Former VFLUA member Jim Miller passed away on 29 April 2009. His contribution to the Association as a Social, Cricket Club and Man-in-White Committee member was recognised with Honorary Life Membership in 1977, the year of his retirement after seven seasons on the VFL Senior list.
James Stanton Miller was born on 11 March 1943 in Camberwell and spent his youth in Hawthorn, Surrey Hills and Northcote. A keen footballer at school he also turned out for Hawthorn Football Club Under-17s in the Melbourne Boy’s League playing in one premiership. Later he played senior football for Kew Amateurs in the VAFA and in a premiership side for Northcote Park in the Metropolitan Football League.
Beginning umpiring with the VFL Reserve Grade around 1967 he came onto the senior list in 1971. After a slow start – six games in his first season – Jim followed the usual path of country appointments with a view to making the city panel. Unfortunately no Reserve Grade matches were forthcoming and only a few VCFL finals. These included the Southern Mallee Reserves Grand Final in 1973 and the senior Second-Semi two years later.
After five matches in 1977 Jim retired from the VFLUA when he had to move to Bendigo as a result of changed employment. His career encompassed exactly 100 VCFL matches as well as eleven mid-week competition games.