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 Post subject: Sad News
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:48 am 

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Liam Miller

The former Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Miller has died aged 36 from pancreatic cancer.

Miller, who played for Celtic, Manchester United, Sunderland and Hibernian during a senior career spanning 16 years from 2000, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November 2017.

Miller began his career at Celtic and made 26 appearances for Martin O’Neill’s side before joining Manchester United in 2004. After struggling for regular first-team football he moved two years later to Sunderland, for whom he played 57 times in three years before a two-year stint at Hibernian.

He later played in Australia for Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City before returning to Ireland to play for his hometown club Cork City in 2015.

He also played 21 times for the Republic of Ireland, scoring once.

His former Sunderland team-mate Danny Higginbotham tweeted: “RIP Liam Miller. Devastating news. Great player but more importantly fantastic person. So sad. Thoughts with his family.”

The head of Australia’s A-League, Greg O’Rourke, said many people involved with the competition are feeling the loss of the highly regarded Miller.

“There has been an outpouring of emotion and respect from clubs, players, and fans following the tragic loss of Liam Miller,” said O’Rourke. “That underlines the esteem in which Liam was and will always be held.”

“There will be a moment of silence before tonight’s match between Melbourne City FC, one of Liam’s former clubs, and Sydney FC, while Brisbane Roar’s Westfield W-League side will wear black armbands tomorrow.

“Our thoughts go out to those closest to Liam – his wife, children, family and friends.”

There will also be a moment of silence held in honour of Miller prior to Sunday’s Westfield W-League semi-final between Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City at Perry Park in Queensland.

Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC)

Everyone at #CelticFC is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former midfielder Liam Miller. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.


 Post subject: Re: Sad News
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:37 am 

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Liam was a good friend and an even better team-mate

Sunderland captain John O’Shea has paid tribute to Liam Miller, who passed away last week at the age of just 36.

O’Shea and Miller played together for Ireland and were also team-mates at Manchester United.

Miller, who leaves a wife and three young children, came through the international youth ranks with the Black Cats skipper.

The midfielder would go on to have a successful playing career, including a fondly-remembered spell with Sunderland between August 2006 and September 2009.

He scored a crucial late winner against Derby County 11 years ago this month as Roy Keane’s side marched towards the Championship title.

Speaking in his column in this Saturday’s matchday programme, O’Shea said: “Liam was a good friend and an even better team-mate.

“He and I first met when we were in the Irish under-15s and played through all the youth levels together, including winning the European Championships as under-16s.

“Before I chose to go to Manchester United, I almost joined Liam at Celtic. I was very close to going there. Liam and Jim Goodwin were there – two lads I’d played with in the Irish team – and the fact we’d got on so well was one of the reasons I was seriously thinking about joining.

“Liam later joined me at Manchester United and we had a fantastic time there. He was well liked at all his clubs – including Sunderland, where he played a key part in getting the club back into the Premier League.

“Liam’s ability on the ball was there for everyone to see. His timing of runs and passing was quality and he had a good knack for getting goals too. The big thing, though, was his personality. Maybe people thought he was quiet. Believe me – Liam was far from it. If there was mischief going on, he was never far away.

“It’s so sad that Liam has left us so soon. The amount of people at his funeral speaks volumes about him as a person. He had so many more things to look forward to in life. He had started to coach and had a beautiful family to be a part of and watch grow, and now that has been taken away.”

 Post subject: Re: Sad News
PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:50 pm 
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RIP Liam. Far too young to go. :(

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