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RUFC - Financial Victims of leaving Millmoor

With Rotherham United moving to Don Valley Stadium the future for businesses at Masborough looks bleak.

Vital already spoke to Dave who runs the Moulders just down the road from Millmoor and John from the Red Bull told The Advertiser 'On an average match day we take between 600 and 1,000 but it will probably be more like 300-500 now which will more than halve our business.

'I think the club have shot themselves in the foot with the last minute turnaround and moving out of Millmoor. We're a football pub and I'm making plans to ship people to Don Valley but it's an expenditure I could have done without.'

Stephen, owner of the Millmoor Cafe across the road from Millmoor said, 'Up until the last minute the general concensus was that they were staying at Millmoor then a guy came in and said they would be out by the end of June. It was a massive shock.

'I've built up a trade so I think the business will be OK but the extra cash on Saturday's has always been a big bonus.'

Another casualty will be Chas, who owns Get 7 which has been housed on the Millmoor forecourt for the last six years and has become a haven for collectors. Being left with no where to go, Chas has decided to sell up. 'There'll be nothing big enough for the shop and that means I'll have to close. It's a shame,' Chas said, 'but there's not much else I can do.'

And let's not forget the staff who worked at Millmoor on match days. With Don Valley having it's own cleaners, catering and match day staff there's a big possibility that the Saturday afternoon Millmoor staff might not be needed.

And us fans were moaning about the extra mileage to Don Valley - for these people, and others around the area, it could mean their livelihood is down the pan.

The Journalist

Writer: Herringthorpe  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 8 2008

Time: 10:25AM

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It's a shame that these local businesses are going to struggle even more in a very poor period as it is econimically. The council need to pull their fingers out their jacksies and get the club back into Rotherham a.s.a.p.
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08/06/2008 14:18:00

Yes, it's more than just moving a football team away, it's about the surrounding areas community
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08/06/2008 14:48:00

They reckon the economy growth in a town can be dependant on how well the local team are doing.
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08/06/2008 15:47:00

end of the day it`s about business, can`t remember anyone crying when me n zip got made redundant from our jobs
Mexbro miller
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08/06/2008 16:40:00

I would have been sad for you though, Mex, if I'd known you both then. I think the big problem has been that they were told the football club was stopping at Millmoor and, I know one pub if not others, had planned their agenda's (for want of a better word) around the friendlies and club staying (decorating etc). Only then to be told they were leaving. [Edited by herringthorpe ]
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