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'The legacy he leaves behind is a proud one' - Denis Irwin offers a fitting tribute to the late Liam Miller

Denis Irwin (inset) has paid tribute to Liam Miller
Denis Irwin (inset) has paid tribute to Liam Miller
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Former Manchester United defender Denis Irwin has claimed Liam Miller had ‘a great career’ and suggested everyone his home city of Cork was proud of his achievements in the game.

Miller lost his battle with cancer at the tragically youthful age of 36 last Friday, with his funeral attended by a host of his former team-mates and managers on Monday.

Now one of Cork’s other great football heroes has given Independent.ie his thoughts on Miller, as he paid a glowing tribute to a player who realised all of his dreams in his career.

“Liam Miller followed in some proud traditions of Cork players when he signed for Manchester United and the legacy he leaves behind is a proud one,” Irwin told us.

“To turn out for his two favourite clubs in Celtic and Manchester United was an achievement few could match in Irish soccer in the last two decades and he lived the dream in every way possible by also playing for Cork City and on the international stage for Ireland.

“His Dad was Scottish and I’m sure he was so proud to see him playing for Celtic and then to go on to United and pull on that green Ireland shirt, well Liam achieved everything you can wish for in the game.

“I didn’t know Liam too well as I had left United by the time he arrived, but Micky Phelan (ex-Man United assistant manager) spoke at highly of him when he was on the Manchester United coaching staff and said he was a hard working lad who gave everything to get into that magnificent United team.

“Of course, that was always going to be a tough task because we had some world class players ahead of him in the queue to get into that United side and it proved to be a task too far, but there was no shame in that.

“Liam had a great career and has a reputation for being a quite lad who didn’t seek out the attention and I hope he now gets the credit he deserves to plotting a route down a very difficult road to emerge from an area of Cork where GAA dominates to play for some of the biggest teams in world football.

“We should all be proud of Liam Miller and for him to be taken away from his family and friends at the age of 36 is a horrible, horrible tragedy.”

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