Brian “BM” Miller is in his 18th season at the Western Magpies and has been a fixture at Chelmer for all that time except for just 12 matches.
BM played as a youngster at Coorparoo where, in his typically dry sense of humour, he says his brothers had all the talent. He still loved the game and club environment so after he finished playing he wanted to stay involved and as he says he was better value behind the scenes. He acted as team manager for the Roos for many years.
He dropped out of footy for awhile at the end of 1985 when his beloved Coorparoo went into recess.
He rejoined the club scene in 1994 when Mt Gravatt joined the QAFL and stayed there until 2000, when he followed good friend Geoff Jennings to the Magpies when Jennings was appointed coach of the Piesin their second year back in senior football.
He has been anassistant coach for many years and was named as the Russell Green Memorial Trophy winner in 2013 for Western Magpies Coach of the Year. He was joint Reserves Coach with Anthony McDonald in 2011.
BM rarely misses a training session and is ever ready to assist with setting up training drills to ensuring drinks and footies are all ready for players use at training. He is on deck from the first pre-season training run until the last game of the season is played.
He often acts as Reserves Team Manager as well as being assistant coach on match day with the minutiae of a footy team all set up to ensure all is in order for players to play at their best.
And those twelve matches he missed? BM was asked to accompany Peter McClennan to be his assistant when Peter was appointed coach of Mt Gravatt in 2013. Unfortunately Peter and Mt Gravatt parted ways after twelve matches but in some respects it was fortunate for the Pies as BM came back "home" and Peter also rejoined the Pies to both be fantastic contributors to the Western Magpies.
BM has been and continues to contribute to the Pies and has been a wonderful servant of the club and the game of AFL in Queensland.