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Sport in Rotherham

Rotherham United Football Club

Club History

Rotherham County Football Club 1911-1912
Rotherham County Football Club

Millmoor was opened in September 1907 as the home of then Rotherham County. Two small stands were brought from their previous home at the Red House ground, while the ground's steep slopes was lessened as much as possible by a team of volunteers. Millmoor remained fairly basic until County were elected to the Second Division in 1919 and a year later built the core of what is now the Main Stand. In 1925 one of Rotherham's other two teams, Rotherham Town, agreed to merge with County under the new title of Rotherham United. However, times remained tough, and United struggled to build a modest 40 yard roof on the Millmoor Lane side. Rotherham tried to ease their financial matters by starting greyhound racing in 1931. But two years later they were ordered to cease forthwith by the League. In 1949 United finally managed to buy Millmoor from the railway company, and over the next few years, set about concreting the terraces and expanding the Tivoli End. The 1960s saw four changes. Floodlights were erected in 1960. In 1964 the Main Stand roof was extended to cover the paddock. A year later a gym was built alongside the stand, and in 1968 the Tivoli End was finally roofed. During the 1970s seating was added under the Millmoor Lane roof, followed by more seats under a new roof added next to the old one in 1982. In 1987 the club was bought by Ken Booth, owner of the scrapyard which surrounded Millmoor on three sides of the ground.

A team called Rotherham was founded in 1870 which became Rotherham Town. Another team called Thornhill was founded in 1877 which eventually became Rotherham County. Rotherham Town and Rotherham County were amalgamated in 1925 as Rotherham United.

Other Facts

Nickname:The Millers - derived from the name of the ground.

Colours

Home - Red and White Away - Sky Blue

Best Ever Victory

8-0 v Oldham Athletic, Division 3 North, 26th May 1947

Worst Ever Defeat

1-11 v Bradford City, Division 3 North, 25th September 1928

Best Ever Attendance

25,170 v Sheffield United, Division 2 13th December 1952

Losing finalists

against Aston Villa, in the first ever League Cup Final in 1961. Players:
Keith Bambridge
Ken Houghton
Roy Ironside
Alan Kirkman
Roy Lambert
Lol Morgan
Peter Madden
Peter Perry
Ken Waterhouse
Barry Webster
Don Weston

Well Known Fans

The Chuckle Brothers

 

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