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Legend Miller Leaves The Dons

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In all five directors including Willie Miller are leaving the club, the others being Martin Gilbert, Hugh Little, Ken Matheson and Chris Gavin.

Whilst there are outgoings at the club, there is also one new addition to the club, businessman George Yule has been appointed to the new role of executive vice chairman.

Chairman Stewart Milne said Mr Yule was a welcome and necessary addition.

The club hopes to be able to move into a new stadium in time for the start of the 2014/15 season, giving it a further two years at Pittodrie.

Mr Yule is president of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking about the changes on the club’s website chairman Milne said: “I am extremely pleased that George, who has a wealth of contacts and experience in all sectors, has agreed to come on board at this absolutely crucial time in our history.

“I believe his enthusiasm, experience and judgement will add focus and momentum to the future direction of the club.

“We need a step-change in how the club is run if we are to deliver our vision of delivering the new stadium and soccer academy, and be in a position to take full advantage of these fantastic new facilities when we move.”

He also paid tribute the directors leaving the club, thanking them for all their hard work over the years but now looking forward to a new era for Aberdeen Football Club moving forward to hopefully a bright new future the Dons fans deserve and demand.

For Aberdeen, a club once regarded as the best in Europe they must get things right on and off the pitch this season, the supporters have been suffering for far too long and with the situation in the SPL at the moment, the chance is there for another club to take on Celtic and perhaps make history to go on and win the SPL, Craig Brown will hope by the time that August 4th comes around, his Aberdeen side will be fit, fresh and ready to take up the challenge.

When I heard the news tonight I was left stunned and saddened, in fact it was a double shock for me as director and friend, Chris Gavin has also left his position at the club he loves.

Chris and others behind the scenes have done fantastic work with the Former Players Association and AFC heritage Trust, which he helped to set up and only wants the best for Aberdeen Football Club and he will continue his fantastic work with both these projects as well as helping assist with supporters club groups.

But one man who won’t be at Pittodrie any longer, is the legend that is Willie Miller.

Willie has done everything at Pittodrie including captain the club in their finest hour as they beat the mighty Real Madrid 2-1 after extra-time in the 1983 Cup Winners Cup and he also added the Super Cup to his collection as the Dons became the best team in Europe.

He was signed on S-Forms in 1969 as a striker then signed on a professional contract by Eddie Turnbull in 1971 and was loaned out to Peterhead where he finished leading scorer with 23 goals.

Miller spent his entire playing career as a defender with Aberdeen from 1972-1990, featuring in over 923 matches for the club and earning 65 caps for Scotland.

He won three league championship titles, four Scottish Cups and three League Cups

He was voted Player of the Year by both the Scottish Football Writers and the Scottish Professional Football Association

In 2003, Miller was voted the greatest Aberdeen player of all time in a poll to mark the club’s centenary, and he was an inaugural inductee to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

He was appointed Aberdeen manager in 1992, replacing Alex Smith, and, despite finishing second in the league in two seasons – along with reaching two cup finals – he was sacked in February 1995.

He returned to the club as director of football in June 2004 and then in June 2011 he took over as director of football development at the club, a role which he now has no longer.

Willie Miller will always be an Aberdeen legend as a player, he lead his men by example and showed no fear against the “Old Firm”, the “New Firm” or any opponent in Europe.

Both he and Alex McLeish combined to make a fantastic partnership in a great Dons side and perhaps the words of the great Sir Alex Ferguson will sum up what Willie meant to him.

“Although I could cope with big players leaving Aberdeen, I was adamant that I couldn’t do without Willie Miller. Willie was that important to me.”

Willie Miller may have left Aberdeen but Aberdeen will not leave Willie Miller, once a Don, always a Don.

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Chief Features Writer for Scotzine.com. Sean has written for various publications and websites over the years and has been involved with making documentaries on Aberdeen Football Club, Dundee United Football Club, Henrik Larsson, Paul Lambert and Jock Stein and also Radio programmes, one of which "Old Firm Day" won a Bronze Sony Award. He also worked in the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park. His love of writing started off with The Punter and has gone on to write for the following FIFA magazine, 442, Scotland's Oracle, Players Inc, British Football Week, ESPN, Give Me Football, Inside Futbol, 67 Fanzine and the matchday programmes of Aberdeen, Carlisle United, Montrose, Partick Thistle, Stockport County and Queen's Park. He has also been asked to write a blog for Youth Football Scotland on St.Mirren YFC such was his passion for football at every level from Grassroots to the professional game.

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