It’s a rare occasion when a centre half forward wins a fairest and best medal in any league, and when it happens you can rest assured that it was an outstanding player who won it.Perth’s Ian Miller fitted that category.Miller capped off a great 1972 season by winning selection in the All Australian side.A strongly built player, whose athleticism and kicking were features of his game, Miller excelled in the difficult key forward position over seven seasons, being a key factor in their 1968 premiership win over East Perth, as well as playing in the losing grand final against South Fremantle two years later. Transferring to Fitzroy in 1974, he changed his game and became a midfield star for them. Playing the ruck roving role to perfection, he accumulated eighty games with the Roys before returning to the WANFL, but to the chagrin of the Demons, not in the red and black colours, but donning the Royal Blue of East Perth.If the Perth Football Club were displeased with their former Sandover Medallist, they would have been ropable when Miller put in a Simpson Medal winning display that season to help East Perth snatch a two point cliffhanger over Perth in the 1978 grand final.Ian Miller retired from league football as a player two years later, after notching 64 games with the Royals. Together with his 132 games with Perth and eighty at Fitzroy, as well as fifteen for Western Australia, Miller’s career spanned 219 matches.Miller came back to the fold at the Demons, and was non playing coach for the seasons 1982 to 1984. He was named in Perth’s official “Team of the Century” in 1999.With the arrival of the West Coast Eagles, Ian Miller was snapped up by the AFL club, and has been a long serving official in various roles with them over a long period.
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