In memory of: 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 winner.

It was one of the most memorable moments of the Championship-winning season under Roy Keane.

So sadly, Liam Miller passed away on Friday night at the age of just 36.

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November, Liam becomes the second player of the Stadium of Light era to die, after Marton Fulop.

A Republic of Ireland international, Miller began his career with Celtic followed by Manchester United.

A talented, mobile midfielder, Miller was one of the six signatures Roy Keane secured on the last night of his first transfer window.

Liam scored on his second appearance against Leeds who he had previously had a loan spell with. In his early career Miller had also gained experience in Denmark where he was loaned to Aarhus.

He went on to play 60 times for Sunderland, scoring three times and invariably being a quality player, who while quiet and reserved in public, was always enormously popular in the dressing room.

Liam later played for QPR and Hibernian before going to Australia where he represented Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City.

The softly spoken Cork-man returned to play in his home city before completing his well-travelled career in the USA with Wilmington Hammerheads.

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.

He will always have a special place in the memories of Sunderland supporters and his role in the 2006-07 season was a significant one, with that last-minute header against Derby being an indelible image of Liam’s time as one of the Lads.

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