Rotherham Town F.C. (1878)
|Full name||Rotherham Town Football Club|
|Founded||1878 (as Lunar Rovers)|
The original club was founded in 1878 as Lunar Rovers, becoming Rotherham in 1882, and eventually Rotherham Town. In 1889 the club became a founder member of the Midland League. They were champions in 1892 and 1893, and were subsequently elected to the Second Division of the Football League in 1893.
The club's League tenure lasted just three seasons, finishing in 14th, 12th and 15th place (out of 16). At the end of the 1895/96 season they failed to apply for re-election and subsequently folded.
Arthur Wharton, the man widely regarded as the first ever black professional footballer, played for the club from 1889 to 1894. Liverpool Football Club played their first ever fixture against Rotherham Town on 1 September 1892 in a friendly fixture, Liverpool won 7-1, the first ever opponent to score at Anfield was Rotherham striker Charlie Leatherbarrow.
League and cup history
|Rotherham Town League and Cup history|
- Midland League
- Champions: 1891–92, 1892–93
- Best league performance: 12th, Football League Division 2
- Best FA Cup performance: Second round, 1883–84, 1886–87, 1887–88