RUFC - Head-to-Head v Southampton
The last time Southampton visited Millmoor for a League game was 10 months before England won the World Cup, when a Bobby Williams goal was enough to beat the Saints in September 1965.
However we have played them twice since then in both major cup competitions, and both times Rotherham came away with memorable victories, making it 7 wins and just 2 defeats in 11 Millmoor meetings with the South coast club.
Back in November 1983, Lawrie McMenemy took his Saints team to Millmoor for a Milk Cup 3rd round tie minus Keeper Peter Shilton who picked up an injury in the defeat to Ipswich 3 days earlier.
However, Southampton were still clear favourites as they stood 8th in Division one, and had already won home games that season v Manchester United and Arsenal, plus they had come away from Anfield with a point from the then mighty Liverpool.
Rotherham were at that time struggling in 14th place in Division 3.
Referee, George Tyson of Sunderland blew to start the game in front of 8,821 at Millmoor, and it was Rotherham who opened with a blistering start and took a well deserved 12th minute lead when Andy O'Dell flighted a perfect free kick for Mark Rhodes to power home a blistering header.
Phil Walker then came close with a looping header, but Southampton equalised with their first telling attack on 24 minutes.
They pulled level with a 25 yard shot from David Armstrong.
The Millers hit back just 12 minutes later with a goal to remember.
Mick Gooding made a superb run past Mark Whitlock and Reuben Agboola to cross at speed for Bobby Mitchell to launch into a tremendous header at Shilton's replacement, Alistair Sperring, who was making his Saints debut.
Sperring touched Mitchell's header onto the bar, and Mitchell's follow-up was blocked,but he headed in at the 3rd attempt.
The first 20 minutes of the second half was nothing more than gritty survival with Nigel Johnson and Phil Crosby in inspired form, and Millers Keeper Alan Stevenson pulled off some fantastic saves.
In the last minute, Saints veteran striker Frank Worthington found a gap but Mitchell rescued things with his challenge, and it highlighted the Millers display as they battled to a victory to savour.
1. ALAN STEVENSON
2. GERRY FORREST
3. PAUL FRIAR
4. MARK RHODES
5. NIGEL JOHNSON
6. PHIL CROSBY
7. ANDY O'DELL
8. MICK GOODING
9. PHIL WALKER
10. BOBBY MITCHELL
11. WILLIE RAYNES
SUB. JOHN MCFADZEAN
MANAGER. GEORGE KERR
1. ALISTAIR SPERRING
2. REUBEN AGBOOLA
3. GRAHAM BAKER
4. DENNIS ROFE
5. MARK WHITLOCK
6. MARK WRIGHT
7. NCK HOLMES
8. STEVE MORAN
9. FRANK WORTHINGTON
10. DAVID ARMSTRONG
11. DANNY WALLACE
SUB. MARTIN FOYLE
MANAGER. LAWRIE MCMENEMY
19 years later on Tuesday January 19th 2002, it was Gordon Strachan who brought the Saints to Millmoor, this time for an FA Cup 3rd round game, re-arranged after the original tie had been postponed for wintry conditions 13 days earlier.
Southampton had started the year with a 4-2 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and a 2-0 home victory against Liverpool, but despite a 3-1 reversal at home to Manchester United 6 days before this tie, they were in decent form with 5 Premiership wins from their last 8 games, after a poor start to the season with just 3 wins in the first 14 games.
Rotherham went into this game in 18th place in the Championship, and on the back of 3 straight draws against Sheffield United, Barnsley and Watford.
Rotherham, looking for a place in round 4 for the first time in 8 years, set their stall out from the outset to take the game to their more illustrious opponents, a plan which worked to perfection for the first hour and added 2 quality goals for good measure.
Every single one of the players performed as if his life depended on the outcome.
Rotherham produced a lot of good football to go with their unbelieveable spirit.
The opening goal came on 39 minutes.
Kevin Watson curled in a free kick to perfection and Richie Barker timed his run behind the defence superbly to score with a diving header from six yards in front of an ecstatic Tivoli End.
In the 54th minute the Millers put their fans into a state of euphoria as we doubled our lead.
It was a well worked affair with Chris Sedgewick playing a clever ball over the defence and John Mullin darted in to take control before smashing a brilliant shot past Saints keeper Paul Jones.
The Saints stepped up their tempo and were let back into the game on 69 minutes when Andy Monkhouse pushed Kevin Davies in the back on the edge of the penalty area as he tried to prevent the ball from going for a corner.
Marian Pahars scored easily from the spot.
This signalled an intense period of Southampton pressure, and the last 20 minutes seemed an absolute eternity before York referee, Matt Messias blew the final whistle to signal scenes of delight from the relieved Millers fans in the crowd of 8,464.
This still remains, 6 years later as Rotherham's last win in the FA Cup.
1. MIKE POLLITT
4. ROB SCOTT
16. PAUL HURST
14. KEVIN WATSON
8. CHRIS SWAILES
15. MARTIN MCINTOSH
24. CHRIS SEDGEWICK
17. JOHN MULLIN
29. RICHIE BARKER
10. PAUL WARNE
20. ANDY MONKHOUSE
SUB. 11 NICK DAWS (SEDGEWICK 83 MINS)
SUB. 12 STEWART TALBOT (MONKHOUSE 70 MINS)
NOT USED..IAN GRAY..GUY BRANSTON..MARK ROBINS
MANAGER. RONNIE MOORE
1. PAUL JONES
2. JASON DODD
3. WAYNE BRIDGE
4. CHRIS MARSDEN
5. CLAUS LUNDEKVAM
6. PAUL WILLIAMS
12. ANDERS SVENNSSON
17. MARIAN PAHARS
19. FABRICE FERNANDES
33. PAUL TELFER
34. AUGUSTIN DELGADO
SUB. 10 KEVIN DAVIES (FERNANDES 62 MINS)
SUB. 7 MATT LE TISSIER (DELGADO 78 MINS)
NOT USED..NEIL MOSS..GARRY MONK..JO TESSEM
MANAGER. GORDON STRACHAN
Home....P 9 W 5 D 2 L 2 GOALS 17-11
Away....P 9 W 1 D 1 L 7 GOALS 12-28
Cups....P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 GOALS 4-2
TOTAL...P 20 W 8 D 3 L 9 GOALS 33-41
English Division Two
19.03.1966 Southampton 1-1 Rotherham United
25.09.1965 Rotherham United 1-0 Southampton
03.04.1965 Rotherham United 1-3 Southampton
21.11.1964 Southampton 6-1 Rotherham United
27.04.1964 Southampton 6-1 Rotherham United
01.10.1963 Rotherham United 2-3 Southampton
11.05.1963 Southampton 1-0 Rotherham United
01.09.1962 Rotherham United 2-0 Southampton
14.04.1962 Southampton 2-1 Rotherham United
25.11.1961 Rotherham United 4-2 Southampton
17.12.1960 Southampton 3-2 Rotherham United
20.08.1960 Rotherham United 1-0 Southampton
15.09.1952 Rotherham United 2-2 Southampton
10.09.1952 Southampton 2-3 Rotherham United
19.01.1952 Southampton 3-1 Rotherham United
15.09.1951 Rotherham United 4-1 Southampton
07.04.1923 Rotherham United 0-0 Southampton
31.03.1923 Southampton 4-2 Rotherham United
16.01.2002 r3 Rotherham United 2-1 Southampton
08.11.1983 r3 Rotherham United 2-1 Southampton
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