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Charlie Miller

Charles David Copeland "Charlie" Miller (born March 18, 1976 in Glasgow) is a Scottish football player who currently plays for Australian A-League club, Queensland Roar FC.

Club career

Miller started his career with Rangers and showed he was talented enough to make an impression in the 9-in-a-row team under Walter Smith. However, a lifestyle of parties and an unhealthy diet followed, and Miller's career appeared to be on the downhill. He was loaned to Leicester City towards the end of the 1998-99 season before joining Watford for £450,000 in October 1999. Watford were relegated in their first English Premier League season with Miller unable to make an impact, making only 15 league appearances. He played one more League Cup game for the Hornets in the 2000-01 before moving to Dundee United on a free transfer. Miller enjoyed a successful spell at United, becoming a firm favourite with the fans. However, in May 2004, a contract dispute saw Miller leave the club to join ex-Dundee United player Robbie Winters at Norwegian club SK Brann.

In Brann, Miller became one of the supporters' favourite players, due to his technique and passes. Despite this, he was in and out of the team, according to manager Mons Ivar Mjelde because of defensive considerations. In 2006, he started off as one of the league's top players, but gradually received some attention off the pitch, apparently provoked by lack of confidence from the manager. He made it clear that he was unhappy as a right midfielder, the position he had played in most of the season, and eventually that he wanted to leave the club. Miller also criticised Mjelde's unusually close ties to his rival for the attacking central midfield spot, Martin Andresen. Miller refused to participate in the silver medal ceremony after the game against Ham-Kam on October 29. Since then, he was ignored by the coach, and only played the last minute of Brann's Royal League match against Rosenborg on December 7, 2006, in which he contributed to a winning goal. During his time at Brann he went on trial at English Championship side Cardiff City but was not offered a full deal. In early January 2007, Miller began training with Scottish First Division club St. Johnstone to top up his fitness during the Norwegian league's winter break. His contract with SK Brann was terminated after an agreement on 31 January. On February 9, he signed a contract at the Belgian team Lierse S.K.

On 20 April, 2007, he scored his first goals for Lierse against Germinal Beerschot in their fight to stay in the first division. On June 27, he signed a three-year contract with Lierse SK but was released less than a year later.

Queensland Roar

On the July 31, 2008, Miller officially signed a two year deal with Australian A-League club, Queensland Roar.

He has been by far Queensland's best import in the club's history impressing with his strong passing and finishing. He has been the supporting striker the Roar had missed in previous seasons; which had resulted in a poor return from the clubs strikers. On September 14 2008 against Perth Glory, Miller broke the A-League scoring record for the best start to a season by scoring four goals in the Roar's opening four fixtures of the 2008/09 season.

Honours

Rangers

Brann

Individual

Trivia

  • When David Beckham scored his famous goal from the midfield against Wimbledon in August 17 1996, he did so in shoes custom-made for Charlie Miller ("MILLER" emboidered on boots), which had been given to Beckham by mistake.

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