List of Rotherham United F.C. seasons

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Rotherham United's league performance from their first season to the 2017–18 season.

Rotherham United Football Club is an association football club based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The club was formed in 1925 as a merger between Rotherham Town and Rotherham County when it was decided that having two professional clubs in the town was not sustainable.[1] After the merger, the club was elected to play in the Football League Third Division North. United played in the Third Division North until 1950–51, when they were champions of the division and were promoted to the Second Division.[2] During their first spell in the Second Division the club reached the fifth round of the FA Cup twice and were runners up in the inaugural Football League Cup, which is the furthest they have reached in these competitions.[3] Their furthest Football League Trophy run saw the club win the competition in the 1995–96 season defeating Shrewsbury Town 2–1 in the final.[4]

As at the end of 2016–17, the club's first team has remained in the English Football League since its formation.[3] Their highest finish came in 1954–55 when they finished in third place in the Second Division, missing out on promotion to the top division only on goal average.[1] In total the club has spent 26 seasons in the second tier of the English football league system, 46 in the third and 13 in the fourth. Rotherham has qualified for three Football League play-offs, in 1998–99 they lost in the Third Division semi-final to Leyton Orient,[5] in 2009–10 they reached the League Two final but lost 3–2 to Dagenham & Redbridge,[6] and in 2013–14 they reached the League One final and defeated Leyton Orient in a penalty shoot-out to gain promotion the Football League Championship.[7] The table details their achievements in first-team competitions for each completed season since their first appearance in the Football League in 1925–26.

Key[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Season League record FA Cup EFL Cup EFL Trophy
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
1925–26 Div 3N 42 17 7 18 69 92 41 14th R3
1926–27 Div 3N 42 10 12 20 70 92 32 19th R1
1927–28 Div 3N 42 14 11 17 65 69 39 14th R3
1928–29 Div 3N 42 15 9 18 60 77 39 16th R1
1929–30 Div 3N 42 11 8 23 67 113 30 20th R3
1930–31 Div 3N 42 13 12 17 81 83 38 14th R1
1931–32 Div 3N 40 14 4 22 63 72 32 19th R1
1932–33 Div 3N 42 14 6 22 60 84 34 17th R1
1933–34 Div 3N 42 10 8 24 53 91 28 21st R3
1934–35 Div 3N 42 19 7 16 86 73 45 9th R2
1935–36 Div 3N 42 16 9 17 69 66 41 11th R2
1936–37 Div 3N 42 14 7 21 78 91 35 17th R1
1937–38 Div 3N 42 20 10 12 68 56 50 6th R2
1938–39 Div 3N 42 17 8 17 64 64 42 11th R1
1939–45 No competitive football was played between 1939 and 1945 due to the Second World War.
1945–46 [a] R4
1946–47 Div 3N 42 29 6 7 114 53 64 2nd R3
1947–48 Div 3N 42 25 9 8 95 49 59 2nd R1
1948–49 Div 3N 42 28 6 8 90 46 62 2nd R3
1949–50 Div 3N 42 19 10 13 80 59 48 6th R3
1950–51 Up-arrow Div 3N promoted 46 31 9 6 103 41 71 1st R4
1951–52 Div 2 42 17 8 17 73 71 42 9th R4
1952–53 Div 2 42 16 9 17 75 74 41 12th R5
1953–54 Div 2 42 21 7 14 80 67 49 5th R4
1954–55 Div 2 42 25 4 13 94 64 54 3rd R4
1955–56 Div 2 42 12 9 21 56 75 33 19th R3
1956–57 Div 2 42 13 11 18 74 75 37 17th R3
1957–58 Div 2 42 14 5 23 65 101 33 18th R3
1958–59 Div 2 42 10 9 23 42 82 29 20th R3
1959–60 Div 2 42 17 13 12 61 60 47 8th R4
1960–61 Div 2 42 12 13 17 65 64 37 15th R4 RU
1961–62 Div 2 42 16 9 17 70 76 41 9th R3 QF
1962–63 Div 2 42 17 6 19 67 74 40 14th R3 R4
1963–64 Div 2 42 19 7 16 90 78 45 7th R3 QF
1964–65 Div 2 42 14 12 16 70 69 40 14th R4 R3
1965–66 Div 2 42 16 14 12 75 74 46 7th R4 R4
1966–67 Div 2 42 13 10 19 61 70 36 18th R4 R3
1967–68 down-arrow Div 2 relegated 42 10 11 21 42 76 31 21st R5 R2
1968–69 Div 3 46 16 13 17 56 50 45 11th R2 R1
1969–70 Div 3 46 15 14 17 62 54 44 14th R3 R3
1970–71 Div 3 46 17 16 13 64 60 50 8th R3 R2
1971–72 Div 3 46 20 15 11 69 52 55 5th R4 R1
1972–73 down-arrow Div 3 relegated 46 17 7 22 51 65 41 21st R2 R3
1973–74 Div 4 46 15 13 18 56 58 43 15th R2 R2
1974–75 Up-arrow Div 4 promoted 46 22 15 9 71 41 59 3rd R3 R2
1975–76 Div 3 46 15 12 19 54 65 42 16th R2 R1
1976–77 Div 3 46 22 15 9 69 44 59 4th R3 R2
1977–78 Div 3 46 13 13 20 51 68 39 20th R3 R2
1978–79 Div 3 46 17 10 19 49 55 44 17th R3 R3
1979–80 Div 3 46 18 10 18 58 66 46 13th R2 R2
1980–81 Up-arrow Div 3 promoted 46 24 13 9 62 32 61 1st R2 R1
1981–82 Div 2 42 20 7 15 66 54 67 7th R3 R2
1982–83 down-arrow Div 2 relegated 42 10 15 17 45 68 45 20th R3 R3
1983–84 Div 3 46 15 9 22 57 64 54 18th R3 QF R1
1984–85 Div 3 46 18 11 17 55 55 65 12th R1 R3 R1
1985–86 Div 3 46 15 12 19 61 59 57 14th R4 R1 QF
1986–87 Div 3 46 15 12 19 48 57 57 14th R1 R2 PR
1987–88 down-arrow Div 3 relegated 46 12 16 18 50 66 52 21st R2 R2 R1
1988–89 Up-arrow Div 4 promoted 46 22 16 8 76 35 82 1st R2 R2 R1
1989–90 Div 3 46 17 13 16 71 62 64 9th R2 R2 QF
1990–91 down-arrow Div 3 relegated 46 10 12 24 50 87 42 23rd R4 R2 R1
1991–92 Up-arrow Div 4 promoted 42 22 11 9 70 37 77 2nd R2 R1 QF
1992–93 [A]Div 2[b] 46 17 14 15 60 60 65 11th R4 R2 R2
1993–94 Div 2 46 15 13 18 63 60 58 15th R1 R2 R2
1994–95 Div 2 46 14 14 18 57 61 56 17th R2 R1 R2
1995–96 Div 2 46 14 14 18 54 62 56 16th R1 R2 W
1996–97 down-arrow Div 2 relegated 46 7 14 25 39 70 35 23rd R1 R1 R1
1997–98 Div 3 46 16 19 11 67 61 67 9th R3 R1 R2
1998–99 Div 3 46 20 13 13 79 61 73 5th[c] R3 R1 R1
1999–2000 Up-arrow Div 3 promoted 46 24 12 10 72 36 84 2nd R2 R1 R2
2000–01 Up-arrow Div 2 promoted 46 27 10 9 79 55 91 2nd R3 R1 R1
2001–02 Div 1 46 10 19 17 52 66 49 21st R4 R2
2002–03 Div 1 46 15 14 17 62 62 59 15th R3 R4
2003–04 Div 1 46 13 15 18 53 61 54 17th R3 R3
2004–05 Champ[d]relegated 46 5 14 27 35 69 29 24th R3 R2
2005–06 Lge 1 46 12 16 18 52 62 52 20th R1 R2 R2
2006–07 down-arrow Lge 1 relegated 46 13 9 24 58 75 38[e] 23rd R1 R2 R1
2007–08 Lge 2 46 21 11 14 62 58 64[e] 9th R1 R1 R2
2008–09 Lge 2 46 21 12 13 60 46 58[f] 14th R1 R4 F(N)
2009–10 Lge 2 46 21 10 15 55 52 73 5th[g] R2 R2 R1
2010–11 Lge 2 46 17 15 14 75 60 66 9th R1 R1 QF
2011–12 Lge 2 46 18 13 15 67 63 67 10th R2 R1 R2
2012–13 Up-arrow Lge 2 promoted 46 24 7 15 74 59 79 2nd R3 R1 R1
2013–14 Up-arrow Lge 1 promoted 46 24 14 8 86 58 86 4th[h] R2 R2 SF
2014–15 Champ 46 11 16 19 46 67 46[i] 21st R3 R2
2015–16 Champ 46 13 10 23 53 71 49 21st R3 R2
2016–17 down-arrow Champ relegated 46 5 8 33 40 98 23 24th R3 R1
2017–18 Up-arrow Lge 1 promoted 46 24 7 15 73 53 79 4th[j] R1 R1 R1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The FA Cup was contested in 1945–46 but the Football League did not resume until the following season.
  2. ^ The Third Division was renamed Division Two after the FA Premier League broke away from the Football League.[8]
  3. ^ Lost in the play-off semi-final to Leyton Orient 4–2 in a penalty shootout after each leg ended 0–0.[5]
  4. ^ Before the 2004–05 season, The Football League re-branded Division One as the Football League Championship. Divisions Two and Three became Leagues One and Two, respectively.
  5. ^ a b 10 points deducted for entering administration.[1]
  6. ^ 17 points deducted for not satisfying the normal conditions of Football League rules for exiting administration.[1]
  7. ^ Beat Aldershot Town 3–0 on aggregate in the semi-final before losing 3–2 to Dagenham & Redbridge in the 2010 Football League Two play-off Final.[9][10]
  8. ^ Promoted into the Football League Championship via the play-offs, beating Preston North End 4–2 on aggregate in the semi-final and Leyton Orient 4–3 on penalties in the 2014 Football League One play-off Final.[11]
  9. ^ Three points deducted for fielding an ineligible player.[12]
  10. ^ Promoted into the EFL Championship via the play-offs, beating Scunthorpe United 4–2 on aggregate in the semi-final and Shrewsbury Town 2–1 in the 2018 EFL League One play-off Final.

References[edit]

General
  • "Rotherham United". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  • "Rotherham United » Complete History". Statto.com. Archived from the original on 7 October 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  • "Rotherham United's complete league history". Millers Mad. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d "Rotherham United: Club History". themillers.co.uk. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Rotherham United 1950-1951 » Results". Statto.com. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Rotherham United". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Rotherham United football club honours". 11v11.com. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  5. ^ a b Felton, Paul (17 July 2000). "England 1998-99". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  6. ^ Ley, John (30 May 2010). "Dagenham & Redbridge 3 Rotherham United 2: match report". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  7. ^ Maiden, Phil (25 May 2014). "Leyton Orient 2 2 Rotherham United". BBC Online. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  8. ^ "History of the Football League". The Football League. 22 September 2010. Archived from the original on 2 February 2013.
  9. ^ Vesty, Marc (19 May 2010). "Rotherham 2 - 0 Aldershot (agg 3 - 0)". BBC Online. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  10. ^ Fletcher, Paul (30 May 2010). "Dag & Red 3 - 2 Rotherham". BBC Online. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  11. ^ Doyle, Paul (25 May 2014). "Rotherham promoted to Championship after penalty win over Leyton Orient". theguardian.com. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Rotherham deducted three points for ineligible player". The Daily Telegraph. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016.