Rotherham United F.C.
|Full name||Rotherham United Football Club|
|Founded||27 May 1925|
|Ground||New York Stadium|
|2016-17||Championship, 24th (relegated)|
|Website||Club home page|
Rotherham United Football Club, nicknamed The Millers, is a professional association football club based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. They will compete in League One, the third tier in the English football league system, following their relegation from the Championship in the 2016-17 season.
Founded in 1925 as a merger between Rotherham Town (1899) and Rotherham County (1870), the club's colours were initially yellow and black, but later evolved into the more traditional red and white. Rotherham United play their home games at New York Stadium, a 12,000 capacity all-seater stadium, having previously played since its foundation at Millmoor for 101 years. Joining the football league back in 1925, Rotherham spent the first 25 years of their time in Division Three North, the lowest level of the football league, finally gaining promotion to Division Two at the end of the 1950–51 season.
The Millers featured in the inaugural League Cup final in 1961, and won the 1996 Football League Trophy and 1946 Football League North Cup. They also achieved two separate back to back promotions in 1999–2001 under Ronnie Moore and 2012–2014 under Steve Evans.
The club's roots go back to 1870, when the club was formed as Thornhill Football Club (later Thornhill United). George Cook was the trainer around this time. For many years the leading team in the area was Rotherham Town, who spent three seasons in the Football League while Thornhill United were still playing in the Sheffield & Hallamshire League. By the turn of the century, however, Town had resigned from the Football League and gone out of business; a new club of the same name later joined the Midland League. Meanwhile, Thornhill's fortunes were on the rise to the extent that in 1905 they laid claim to being the pre-eminent club in the town and changed their name to Rotherham County. For a period both clubs competed in the Midland League, finishing first and second in 1911–12. Over time it became clear that to have two professional clubs in the town was not sustainable. Talks had begun in February 1925 and in early May the two clubs merged to form Rotherham United. Days later the reformed club was formally re-elected under its new name.
The red and white was adopted around 1928 after playing in amber and black, but there was no improvement in the club's fortunes: in 1931 they again had to apply for re-election. Immediately after the Second World War things looked up. The Millers won the only post-war edition of the Football League Third Division North Cup in 1946 beating Chester 5–4 on aggregate. They then finished as runners-up three time in succession between 1947 and 1949 and then were champions of Division Three (North) in 1951. Rotherham reached their highest ever league position of third in the Football League Second Division in 1955, when only goal average denied them a place in the top flight after they finished level on points with champions Birmingham City and runners-up Luton Town. During that season they had notable results including a 6–1 win over Liverpool. In 1961 the Millers beat Aston Villa 2–0 at Millmoor in the inaugural League Cup final first leg; they lost the second leg 3–0 however at Villa Park. The second leg was played the season after due to Villa having a 'Congested Fixture List'. The club held on to its place in Division Two until 1968 and then went into a decline that took them down to Division Four in 1973. In 1975 they were promoted back to the Third Division finishing in the 3rd promotion spot in the Fourth Division. The Millers won the Division Three title in 1981.
Rotherham had a dismal first half of the 1981–82 season but a surge after the turn of 1982 saw them emerge as promotion contenders for the first time in nearly 30 years. This season saw the Millers beat Chelsea 6–0 at home (31 October 1981) and 4–1 away at Stamford Bridge (20 March 1982) and is considered by many to be Rotherham's greatest all-time league 'double'. This was the first season of three points for a win rather than two in the league, and in the end they missed out on promotion by four points, finishing seventh. They have not finished this high since.
During the 1990s Rotherham were promoted and relegated between the Football League's lowest two divisions and they slipped into the Fourth Division in 1991, just two years after being promoted, but reclaimed their status in the third tier (renamed Division Two for the 1992–93 season due to the launch of the FA Premier League) by finishing third in the Fourth Division in 1992. They survived at this level for five years, never looking like promotion contenders, before being relegated in 1997.
In 1996 Rotherham United made their first trip to Wembley, beating Shrewsbury 2–1 to win the Football League Trophy, with two goals from Nigel Jemson giving Rotherham the win, with over 20,000 Rotherham United fans following them.
In 1997, just after relegation to Division Three, Ronnie Moore took charge of Rotherham United. His first season ended in a mid-table finish and then his second in a play-off semi-final defeat on penalties to Leyton Orient. It was third time lucky in 1999–2000 as Rotherham finished as Division Three runners-up and gained promotion to Division Two. They were favourites to be relegated in 2000–01 season, but surprised many by finishing runners-up in Division Two and gaining a second successive promotion. Famously, the Millers beat Brentford 2–1 at a sold-out Millmoor Stadium, with Alan Lee scoring the winner, sealing promotion. During this successful campaign, Rotherham also beat Premiership side Southampton in the FA Cup.
Rotherham managed to remain in Division One for four seasons, the most successful of which was the 2002–03 campaign, their second season. The Millers were in contention for a play-off place, but dropped off near the season's end to finish 15th, their lowest position all season. During their time in the Championship they managed some notable victories including two wins against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough and a home win against West Ham United. The third season saw them finishing 17th with the highlight of the season a 1–1 draw with Arsenal in the League Cup at Highbury. During the 2004–05 season, the club struggled and spent most of the season bottom of the league.
After relegation to League One in 2005, Mick Harford took over as the Millers' manager, but was sacked after a run of 17 games without a win. Harford was replaced by youth team coach, Alan Knill. Early in 2006 it was announced that the club faced an uncertain future unless a funding gap in the region of £140,000 per month could be plugged. An eleventh-hour intervention by a consortium of local businessmen kept them in business. The final match of the 2005–06 season, home to MK Dons, was a winner-take-all relegation showdown where a scoreless draw kept Rotherham up. Rotherham United began their second successive year in League One with a 10-point deficit as a result of the CVA which saved the club from liquidation. The club initially pulled the points back but, after losing key playmaker Lee Williamson and star striker Will Hoskins in the January transfer window, the Millers sat 13 points adrift of safety, making the threat of relegation inevitable. This resulted in Knill being sacked on 1 March, with Mark Robins becoming caretaker manager.
Robins's position was made permanent on 6 April 2007, but he was not able to save Rotherham from relegation. The Millers spent the majority of the 2007–08 season in the automatic promotion places but in mid-March 2008 it was revealed that Rotherham had again entered administration and would be deducted 10 points. Local businessman Tony Stewart then took over as chairman for the 2008–09 season and took the club out of administration via a Creditors Voluntary Agreement, resulting in a 17-point deduction. The Millers were subsequently forced to leave Millmoor, their home of over 100 years, for the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, after disputes with the landlords. The Millers had a successful season under the new regime, wiping out the point deficit and being in contention for a play-off place. Rotherham were also involved in two cup runs, reaching the Football League Trophy Northern Final and the League Cup last 16. This included victories over higher league opposition in the form of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday, Leicester City and Leeds United. Mark Robins kept the majority of the team together from the 2008–09 campaign, whilst bolstering his squad with high calibre signings in the form of Nicky Law and the prolific goalscorer Adam le Fondre. The 2009–10 season started well until Mark Robins controversially departed to rivals Barnsley in September, leaving the Millers at the top of the league.
Former manager Ronnie Moore was reappointed on Friday 25 September 2009; Jimmy Mullen later being confirmed as his assistant. Ronnie led the club to their first ever play-off final and first trip to the new Wembley Stadium. Despite the occasion, this game ended in a disappointing 3–2 loss. On 22 March 2011, following poor form and a run of five games without a win (including a 5–0 defeat to Chesterfield), Moore and his assistant Jimmy Mullen left Rotherham by mutual consent, with Andy Liddell placed in temporary charge. Liddell's first game in temporary charge of the club was a superb 6–0 victory at eventually relegated Lincoln City.
Despite chairman Tony Stewart saying that Liddell would be in charge for the remainder of the season, he moved to appoint Andy Scott as the new club manager, following several disappointing results. During the close season, Andy Scott released 13 of the Millers squad, surprisingly including key members of the team. Scott announced that there would be several "marquee" signings to improve the quality of the team, and brought in several players from higher divisions, including Schofield, Raynes, Pringle and Grabban. After an impressive start to the season, results steadily declined; Andy Scott was subsequently sacked on 19 March 2012 after a defeat to Oxford left the Millers with all but a very slim chance of reaching the play-offs.
Chairman Tony Stewart had over 40 applicants for the manager's vacancy, including former Premier League and Championship managers, but appointed Steve Evans on 9 April 2012. Despite winning five of their last nine games since Andy Scott's dismissal, Rotherham still finished five points outside the play-offs.
The 2012–13 season would be the first full season of Evans's tenure, as well as the first at the New York Stadium; a return home to Rotherham. The season began with two comfortable home wins against Burton and Bradford, but the rest of the season was marred with inconsistent results. Initial aspirations of automatic promotion seemed unlikely with five games remaining, but Rotherham won all of them, entering the automatic promotion zone after a 2–0 victory over Bradford City,. A 2–0 win over consequently relegated Aldershot Town meant that Rotherham ended the season in second place, behind Gillingam, and ahead of Port Vale, who dropped to third.
In the 2013–14 League One season, Rotherham gained a place in the League One play-offs after going through a 16-game unbeaten streak during the second half of the season, after a solid first half of the season. During this unbeaten streak, notable wins included a 6–0 win over Notts County, a 3–0 win over promoted Brentford, and a 3–1 victory over local rivals Sheffield United. Rotherham's final day victory over Swindon Town saw them leapfrog Preston North End into fourth place. They would subsequently play Preston in the play-offs. The away leg ended in a 1–1 draw where a 20th-minute goal from Alex Revell was cancelled out by a wonder strike from Joe Garner. In the second leg at the New York Stadium, Preston took an early lead, however, goals from Wes Thomas, Lee Frecklington and Kieran Agard sealed Rotherham's second play-off final at Wembley Stadium in four years. Their opponents in the final were Leyton Orient, who took a 2–0 first half lead. However, two goals from Alex Revell early in the second half, one being a spectacular long range volley, brought Rotherham back into it. The game went to a penalty shoot-out, where two saves from Adam Collin secured a second successive promotion for the club.
Rotherham endured a fairly negative Championship season in 2014–15, their first after a nine-year absence. Despite notable wins against Ipswich, Leeds and Wolves, the season was marred by inconsistent results, a very poor defensive record and numerous controversial refereeing decisions. The Millers would have been comfortably safe towards the end of the season, were it not for a Football League points deduction for fielding an ineligible player during their win at home to Brighton. Farrend Rawson's loan had expired two days prior to the match, and despite the club insisting it was an external administrative error, they were subsequently thrown back into a relegation battle with Wigan Athletic and Millwall. Safety was eventually secured in the penultimate game of the season, a 2–1 home victory against Reading, with Matt Derbyshire and Lee Frecklington scoring the goals. The season ended away at Elland Road, with a 0–0 draw against Leeds United, where Rotherham manager Steve Evans promised to wear a sombrero.
Rotherham sold key players from their promotion winning campaigns during the close season, including Ben Pringle, Craig Morgan and Kari Arnason. Despite winning five of their eight pre-season games, The Millers endured a very poor start to the 2015–16 season, gaining only one point from five matches. The first win of the season came against Cardiff, followed by a victory over Birmingham, which lifted them out of the relegation zone. Despite this turnaround in form, Steve Evans left the club two days later, citing internal problems as the reason for his departure. On 9 October 2015, former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn was appointed as his replacement.
Redfearn suffered a poor start to his tenure as Rotherham manager, losing six of his first seven games in charge. His first win came on 21 November 2015, against his former club Leeds United. Despite impressive wins over promotion chasers Brighton and Hull City, Redfearn was sacked on 8 February 2016 after a run of six defeats in eight games. He managed 21 games over a 4-month period, losing 14 and winning just five.
On 11 February 2016, Neil Warnock was appointed as Rotherham's new manager for the remaining 16 games of the 2015–16 season. The Millers saw an impressive turnaround in form under Warnock. Rotherham won six and drew two from eight games, moving from six points adrift in the relegation places to nine points clear with five games to go. This resulted in Warnock being awarded the Football League Championship Manager of the Month award for March 2016 – a record-equalling seventh time for the veteran manager, and the first time a Miller has ever won the accolade. Championship safety was confirmed away at Wolverhampton Wanderers with two games of the season remaining, Rotherham's unbeaten run stretching to 11 games. Rotherham eventually finished the season in 21st position with 49 points, nine points clear of relegated Charlton Athletic. Warnock left the club on 18 May 2016 after not agreeing a contract extension.
Alan Stubbs became the new Rotherham boss on 1 June 2016. His first win came on 20 August 2016, with Danny Ward scoring the only goal in a 1–0 win over Brentford. However, he was sacked less than two months later on 19 October 2016 following a 4–2 defeat to Birmingham City, and a record seventh straight away loss. Under Stubbs' tenure, Rotherham lost ten of their first fourteen games, winning just once. They also conceded 37 goals during this period, leaving them with the worst goal difference in the entire Football League. Rotherham replaced Stubbs with Kenny Jackett on 21 October 2016, but he himself was replaced with Paul Warne. Rotherham finished the season bottom of the league with 23 points and were relegated to League One.
The club's traditional home was Millmoor in Rotherham where the team played from 1907 to 2008. On one side of the ground is the site of the new Main Stand which remains unfinished. It was hoped that the 4,500 capacity stand which is single tiered, all seated and covered, would be completed sometime during the 2006–07 season, but this had not come to fruition by the time the ground became disused in 2008. On the other side of the ground is the Millmoor Lane Stand, which has a mixture of covered and open seating. Roughly each section on this side is about a third of the length of the pitch. The covered seating in the middle of this stand looks quite distinctive, with several supporting pillars and an arched roof. Both ends are former terraces, with several supporting pillars and have now been made all seated. The larger of the two is the Tivoli End, which was used by home fans. It was noticeable that the pitch slopes up towards this end. The ground also benefits from a striking set of floodlights, the pylons of which are some of the tallest in the country at approximately 124 feet high. Following the failure of the owners of the club and the owners of Millmoor to reach a lease agreement the club left for the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield in 2008.
In January 2010 the club announced that their new stadium, later named the New York Stadium, would be built on the former Guest and Chrimes foundry site in Rotherham town centre. Preparation work on the site began in February 2010 to make way for the foundations to be put in place and for the old factory to be knocked down to make way for the stadium. Construction started in June 2011 and the first game played at the stadium was a pre-season match between Rotherham and Barnsley, held on 21 July 2012. The Millers won 2–1; the first goal in the stadium was scored by Jacob Mellis of Barnsley, and David Noble scored Rotherham's first goal in their new home. The New York Stadium made its league debut on 18 August 2012, in which Rotherham beat Burton Albion 3–0, Daniel Nardiello scoring the first competitive goal in the ground.
- As of 25 May 2017.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current team management
- Manager: Paul Warne
- Assistant Manager:
- Goalkeeping Coach: Mike Pollitt
- Interim First Team Coach & Head of Academy Coaching: Matthew Hamshaw
- Interim Fitness Coach: Ross Burbeary
- Physiotherapist: Mike Preston
- Head of Recruitment: Jamie Johnson
- Academy Manager: Garreth Barker
- Interim Lead Professional Development Phase Coach: Daral Pugh
- Development Phase Lead Coach: Ciarán Toner
- Foundation Phase Lead Coach: Jake Henry
- Academy Goalkeeper Coach: Rob Poulter
- Head of Academy Physiotherapy: Adrian Littlejohn
- Academy Football Analyst: Simon Hallam
- Academy Football Physio: William White
- Academy Psychologist: Sam Palmer
- Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach: Ryan McMahon
- Hospitality: John Breckin
- As of 11 December 2016
|Billy Heald||1 August 1925||1 March 1929||165||55||38||72||33.33|
|Stan Davies||1 March 1929||31 May 1930||59||18||12||29||30.51|
|Billy Heald||1 August 1930||31 December 1933||150||49||27||74||32.67|
|Reg Freeman||1 January 1934||1 August 1952||523||252||97||174||48.18|
|Andy Smailes||1 August 1952||31 October 1958||278||109||50||119||39.21|
|Tom Johnston||1 December 1958||1 July 1962||174||63||47||64||36.21|
|Danny Williams||1 July 1962||1 February 1965||125||53||21||51||42.40|
|Jack Mansell||1 August 1965||31 May 1967||96||34||27||35||35.42|
|Tommy Docherty||1 November 1967||30 November 1968||52||16||17||19||30.77|
|Jim McAnearney||1 December 1968||1 May 1973||240||92||66||82||38.33|
|Jimmy McGuigan||1 May 1973||13 November 1979||341||131||91||119||38.42|
|Ian Porterfield||30 December 1979||30 June 1981||71||32||21||18||45.07|
|Emlyn Hughes||1 July 1981||21 March 1983||84||31||21||32||36.90|
|George Kerr||21 March 1983||31 May 1985||124||44||30||50||35.48|
|Norman Hunter||18 June 1985||9 December 1987||137||43||41||53||31.39|
|John Breckin||9 December 1987||23 December 1987||2||0||0||2||0.00|
|Dave Cusack||23 December 1987||1 April 1988||17||5||8||4||29.41|
|Billy McEwan||1 April 1988||1 January 1991||147||54||42||51||36.73|
|Phil Henson||1 January 1991||14 September 1994||199||75||55||69||37.69|
|John McGovern / Archie Gemmill||14 September 1994||31 July 1996||104||36||31||37||34.62|
|Danny Bergara||1 August 1996||24 May 1997||50||7||14||29||14.00|
|Ronnie Moore||24 May 1997||31 January 2005||398||143||121||134||35.93|
|Alan Knill (Caretaker)||31 January 2005||7 April 2005||74||20||19||35||27.03|
|Mick Harford||7 April 2005||10 December 2005||26||5||8||13||19.23|
|Alan Knill||10 December 2005||1 March 2007||64||18||17||29||28.13|
|Mark Robins||1 March 2007||9 September 2009||129||56||30||43||43.41|
|Steve Thornber (Caretaker)||9 September 2009||26 September 2009||3||1||2||0||33.33|
|Ronnie Moore||26 September 2009||21 March 2011||87||36||21||30||41.38|
|Andy Liddell (Caretaker)||25 March 2011||15 April 2011||4||1||1||2||25.00|
|Andy Scott||16 April 2011||17 March 2012||46||15||14||17||32.61|
|Darren Patterson (Caretaker)||19 March 2012||11 April 2012||5||4||0||1||80.00|
|Steve Evans||9 April 2012||28 September 2015||173||72||45||56||41.62|
|Eric Black (Caretaker)||1 October 2015||9 October 2015||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Neil Redfearn||9 October 2015||8 February 2016||21||5||2||14||23.81|
|Neil Warnock||11 February 2016||18 May 2016||16||6||6||4||37.50|
|Alan Stubbs||1 June 2016||19 October 2016||14||1||3||10||7.14|
|Paul Warne (Caretaker)||19 October 2016||21 October 2016||0||0||0||0||—|
|Kenny Jackett||21 October 2016||28 November 2016||5||0||1||4||0.00|
|Paul Warne||28 November 2016||2||1||0||1||50.00|
Third tier of English football (Football League One since 2004)
Fourth tier of English football (Football League Two since 2004)
- Runners-up: 1960–61
- Winners: 1995–96
- Winners 1945–46
- Highest League Finish: 3rd Place 1954–55 Football League Second Division
- Record League victory: 8 – 0 v Oldham Athletic at Millmoor, Division 3 North, 26 May 1947
- Record Cup victory: 6 – 0 (v Spennymoor Utd, FA Cup 2nd round, 17 December 1977, v Wolves FA Cup 1st round, 16 November 1985, v King's Lynn, FA Cup 2nd round, 6 December 1997)
- Record defeat: 1–11 v Bradford City, Division 3 North, 25 August 1928
- Record home attendance at Millmoor: 25,170 vs Sheff Utd, Football League Second Division, 13 December 1952
- Record home attendance at Don Valley Stadium: 7,082 vs. Aldershot Town (19 May 2010) Football League Two play-offs
- Record home attendance at the New York Stadium: 11,758 vs. Sheffield United (7 September 2013) Football League One
- Teams played most in league and cup matches : Lincoln City (93), Doncaster Rovers (82), Crewe Alexandra (78), York City (78)
- Record league points : 91, Division 2, 2000–01
- Record league goals: 114, Division 3 (N), 1946–47
- Record League goal-scorer: Gladstone Guest, 130 league goals, between 1946–1956
- Record Cup goal-scorer:
- Highest league scorer in a season:
- Most goals in one match:
- Most internationally capped player: Kári Árnason (36 caps for Iceland)
- Record appearances: Danny Williams, 459 league matches, 621 total matches
- Youngest player: Kevin Eley, 16 years 71 days, 15 May 1984
- Record Transfer Fee: Jon Taylor from Peterborough United F.C.
- Record Fee Received: £750,000 from Bristol City for Kieran Agard
- Record Gate Receipts: £106,182 Southampton FA Cup 3rd round, 16 January 2002
Board of directors and ownership
- Chairman: Tony Stewart
- Vice-chairman: Richard Stewart
- Chief Executive: Paul Douglas
- Operations Director: Julie Hunt
- Commercial Director: Steve Coakley
- Financial Director: Karen Thomas
Since 2015, the naming rights to the stadium are currently owned by local multimillion-pound company AESSEAL The home kit is sponsored by local shopping centre Parkgate. Both the away kit and third kit are sponsored by Balreed.
On 16 May 2016, the club announced that the Handsworth-based firm Hodge Clemco are to be the home shirt sponsor for the 2016–17 season, replacing Parkgate Shopping who are now the back of shirt sponsor.
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