It’s the First Round proper of the FA Cup on Saturday and Zipadeedoodah has been looking through his stats books again…
Rotherham United travel to Aldershot on Saturday for a FA Cup 1st round tie, here’s a look at the history of this fixture….
The first meeting of the Millers and the Shots came way back on 11th December 1937 in the FA Cup 2nd round.
Rotherham were occupying 8th position in the Third Division North and had stuttered on the way to round 2 when they were held 1-1 away by non-leaguers Burton Town in the first round, before making no mistake in the Millmoor replay by the tune of 3 goals to nil.
Aldershot were 18th in Division 3 South and earned their 2nd round place courtesy of a 2-1 away win at Dulwich Hamlet.
The Shots traveled to Millmoor for the 2nd round game and 11,200 saw them go away with a 3-0 victory, before being eliminated in round 3 after a 3-1 home defeat to fellow 3rd Division South side Notts County.
Rotherham United Team
The first League meeting between the 2 sides came on October 25th 1975 in a 3rd Division clash at Millmoor.
A last minute goal from by Aldershot marksman Terry Bell snatched victory from the Millers grasp but Rotherham certainly should have won.
They were by far the most skillful side and twice went ahead only to allow the visitors to claw their way back into the game.
The first half ended in stalemate, but the Millers went straight back onto the attack after the break.
After 57 minutes, Trevor Phillips powered his way past 3 defenders before being brought down in the area, and Alan Crawford made no mistake from the resulting penalty.
United’s joy was short lived though, as just 2 minutes later a free kick was taken by Murray Brodie just outside the area, Millers Keeper Jim McDonagh failed to hold the cross, and John Richardson steered the ball into the net.
Rotherham re-applied the pressure, and it paid off on 76 minutes, as Phillips fired in a low shot which was blocked, but Paul Stancliffe was on hand to knock in the loose ball for his first Millers goal.
The Shots equaliser came in the last minute when the United defence failed to clear a cross from the right, Malcolm Crosby gained possession and he passed to Jack Howarth who in turn found Terry Bell who headed home to make it 2-2 in front of 4,428.
Future Sheffield United manager and former Millers player, Neil Warnock lined up for Aldershot
1. JIM MCDONAGH
2. STEVE DERRETT
3. JOHN BRECKIN
4. TREVOR PHILLIPS
5. PAUL STANCLIFFE
6. TOMMY SPENCER
7. MICK LENG
8. RICHARD FINNEY
9. DICK HABBIN
10. JIM GOODFELLOW
11. ALAN CRAWFORD
SUB. JOHN GREEN
. DICK JOHNSON
2. RICHARD WALDEN
3. DAVID HOWITT
4. MALCOLM CROSBY
5. JOHN RICHARDSON
6. JOE JOBLING
7. NEIL WARNOCK
8. PAT MORRISSEY
9. JACK HOWARTH
10. TERRY BELL
11. MURRAY BRODIE
SUB. BOB WALLACE
The first ever meeting at Aldershot’s Rereation Ground was on 28th February 1976, and the Millers, who had conceded 8 goals in the previous 2 away games at Chester (1-3) and Walsall, (1-5) carried on the poor away form as the Shots won 3-0.
A first half opener from Neil Warnock and 2 second half goals from Steve Derrett (own-goal) and Terry Bell gave Aldershot the 2 points to move them up to 17th in Division 3, just 2 places behind the Millers.
A Millers league double over Aldershot in 1987-88 season wasn’t enough to save Rotherham from relegation from Division 3.
The first game ended with a 3-1 Millers victory at the Recreation Ground on November 28th 1987.
Goals came from Carl Airey (pen), Andy Williams and Winston Campbell, with the Shots consolation coming from Darren Anderson.
The return at Millmoor on April 30th 1988 saw United win for only the 3rd time in 20 games since New Years Day.
A 2nd half goal from Colin Douglas was enough to lift the Millers out of the relegation zone with just 2 games left to go, in front of 2,818 fans.
A 4-1 defeat on the final day of the season at home to champions Sunderland dropped Rotherham into the relegation play-offs which were ultimately lost to Swansea.
2 games were played between Rotherham United and Aldershot in 1991-92 season, and once again the Millers won both encounters.
However, the 1-0 away win on October 18th 1991 (Mark Todd) and the 2-0 home win on February 1st 1992 (Shaun Goodwin and Tony Cunningham) were expunged from Football League records when Aldershot became the first Football League club since Accrington Stanley to fold during the season on March 25th 1992.
Home….P 2 W 1 D 1 L 0 GOALS 3-2
Away….P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 GOALS 3-4
Cups….P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 GOALS 1-3
Total…P 5 W 2 D 1 L 2 GOALS 7-9
English Division Three
30.04.1988 Rotherham United 1-0 Aldershot
28.11.1987 Aldershot 1-3 Rotherham United
28.02.1976 Aldershot 3-0 Rotherham United
25.10.1975 Rotherham United 2-2 Aldershot
11.12.1937 r2 Rotherham United 1-3 Aldershot