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March 31st in Millers history

March 31st has been a mixture of good and bad for Rotherham United over the years, with 6 wins and 1 draw in 16 matches.
However, 4 of those victories were instrumental in winning The Millers promotion in the respective seasons.

Firstly a Derby day victory over Barnsley at Millmoor in 1975.
First half goals from Richard Finney and Trevor Womble in this Easter Monday fixture kept Rotherham in 3rd place in front of 9,989 fans.
We would hold on to that position at the season's end to win promotion from Diviion 4 along with Champions Mansfield and Runners-up Shrewsbury.

The next victory came in 1981 as Rotherham beat Burnley 1-0 at fortress Millmoor.
Ronnie Moore scoring the only goal to keep The Millers unbeaten at home in Division 3 for 20 games.
9,762 witnessed this Tuesday night win which kept The Millers on course for the 3rd Division title.

Next up was a 1-0 win over Halifax during the 1991-92 promotion winning season.
A Robert Wilson goal left Rotherham just 1 point off Blackpool and Mansfield in the promotion places.
4,517 saw this midweek win and we would go on to leapfrog both the teams above us that day to go up from Division 4 as Runners-up to Burnley.

Finally a very special day for the current Millers caretaker boss Mark Robins.
On this day in 2001, Rotherham went into the Millmoor clash with Swindon Town sitting pretty at the top of Division 2, despite losing 4-3 the previous week at bottom club Oxford.
Gary Alexander put the Wiltshire club ahead after just 6 minutes.
An own goal from Alan Reeves brought Rotherham back level on 13 minutes
The game then swung our way as Mark Robins opened his account for the afternoon on 25.
However 3 minutes later and matters were tied as Alexander notched his second for the club in 20th position.
4 minutes after the break and former Forest star Ian Woan put Swindon back in front at 3-2.
Rotherham were now looking at their 2nd defeat of the week against low placed clubs, but then up stepped hero of the hour Mark Robins.
He tied the game yet again with his 21st league goal of the season on 67 minutes, and just 6 minutes from time sent the majority of the 7,106 fans delirious with the winning goal.
Robins left with the matchball after his first Millers hat-trick and we were on our way to Division 1 as runners-up to Millwall.

1928 D3N New Brighton A D 1-1
1934 D3N Gateshead A L 1-4
1951 D3N Hartlepools United A L 1-3
1956 DIV2 Bristol Rovers A W 4-1
1962 DIV2 Newcastle United A L 0-1
1970 DIV3 Tranmere Rovers H L 0-1
1972 DIV3 York City A L 0-2
1973 DIV3 Bolton Wanderers H W 1-0
1975 DIV4 Barnsley H W 2-0
1979 DIV3 Exeter City A L 0-2
1981 DIV3 Burnley H W 1-0
1986 DIV3 Darlington H L 1-2
1990 DIV3 Crewe Alexandra H L 1-3
1992 DIV4 Halifax Town H W 1-0
1997 LD2 Blackpool A L 1-4
2001 LD2 Swindon Town H W 4-3

Played 16,
Won 6,
Drawn 1,
Lost 9,
For 19,
Against 27

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Date:Saturday March 31 2007

Time: 7:27AM

Your Comments

After the bitter disappointment of defeat at Oxford in 2001, the Swindon result was just the tonic for our promotion hopes. Arguably Robbo's best game in a Millers shirt.??? Thanks for the great memories Mark.
For anybody who didnt know, the Swindon matchball was the one very very generously donated by Mark Robins towards the Mitch Cassell appeal. Given Mark's own personal circumstances surrounding that day at Millmoor in 2001, it was generosity beyond compare. Mark you're an officer and a gentleman sir...
He certainly is Zip. The Oxford game is a memory sticker - on a personal note, I think he's giving us some nice memories at the moment too

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