So here we are just one day to go to the anticipated new season when Rotherham United line up with the other twenty-three teams in the Championship.
This time last season we were all geed up to take on Fleetwood Town in League One. We were excited for the game, we had heard the news coming from the club, we’d heard our good our squad was, we were all expecting it to be a Millers victory.
And we were all wrong.
Rotherham lost two-nil and, if we are being honest, the hosts should have been out of sight in the first half. The Millers tried to get their act together in the second half but Fleetwood’s second goal scored on sixty-six minutes killed them off.
It was disappointing. But I think we went into that game a bit like ‘big time Charlie’s’, just coming down from the Championship we wanted to prove we should still be there.
But I really believe Saturday’s game will be different. Not that I’m saying we will win but I think we will go out onto the pitch and play football. This season we are the new boys in the league, we’ve got something to prove and I think we will do that.
Of course we aren’t going to win every game, of course we are going to make mistakes, we are, after all a young side, still learning and probably weren’t expected to be in the English second league. But what we have got is that family feeling in the club. We’ve got the togetherness, we’ve got a young manager who enjoys his work, enjoys teaching, enjoys working with his friends.
Paul Warne isn’t afraid of losing. He isn’t afraid of showing his emotions – in fact, he actively encourages his players and staff to do that. Just this week there’s been tears at the training ground when players and staff have shared some of their memories. Now, I might be wrong, but I want to say that this is something that would only happen at Rotherham United.
There is no doubt that Paul Warne and his staff will have the players ready for Saturday’s game.
Now it’s up to us, the fans, the Rotherham supporters, to do just that, support the team. If you are going on Saturday I want to hear positive shouts, positive thoughts, encouraging singing coming from the stands.
We’ve got to put Wembley behind us and get behind the team.
Enjoy the game.
Up The Millers.