On the 28th April 1973 with 53 minutes on the clock and the Dons trailing 1-0 Jimmy Bonthrone handed Willie Miller his debut for Aberdeen Football Club. No one could imagine the impact that Miller would have on the clubs history when he replaced Arthur Graham that afternoon to take his place alongside Zoltan Varga making his last appearance for the Club. Captain of the Aberdeen side that swept all before them at home and abroad during the clubs halcyon period in the 80's. Miller had joined the Dons in 1972 and following a record goal haul after being farmed out to Peterhead was recalled to Pittodrie where he reverted to a sweeper's role in the Dons first team.
He was made captain of the Dons by Ally MacLeod in 1975 and lifted the first of 11 major trophies a year later in the 1976 League Cup Final. He had already gained the first of his 67 caps in Bucharest a year earlier and also went on to score a rare winning goal for his country against Wales in 1980. His International honours saw him represent Scotland in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, but his biggest impact came at Club level where he captained the club to every major domestic trophy and of course his finest hour came in that unforgettable night in Gothenburg in 1983 when he led the Dons to European Cup Winners Cup success against the might of Real Madrid. Further European success followed later in the year with the European Super Cup win over Hamburg and in all; three Premier league titles, four Scottish Cup wins and two League Cup successes bear testimony to a true Aberdeen legend.
Miller made 797 appearances for the club, scoring a creditable 32 goals during his 20-year association with the Dons. He was also awarded two testimonials by the club in 1981 and again in 1990. He stepped into the manager's office in 1992 following the departure of Alex Smith. In his first full season in charge he lead the Dons to runner up position in all three domestic competitions. For a man used to success this was a disappointment and after finishing second in the league again the following season, the Dons hit a sticky spell in 1994/95 and Miller was sensationally sacked with Roy Aitken taking over. After several years in the wilderness Miller returned to the fold in the Summer of 2004 as a Director and contributed massively to the redevelopment of the AFC Youth Academy, seeing many promising youngstres rise to first team level before he again parted company with the Club in June 2012.