James (Jimmie) Miller

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The death of an ex-Berwick Rangers’ goalkeeper, James (Jimmie) Miller, who died on March 5, aged 93 years, was announced this week.

Jimmie played in goal when the team played in the old C Division when Berwick had some of the best players in their history on their books including Raymond Hogg, from Lowick, who went on to play for Aston Villa, and Danny Stott from Eyemouth.

Jimmie originally played for Eyemouth United and was asked to go for a trial at Lincoln City on the 2nd September 1939. Unfortunately, he never got because he was also a territorial soldier and was mobilised on the 1st September. War was declared two days later so his chance of professional football disappeared.

Jimmie served as a major in the Parachute Regiment throughout the war and later became a teacher and head teacher in Edinburgh.

He is survived by his wife Helen and daughters Elaine and Anne.