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👤 1989/90 player profiles: Kevin Miller

Profiling the championship winning side on the 30th anniversary of the title

16 April 2020

April 28, 1990, remains one of the finest days in Exeter City's history as, on the back of an incredible home record, we secured our first title in our club's history. During this month we will be taking a look back - in alphabetical order - of the main players in that title winning side. This time we look at a reliable and versatile player who made 20 appearances during the title winning campaign.


Signed from Newquay towards the end of the 1988/89 season, Kevin Miller played a crucial part of the title winning team the following season and would go onto command more than £2m in transfer fees having departed St James Park.

Born in Falmouth, the home town of legendary Tony Kellow, Kevin proved to be a similar non-league revelation as Exeter City’s greatest ever goalscorer.

He made his debut against Rotherham United at St James Park in April 1988 and quickly established himself as first-choice shot stopper in the 1989/90 campaign. He kept 10 clean sheets in 28 appearances and was a commanding figure in the box and very good in one-v-one situations.

His consistent performances started to attract attention of many higher league clubs and he followed title-winning manager Terry Cooper to Birmingham in 1993. A successful spell at St Andrews then saw him move to Watford before a £1m move took him Crystal Palace in July 1997.

He played 44 games for Palace in the Premiership and a further season for them in Division One before signing for Barnsley, where he played another three season, before returning to St James Park. However, his final season for the Grecians was not a happy one as we were relegated from the Football League. Kevin continued to play into his 40s. He left Exeter for Bristol and had further spells at Derby, Southampton and Torquay, before returning to football in Cornwall with Bodmin Town.

This article has been created using material from the Grecian Archive and ECFC Museum as part of the 'Celebrating our Heritage' programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and supported by the University of Exeter. 

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