Former Arsenal, Middlesbrough and West Brom goalkeeper Alan Miller has tragically passed away at the age of 51.

Miller began his career with the Gunners having joined as a schoolboy in 1984 and won the FA Youth Cup four years later.

He graduated from the youth ranks to sign professional terms and was involved as an unused substitute in the squad which won the League Cup and FA Cup in 1993, followed by the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994.

His former colleague at Highbury, Lee Dixon, wrote on Twitter : “Devastated to hear the news that our team mate Alan Miller has passed away.

“He was one of life’s good guys. What a man. Heart of gold. RIP my friend.”

Another former Gunner, David Hillier, wrote: “RIP Alan Miller, my great friend and teammate, taken way too soon, see you again someday for a beer.”

Having already been capped by England under-21s, Miller went on to win a First Division winners’ medal with Middlesbrough and stayed at the Teeside club for three years.

He then moved on to West Brom permanently after a second loan spell at the Hawthorns where he enjoyed his best run of games between the sticks in his career.

Millar (R) celebrates with teammate Alan Smith following Arsenal's semi-final win over PSG in '94
Millar (R) celebrates with teammate Alan Smith following Arsenal’s semi-final win over PSG in ’94Image: Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images

West Brom paid their condolences on social media, tweeting: “We are desperately saddened to learn of the passing of former goalkeeper Alan Miller. Our thoughts are with Alan’s family and friends at this terribly sad time.”

Plymouth also paid tribute, writing: “The club is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Pilgrim Alan Miller. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

He later joined Blackburn in 2000 before subsequent loans at Bristol City, Coventry and St Johnstone before retiring in 2003 due to a back injury.

Ex-Middlesbrough forward Jan-Aage Fjortoft wrote: “I have just been told that my former teammate at @Boro, Alan Miller, has passed away.

“Alan was one of the “good guys“. I will remember his smile and his ability to make good atmosphere wherever he was. RIP.”

Ex-Boro midfielder Robbie Mustoe said: “Awful news, my teammate Alan Millar passed away today. So very very sad.

“What a super human, a great fun-loving man. Brilliant GK for Boro & one of the big personalities in our dressing room.

“Thanks for years of great memories, a pleasure to have known you. RIP Al.”

  • Top Feature Photo: Former Arsenal goalkeeper Alan Millar has sadly passed away aged 51Image: PA