Rotherham Club Profile
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Rotherham United : Club Background

Formal football in Rotherham dates back to 1870 when the first club was formed, becoming known as Rotherham Town shortly after. A second club, Thornhill, started in 1877, turning professional and changing its name to Rotherham County in 1905.

Rotherham Town gained entry to Division Two in the expansion of 1893. They lasted three seasons before needing re-election in 1896. They decided not to contest the election and disappeared back into local non-league. From 1907-09 they were putting themselves up for election again, but received no votes. It wasn't until the first season after World War One, 1919-20, that Rotherham was again represented in the Football League, though this time it was County, one of four new clubs elected into Division Two that year - the others being Coventry City, West Ham United and South Shields.
Millmoor, Main Stand
The Main Stand, which doesn't look like this, but on our last visit........
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

Millmoor, Main Stand
........ looked more like this. And still isn't finished.

At the end of the 1922-23 campaign they were relegated to Division Three North. In 1924-25 County finished bottom by a wide margin and were also close to folding for financial reasons. The County and Town clubs merged, and Rotherham United was born. They topped the poll in the Division Three North election process, effectively simply stepping back into County's shoes.

There they stayed through several decades. It took until 1934-35 before they achieved a top half finish and they never threatened anything better until after World War Two. At that point they emerged as a power within the Division, finishing runners-up three seasons in succession from 1946 to 1949. In 1950-51 they went one better and were promoted as Champions. After several steady mid-table campaigns the Millers only missed promotion to Division One on goal average in 1954-55. It was the closest they ever got to the top flight. The following seasons saw a decline, and although they survived in Division Two until 1968 it was mostly a struggle. Dropping into Division Three didn't produce an upturn, and in 1972-73 they were relegated again. They were back up to Division Three at the end of 1974-75 where they stayed until 1980-81, when they took the title. Unfortunately manager Ian Porterfield moved on and whatever else the late Emlyn Hughes was it wasn't a good manager. After only two seasons in Division Two he'd taken them down again, losing his own job in the process. The rest of the Eighties were mid-table times until 1988 saw them relegated to the basement again with an unlikely total of 52 points, one of the highest amounts achieved by a club suffering demotion from Division Three.

Millmoor, Tivoli End
The Tivoli (home) End
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

As if to prove the point that they were too good they became Champions the very next campaign, but now they were in something of a yo-yo phase. Relegated in 1990-91, promoted in 1991-92, relegated in 1996-97. It was at that point that Ronnie Moore took over as manager. After a couple of years stabilisation and rebuilding he took Rotherham back up to Division Two in 1999-2000 as runners-up, and secured a second promotion as runners-up the next season. The Millers survived the first season in Division One by the skin of their teeth, but then followed up with two relatively comfortable campaigns. However few doubted they were punching above their weight, and 2004-05 was a real struggle. Although the second half of the campaign was marginally better then the first half they ended the season with a dire total of five wins and a meagre haul of 29 points, 15 behind the 23rd placed club and 22 from safety. Rather unfairly Moore paid the penalty, but had some revenge when he returned in the close season to take some of the better players to his new club, Oldham Athletic.

When Yeovil Town met The Millers in the Third Round of the F.A. Cup they were ripe for the plucking, and Championship v League Two couldn't sway matters their way. The Glovers pulled off a comprehensive 3-0 demolition as Millmoor emptied of home fans long before the final whistle.

Mick Harford was the new man, apart from a temporary spell at Nottingham Forest, his first appointment as a No.1. His new team provided the opposition in the first ever League One fixture at Huish Park, a rather dour 0-0. By the time of the reverse fixture in December Harford was openly musing in the press whether he was the man for the job. A 1-2 defeat by the Glovers helped the board make up their minds that he wasn't and he was out shortly after. Alan Knill was the new boss charged with keeping them up.

Millmoor, Railway End
The Railway End (Community Stand) - home to the away fan - but we only get a section (see ticketing info).
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

Prediction corner : Last season we predicted: "Rotherham to just avoid it [relegation] by the skin of their teeth - 20th." Spot on - and that was before we knew the Millers were going to hit the financial buffers big time. The last months of the campaign were spent with the Millers trying to second guess exactly when they should enter administration and take the ten point deduction. In the end they just gleaned enough points to stay up and so chose to default on their debts immediately the season was over. They certainly pushed the rules to the absolute limit, and some might point out probably stepped beyond the law as it is illegal to continue trading when knowingly insolvent. As the club had virtually no assets, having sold their ground off some time before, they got away with paying a miserable 1% of what they owed, and then the new board had the cheek to start talking about plans for a new stadium mere days later.

Starting the season on a ten point deduction Rotherham were naturally among the favourites to go down, but they have done so well that they have now battled out of the relegation zone and would at the time of writing be 8th, not 19th, on form. Town have a good record on our small number - two - of visits to Millmoor, winning both. A point apiece and the Millers to end the season in mid-table, 15th.

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Rotherham United : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Rotherham United

08/01/2005AwayFAC3W3-05397Jevons 61, Way 87, Stolcers 90
10/12/2005AwayCCL1W2-13929Own Goal 32, Harrold 36
02/12/2006AwayCCL1L2-34823Best 25, Morris 31
21/04/2007HomeCCL1W1-05878Stewart 45

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Rotherham United


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Rotherham United : Photo Galleries
Photo Galleries for Yeovil vs Rotherham United

Date Event Match Report Photo Gallery Total

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Rotherham United : Club Information
Millmoor Ground,
South Yorkshire,
S60 1HR
(click for map)

Telephone Number : 01709 512434
Fax : 01709 512775
Chairman : Denis Coleman
Club Secretary : Barbara Bird
Manager : Alan Knill

Capacity : 8,300
Seated : All seater

Record Attendance : 25,170 v Sheffield United, Division 2, 13/12/1952

Nickname : The Millers
Colours : shirt - red; shorts - white; socks - red
Midweek Games Played : Tuesday
Tickets : Away supporters used to get the whole Railway End but with the ground redevelopment this has been reduced to part of what is now called the Community Stand - the right hand end approaching the stand from outside. Prices are: adult 18.00 (up 3.00 on last season); those over 60 and students 10.00 (up 1.00); junior (6-16) 8.00 (down 1.00); under 6 1.00 - all seated. Although tickets are on sale on the day you are strongly advised to buy in advance where possible as Rotherham impose a 2.00 surcharge per ticket for purchases on match day.

Disabled Provision : 17 wheelchair spaces for away fans in the Family/Community Stand (Millmoor Lane), one helper admitted free per disabled person. Booking is necesary - phone Barbara Bird on 01709 512434.

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Rotherham United : Directions To The Ground

Treat as if going to Doncaster Rovers initially.

By Road

From the South, which will be the vast majority of Yeovil fans, you can choose to stay on the M1, exiting at Junction 33 on the A630 for the shortest route into Rotherham, or take the M18 and exit at Junction 1 onto the A631.

From M1 Junction 33 at the roundabout turn right onto Rotherway (A360). At the next roundabout take the first exit onto West Bawtry Road (still the A630) and then stay with the signs for Barnsley / Doncaster / Rotherham as you follow the ring road round for the next two to three miles through a succession of roundabouts until the Masbrough roundabout where you go left. By now you should have been picking up signs for the football ground for a while anyway.

If coming in from the M18 follow the Sheffield / Rotherham signs keeping on the A361 for about four and a half miles. After this becomes the A360 it's as above.

There are various options for parking. There's a large car park right behind the Main Stand, though they attempt to divert visiting fans via 'Away Supporters' signs to alternative parking which has the disadvantge of being a five-ten minute walk from the stadium. Car parking charges were 2.00 - we don't know if they have increased this season. There are also limited on street options.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Rotherham Central, around half a mile from the stadium. GNER go from King's Cross, change at Doncaster to Northern Rail, and take between two and a half and two and three-quarter hours depending on connection; or there are Midland Main Line trains from St. Pancras, changing at Sheffield. Journey time also two and three-quarter hours.

From the station to the ground - turn left into College Road; after 30 yards turn left again into Masbrough Street; at the end take the subway, through the central space, up the stairs to the left, which brings you into the continuation of Masbrough Street; keep going until you reach the ground. It should be under a ten minute walk in total.

By Bus

The 8 and 14 run past the ground from the town centre.

By Taxi

A selection of Rotherham taxi companies can be found here.

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Rotherham United : Web Resources
Web Sites

Millers Mad
Rotherham's footy.mad site is one of the better examples of the marque. Contains the web presence of the Moulin Rouge fanzine plus a section for the Internet Millers supporters team.

The Millers presence. News is relatively up to date and the message board is fairly extensively used, otherwise most articles on here seem to date from 3 or 4 years ago.

Rotherham Official
PTV site, register to view.

Rotherham United Supporters Trust
The RUST website for members of Rotherhams Supporters Trust - regularly updated with news of Trust issues.

Web Message Boards

Merry Millers
MAD Franchise board. Registration to post.

MillersNet message board. Registration required.

MillersNet message board. Registration required.

R.U.S.T. Board
Rarely used.

E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

Local Press

Rotherham Advertiser
Sporadically updated - very much a token effort of a website. Three Millers articles in over two months at the time of writing - even their non-Millers output is pitiful.

Rotherham Star
Not particularly impressive. The 'local sport' section was at the time of viewing mainly England's world cup campaign, whilst another story was about roadworks on the M1! Coverage of Rotherham and other local Football League clubs is certainly minimal.

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Rotherham United : Food & Drink
General :

Inhabitants of Sheffield may refer to Rotherham as 'Toy Town' but by West Country standards it's a very sizeable place at a quarter of a million people. Rotherham stages one of the biggest beer festivals in the North of England - in February unfortunately. No surprise then to find over 100 pubs listed, though more and more have shifted to the suburbs and fringe estates as the centre of Rotherham has depopulated. We've picked out a few of them below, but note that we believe two of the pubs closest to the stadium that we've used in the past are currently closed.

Club Bar :

The stadium has its own pub/bar called The Tivoli, situated in the Tivoli Stand. Visiting fans could generally gain admission in the past, but there's now a newly refurbished 'Away Supporters Bar' available on Millmoor Lane, so we guess Rotherham will want opposition fans in there. The bar is open from 1.00 p.m. until kick-off on Saturdays. Be aware the Rotherham OS states that it is only available to Supporters Club members carrying proof of membership. Now in practice we've seen that stipulation at other clubs in the past, and it's frequently not pursued. Football clubs want your money; but it's a handy fall-back to have to deny entry to those that look undesirable if that's deemed necessary. However we don't know what policy Rotherham actually enforce - so you have been warned.

Alcohol is not available inside the away stand. The food is the usual, with the pies probably the best option.

Local Pubs :

Mixed feelings about this pub.
Mixed feelings about this pub.
© Hugh Gleave
Blue Coat: Wetherspoon pub tucked behind the Town Hall. Usual 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 midnight (1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday) all-day opening, food served throughout. Wetherspoon has become increasingly dull and formulaic as it has expanded, and it's usually a poor town for real ale where its outlet is the best these days. However this one is an exception and carries the flag in Rotherham. House beers are the mediocre Wetherspoon standards, but thereafter it gets much much better as the manager makes a real effort and usually stocks five, and sometimes as many as seven, guests and a cider as well. Children allowed, but with restrictions. These restrictions caused a major row, and I walked out with mine.
Blue Coat, The Crofts, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 2DJ. Tel: 01709 539500. Map: Click Here.

Butchers Arms: Close to the bus depot and 8-10 minutes walk from the ground. Friendly boozer where home and away fans mix agreeably.
Butchers Arms, Midland Road, Masbrough, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S61 1TF. Tel: 01709 560037. Map: Click Here.

Bizarre establishment.
Bizarre establishment.
© Hugh Gleave
Cross Keys Hotel: Not quite sure why we've given this space. Huge pub, within sight of the Blue Coat (above), with a couple of real ales on - nothing exciting. No food on a Saturday. Large Sky Sports screen, which no one was watching - for the reason read on. What made this pub wierd was the customers. Apart from ourselves dropping in for one the entire clientele, without exception, were : 1) men in their forties, some with young sons, playing wargames with metal models in one room; and 2) a collection of a dozen men of varying ages - whose one common feature as my daughters harshly, and a little too loudly!, opined would be a total lack of girlfriends / wives - engaged in some sort of 'Dragons & Dungeons' type exercise, and all of whom had brought thermos flasks and sandwiches with them, in another area. The landlord, something of a football fan, seemed mightly relieved to have some more normal human beings to talk to for a while.
Cross Keys Hotel, Moorgate Street, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 2DA. Tel: 01709 536900. Map: Click Here.

Hare & Hounds: Less than a hundred yards from the Blue Coat and Cross Keys (above). Opening is 11.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. (10.30 p.m. Sunday). Has Abbot as the house beer plus a changing guest. Food available lunchtimes. Big screen TV showing sports.
Hare & Hounds, 52, Wellgate, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 2LR. Tel: 01709 821554. Map: Click Here.

On the doorstep, but currently closed we think.
On the doorstep, but currently closed we think.
© Hugh Gleave
Millmoor Hotel: Right next to the stadium but shut down shortly after our last visit to Millmoor. Despite rumours that it will reopen we believe it is still closed at the time of writing.
Millmoor Hotel, wellfield road, Masbrough, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 1HS. Tel: 01709 512123. Map: Click Here.

Rather liked this pub a few years back. Closed down for a while but now reopened.
Rather liked this pub a few years back. Closed down for a while but now reopened.
© Hugh Gleave
Moulders Rest: Situated just a few minutes walk from the ground, it was boarded up on our 2005-06 visit to Millmoor. However for the 2006-07 visit it had reopened again after a refurbishment. Real ales restricted to Black Sheep Best and Tetley. Does limited range of food. Had Sky, though not Prem Plus.
Moulders Rest, 110-112, Masbrough Street, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 1EG. Tel: 01709 560095. Map: Click Here.

The Clifton: Well frequented by the egg chasing fraternity as it's adjacent to the rugby club. Stones is the house beer, plus five or more changing guests.
The Clifton, 105, Old Clifton Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S65 2AW. Tel: 01709 833070. Map: Click Here.

Any port in a storm.
Any port in a storm.
© Hugh Gleave
The Litten Tree: In the town centre. The Litten Tree chain is normally high on our list of pubs to disdainfully walk straight past. However beggars seeking food combined with a drink on a miserable wet day in January in Rotherham can't necessarily be choosers, and it was here we ended up for a meal pre-match. Fosters, Kronenbourg, Stella, John Smiths Smooth, Guinness, and Strongbow Cider are the pretty grim selection on draught. Courage Directors is the real ale. That's pretty dire too. The food is that standard selection of Potato Wedges/Nachos/Tortilla Wraps/Pannini/Jacket Potatoes/Burgers/BBQ Chicken/Chilli Con Carne/Chicken Tikka Masala etc., etc., now serving at every chain outlet the length and breadth of the land. Overall it's an experience of ultimate dullness. The best to be said is the food was hot and the drink wet. Sky Sports & Premiership Plus, wheelchair access, disabled toilet, no smoking area, DJ Thursday - Saturday nights, debit / cash back and credit cards accepted. Don't know until how late, but children were acceptable if eating at lunchtimes. Opening : Monday to Thursday 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 midnight; Friday - Saturday 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m.; Sunday 12.00 noon - 12.00 midnight. Food served throughout.
The Litten Tree, 35-37, High Street, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 1PT. Tel: 01709 721732. Fax: 01709 724960. Email: Map: Click Here.

The Rhinoceros: The second Wetherspoon in the centre of town, a short walk from Rotherham Central railway station, and ten to fifteen minutes from the stadium. As with the Blue Coat above Theakston Best Bitter is the house beer, plus guests. Same opening, menu etc., etc. All Wetherspoon pubs are wheelchair friendly.
The Rhinoceros, 35-37, Bridgegate, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 1PL. Tel: 01709 361422. Map: Click Here.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Yorkshire, by 'eck. 'Appen thee'll find 'em reet hard t'understand. But nay worries. Mean buggers wud buy yer nowt in t'pub anyways.

Top-Tip :

On the opposite side of the road to the little lane that takes you down to the away end there's a Chinese take-away. Some Yeovil fans were well chuffed to find you could depart with FOUR sausages, a mountain of excellent chips, peas and onion gravy upon handing over a mere 2.50. Others (hello Mad Mal) missed out somehow. Shame.

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Rotherham : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.

Other Points Of Interest

Rotherham has a Tourist Information Centre opened in May 2003. God knows why. Honestly, there's not one thing worth seeing in Rotherham. Naught, nil, nothing, zero, zilch, zip.......

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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