RUFC - A Look Back at Last Season - October
Rotherham United`s first game of October was at the Alexandra Stadium where Ronnie Moore grabbed his first win of the season. Twice the Millers went behind and twice came back with goals from Kevin Ellison and an Adam Le Fondre penalty. Then, Moore took Tom Pope off and put Drewe Broughton on for his first game of the season and within in ten minutes the tall sub gave the Millers all three points.
A few days after this game Chairman, Tony Stewart, told local radio that his search for a new ground was down to two sites and he was hoping to name which site he had chosen 'soon.`
The next game was against Hereford who were making their first visit to Don Valley. Adam Le Fondre put the Millers in front on the eleventh minute but they couldn`t hold on and on the ninetieth minute, Gavin McCallum had all the time in the world to put the ball across his body, turn and shoot into the back of the net. The result left Ronnie Moore 'angry and frustrated` saying that the team weren`t 'ruthless enough.`
On the Monday after the one-all draw, Andy Dibble arrived at the club as goalkeeping coach with goalkeeper, Andy Warrington saying 'Andy Dibble coming in can only be fantastic for me and Jamie Annerson.`
Before the next game, which saw Notts County at Don Valley, Ronnie Moore told MillersWorld that he had watched the Reserve game during the week and that he thought there were some good players at the club ending by saying, 'I`ve got a rough idea of those I want to stay.`
Andy Warrington was the savior when the Magpies came to Don Valley. Nick Fenton got two yellow cards and was sent off on the fifty-first minute - although the Millers fans had been up in arms in the first half after the first yellow was given when Lee Hughes went down in a heap from a Fenton challenge, and then got up with a grin on his face when the ref showed the yellow card. So, with ten men, the Millers managed to hang on for a nil-nil draw. After the game, although Ronnie Moore said he had no complaints about the red card, Nick Fenton said he had, and that Ben Davies, who he was supposed to have tripped, went down 'too easy.`
It was this month that Ronnie first said, although he was happy to be at the club, he found it strange training at the Keepmoat, and playing at Don Valley, with the offices being in Rotherham and said he couldn`t wait 'to get back to Rothehram.`
The Millers travelled to meet ex Manager, Alan Knill`s Bury next and Kevin Ellison gave the Millers the lead four minutes into time added on in the first half straight from a corner. Unfortunately, the lead was short lived as just minutes into the second half Ryan Lowe leveled the score with substitute, Richie Baker, getting the winner six minutes from time.
Before the final game of the month, against Aldershot at Don Valley, Moore said that the team lacked composure and he said that he had, 'circulated other clubs telling them we have players available.`
The Millers started the final game of the month against Aldershot, who, by the end of the season, we would know inside out and upside down. Once again the game ended in a stalemate making it four games without a win. 'We lacked the cutting edge,` Moore said after the game, 'and although the strikers didn`t have a shot on goal it might not necessarily have been their fault. The service to them has to be better.`
Vital Man of the Month for October was Kevin Ellison
Polls of the Month
We asked if we would score against Notts County and I can tell you that 79% of the voters were wrong!
After the Notts County game we asked for marks out of ten - the most voted for was '3`.
Before our game with Bury, we asked, Who will be King on Saturday - Ronnie or Knilly - 85% of voters thought Alan Knill would come out the better manager and, those 85% were correct.