RUFC - On This Day - 4 December
A few memories of this day in the past .....
4th December 2011
This time last year the Millers were getting over their defeat in the FA Cup second round to Shrewsbury Town at the Greenhous Meadow. Having lost to a penalty Millers Manager Andy Scott was unimpressed with referee Lee Collins saying that it was 'no way' a penalty as Marvin Morgan 'fell over his own legs'.
4th December 2010
It was on this day two years ago that Millers Manager Ronnie Moore was nominated for the League Two Manager of the Month award.
4th December 2009
Three years ago the Millers Chairman Tony Stewart told us that the cost of the new stadium and training ground would be in the region of £20 to £25 million. Mr Stewart wouldn't say where the stadium was to be built but confirmed that the new training ground would be built at Wingfield (of course, now we know different!)
Meanwhile, back on the pitch, Ronnie Moore asked Millers' fans to be patient with striker Ryan Taylor after the fans had been getting on the twenty-one year old back a little over recent months.
'I am trying to get the best out of him,' Moore said, 'and we need to stick by people and that's why a bit of understanding from the fans could help.'
Adam Rundle, on loan from Rochdale, was enjoying his time with the Millers and hinted that, if offered, he'd be happy to stay.
The club announced that season tickets holders would have the chance to 'fetch a friend' to the Boxing Day game against Darlington at Don Valley for £5.
4th December 2008
Mark Robins added to his backroom staff on this day four years ago by fetching in former Derby County coach Steve Taylor.
The Millers were getting ready for a trip the Shrewsbury and the team news coming from the club was that Pablo Mills would be out as he was looking to have a hernia operation while Andy Warrington was also injured with David Stockdale deputising.
4th December 2007
Mark Robins was getting set to take him Millers side to Saltergate (Recreation Ground) for an evening league fixture with the Millers Manager hoping that Jack Lester would shake off an injury and play for the Spireites. Robins said, 'If you want to be successful then you have to play against the best in your division. So, if he plays that's fine, if he doesn't then that's fine too.'
Confidence was running high for this game amongst Millers followers with a Vital Rotherham Poll looking like this -
The question of our last poll was
Will we win at Saltergate on Wednesday?
The full result was:
Yes,of course we will! (41%)
Yes - just (17%)
It will be a draw (8%)
No - remember they are our bogey team (4%)
• and I can tell you that 41% of voters were correct!
4th December 2006
Six years ago Millers midfielder Martin Woods that it was Manager Alan Knill's 'astute guidance` that had helped them power clear of the relegation zone. The then twenty-year old said, 'He tries to play good football and he asks players for their ideas.'
Knill had just been awarded the Yorkshire regions 'Manager of the Year' award in Sheffield with the Millers Manager saying he had no idea he was up for an award. 'I was invited and went along with the chairman. It was a complete surprise when it was announced. I am not the sort of person who wants pats on the back I just want to get on with the job.' he said.
4th December 2004
On this day eight years ago the Millers had travelled to the Withdean Stadium to take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the Championship. The game looked like being a stalemate until eight minutes from time when Dan Harding scored for the home side.
Millers Team that day
S Barker (Proctor)
Subs not used - Montgomery, Minto, Gilchrist
4th December 2002
Rotherham United travelled to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn Rovers in the Fourth Round of the League Cup. Dwight Yorke put Rovers in front on twelve minutes with Andy Cole doubling the score four minutes later. Dwight Yorke got his second and Rovers third on thirty-nine minutes and Damien Duff made it four-nil two minutes from half-time. The Millers put up a bit more of a fight in the second half with no more goals being scored but, in all honestly, Rovers were much the better team on the night.
4th December 2000
The Millers were getting ready to take on Chesterfield at Millmoor in the Football League Trophy on this day in the year 2000. The game, which was played the following night went into extra time with the Spireites winning on the one hundredth and fourth minute with a Ryan Williams goal.
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