RUFC - A Look Back at Last Season - December
December began with two cancellations in two days due to terrible weather conditions.
Firstly the Trust's Fans Forum was postponed followed by the Millers game at Gillingham. After a few grumbles about the early postponement of the game, Chief Operating Officer, Paul Douglas said, 'Common sense had to prevail.'
Ronnie Moore was nominated for the Manager of November along with Micky Adams of Port Vale, Paul Buckle of Torquay and Shrewsbury's Graham Turner. In the end it was Adams who won the award.
Moore went on record as saying that he would be looking to bring in a midfielder in the January transfer window.
With the bad weather continuing it was impossible for the Millers to get any outside training done and they were finding it difficult to find places to train indoors. Luckily, Sheffield Wednesday were able to step in and help out and Rotherham spent two days at the Owls indoor dome facilities.
The Millers were pleased to announce that they had signed Danny Coid for an extra month.
The only game of December was played on the 11th at Don Valley after fans had turned out to help clear the pitch of snow. An Adam Le Fondre goal, five minutes before half-time, was enough to give the Millers all three points. Although everyone was happy to get a win the game was spoiled when skipper, Ryan Cresswell, had to be stretchered off on sixty-six minutes with a broken collar bone.
After the game, Ronnie Moore had nothing but praise for Man of the Match Marcus Marshall, saying he was getting 'hotter and hotter.'
Marcus himself said, 'It was difficult not getting into the team at the start of the season but I'd got people telling me to keep going and the chance would come. I was playing well in the Reserves and when I got my chance to move up I had to take it. I feel confident at the moment and I know the manager has confidence in me.'
The Reserves managed to get a game in and did well to beat Nottingham Forest reserves at Don Valley, two-nil. Tom Elliott and Tom Pope scored the goals. The good news was that Dale Tonge got through his first ninety minutes of play since March. After the game, trialist Chris Arthur was signed on a two month deal.
The next game for the Millers was to be at Plainmoor against Torquay. The team had already set off when it was announced that, due to health and safety, there would be no standing at the game the following day. I suppose, on reflection, us fans should have thought twice before setting off at 6 am on Saturday to the game (though we had been assured twice the evening before that there wouldn't be a problem), but, hindsight is a wonderful thing isn't it? Well we set off and at our half-way stop we phoned Torquay and was told the game was definitely on. We were just an hour away from Torquay when we got a message to say the game was off. Well, the rest is history and having been stuck on the motorway for hours without moving we finally limped home at midnight. What you do to support your team, eh! The club apologised to the fans who travelled, though they were as much 'put-out' as anyone, taking more than eleven hours to get home themselves.
It was announced that the club were involved in talks about the new ground and a 'safe standing' area wasn't in those plans. Chairman, Tony Stewart, said that the new stadium would 'turn heads' and that he couldn't wait to show the fans what the stadium was going to be like.
The Boxing Day game at Stockport was called off on 23rd December with the game at Don Valley on 28th December being called off too after the pitch failed an early inspection.
On the last day of the year, Chairman, Tony Stewart said it had been a frustrating month with all the postponements.
Paul Downing, who was on loan from West Brom, went back to the Hawthorns without actually playing a game for the Millers.
Rotherham United fan and World Cup Referee, Howard Webb became an MBE in the New Years Honours.
Marcus Marshall was among the running for the League Two ESPN PFA Fans' Award for December. Also on the short-list was Jack Lester and Jamie Lowry of Chesterfield, Chris Dunn of Northampton, Stuart Beavon of Wycombe.
Although only playing one game, Marcus was also Vital Rotherham's player of the month.
At the end of December the Millers were in fourth place in League Two with thirty-four points. Ahead of them were Bury on goal difference, Port Vale with thirty-six points and Chesterfield were top with thirty-eight points.
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