February 17, 2018

Former Perth Glory and Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller dies age 36

11 February 2018, 05:16 | Marlene Fleming

Liam Miller

Liam Miller

As the final minute came to an end in a crucial match against promotion rivals Derby at the Stadium of Light 11 years ago this month, the diminutive Liam Miller rose highest to head a dramatic victor.

The father-of-three, who was four days short of his 37th birthday, also played for Celtic and Manchester United during an illustrious career, which took him to five countries and saw him represent his country on 21 occasions.

Hibernian FC said: "We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of former Hibernian midfielder Liam Miller".

Sunderland AFC are tremendously saddened at the loss of a player at so young an age and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.

Martin O'Neill was one of many figures within the game who paid tribute to Miller yesterday, the current Republic of Ireland manager having given the midfielder his chance when in charge at Celtic.

President Higgins expressed condolences to Liam's family and friends. "Our deepest condolences to his wife Clare, children, Kory, Leo and Belle, his extended family and friends at this tragic time".

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He added that those who love and support Irish sport "will keenly feel his loss". A minutes silence will be observed in all CSL games this weekend in Liam's memory. "Horrific news. Thoughts and prayers with his family at this time". "Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time", Hibernian wrote on Twitter.

The former midfielder had been battling pancreatic cancer and passed away aged just 36 on Friday evening. We all heard the news this morning.

Steven Reid said he was a "top player and a great person" while Kevin Kilbane said he was "proud to have shared a dressing room with him".

"We have received the very sad news that Liam Miller has passed away tonight".

"He was an unassuming young man off the pitch but he was a brilliant player on it".

After spells at Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City he returned to Ireland in 2015 to join Cork City.

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