Players - John Miller

John Miller
Birthdate: 1870
Birthplace: Dumbarton, Scotland
Other clubs: Dumbarton (1888-92), The Wednesday (1893-94), Airdrieonians (1894), Bathgate (1894)
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
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 0 3 0 0 21 24
1892-1893 0 3 0 0 21 24
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
2 Bury
2 Blackpool
2 Southport
2 Fairfield
2 Nelson
2 South Shore
2 West Manchester
2 Rossendale
2 Fleetwood Rangers
2 Heywood Central
1 Higher Walton
1 Newtown
1 Nantwich
1 Northwich Vict.
Total Competition
21 Lancashire League
3 FA Cup
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 0 3 0 0 22 25
1892-1893 0 3 0 0 22 25
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Competition
22 Lancashire League
3 FA Cup
Total Open play/Penalty
25 Open play
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 24.09.1892 Bury Anfield Other
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 0 24.09.1892 Bury Anfield Other
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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

Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Dumbarton 1888-1892 Scotland 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sheffield Wednesday 1893-1894 England First Division 13 7 13 7
Batgate 1894-1895 Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Airdrieonians 1894-1895 Scotland 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 13 7 13 7