Willie Miller

Willie-Miller1955 –

Football Player; Although born and raised in Glasgow Willie Miller is more famously associated with the city of Aberdeen. Miller started off playing as a striker and even had a short spell as a goalkeeper before finding his best position in the centre of defence. He made his debut with Aberdeen on 28 April 1973 and became captain of the club in 1975. His outstanding performances brought widespread interest but Willie remained loyal to Aberdeen.

A composed and consistent defender Miller was a natural leader on the field and he went on to win 65 caps for Scotland often partnering Alex McLeish, his Aberdeen team mate, in the centre of the Scotland defence. Miller was Alex Ferguson’s general on the football field and his organisation of the players around him was as important to the Aberdeen cause as his well timed tackles and accurate distribution of the ball. With Aberdeen Miller won the Scottish Premier Division three times, the Scottish Cup four times, and the Scottish League Cup once.

His greatest achievement was to captain Aberdeen to victory in the final of the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Super Cup in 1984. Willie went into football management and media work on retiring as a player. At the date of induction he is currently Director of Football with Aberdeen.