Rotherham United – the team
To say this has been a difficult season for Rotherham would be somewhat of an understatement. Having produced one of the greatest miracles of his distinguished managerial career in keeping the Millers up last year against all the odds, Neil Warnock departed in the summer and was eventually replaced by Alan Stubbs. Who has since been replaced by Kenny Jackett. Who has since been replaced by Paul Warne. Three managers and just four wins means that their stay in the Championship looks almost certain to come to and end after three seasons. Not that any of that makes this an easy game – Rotherham were in an only marginally better position when we went there last season and promptly lost 2-0. And we have never scored a goal at the wonderfully named New York Stadium. This has banana skin written all over it.
Rotherham – the place
Rotherham sits just 5.6 miles from Sheffield and just like the city across the M1, it was a huge producer of steel and iron. Rather less manly was the milling industry of the area whereby gain was turned into flour in the Millmoor area of the town which if you haven’t already worked it out is where the Millers nickname comes from. Rotherham is home to the best perpendicular style church in the country if you like that sort of thing and the Magna Sciene Adventure Centre which won the Enjoy England Gold Award for Business Tourism in 2006. Rather less impressive was the child sex scandal that was uncovered in 2012.
Rotherham – the people
Rotherham gave the world two of the greatest entertainers of all time in the shape of the Chuckle Brothers. We don’t need to say any more than that.
A good WeAreBrighton.com memory of Rotherham away
Well as already mentioned we have never even scored a bloody goal at the New York Stadium. Our visit to Millmoor for the penultimate game of the season was a decent day out. A must win game if the Albion were to stay in the Championship, a Paul McLaren own goal settled it 1-0 for Mark McGhee’s men to spark wild scenes in the away end at full time. We of course drew with Ipswich Town a week later to survive the drop into League One.
A bad WeAreBrighton.com memory of Rotherham away
Losing 2-0 last season was an absolute abomination of an evening. Not only did we lose, not only was it freezing cold, not only was it a Tuesday night, not only did we not manage a single shot on goal, but to round things off nicely after the game we managed to find – in Sheffield no less, a city notorious for its brilliant night life – the worst nightclub in the world. Popworld, take a bow.
Left back Joe Mattock had a spell on-loan at the Amex from West Bromich Albion in the second half of the 2011-12 season. His greatest moment came when he had to miss a game due to cutting his bollocks while attempting to shave them. It wasn’t really a memorable loan, as you can probably tell.
Danny Ward has done pretty well to grab himself nine goals in a side that has struggled so much this season and that represents nearly a third of Rotherham’s seasonal total.
Our recent form at Rotherham doesn’t exactly inspire confidence and with an undercooked Uwe Hunemeier looking certain to play at the heart of the defence with Shane Duffy out, the Millers could pull off a shock. Rotherham at 4/1 in the draw-no bet market looks decent value.
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