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Football News: A To Z: Rotherham United

A To Z: Rotherham United
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A To Z - Rotherham United

 


A is for Amber and Black

The first kit colour of Rotherham United before a switch to the modern colour scheme of red and white after 3 years. Though I am not sure of the distinction between amber and yellow, as it looks like yellow to me!

 


B is for Booth

Rotherham's Millmoor ground was sold to Ken Booth in return for clearing £3m of debt when they were in serious financial difficulties. Due to the sale of the ground, the club had no tangible assets and so fans created the 'Save Our Millers' campaign to raise money.

 


C is for County

Rotherham United were created in 1925 when Rotherham County merged with Rotherham Town as neither club were capable of being competitive on their own.

 


D is for Don Valley Stadium

For the start of the 2008/09 season Rotherham were forced to move from their home at Millmoor and play in Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium. They continued to play there until their present home was built on the old 'Guest And Chrimes' site.

 


E is for Eighteen Eighty Four

The then-chairman decided he wanted to be able to celebrate the club's centenary in 1984, so he marked the date of the club's creation as 1884. It is incorrect.

 


F is for Farrend Rawson

Signed on a 28-day youth loan from Derby County in 2015, Rawson's loan spell expired on 4th April but they fielded him on the 6th April in a league match against Brighton & Hove Albion. Rotherham faced a charge for fielding an ineligible player and were deducted 3 points and fined £30,000. Rawson re-joined Rotherham on a 6-month loan deal at the start of the following season.

 


G is for Gladstone Guest

The Millers' record league goal scorer with 130 league goals in 358 league appearances. He sadly passed away in 1998.

 


H is for Hydrants

The Millers' new stadium is built on the site of the iron and steel foundry that used to manufacture the water hydrants for New York City in the USA.

 


I is for Infamy

Rotherham United are infamous in Sheffield as a saying for a woman's time of the month, apparently. According to a guide entitled 'Glossary of Yorkshire Medical Terms', which is given to European doctors working in the South Yorkshire area, to say "Rotherham are at home" means "I am menstruating". Though it does also say Barnsley are interchangeable with Rotherham.

 


J is for Jacob Mellis

The man who scored the first ever goal in the New York Stadium in a pre-season friendly on 21st July 2012 while playing for Barnsley.

 


K is for Kari Arnason

Played over 100 games for the Millers as they earnt back-to-back promotions from League Two to the Championship in both defence and midfield. The Icelandic international then returned to the country of his birth to sign for Malmo FF.

 


L is for Ladapo

The club's record signing, just this week, is Freddie Ladapo, who is living the dream apparently after making a £500,000 move from Plymouth Argyle. Ladapo said on signing: "It was a club that really spoke to me and they sold me a dream." Probably the first time signing for Rotherham was called a dream!

 


M is for Millers

Rotherham's nickname is the Millers. They got the nickname because there is a Hovis Mill near to the ground.

 


N is for New York Stadium

Their new purpose-built stadium is the New York Stadium, opened in 2012 in the New York area of Rotherham.

 


O is for One

League One is where they will be playing next season following their relegation from the Championship last season.

 


P is for Paul Warne

The current Rotherham United manager is Warne who played over 200 games in midfield for the Millers between 1999 and 2005.

 


Q is for Quinn

Stephen Quinn was one of two players, along with Jonathan Forte, who Sheffield United sent on loan to the Millers and paid all their wages to help the club out while they were having financial difficulties.

 


R is for Ronnie Moore

Ronnie Moore is a legend at the Millers as both player and manager. In fact he is arguably their greatest ever in both roles.

 


S is for Shaw

A club legend from the immediate post-WW2 era, Shaw scored 122 goals in 262 league appearances for the Millers between 1946 and 1953 when he left to sign for local rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

 


T is for Thornhill FC

Thornhill FC were formed in 1870 and later changed their name to Thornhill United. In 1905 they changed their name to Rotherham County before merging with Rotherham Town in 1925 to form the club we now know as Rotherham United.

 


U is for United

Sheffield United helped out the struggling Millers with more than just the loan of two players as a number of clubs united to help them out financially. United were one of a number of clubs to hold collections and they also donated the profits from a beam-back of the Sheffield derby match.

 


V is for Vaulks

Welsh international Will Waulks left Rotherham United to join Cardiff City for a club record fee believed to be around £3.5m in total. Vaulks won a number of player of the year awards while with the Millers after signing from Falkirk.

 


W is for Williams

An Australian international, Ryan Williams has just left Rotherham to return to previous club Portsmouth. He made his debut and, so far at least, only appearance for his country while a Rotherham player in May.

 


X is for Xenial

Their biggest rivals are Sheffield United and even that is not a bitter rivalry, as shown by the way they stepped in to help them when Rotherham hit financial problems.

 


Y is for Yorkshire

Rotherham is in the county of South Yorkshire in England along with Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster. The place where twerk is nothing to do with shaking your booty, unless you work in a strip club, as it means to go to work in South Yorkshire.

 


Z is for Ze Filho

The Brazilian spent one unsuccessful season with the Millers where he failed to make a single appearance.

 

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Written by Tris Burke June 29 2019 05:01:22

 

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