Colin Miller Joins Whitecaps

February 15, 2010 at 3:06 am | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Whitecaps Season 2010 | 1 Comment

Back when the Cap’s sacked Bob Lilley, Colin Miller was one of the candidates for head coach.  He was a dark horse because of his youth and inexperience.   Teitur Thordarson got the job ahead of Colin.  I am thrilled that Colin will now be joining the club as assistant coach under Thordarson.

I trained with Colin back with the Vancouver Whitecaps youth team and played a couple of games with him for the BC Under 18 Select squad back in the NASL days.   Colin was an awesome athlete.  He was not a tall man, but was as hard as an Oak tree with a heart of Oak as well!  They do not come any tougher, and I don’t imagine he was ever intimidated once in his career.   Colin was a man of few words, and what words he did speak were spoken in a thick Scottish accent.   His physical strength was exceptional.  He had the hardest shot of any player I ever faced as a goalkeeper.   There is no surprise that he went on to have a great professional career because he was head and shoulders above the rest of us.

I have a fantastic memory of playing goalkeeper at Empire Stadium before a Vancouver Whitecaps game back in 1982.   The central defensive pairing playing in front of me was Colin Miller and Randy Samuel, both of whom played for Canada in the 1986 World Cup. We played for the BC Under 18 Select team against an Italian youth team from Rome and beat them 4-1.   We would have beat them 4-0 but the ref gave them a mercy penalty near the end of the game which I failed to stop.

Colin is perfect for todays Whitecaps because he has overseas experience and local experience as well.  He has coached with Derby County in England, and  locally with the University of the Fraser Valley and with the Abbotsford Soccer Association.

I have no doubt this is a great development for the Whitecaps and now Teitur Thordarson will have an excellent football man with superb character backing him up.

Welcome aboard Colin Miller!


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  1. Impressive article. Good to hear about some of your experiences.

    I’m not that informed of the expression:

    “…with a heart of Oak as well.”

    But I know in Ghana, one of their top teams most every year are the Hearts of Oak.

    Our neighbour is from Scotland, I’ve gone to Minnesota Thunder games and I’ve seen a bunch of kids and then I’ve seen their coaches, sometimes Scots or Englishmen.

    Of course, in Blane Minnesota, they have the annual “Swann’s Soccer Cup” competition. Of course, Minnesota is not my home but has been in my travels.

    Derby County, everyone always thinks of Nottingham Forest and Clough but Clough coached there too, the Rams, handsome white and gold kits. Robbie Savage plays for them right now and they were in the FA Cup, I believe they dropped the game yesterday but I forget the opponent. Fulham maybe.

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