The Miller Family Football Team, 1914

The Miller Family Football Team, 1914

With the Euros on our collective minds I am honouring our Brislington family team, the Miller family.

By 1901 the Millers arrived at 9 Grove Road with a large family and were soon blessed with more. In due course there were enough sons to form a family football team, with the Dad in goal. At Easter 1914 the team played a famous match against the Hunt family of 11 brothers, of Pucklechurch.

W. Miller scored a goal and immediately afterwards the Hunts were awarded a penalty – but failed to score. The Millers had the advantage in years and physique, the Hunts somewhat superior in skill.

The Millers won by this single goal. In June both teams were presented with “Family Medals” by the Bristol and Suburban League.

This information is an excerpt from “We Shall Remember Them”, Brislington & St Anne’s in the Great War. The entry commemorates William John Miller, 1879-1916, the scorer of the goal, who died during the battle of the Somme. Mrs & Mrs Miller proudly stated that six of their sons were on active service.

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