John "Johnny" Miller

John "Johnny" Miller was at senior level a one club man. Having played the junior game with Renfrew and Yoker he, a left-half, joined St. Mirren in 1925 and only left the club in 19139. In that time he marked up over three hundred and fifty appearances and five caps, two against England in 1931 and 1934. 

But he was not a Renfrewshire boy but born in Maryhill in 1903, his father a boiler-maker, as John himself would before football be apprenticed. Nor did he share in the club's greatest triumph of the era, the 1926 Cup win, not establishing himself in the first team until 1929 and instead being a part of the defeat of 1934 in the final of the same competition.  

John seems to have had all of his childhood in Maryhill, indeed at the same address so it is something of a mystery as to why he played all his football on or south of the Clyde and to the east of the city. But the facts remain that he did. And in terms of timing he was to a degree fortunate. He was thirty-five when he hung up his boots after a career that escaped disruption by the second war, stepping from on-field to off field seamlessly as assistant trainer at Love Street to David McCrae until at least 1941.  

However, from then and even in his provate life before that time much if not most remains a mystery. He died in 1981 in Stobshill Hospital in Glasgow. at the age of seventy-eight. He is buried in Cadder Cemetery in Bishopsbriggs with his wife Margaret, who lived to ninety-two, only passing in 2002, and a son, Robert. But no marriage or birth respectively of either and therefore no homes or occupations can be identified as yet. But the grave is well-kempt, which suggests living relatives. It would be good if they could could contact us at the SFHG so obvious gaps can be filled in the later life of a substantial contributor to the Paisley, indeed the Scottish games.

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