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RUFC - FAO - The Statto's Amongst Us

Rotherham United finally left Don Valley after four years last weekend still to start their new life, next season, in the New York Stadium back home in Rotherham.

Going there full of enthusiasm I think it soon became clear to the fans of the Millers that the Don Valley Stadium was never going to be conducive to football, whether on the pitch or in the stands that were even cold in the summer as the wind swirled around.

Hopefully we can now put all that behind us and look forward to an enclosed stadium with a brand new pitch and brand new facilities.

But what about the stats at Don Valley?

For instance - there have been two hundred and twenty-four games of football, in all competitions, played there with the Millers winning eighty-seven of them, losing eighty and drawing fifty-seven.

The Millers have scored one hundred and fifty-five goals in their four years at Don Valley and have had one hundred and eleven scored against them. And it won't come as a surprise to many Millers fans that Adam Le Fondre has scored thirty-eight of those goals with Lewis Grabban, this season, scoring thirteen of his goals at Don Valley.

The Millers won their first ever League game at Don Valley when a goal from Reuben Reid a minute before half-time was enough to give them a one-nil win over Lincoln City on 9th August 2008 and the first loss didn't come until 18th October when Barnet won four-three.

The first Millers team to play at Don Valley was
Andy Warrington
Ian Sharps
Marc Joseph
Pablo Mills
Mark Lynch
Danny Harrison
Mark Hudson
Jamie Green
Alex Rhodes (Micky Cummins - 57)
Ryan Taylor
Reuben Reid (Peter Holmes - 89)

Subs not used - Steve Cann, Nick Fenton, Dale Tonge

The first player to be sent off at Don Valley was Lee Thorpe of Rochdale on 13th September 2008 with the first Millers player to see a red card being on Boxing Day of the same year when Marc Joseph got his marching orders on twenty-four minutes against Port Vale.

The highest crowd seen at Don Valley was on 19th May 2010 against Aldershot in the second leg of the League Two Play-Off semi-final when 7,082 fans were in the ground. At the other end of the scale the lowest crowd of 1,677 was on 31 August 2009 against Lincoln City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The first crowd recorded was against Lincoln and was 4,748 while 4,729 saw the Millers last game at Don Valley in May against Northampton Town.

So as we take a last look back at Don Valley Stadium, what are your memories? Which was the best game you saw there and/or the best goal? Are you pleased to see the back of Don Valley or didn't it really affect you at all? Come and tell us here on Vital Rotherham
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Writer: Herringthorpe  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 14 2012

Time: 7:43AM

 

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