Left half and left back Alforth Henry “Harry” Miller was born and raised in Lincolnshire mill town Gainsborough and joined his local side Gainsborough Trinity in the summer of 1929, quickly finding his way into the Reserves. By March 1930 he was being selected for the Trinity first team, a role he retained until his transfer to Hull City in January 1934 at the same time as fellow half back Ray Lawrance.
Miller went into Hull City’s reserves and the consistency of first XI left half Stan Denby meant that Harry stayed in the wings for several months. He was given four first team starts in September 1934 by manager Jack Hill, but appeared not to have impressed as he was replaced by Tom Helsby and made no further first team appearances before his free transfer in April 1935.
In May 1935 Miller signed for Division Three North side Barrow, the town he settled in for several years. He started four league matches for Barrow during the next seven months then transferred to Division Three North side Tranmere Rovers in February 1936. Harry started six games for Tranmere during the rest of the 1935/36 season then was a regular starter for the first half of the 1936/37 season, scoring his only senior goal in a September 1936 defeat to Chester. Miller dropped out of the Tranmere first team in January 1937 and made just one more appearance for the club before joining Birmingham League side Shrewsbury Town in June 1937. A year later Harry switched to Irish League side Linfield, but within five months he had returned to England and signed for Workington. A season in the North Eastern League with Workington was followed by a transfer to Southern League side Hereford United in August 1939. Within weeks the Football League ground to a halt due to the outbreak of World War 2, which drew a close to Miller’s career.
At the start of World War Two Miller was living in Barrow as lodger in a work colleague’s home and was working as a sheet metal worker at the Armstrong Vickers shipyard. Later in life he moved to Taunton in Somerset where he died in April 1987.
Date/Place of Birth: 27 September 1910, Gainsborough
Hull City First Game: 17 September 1934, West Ham United H (Division Two), 23 years, 355 days old
Hull City Final Game: 6 October 1934, Fulham A (Division Two), 24 years, 9 days old
Gainsborough Trinity (1929-1934), Hull City (1934-1935), Barrow (1935-1936), Tranmere Rovers (1936-1937), Shrewsbury Town (1937-1938), Linfield (1928), Workington (1938-1939), Hereford United (1939)
Hull City Record
Career: 4 apps, 0 goalsHarry Miller