Happy return for Swindon’s Miller to old club Hartlepool Utd

Tommy Miller.
Tommy Miller.

TOMMY Miller will not be short of happy memories when he returns to Victoria Park tomorrow.

Footballing fate has again conspired to see Miller return to his former club in what will be his league debut for Swindon Town.

The midfielder made his name as a young pro with Pools in the late 1990s before Ipswich Town paid £750,000 to take him to Portman Road in 2001.

And Miller reflected: “It’s back to where it started, where it all began.

“I owe the club a lot, I’ve got a lot of time for them and I appreciate what they’ve done for me.

“I’ve got a lot of fond memories - my debut, my first goal, a hat-trick against Barnet who were top of the league at the time and playing with my hero Peter Beardsley.

“There were some tough times as well, though, there was a lot of pressure, people losing their jobs and we were almost relegated to the Conference.”

Miller scored 44 times in Pools’ colours before his big move and he looked back: “I think one of the reasons I got my move was because of my goal record at the time.

“Their formations suited me, two supporting lads in midfield who defended for me so it was easy to push forward and the goals just kept on coming.”

And, if Miller finds the back of the net tomorrow, will there be a celebration?

“It’ll be very low-key,” he said.

“I respect Hartlepool and their fans but deep-down inside I’ll obviously be over the moon.

“We’ll see if I score as to whether I’ll celebrate!”

“But I’m looking forward to going back and obviousl I want to win the game, it’s as simple as that.”