Retro Corner: Roar clash stirs Miller memories


A host of players have worn both Glory purple and Roar orange over the years, but few have done so with more elegance than the late Liam Miller.

So as the countdown to Sunday’s Hyundai A-League season-opener against the Queenslanders continues, we thought it was the perfect time to remember the sublimely-gifted Irish midfielder who tragically lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in February 2018.

In terms of his two seasons with Glory, he barely missed a game and played a key role in driving Ian Ferguson’s side to a maiden A-League Grand Final appearance in 2012.

Unfortunately, of course, the former Manchester United man was destined to find himself embroiled in the controversial moment that dominated that Grand Final clash with Roar at Suncorp Stadium.

Liam Miller and Billy Mehmet

But while the debate regarding whether he did or did not make any contact with Besart Berisha in the incident that led to Roar being awarded a late penalty continues to this day, what is beyond dispute is the quality that he brought to Glory’s midfield.

Blessed with a level of technical ability that enabled him to appear utterly relaxed in possession, Miller oozed class and Roar fans were able to fully appreciate his talents just over a year after the dramatic denouement of the Grand Final when he completed a surprise cross-country move.

He chalked up a further 22 appearances for the Queensland club, ahead of a final A-League stint with Melbourne City before departing these shores.

His tragic death aged just 36 shocked the whole football community, but his memory lives on with those of us who were fortunate enough to see him play and as always, we’d love to hear your stories of one of the club’s most talented servants.

So please share your Miller memories with us by joining the conversation on Facebook HERE or Twitter HERE.

Liam Miller tribute on big screen