Reading defender John O’Shea has penned a touching tribute to his friend Liam Miller for manutd.com, ahead of his tribute fixture in Cork yesterday afternoon.
Former Manchester United, Celtic, Sunderland midfielder Miller passed away last February, aged just 36, after receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer.
O’Shea’s friendship with Miller dated back to their teenage years. First playing on the same side for Ireland’s Under-15 squad, the pair struck up a friendship which permeated their career.
Regular teammates for in the green of Ireland through to senior level, they were united in Manchester in 2004 when Miller made the move from Celtic to south of the border.
O'Shea's final cap for Ireland, earlier this summer, was preceded by a tribute to his former teammate Miller at Aviva Stadium.
Some stellar names turned out on either side in the benefit fixture at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. On one side are a number of former Manchester United stars, and on the other, a combination of Miller’s former teammates from Republic of Ireland and Celtic.
Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are just some of the names who donned the red shirt; Robbie Keane, Damien Duff and Kevin Doyle amongst the combined Ireland and Celtic side.
On manutd.com, O’Shea wrote…
Not many people get to live out their dreams like Liam Miller did. As a kid, Liam dreamed of playing for Celtic and United, and he did it. He did it his way, too. He did it with so much laughter, and the smile that he had on his face for so much of it. He worked so hard to get to such a high level and play for his country too, but he was also able to enjoy it. He recognised what he had. The fact that he left us so young is obviously an unbelievable tragedy – it’s impossible to get your head around the fact that he’s no longer with us – but let me tell you, he managed to pack so much living into his life.
You can read his full tribute on manutd.com by clicking here.