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Rotherham United travel to the Lamb Stadium to take on Tamworth on Saturday.

Tamworth FC were formed in 1933, to fill a void left by Tamworth Castle FC who folded that year, and moved into The Lamb Ground the following year.

The 1960`s was a good decade for The Lambs who won the West Midlands League in 1963-64 and 1965-66, as well as the West Midlands League Cup, Birmingham Senior Cup and Staffordshire Senior Cup.

In 1972 the club were promoted to the Southern League but financial difficulties followed and they returned to the West Midlands League twelve years later. In 1988 Tamworth won the league and were, once again, promoted to the Southern League.

Tamworth were winners of the FA Vase in 1989, won the Southern League in 2001/2 and were promoted to the Conference National in 2002-03.

In 2005/6 the club reached the third round of the FA Cup for the first time ever although they were saved from relegation the same year when Canvey Island resigned. But, there was no such luck the following season when the Lambs were relegated back into the Conference North League, although they were only there one season as they won the League and were back in the Conference National for the 2009/10 season, finishing in sixteenth place last season.

Tamworth were pushed into the limelight in February 2006 when former Arsenal, Aston Villa and England player, Paul Merson signed for the Lambs. The arrangement made was that, until the end of that season, Merson`s wages were to be paid to Walsall, who Merson used to manage. Merson played one game for Tamworth then was dropped to the bench and, less than a month after joining, he announced his retirement from professional football.

Tamworth's Manager is Dave Belford who played in goal for the Lambs from October 1988 and set a club record of seven hundred and twelve minutes without conceding a goal in February and March the following year. He left in the summer of 1990 but came back four more times to play before taking over the reins in January 2013.

Tamworth were relegated last season and begin the coming season in the Conference North.

The last time the Millers played at the Lamb Stadium was in July 2010 with Neil Mackenzie putting the hosts in front on twenty-five minutes but goals from Ryan Cresswell and Adam Le Fondre after half-time gave the Millers the win.


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