Who Are Yer?: Rotherham
Who Are Ya takes a break from league action, with Rotherham United providing the opposition for the first round of the Carling Cup.
We talk to Vital Rotherham United member 'herringthorpe' about the Millers' move to Don Valley Stadium, their points deduction, and how a victory at S6 could lift spirits around the Rotherham camp...
1. For those not in the know, give us a summery of what exactly has gone on at Rotherham over the summer.
How long have you got! We went into administration towards the end of last season and, in our hearts, I think we all thought 'this is it - no coming back again.' Tony Stewart stepped in and paid the players wages and 'took over' the club (or so we thought). We were told there might be a problem stopping at Millmoor and Don Valley was mentioned in passing but then we got the news that we were actually to stop at Millmoor. Unfortunately, talks then broke down between the owners and Mr Stewart and it was a quick flit to Don Valley, who kindly took us in. Season Tickets were sold (over 2,000) and we went up to DV to pick our seats and all was OK and we just had to wait for the Football League to tell us what points we were to have deducted.
In the meantime, Luton Town were told that they were to start on -30 and we were fearing the worst. It went quiet until the Football League printed a letter on their Official Site stating that they had not approved the takeover by Mr Stewart and had not approved us moving to Don Valley. Turmoil and rumours were the order of the next few days and it seems relevant papers weren't sent off/received and us Millers were beginning to wonder if we would actually begin this season in the league at all. As you probably know, more meetings were held and the League said we have to put up a bond and have to be back playing in Rotherham within 4 years. This was finally sorted in the middle of last week when we were told we would be starting the season on -17 and on Friday evening we found out we had been given our Football League Share back and could play on Saturday.
2. How was your first game at Don Valley?
The first League game for us was fine. The rain didn't last long and the ground didn't look too bad at all. And we won! Unfortunately, the Lincoln fans didn't have quite the same experience as we did.
3. What are your expectations for the season given your points deduction?
I expect to stay up - anything other than that would make a fantastic season.
4. Who've you brought in, let go over the close season?
We've been quite busy. We brought in Mark Lynch from Yeovil, Michael Cummins from Darlington, Mark Burchill from Dunfermline (didn't he once play for you?), Alex Rhodes from Bradford, Reuben Reid from Brentford (who is fast becoming a fans favourite) and on Friday Nick Fenton came from Grimsby
5. What happened to Cocko?
I don't know! Shrewsbury came in for him in the summer and I believe he thought about it and said he was staying with the Millers. I was very surprised when I got a text to say he'd gone just before the season started.
6. A win over Wednesday would no doubt lift spirits at the club I guess?
A win over anyone will lift our spirits but yes, it's always special to beat you Owls!
7. What now for the future of the club?
Well for the next four years we will be at Don Valley - not ideal but.... The Council have promised us a new ground and it looks like being at Parkgate. Mark Robins has just signed a four year deal so that shows loyalty on both sides, him for signing and the Chairman for offering the four years. It would be good to think we could begin at our new ground in the Championship.
8. Are you expecting much from the Carling Cup this season?
It would be nice just to have our name in the hat for the second round (not used to that!)
9. What do you make of Wednesday's chances this season?
You did great on Saturday. I predict towards the top of the league for you, maybe you might just get into the play-off spots. I do think it's time you stuck with one manager and I do like Brian Laws
10. What's your score prediction?
After 90 minutes I think it will be 1-1 - after that it depends who is the fittest team.
NEXT UP: Back to league action with Wolves!