RUFC - A Look Back At Last Season
After a summer of uncertainty Rotherham United fans were a day away from the new season before the Football League finally agreed to let them play out of their home town at Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. So, on a warm, Saturday, in August, Lincoln City were the first visitors at the Millers` temporary home. Rotherham started on minus seventeen points, given to them for financial irregularities, and Lincoln were expected to be in the top six at the end of the season. Problems at the turnstiles overshadowed the game, but the Millers were the winners, with the only goal of the game coming from new boy, Reuben Reid, which was the player that 32% of Vital posters expected to be the first person to score for the Millers. The striker was also voted as Man of the Match, and in another poll, most people gave the referee, Mr A Haines, a great big none out of ten.
Next up was the Carling Cup game at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday. The first omen that the game might go our way was when it was announced that Mr Miller would be the referee for the game! It was a thrilling game with the Owls going in front with a goal in fourteen minutes from Dutchman, Etienne Esajas. A minute later up popped Alex Rhodes to make it one all, which is how it ended after ninety minutes. In extra time, the Millers were reduced to ten men, when Marc Joseph saw red for pulling down Clarke as he made a run for goal. From the free-kick, Esajas scored for the home side only for Reuben Reid to level again two minutes later. An exciting match was made even more exciting when penalties were to decide the game. In front of the Wednesday fans, the Millers won the penalty competition 5-3 with Pablo Mills, Danny Harrison, Mark Hudson, Andy Todd and Reuben Reid getting the spot-kicks on target to send the Millers fans home jubilant. A Vital poll asked 'What did this result mean to you' and 88% of voters said it was the 'best feeling in the world'!
A sunny day at the seaside was up next as the Millers went to Morecambe and won 3-1 with two goals from Mark Lynch and one from Ryan Taylor followed by a 3-1 win at Don Valley against Chester with the goals coming from Ian Sharps, Reuben Reid and Alex Rhodes - Chester`s goal was scored by Kevin Ellison who has joined the Millers this summer.
Next up for the Millers was the Carling Cup second round when Wolverhampton Wanderers came to Don Valley. Wolves did the Millers a bit of an honour by fielding a strong side and the Millers` defence kept them out. It was nil-nil after extra time so once again a penalty shoot out loomed. Wolves scored first and Pablo Mills had his penalty saved. Foley shot wide for the visitors and Danny Harrison stepped up and slotted the ball in to level the score. Wolves went back into the lead but Mark Hudson levelled. Andy Warrington then made a brilliant save and up stepped Mark Burchill to give the Millers the lead for the first time. Wolves scored but so did Reuben Reid to give the Millers another win which took them into round three of the cup.
A point away at Brentford in a 0-0 draw finished off the first month of the season for the Millers and with no losses they were heading for plus points as quickly as possible.
Vital Rotherham`s Man of the Month for August was defender, Nick Fenton, who was voted Man of the Match against, Wolves, Chester and jointly with Pablo Mills against Sheffield Wednesday.