RUFC - A Look Back in the Archives
What do you remember about this day since the turn of the century?
5th February 2011
On this day twelve months ago Rotherham United beat Crewe Alexandria 3-1 at Don Valley. The game was a scrappy affair and didn't really come alive until two minutes before half-time when Nick Fenton opened the scoring. AJ Leitch-Smith equalised on sixty-two minutes for the Alex but goals from Adam Le Fondre and Ryan Taylor in the last fifteen minutes gave the Millers the victory. After the game Manager, Ronnie Moore, said that he thought his team had worked hard and thought Crewe's goal was off-side.
5th February 2010
On this day, Manager, Ronnie Moore, was bemoaning the fact that there were 'no real captains or leaders' in today's game.
Moore was also in the press saying that he thought his squad of twenty-four was too big.
On this day two years ago it was announced that the Millers would be buying full covers for Don Valley to comply with Football League guidelines.
5th February 2009
Three years ago the Millers were awaiting a pitch inspection at Underhill and, unfortunately, despite hard work from the ground staff there, the game was eventually called off
5th February 2008
On this day four years ago we were asking when did banter turn into abuse.
Dave Jones, Cardiff City manager, clashed with Stoke fans at the weekend when his team lost 2-1. It all started when reserve team manager, Paul Wilkinson, became involved in a row with a ball boy after the 'multi-balling system' suddenly seemed to stop.
Jones said, 'I've always had abuse when I've gone to Stoke. They say it's banter but it's not banter when people are hurling abuse at you. They think it's funny until you turn round and say something back then it's a different matter. The Police were brilliant and they were taking pictures of the fans involved and I think those fans should be dealt with.'
Managers had been in the media during the season for being abused from fans and then Portsmouth Manager, Harry Rednapp, said he'd been verbally abused by Aston Villa fans, saying 'You've got people saying stuff behind you who have little kids with them. I used to watch Arsenal with my dad when I was younger and there was none of that going on. Maybe I shouldn't get upset but I do and what hurts more is when I see someone going at it and they have their young son by their side. That just stinks.'
In the views of Vital posters it was mostly agreed that there was a very fine line between banter and abuse.
5th February 2007
On this day there was an 'Official Press Release' from Millmoor.
This began It has been made public recently that CF Booth Limited, alleged Landlord of the club and former majority shareholder of the club had issued proceedings in Rotherham County Court re possession of Millmoor , the Rotherham United Suite, the Training Ground and Changing Facilities at the Training Ground ('the Leases`)
But, on this day the club was successful in their application to have the possessions hearing stopped until the Club`s claim against CF Booth Limited which could take several months is decided. The Court also ruled that until the claim against CF Booth Limited is determined it should pay sums equivalent to the rental payments due to CF Booth Limited to the Court, which was something the Club had offered to the Court.
Meanwhile the then Chairman, Denis Coleman, said that they would 'pay any money due on rent past, future and present, to the Court until it has been decided if there was any mishandling over the way they took possession of the ground.'
On the pitch Manager, Alan Knill, was having problems in the left-back position. Gregor Robertson pulled out of the game the weekend before at Brighton. Knill did say that Stephen Brogan had done well there but he thought he still needed cover in that position, particularly as veteran, Paul Hurst, was sidelined after a knee operation.
5th February 2005
On this day Nottingham Forest were the visitors to Millmoor where there was a new duo of Alan Knill and Mark Robins in charge. The game ended nil-nil with new skipper, Phil Gilchrist, having stitches in his head after going in for a challenge and ending up with Marlon Kings boot there.
Teams that day
Subs not used - Montgomery, Minto, Vernazza
Subs not used - Doyle, Harris
Rotherham ended the day in bottom place in the Championship with Forest just one place above them.
5th February 2000
On this day the Millers were at Millmoor in a Division Three encounter with Macclesfield Town. The visitors went into the lead on five minutes from a Greg Rioch. The Millers equalled this with a penalty of their own on thirty-one minutes which Chris Sedgwick successfully put away. Leo Fortune-West got the winner a minute from half-time. Referee GB Frankland booked two Macclesfield players that day.
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