Rotherham United travel to Goodison Park for the Second Round of the Carabao Cup to take on Premier League side Everton.
The Millers and Everton have met four times in this competition in the past, both two-legged affairs.
The game at Millmoor in September 1992 saw Everton lucky to escape with just a one-nil defeat with Shaun Goater running the visiting defence ragged. Neville Southall in the Everton goal was a busy man and made a brilliant save early on from the Millers forward but could do nothing when Goater ran onto a Nigel Johnson free-kick to put the ball in the net. It wasn’t quite the same two weeks later at Goodison Park when two goals from Paul Rideout and a Tony Cottee penalty gave the Toffees a three-nil victory on the night and three-one on aggregate.
In the 1987/88 League Cup Rotherham had beaten Huddersfield Town seven-five on aggregate to get a plum tie with Everton in Round Two of what was then the Littlewoods Cup. The first leg at Goodison Park saw five goals – Rotherham born Ian Snodin, Ian Wilson and a Wayne Clarke penalty for the hosts with replies for the Millers for Nigel Pepper and Rob Scott. The second leg at Millmoor in front of nearly thirteen thousand fans was goalless giving Everton the win and a next round with rivals Liverpool.
Everton and Rotherham have met since this in the so-called One-to-One Cup so named as both sides were then sponsored by One-to-One. The game was at a very hot Millmoor in July 1999 which was decided by a mix up between Mike Pollitt and his defence to allow Kevin Campbell an easy header on sixty-seven minutes for his first goal for the Toffees. Referee Scott Mathieson showed just one yellow card which was to Richard Dunne of Everton who was taken off around ten minutes later at the suggestion of the official after a nasty tackle on Chris Sedgwick. This was supposed to be a regular pre-season fixture but was only ever played this once, so I suppose Everton still hold the cup!
The pair have met six times in the league in the 1950’s in the Old Division Two with Everton winning four of those games to the Millers two.