Clyde Miller


Clyde Miller was a dynamite player who knew he had to hone his skills if he was going to make a 1st Division player. He spent many hours in the “River Head” meadow doing just that and in 1975, like Roger Slaney in 1974, he blew away the competition from St. John's in the Adidas Skills Program and earned the right to represent the province of Newfoundland at the National Skills competition sponsored by the Canadian Soccer Association.


His playmaking ability can be compared to Dr. Paul Slaney. Both played midfield and could distribute the ball with great ease and agility. His first taste of minor was when his Mosquito team, coached by Len Slaney, won the All-Newfoundland Championship. Alex Faulkner, who coached the Bishop Falls team, was in awe of the skills displayed by Clyde who happened to be the smallest player in the tournament. Dick Ivany, who coached Botwood, was also amazed at this Under-10's mastery and wizardry with the soccer ball.


Clyde had an exceptional minor career, winning a number of individual awards and was a natural to fill the void left by the absence of Frank Pitman, Rudy Slaney, Frank Haskell, Tom Tarrant and the late Bobby Edwards. Again Clyde showed his skill in helping the St. Lawrence Laurentians to (4) Burin Peninsula titles; (2) All-Nfld Championships; (2) Premier's Cups; and represented the Newfoundland Soccer Association at (2) National Soccer Championships. No doubt he would have played on many more championship teams had it not been for work commitments in British Columbia.


In 1982 the Premier Cup was played in St. Pierre. St. Lawrence and ASIA were playing in a very close game with the score tied and time running out. The ball was passed over from the wing position but instead of the ball going into the 18 yard box, it ended up out at the 20 yard mark where the midfield player were located. Clyde saw it coming, made a dive for the ball, hitting it with his head while his whole body was parallel to the ground. The header went straight through the uprights that totally stunned the French players with ASIA. It was considered to be one of the greatest goals ever scored in St. Pierre and indeed in Newfoundland soccer.


Clyde Miller was a thinking player who used his skills of ball control, precision passing and outstanding techniques, all of which earns him the right to join his uncle, Don Turpin (who happens to be in three Halls of Fame) into the St. Lawrence Soccer Hall of Fame.