Miller was born in Burnley, and is part of a very select number of players who are born and bred Clarets.
Spotted playing for a local school boy side, he was recruited as an office boy, and finally realised his dream of playing for Burnley in an FA Cup replay against Chelsea in 1956, and he scored his first Burnley goal not long after. By the time of the 1959/60 Championship winning side, he was already a regular first team player, where he never missed a game either in the League or FA Cup.
He also played his part in the FA Cup Final side of 1962. He is the only Burnley player to play in every one of Burnley's forays into Europe both in the 1960/61 season where played in all 4 games and in all 8 games of the Fairs Cup side six years later.
Brian Miller only won one England cap, that came in a 3-1 defeat against Austria on 27th May 1961, although he had won 3 caps fr the England under 23's tea the season previous.
He was badly injured in a game against Aston Villa in 1966/67 season which he never recovered, but he joined the coaching staff. 12 years later, he replaced Harry Potts as manager, and after getting relegated that season, he then managed Burnley to the Third Division Championship two seasons later. The following season saw Burnley struggle, an he lost his job on the eve of the League Cup Quarter Final game against Tottenham Hotspur a White Hart Lane, were he was replaced by Frank Casper.
The call for help went out from Burnley to Brian Miller in 1986, as the club lurched towards obliteration, and he held his nerve to preserve Burnley's League status on that fateful day on the 27 May 1987. He the started a full rebuild of the team, which accumulated with the Sherpa Van Trophy Final in 1988 at Wembley Stadium, but he never managed to help Burnley out of the Fourth Division, and he was replaced by Frank Casper again in 1989.
Brian Miller sadly passed away at Burnley General Hospital on the 7th April 2007, aged 70 after a short illness. A minutes silence was held for him at Turf Moor prior to the Burnley Cardiff game on 9th April 2007.