William (Willie) Miller  former pupil


 Willie Miller, footballer was born 2nd May 1955 in Glasgow and was in the same class as the webmaster's sister. Willie's brother and sister also attended our school. He played centre forward for our school team and then John Street School team, gaining Scottish caps at schoolboy level.

He played for Eastercraigs boys club before joining Aberdeen Football Club as a sixteen year old in 1971. Signed as a striker but he developed into a world class sweeper.
Appointed club captain in 1975, a strong, hard tackling defender who led from the back. In some quarters he was recognised as the best penalty box defender in the world. With Aberdeen he was honoured by his country and gained 65 Scottish caps. He has an appearance record of 556 league games, a feat that will probably never be surpassed. 

His Playing Record
65 caps for Scotland making his international debut 1st June 1975, aged 20.
Played 65, Won 24, Drawn 22, Lost 19, scored 1 goal 
( but what a goal!! )

Aberdeen winning the European Cup Winners Cup

556 appearances from 1971 - 1990
Club captain 1975 -1990
European Cup Winners Champions in 1983, beating Real Madrid 2-1
European Super Cup 1983
Scottish Player of the year 1984
Scottish league winners 1979-80, 1983-84, 1984-85
Scottish Cup 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990
Scottish League Cup 1976-77, 1985-86, 1989-90
Scottish Drybrough Cup 1980


Willie retired due to injury in 1990 and was appointed manager of Aberdeen FC from 1992-1995  and now works in the Scottish media as well as having business interests in Aberdeen.
He will be remembered for his role as Aberdeen's captain courageous under the managership of Alex Ferguson and this Bridgeton boy will go down in history as one of the greatest players to play for Aberdeen FC.


As I said Willie was in the same class as my sister, Linda McArthur in the year below me at John Street School. During that time we had a fantastic football team with Willie playing centre forward terrorising the opposition. I think the team was run by teacher Dan Wright at that time and our school was blessed with some wonderful players. I can't remember all their names but the goalkeeper and at least three others went on to senior clubs."

 See Willie's Dalmarnock School Class Photographs 1963 & 1965



Any more "old Brigtonians" out there with photographs / memories relevant to our website?



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