RUFC - A look back in the archives
A quick look back at the 17th January over the last ten years in the Millers archives
17h January 2009
A goal in eighteen minutes from Mark Hudson gave the Millers all three points against Bournemouth at Don Valley. This took the Millers up a place to nineteenth place in League Two.
17th January 2008
The Millers were optimistic that the game against Wycombe the following day at Millmoor would go ahead after a heavy spell of rain. Luckily, the rain did hold off and the game went ahead. This was a special game for the Millers and was named 'United Rotherham' and ticket prices were lowered in hopes of getting more fans in and to show Rotherham Borough Council that the club needed a new stadium. Just over six thousand seven hundred fans turned up to the game which saw the Millers draw one all with Stephen Brogan scoring for the Millers and Scott McGleish getting an equaliser for the visitors.
17th January 2007
On this day, the Millers Reserves drew with York City Reserves at the Kit Kat Stadium, one all. Ryan Taylor was the goal scorer for the Millers and the Reserve team that day was
Montgomery, Wiseman, Green, Lodge, King (captain), Kerr, Davies, Harrison, Newsham, Taylor, Yates - subs: Hemsley, Liversidge, Thomas, Pendleton, Hirst
17th January 2004
It was on this day in 2004 when top of the Championship, Norwich City, came to Millmoor to take on Rotherham who were in seventeenth place and this game had everything from a hat-trick, a red card and a punch up at half-time!
The Millers controlled the first part of the game which led to a goal from Martin Butler on twenty-eight minutes after a poor clearance from Iwan Roberts. But, a minute later, Roberts made amends by getting an equaliser. Five minutes later Mike Pollitt made a brilliant point blank save from a Leon McKenzie header only for the forward to get the ball from the save and put it into the back of the net. But the Millers weren't going to give in and three minutes before half-time Chris Sedgwick found Butler who got his and the Millers second of the game. But on the stroke of half-time the visitors were awarded a controversial penalty by referee Jones of Chester when Darren Huckerby 'fell' down in the penalty area under what they said was a challenge from Shaun Barker and scored from the spot. The Millers were livid with this decision and Manager, Ronnie Moore, ran half the pitch to confront Huckerby as the teams were going off for half-time, which led to a twenty man fracas. Heated words and punches were thrown as stewards tried to get in to intervene and during the melee Guy Branston received a red card for punching McKenzie while Ronnie Moore was sent to the stands for the second half. It appears that Branston hit out at McKenzie after the striker spat at him and word got back to the referee who went to the home dressing room during the break and brandished a red card at Branston.
The Millers set off well in the second half and the anger they must have been feeling went into the game and Martin Butler got his hat-trick on sixty-five minutes followed by a John Mullin goal, after a good mazy run by Sedgwick, ten minutes later to give the home side the lead once again. Unfortunately for the Millers, with only a minute left of the game, Damien Francis unleashed an unstoppable shot that settled into the back of the net past a diving Mike Pollitt.
Teams that Day
Subs not used - Montgomery, Barker, Talbot, Warne
Subs not used - Mulryne, Brennan, Crichton
This game against Norwich is one that will stick in my mind for many years to come. What about you? What games involving the Millers won't you ever forget? Tell us about your Millers memories here on Vital Rotherham