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RUFC - We're On Our Way To Wembley

RUFC - We're On Our Way To Wembley

Rotherham United are going to Wembley - for the third time in their lifespan.

The last time the Millers were at the 'new' Wembley was on 30th May 2010 for their encounter with Dagenham and Redbridge in the League Two Play-Off Final.

The Millers had finished the season in fifth place behind Morecambe, Rochdale, Bournemouth and Notts County with the latter three being promoted. The Daggers finished two places and one point behind the Millers.

Rotherham had beaten Aldershot in the semi-final, three-nil on aggregate while Dagenham took on Morecambe and won seven-two over the two games.

The final began in the sunshine and the pressure from the Daggers finally paid off when a curling shot from Paul Benson on thirty-eight minutes put them in front. But they hadn't finished celebrating when, just a minute later, a Kevin Ellison looped ball found Ryan Taylor who headed past Tony Roberts to equalise. Dagenham came out the livelier for the second half and it was no surprise when they regained the lead on the fifty-sixth minute when Danny Green shot from the edge of the area beating Andy Warrington to make it two-one. But four minutes later that man Ryan Taylor was there again when a superb ball from Nicky Law found the striker who controlled the ball and slammed it into the net for his, and the Millers, second equaliser sending the Millers fans barmy. But ten minutes from the end of the game a Dominic Green corner fell to Jon Nurse and his shot took a deflection off a defender and went into the net to make it three-two and this time Ryan Taylor nor anyone else could get the third equaliser.

Teams That Day
Dagenham and Redbridge
Nurse (Montgomery)
Scott (Walsh)

Subs not used - Lewington, Uddin, Bingham, Tejan-Sie, Currie

Rotherham United
Mills (Marshall)
Ellison (Bell-Baggie)
Le Fondre

Subs not used - Annerson, Green, Warne, Walker, Broughton

The first time the Millers appeared at Wembley was the 'Old Wembley' in the Auto Windscreens Shield Trophy in April 1996.

The Millers topped Group Two of the Northern Section which included Burnley and Chester City with Rotherham beating Chester away and drawing one-all with Burnley at Millmoor.

The second round saw the Millers beat Wigan on penalties at Millmoor and in the area finals were at home against Lincoln City who they beat three-one. While Rotherham beat York City in the area semi-final Carlisle were winning at home against Chesterfield. The area final saw the Millers beat the Cumbrians two-nil in both home and away legs to send them into the final at Wembley against Shrewsbury Town.

The 14th April saw thousands and thousands of Millers descend on the capital and saw the Millers take the lead on twenty minutes from Nigel Jemson and thirteen minutes into the second half the Millers doubled the lead, the goal coming from hero Jemson again. It was a nervy end to the game when Mark Taylor scored for Shrewsbury to make it two-one but with the Millers fans desperately willing the clock to go round quicker they held on and lifted the trophy at the end of the game. Unfortunately the season ended with disaster when Rotherham were relegated from to the old Division Three.

Teams That Day
Rotherham United

Subs not used - Bower, Hayward, McGovern

Shrewsbury Town
Robinson (Lynch)
Spink (Anthrobus)

Sub not used - Clarke

Here's hoping that Sunday's game will be firstly a good game and secondly a win for the Millers.

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Date:Monday May 19 2014
Time: 9:28AM

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