Born in Ipswich, Miller came through the Town youth system and made his senior debut in a 0-0 home draw with Coventry City in March 1969, becoming the second black player to represent the club, Steve Stacey having been the first earlier that season.
Shortly after he made his debut Reg Drury, chief football writer at the News of the World, wrote: "This boy will surely be the first black player to play for England."
Right winger Miller went on to make 43 senior starts and 17 sub appearances, scoring four goals - in addition to 150 games and 31 goals for the reserves - before moving on to Norwich City in October 1974 for a fee of £47,500.
Less than two months later - with that fee not yet paid - Miller famously scored twice for the Canaries as they beat the Blues 2-1 at Portman Road in a League Cup fifth round replay to progress to the semi-finals.
They went on to finish third in the Second Division during that campaign and were promoted to the top flight.
In 1976 his former Town and Norwich team-mate Peter Morris took him to Mansfield and he helped the Stags to the Third Division title in 1976/77.
Miller later played for Port Vale, Oakham United and Selston and was assistant manager at Blidworth Welfare. Latterly he had been working as a taxi driver in Mansfield and was a regular at Town's annual ex-players' dinner.
Blues legend Kevin Beattie paid tribute to his one-time Town team-mate.
“He was such a jovial chap and a good footballer," the former England defender told TWTD. "He was very good. He just wasn’t in the boss’s thoughts.
“We had so many wingers. Clive Woods was on the left and Mick Lambert could play either left or right.
“We sold him to Norwich and they knocked us out of the League Cup and he scored two bloody goals!”
He added: “He was a lovely fella, you used to look forward to seeing him in the morning because he was always cheerful.
“My condolences to all his family, he’ll be sadly missed because he was such a cheerful guy.”
The Stags held an evening with Miller last March and have posted some clips from it on YouTube.
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I saw his debut, it was against the Frank O'Farrell Coventry side with all its implications. Robson could have had a postponement but, as we were safe and the antagonism with O'Farrell, chose to put out Frankie Brogan at centre-forward and two young wingers in Miller and Lambert. It has to be said Miller looked nervous and not ready but Lambert did look the part.
Later on Miller blossomed for a while and was tipped in several places to be the first black England full international. I remember one very windy afternoon in a relegation battle at Forest he stood out. Won that 2 - 0 and really was safe. He then seemed to lose that spark hence his move down the road.
Always seemed a nice modest lad and shame that it did not work out better for him in the game because he did have the potential.
One of Bobby Robinsons first young players to emerge. I remember he showed great potential & was considered a future international.in response to Coventry ofarrell never managed them. He will be remembered for turning down our managers job before he went to Leicester
RIP, shows how times have changed, here's a guy playing a decent level of football spending his remaining years as a taxi driver, some of the players at a similar level, should maybe spend a moment and think how lucky they are, probably made for life with no financial worries.
i remember as a teenager playing against Johnny Miller. He was a member of a formidable Whitton team that also contained Geoff Hammond. He was a great winger and far too good for me. Sorry to hear the news.
Remember his Dad..who was a lovely old boy, bringing a young Johnny into teh office where I worked..the family lived up at Whitton. Nice lad polite, and always spent time to say hello when he made it into ITFC...such sad news..especially that he wasn't able to earn the huge sums of today.
RIP Johnny. Winning in the FA Cup Fifth Round means progression to the Sixth Round, which then leads to the Semi Finals - May be worth correcting, I see it was late last night when this was posted. You could change it from 'progress' to 'eventually progress'.