Hamilton Academical 1925-1926 Scotland Division 1 27 6 27 6
Hamilton Academical 1926-1927 Scotland Division 1 12 3 12 3
Raith Rovers 1926-1927 Scotland Division 2 0 0 0 0
Total 178 41 180 42
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