GH: Millmoor, Rotherham United (22 points)

Last updated : 16 December 2007 By @blades_mad1889

Rotherham United were formed as early as 1870 and played under the name Thornhill United until 1905 when they changed their name to Rotherham County and then to United in 1925.

The Millers entered the Football League in 1893 and played their first ever league fixture on 2 September in a Division Two fixture against Lincoln City which they drew 1-1; there highest record attendance boasts 25,170 which they achieved against Sheffield United on 13 December 1952.

Over the years United have played at just two grounds; Red House Ground (1870) and current ground Millmoor (1907). The club have had little success since their formation and have yet to feature in English top flight league in their 137 year history.

Club Guide

Team: Rotherham United
Ground: Millmoor
Capacity: 9,000 (estimate)
Date Visited: 8 September 2007 (v Darlington)

Stadium and Pitch: 6/10

In my last visit to the ground I decided to sit in the Tivolli Stand behind goal but on this occasion my mind was made up and sat in the Millmoor Lane End (near half-way line). The view was slightly better but there was a post in the way which covered a good 25% of the goal at the away end.

Programme: 4/10

The programme was pretty poor in standard and offered very little to the football supporter; although a reasonable price of £2.50 for 52 pages. Traditional features are in this programme like messages from the manager and chairman but they do offer an in-depth look into the visitors. However the programme isn't worth buying unless you are a collector.

Performance and Result: 6/10

Rotherham United 0-2 Darlington: Rotherham United were terrible compared to the previous I saw the team play. They allowed Darlington to dominate despite the absence of captain Ian Sharps. Pawel Abbott (10 minutes) and Greg Blundell netted the goals.

It was great to see Darlington play as there line-up featured a few known players who have in the past fielded for local clubs; Neil Austin, Stephen Foster, Pawel Abbott, Ricky Ravenhill, Gregg Blundell, Martin Smith (ex-Blade) and Tommy Wright have all played for South Yorkshire clubs whilst manager Dave Penny was previously in charge at Doncaster Rovers.

Atmosphere: 6/10

Barely any noise was made from the few hundred Darlington fans but the Tivolli end was in full voice whilst the rest of the ground was pretty silent.

Overall: 22/40

:: Previous Visits to Millmoor ::

  • 23.08.2001 - Rotherham United 1-1 Sheffield United
  • 28.02.2003 - Rotherham United 1-2 Sheffield United
  • 19.08.2007 - Rotherham United 3-1 Peterborough United
  • 08.09.2007 - Rotherham United 0-2 Darlington