RUFC - A Look Back at Last Season - September
September began, for the Millers, with the first round of the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy. Huddersfield Town were the visitors and were two up within nine minutes. Peter Clarke scored in the opening minutes followed by a Robbie Simpson goal not long after. A fourth goal in as many games for Adam Le Fondre halved the deficit on thirty-five minutes but it was an early exit from this competition for the Millers.
The game brought more complaints about the Don Valley pitch with Lee Clark, the Terriers manager, saying he had told the referee about his concerns an hour before kick-off , saying it was worse than a 'park`s pitch.`
Then came a big shock for all Millers` fans when it became apparent that Chairman, Tony Stewart, had given Barnsley permission to speak to Manager, Mark Robins. Following the meeting between Barnsley and Robins, Tony Stewart put Robins on 'gardening leave` with John Breckin being put in charge of the next game, which was old rivals, Chesterfield at Don Valley.
Three second half goals saw the Millers win the game against the Spireites and go top of League Two. The visitors scored first, in controversial circumstances, when the referee gave them a free-kick but, after belatedly consulting his linesman, changed his mind and pointed to the penalty spot and up stepped Jamie Lowry to score. On sixty-eight minutes Danny Harrison equalised for the Millers with Adam Le Fondre putting them two-one up five minutes later and ten minutes from time, Kevin Ellison made the three points secure.
The day after this game, John Breckin alongside other backroom staff, Steve Taylor and Nick Daws joined Mark Robins on gardening leave. Compensation problems stopped Robins being unveiled as the Manager at Oakwell although Breckin, Taylor and Daws were signed up on the evening of the 7th September. Robins was finally made Barnsley Manager two days later.
The names were flying in fast and furious for the vacant job at Rotherham. Steve Staunton, Ronnie Moore and Chris Wilder seemed to be the main people.
The next game for the Millers was against Morecambe at Don Valley and in charge of the team was Steve Thornber, Head of the Youth squad, assisted by Paul Warne and head scout, Alan Crawford. The game ended nil-nil.
According to Chief Operating Officer, Paul Douglas, more than fifty people had applied for the job as Millers` Manager with Tony Stewart saying he was looking for an 'impressive CV.`
There was also news of the new stadium with Tony Stewart saying he was confident that things were taking shape regarding the location of the Millers new home with the Chairman saying that he was down to 'two possible sites.`
The Millers travelled to Cheltenham and did well, going in the lead in time added on in the first half from an Adam Le Fondre poacher`s goal, after the home goalie had dropped the ball. After having lots of chances but failing to get the ball in the back of the net, Rotherham were made to pay the price when Julian Alsop got the equaliser for the home side five minutes from time.
The Chairman had nothing but praise for the fans over this difficult month saying he was pleased with the vociferous support and said, 'if any supporters across the country deserved success it`s the fans of Rotherham United.`
Ronnie Moore was finally unveiled as the Millers new manager just before the Millers faced Barnet, although Steve Thornber was still in charge for the game. Jimmy Mullen came in as Moore`s number two.
The Millers played, probably, their best game of the season at Don Valley against Barnet with new manager, Ronnie Moore sat watching in the stands. Kevin Ellison put Rotherham in the lead on five minutes with Nicky Law getting a second twenty minutes later. Adam Le Fondre got on the score sheet on the hour mark to give the Millers a three-nil victory.
Unfortunately, Moore`s first game back in charge ended in a 3-1 loss to Northampton at Sixfields. Ryan Gilligan scored in the first half with Courtney Herbert getting a second just after half-time. An Ian Sharps own goal gave the home side a three-nil lead with Adam Le Fondre scoring a penalty ten minutes from the end to give the Millers a consolation goal. After this game, Moore blamed the defence for the loss, saying they were 'all over the place.`
Vital Polls for September
We asked Of the new lads, who has impressed most up to now
Not surprisingly, Adam Le Fondre topped the poll with Nicky Law and Kevin Ellison in second and third places.
We asked Are you pleased that Ronnie is back
The poll went like this:
Let's see how it goes 13%
At the start of the month, England played Croatia and we asked Who was the Man of the Match for England
Aaron Lennon got 66% of the votes with second in the poll being Ashley Cole with 12%