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RUFC - A Quick Look At Next Season's Opponents - 1

RUFC - A Quick Look At Next Season's Opponents - 1

Rotherham United will start next season in The Championship - so let's have a quick look at our opponents for next season

No teams in the Championship begin with A so we will be starting with the letter 'B'

Birmingham City

Birmingham City came into being in 1875 although they were originally called Small Heath Alliance. Thirteen years later they dropped the 'Alliance` from their name before becoming Birmingham City in 1943.

Last season the highest the Blues got in the Championship was 16th but gaining only four points throughout March and April sent them hurtling into the bottom three. Needing a draw in the last game of the season (away at Bolton) they looked like they were dead and buried when Bolton went two-nil up. But goals from Nikola Zigic and Paul Caddis brought it back to two-two and put them in twenty-first place ahead of Doncaster Rovers on goal difference.

Top scorer last season was Lee Novak

The Millers and Blues have met twenty-six times in the league - Birmingham winning thirteen of those game to the Millers five. The last game, at Millmoor, was a two-all draw - Darren Byfield opened the scoring for the hosts but two minutes later Martin Grainger equalised for City. Martin McIntosh regained the lead in the second half for the Millers only for an own goal from Chris Beech twenty minutes from the end giving the visitors a share of the points.

Ground - St Andrew`s
Nickname - Blues
Manager - Lee Clark





Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers were established in 1875 becoming a founding member of the Football League thirteen years later.

Rovers were in and around mid-table for most of last season their best position being eighth after a thrilling last game at home to Wigan Athletic which saw seven goal - four of which went to Blackburn.

Rovers Manager Gary Bowyer isn`t a stranger to Millers fans after ending his playing days at Millmoor where he played from 1995-1997.

Top scorer last year was Jordan Rhodes

The Millers and Rovers have met twenty-eight times in the league in the past with Rovers winning fourteen to the Millers ten. The last time the two met was at Ewood Park in the FA Cup in December 2004. Dwight Yorke (2), Andy Cole and Damien Duff made it four-nil before half-time and with no-more goals being scored saw them go through to the next round.

Ground - Ewood Park
Nickname - Rovers
Manager - Gary Bowyer



Blackpool

Founded in 1887, Blackpool have played in every division of the Football League and became the first English club to win promotion to every league via the play-offs.

Will always best be remembered for 'The Matthews` FA Cup Final in 1953.

Started last season well, ending the first month in top spot but slowly slipped down the league leading the owners to sack Manager Paul Ince in the middle of January after losing two-nil to Barnsley. Caretaker Manager Barry Ferguson couldn`t stop the rot and the Seasiders ended the season in twentieth place having lost six of their final seven games.

Top scorer last year was Ricardo Fuller with just six goals in all competitions.

The Millers and Blackpool have met forty times in the league in the past with Blackpool coming out on top in the wins with nineteen to the Millers sixteen. The last time the two met was at Millmoor in March 2007 when a goal from Chris O`Grady on the hour mark gave the hosts all three points.

Ground - Bloomfield Road
Nickname - The Seasiders, 'Pool, The Tangerines
Manager - Jose Riga



Bolton Wanderers

1984 saw Christ Church Football Club formed changing their name to Bolton Wanderers three years later. Although they`ve played in every league they are probably best known for their exploits in the FA Cup, winning it four times in seven appearances.

The season didn`t start so well for Wanderers losing to League One side Tranmere Rovers in the League Cup and ending bottom of the league at the end of August but they slowly worked themselves up the Championship to finish in a respectable mid-table place of fourteenth.

Top scorer last season was Jermaine Beckford

The Millers and Bolton have met thirty times in the league in the past with the Millers winning thirteen to Bolton`s six. The two haven`t met since the 1992/3 season when both teams won at their respective grounds.

Ground - Reebok Stadium
Nickname - The Trotters, The Wanderers
Manager - Dougie Freedman



Bournemouth

Starting out as Boscombe FC the club changed their name to Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic in 1923 which also saw them elected into the Football League. In 1972 the club dropped Boscombe and Athletic and became known as AFC Bournemouth.

One of the things Bournemouth are probably best remembered for are the nine goals striker Ted McDougall scored in an eleven-nil FA Cup win over Margate in November 1971.

The first month of the season saw them in sixth place but after a blip or two found themselves going into December in seventeenth place before slowly climbing up the table to finish the season in tenth place.

Former Miller Lewis Grabban was the Cherries top goalscorer last year.

The Millers and the Cherries have met thirty-eight times in the league in the past with Bournemouth winning sixteen to Rotherham`s fourteen. The last time the pair met was at Don Valley in February 2010. After Tom Pope had put the Millers one-up, a goal from Brett Pitman and two from Danny Hollands saw the Cherries go home with all three points.

Ground - Dean Court
Nickname - The Cherries
Manager - Eddie Howe



Brentford

Founded in 1889 by the local Rowing Club, the Bees had various homes before finally moving to Griffin Park in 1904. In the late 1960`s with money being tight it looked like QPR were in line to take over Brentford but an emergency loan averted that at practically the last minute.

Brentford were runners up to Wolves in League One to see them start next season in the Championship.

Top scorer last season was Clayton Donaldson

The Millers and Bees have previously met fifty-four times in the league with Rotherham winning twenty-two of those encounters to Brentford`s sixteen. Last season saw both games won by the Millers - one-nil at Griffin Park where Mark Bradley scored on fourteen minutes and three-nil at the New York Stadium when Kieran Agard (2) and Wes Thomas were the scorers.

Ground - Griffin Park
Nickname - The Bees
Manager - Mark Warburon




Brighton and Hove Albion

Founded in 1901 Brighton played began their early years in the Southern League before being elected to the Football League in 1920. The Seagulls had little success until Alan Mullery led them to First Division and although having wins against Arsenal and Manchester United they also suffered heavy defeats and ended up being relegated.

Last season Brighton finished in sixth place in the Championship but lost six-two on aggregate to Derby County in the play-off semi-finals.

Last season's top scorer was Leonardo Ulloa

The Millers and the Seagulls have met forty-two times in the league in the past with the spoils being shared with fifteen wins each. The last time the two met was at the Withdean Stadium in February 2007 when the game ended goalless.

Ground - Falmer Stadium
Nickname - The Seagulls
Manager - Sami Hyypia






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Writer:Herringthorpe
Date:Saturday July 5 2014
Time: 9:44AM

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