RUFC - Head to Head v Grimsby
Rotherham United entertain Grimsby Town in the 2nd round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday night at Millmoor, here's a look back at the history of cup meetings between the 2 clubs.
Although the Millers have the lions share of wins in the Football League against Grimsby with 20 wins to 11, the Mariners have the edge on cup wins over us by 5 wins to 3 in 9 games.
The vast majority of the 9 games came between 1984 and 1991.
The last cup meeting was a first round League Cup tie in 1991 played over 2 legs.
Grimsby took an healthy 3-1 lead in the first leg at Millmoor as future Miller Jim Dobbin opened the scoring and Murray Jones made it 2-0 by half time.
Ronnie Robinson pulled one back for Rotherham after the break, but former Barnsley striker Tony Rees made it 3-1 to the visitors and left the Millers with a mountain to climb at Blundell Park 7 days later.
It proved to be too much for Rotherham and a solitary second leg goal from former European Cup winner Garry Birtles gave Grimsby the tie 4-1 on aggregate, and set them up with a money spinning 2nd round tie with Aston Villa.
Prior to this meeting was in 1988-89 when the 2 teams met strangely on 6 occasions in 4 different competitions.
The League meetings both went to Rotherham as we headed for the 4th division championship, but it was mixed fortunes in the cups.
First of all was a 2 legged tie in the League Cup, and a second half own goal from Grimsby's former Wolves defender Stephen Stoutt gave Rotherham the advantage at Blundell Park, then a first half winner from Tony Grealish at Millmoor gave us a 2-0 aggregate win and the pick of the second round draw as Rotherham drew Manchester United.
In November of that year Rotherham were drawn to play Grimsby in the Johnstone Paints former life when it was known as the Sherpa Van Trophy.
The game was played at Grimsby and despite losing to a Steve Saunders goal that night we went through from the group stages courtesy of a 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers a fortnight later.
We were eliminated from the Trophy in the first knockout stage after a 4-3 defeat at Blackpool.
Finally that season was a second round FA Cup tie, again at Blundell Park.
The Millers went out after a 3-2 defeat, with Tony Grealish and a Mark Dempsey penalty coming from us and goals from Shaun Cunnington, Mark North and a Billy Russell own goal giving the Mariners a 3rd round tie with Middlesborough.
The other games were a best to be forgotten 6-1 defeat at Grimsby in a 1984-85 League Cup 3rd round replay after a goalless draw at Millmoor.
Alan Birch scoring Rotherham's solitary goal and goals from 6 different players for the home side.
Kevin Drinkell, Steve Foley, Gary Lund, Paul Wilkinson, Phil Bonnyman and Paul Emson netting for Grimsby.
The first cup tie between the 2 clubs was a 3-1 win for the Millers at Grimsby in a 2nd round League Cup tie in 1963.
Millers goals coming from James Blain, Ian Butler and Brian Tiler.
Complete Record v Grimsby
Home..P 20 W 13 D 5 L 2 GLS 33-15
Away..P 20 W 7 D 4 L 9 GLS 27-31
Cups..P 9 W 3 D 1 L 5 GLS 9-15
Totals..P 49 W 23 D 10 L 16 GLS 69-61
English Divison One
18.03.2003 Rotherham Utd 0-1 Grimsby Town
19.10.2002 Grimsby Town 0-0 Rotherham Utd
29.01.2002 Rotherham Utd 1-1 Grimsby Town
05.10.2001 Grimsby Town 0-2 Rotherham Utd
English Divisoin Three (old)
12.03.1991 Rotherham Utd 1-4 Grimsby Town
02.10.1990 Grimsby Town 2-1 Rotherham Utd
English Division Four (old)
07.03.1989 Rotherham Utd 1-0 Grimsby Town
17.09.1988 Grimsby Town 0-4 Rotherham Utd
English DIvison Three (old)
08.03.1988 Grimsby Town 2-1 Rotherham Utd
29.09.1987 Rotherham Utd 0-0 Grimsby Town
English Division Two (old)
04.04.1983 Grimsby Town 1-2 Rotherham Utd
27.12.1982 Rotherham Utd 3-0 Grimsby Town
10.04.1982 Rotherham Utd 2-2 Grimsby Town
09.02.1982 Grimsby Town 1-2 Rotherham Utd
English Divison Three (old)
08.03.1980 Rotherham Utd 0-0 Grimsby Town
27.10.1979 Grimsby Town 2-0 Rotherham Utd
12.03.1977 Grimsby Town 1-1 Rotherham Utd
02.10.1976 Rotherham Utd 3-2 Grimsby Town
17.04.1976 Rotherham Utd 3-0 Grimsby Town
26.12.1975 Grimsby Town 4-1 Rotherham Utd
30.12.1972 Rotherham Utd 2-0 Grimsby Town
19.08.1972 Grimsby Town 2-1 Rotherham Utd
English Division Two (old)
29.02.1964 Grimsby Town 1-3 Rotherham Utd
16.11.1963 Rotherham Utd 1-0 Grimsby Town
07.05.1963 Rotherham Utd 0-0 Grimsby Town
13.10.1962 Grimsby Town 1-2 Rotherham Utd
30.03.1959 Rotherham Utd 2-1 Grimsby Town
27.03.1959 Grimsby Town 1-1 Rotherham Utd
15.02.1958 Rotherham Utd 2-0 Grimsby Town
18.01.1958 Grimsby Town 3-1 Rotherham Utd
20.04.1957 Grimsby Town 3-2 Rotherham Utd
08.12.1956 Rotherham Utd 2-1 Grimsby Town
English Division Three (North)
16.01.1926 Grimsby Town 3-0 Rotherham Utd
05.09.1925 Rotherham Utd 2-1 Grimsby Town
24.01.1925 Grimsby Town 3-1 Rotherham Utd
20.09.1924 Rotherham Utd 3-0 Grimsby Town
09.02.1924 Grimsby Town 1-1 Rotherham Utd
02.02.1924 Rotherham Utd 2-1 Grimsby Town
English Divison Two (old)
15.11.1919 Rotherham Utd 3-1 Grimsby Town
08.11.1919 Grimsby Town 0-1 Rotherham Utd
English FA Cup
10.12.1988 r2 Grimsby Town 3-2 Rotherham Utd
English League Cup
27.08.1991 r1-2 Grimsby Town 1-0 Rotherham Utd
20.08.1991 r1-1 Rotherham Utd 1-3 Grimsby Town
06.09.1988 r1-2 Rotherham Utd 1-0 Grimsby Town
30.08.1988 r1-1 Grimsby Town 0-1 Rotherham Utd
06.11.1984 r3r Grimsby Town 6-1 Rotherham Utd
30.10.1984 r3 Rotherham Utd 0-0 Grimsby Town
25.09.1963 r2 Grimsby Town 1-3 Rotherham Utd
English Sherpa Vans Trophy
29.11.1988 n.prg4 Grimsby Town 1-0 Rotherham Utd