A few facts and figures about the Millers v the Tykes in days gone by
Rotherham United’s first game at the New York Stadium will be against South Yorkshire neighbours Barnsley of the Championship in the first friendly game the Millers have played at home for four years.
The Millers and the Reds have met fifty-eight times in the past with fifty of those games being in various divisions of the Football League and the results being equal as both sides have won seventeen of those games, the other sixteen being draws.
The League Cup, in it’s various guises, has seen the two meet three times – the Millers winning once on New Years Day in 1971 when a Trevor Phillips goal at Oakwell saw his side through to face Bristol City in the next round. In the 2000/1 season, the game was over two legs with the first game being at Millmoor when a Darren Barnard goal on the stroke of half-time gave the visitors the advantage going into the next game at Oakwell. Mark Robins got the first goal on the night just before the half-hour mark with Mike Sheron getting an equaliser on the night on fifty-three minutes. On seventy-two minutes Kevin Watson popped up to make it two-two on aggregate but four minutes later Sheron got another equaliser on the night. Eight minutes from time Barnard scored Barnsley’s third on the night to make it four-two to the Reds on aggregate.
In the FA Cup the games are, again, equal with both clubs winning two each with one draw.
The last time the two met in the League was in League One in the 2005/6 season. The Millers hosted the first game in October when a goal for the visitors from Martin Devaney was the only goal of the day. The game at Oakwell in November will be best remembered for the dreadful refereeing of Trevor Kettle. Shaun Barker put the Millers one up on thirty-one minutes and the visitors went into the dressing rooms at half-time wondering how they weren’t three goals clear. After being booked in the first half Deon Burton seemed to throw himself over Steven Watts’ legs on fifty-six minutes and was sent for an early bath for his trouble. Barnsley had more chances now they had the man advantage but the Millers managed to hold on – until the game descended into a farce five minutes from time. Lee Williamson talked himself into a second yellow card and, with the Millers down to nine men, Manager Mick Harford was sent to the stands for protesting. The board went up for five minutes injury time and was met by boos from the Millers fans which turned to cries of anguish when Steven Watt rose above everyone else to equalise for the home side although it looked to everyone in the ground that Paul Hurst had managed to clear the ball off the line which sent Mr Kettle scuttling over to his assistant before he gave the goal. As the teams trooped off players from both sides surrounded the referee which resulted in a third red card for the Millers’ Colin Murdock in the tunnel.
Teams that day
Subs not used – Flinders, Carbon, Williams
Subs not used – Montgomery, Otsemobor, Monkhouse, Hoskins
Barnsley ended last season just one place above the relegation places with eight points more than Portsmouth. The last game they won was in March against Peterborough at Oakwell with a goal from David Cotterill on twenty-four minutes giving them all three points.
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