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RUFC - Boxing Day Crackers

RUFC - Boxing Day Crackers

Rotherham United are travelling to Cheshire on Boxing Day to take on Macclesfield at Moss Rose - which, fingers crossed and looking for black cats to hug, will be the first Boxing Day game the Millers have taken part in since 2008. That game was at Don Valley when Port Vale were the visitors and a goal on sixty-six minutes from Drewe Broughton, who had been sat on the subs bench not ten minutes earlier, gave the Millers all three points. The game will probably be best remembered for a 'bit of madness' from Marc Joseph on twenty-four minutes when he tried to get a back-pass back to David Stockdale in the Millers goal only to see Vale's Kyle Perry intercept the ball and, as he was about to shoot, Joseph pulled the player back leaving Referee Carl Boyeson no choice but to show a red card.

On Boxing Day 2007, the Millers travelled to the TFM Darlington Arena, where, due to crowd congestion, the game was delayed for fifteen minutes. Chris O'Grady opened the scoring on thirty-six minutes for the Millers, putting the ball beyond a diving David Stockdale and into the bottom corner of the net. Unfortunately for the visitors. Micky Cummins equalised on sixty-eight minutes for the home side to give both sides a point.

26th December 2006 saw Oldham Athletic beat the Millers three-two at a cold Millmoor. The first goal came just before the half-hour mark came from the Latics' Chris Porter and they went into a deserved two-nil lead on forty-two minutes with Will Haining scoring. Eugen Bopp pulled one back for Rotherham within ten minutes of the second half but on sixty-seven minutes Porter got his second and the visitors third. Ten minutes from time, Simon Charlton was adjudged to have handled in the area and Will Hoskins scored from the spot to give the Millers some hope but although they pushed everyone forward for the final ten minutes, Oldham took the points and the Millers dropped into the relegation places in League One.

Boxing Day 2005 was a 12.30 kick-off against Huddersfield Town at Millmoor. The Millers were much the better side throughout the game with Alan Knill in a caretaker manager position and Deon Burton smashed the ball into the back of the net on eight minutes. Various Millers players, including Lee Williamson, David Worrell and John Mullin had shots saved by Paul Rachubka in the visitors goal and Neil Cutler in the opposite goal had very little to do. So it was a big blow to the home side when, in the second minute of time added on after the ninety, Cutler brought off a good save from Chris Brandon only for it to fall to Gary Taylor-Fletcher who slipped the ball over the line for the equaliser.

Teams that day
Millers
Cutler
Worrell
Murdoch
Robertson
Gilchrist
Mullin
Keane (Hurst)
McLaren
Williamson
Burton (Hoskins)
Butler

Subs not used - Montgomery, S Barker, Ostemobor

Terriers
Rachubka
Clarke
Mirfin
Adams
Hudson (Ahmed)
Brandon
Holdsworth
Schofield
Worthington
Abbott (Taylor-Fletcher)
Booth

Subs not used - Senior, Clarke, McIntosh

Boxing Day 2004 saw the Millers in the Championship and on their travels to The Walker Stadium to take on Leicester City. Just over twenty-seven thousand fans were there that day to see thirteenth placed Leicester take on bottom placed Rotherham. Every Miller - player and fan - gave their all on the day and a goal on thirty-seven minutes from Shaun Barker sent the Millers fans into raptures and left the Foxes fans stunned. The home side came out for the second half much more determined but, somehow, the Millers kept them out and managed to get their first away win of the season.

2003 saw the Millers away at Wigan and the game was going into the last ten minutes when Will Hoskins scored and then two minutes later he scored again. A goal in the final minute of the game, from Nathan Etherington, gave Wigan a consolation goal.

Boxing Day 2002 ended in a two-nil win for the Millers away at Deepdale against Preston North End. A cross from Andy Monkhouse on fifty-six minutes reached Mark Robins who slid the ball under Preston 'keeper, David Lucas and five minutes from time, a miss-hit over-head kick from Richie Barker fooled Lucas and went into the net off the post.

There wasn't a game for the Millers on Boxing Day 2001 and the 2000 game ended in a nil-nil draw with Notts County at Millmoor.

Boxing Day 1999 was a Sunday and it would seem the Millers, who had tried to get the game called off due to flu going round the club, must have been to church before setting off for London Road, as, playing with the only players who were available and Manager, Ronnie Moore at home with the bug, the visitors beat the Post five-nil. Danny Hudson started the rout off on two minutes then Paul Warne got two (one on thirty-four minutes and one four minutes into the second half). On seventy-one minutes Steve Thompson got in on the act and three minutes later Leo Fortune-West made it five.

Other Boxing Day Results …


1998 - Cambridge U 3 Rotherham United 2 (Alan Knill (2))
1997 - Lincoln City 0 Rotherham United 1 (Jason White)
1995 - Rotherham United 0 Walsall 1
1994 - Rotherham United 3 (Andy Roscoe, Shaun Goater (pen), Bobby Davison)
1993 - Rotherham United 0 Burnley 1
1991 - Burnley 1 Rotherham United 2 (Tony Cunningham, Don Page)

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Writer:Herringthorpe
Date:Saturday December 24 2011
Time: 12:30PM

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