Twenty-fourth placed Luton Town visit Don Valley this Saturday, here’s a look at the history of this fixture through the years.
The last Millers League victory at Millmoor v Luton Town was way back in December 1962, but considering we’ve only met 5 times in the last 46 years softens the blow a bit.
The 1962 win was 4 days before Christmas and the 2-1 scoreline came benefit of a double from John McCole, in front of 8,198 fans.
Last time out at Millmoor was on 2nd September 2000, where the Millers were looking for the first home points of the season after 2 opening defeats, despite winning both games on the road at Colchester and Bristol City.
However, it was The Hatters who struck the first blow after 6 minutes.
A long clearance from Luton keeper, Mark Ovendale found current Miller Peter Holmes, who in turn laid the ball off to Andy Fotiadis and the striker scored from the edge of the area past Ian Gray to put 17th placed Luton 1-0 up against 10th placed Rotherham.
Ian Gray then produced a couple of good saves to prevent Luton doubling their lead through the two Matthews, Spring and Taylor.
Rotherham, then turned on the pressure and good link work from Kevin Watson and two summer signings, Marvin Bryan and Mark Robins nearly brought an equaliser.
Paul Warne and Darren Garner also came close before Leo Fortune-West headed just wide and a turn and shot from the edge of the penalty area by Mark Robins sent Rotherham into the half-time break bursting with confidence despite still trailing by the one goal.
After the interval, an Andy Monkhouse cross found Fortune-West who’s strike was well saved by Ovendale.
Then, in a rare Luton attack, former Chelsea striker Mark Stein hit the upright.
This didn’t deter the Millers however, and on 65 minutes the home side scored a expected and deserved leveller.
A great run by Paul Hurst saw his shot parried by Ovendale, but Mark Robins was on hand to knock the loose ball home for his 4th goal in just 5 league games.
A powerful Guy Branston header 6 minutes from time nearly gave the Millers all 3 points, but the game ended all square in front of 4,061 fans, which saw the Millers move up to 9th position in division 2.
The return at Kenilworth Road on a Tuesday night in April will go down as one of the great matches of that Promotion winning season as a 76th minute goal from Chris Sedgewick took us to within touching distance of promotion.
Teams at Millmoor
1. IAN GRAY
6. MARVIN BRYAN
16. PAUL HURST
19. BRIAN WILSTERMAN
28. GUY BRANSTON
12. STEWART TALBOT
5. DARREN GARNER (20. ANDY MONKHOUSE 46)
10. PAUL WARNE (23. TREVOR BERRY 87)
9. LEO FORTUNE-WEST
14. KEVIN WATSON
7. MARK ROBINS
SUBS NOT USED
13. PAUL PETTINGER
17. WILL VARTY
21. DANNY HUDSON
1. MARK OVENDALE
12. ADAM LOCKE
5. JULIAN WATTS
17. EMMERSON BOYCE
15. MATTHEW TAYLOR
20. PETER HOLMES (22. DEAN BRENNAN 66)
7. ANDRE’ SCARLETT
4. MATTHEW SPRING
8. PAUL MCLAREN
14. ANDREW FOTIADIS (18. TRESOR KANDOL 46)
10. MARK STEIN (11. LIAM GEORGE 81)
SUBS NOT USED
16. NATHAN ABBEY
23. JUDE STERLING
REFEREE…CHRIS FOY….ST HELENS
The blast from the past comes from a game featured on Match of the Day from 24th April 1982.
Luton Town were on their way to the 2nd division title, and on this day stood 7 points clear at the top over nearest challengers Watford.
Rotherham stood in 5th place level on points with Leicester and Norwich and 6 points away from 3rd promotion placed Sheffield Wednesday.
11,290 were at Millmoor to witness a very entertaining and attacking game which opened with an 11th minute goal from the visitors, when Lil Fuccillo finished off an incisive move.
Rotherham equalised on 28 minutes after great approach work from Tony Towner and Billy McEwan finished with a Ronnie Moore header into the Luton goal for his 20th goal of the season.
In the second half, John Seasman shot the Millers into the lead but a 25 yard effort from Richard Money levelled the game again.
It was in the final minute of the game that Rotherham were awarded a controversial penalty, and Town keeper Alan Judge must have thought justice had been done when he saved from Gerry Gow.
The Millers dropped 2 points and dropped down to 7th, although the gap to Sheffield Wednesday in 3rd was reduced to 5 points as they were trounced 4-0 by 2nd placed Watford.
1. RAY MOUNTFORD
2. EMLYN HUGHES
3. JOHN BRECKIN
4. MARK RHODES (IAN ALEXANDER 79)
5. PAUL STANCLIFFE
6. JOHN GREEN
7. TONY TOWNER
8. GERRY GOW
9. RONNIE MOORE
10. JOHN SEASMAN
11. BILLY MCEWAN
1. ALAN JUDGE
2. KIRK STEPHENS
3. RICHARD MONEY
4. BRIAN HORTON
5. CLIVE GOODYEAR
6. MAL DONAGHY
7. RICKY HILL (RADDY ANTIC 71
8. BRIAN STEIN
9. STEVE WHITE
10. LIL FUCCILLO
11. DAVID MOSS
HOME…P 12 W 4 D 5 L 3 GOALS 19-18
AWAY…P 12 W 2 D 2 L 8 GOALS 14-25
CUPS…P 5 W 2 D 1 L 2 GOALS 7-8
TOTALS…P 29 W 8 D 13 L 8 GOALS 40-51
English Division Two
24.04.2001 Luton Town 0-1 Rotherham United
02.09.2000 Rotherham United 1-1 Luton Town
05.04.1997 Rotherham United 0-3 Luton Town
31.08.1996 Luton Town 1-0 Rotherham United
English Division Two
24.04.1982 Rotherham United 2-2 Luton Town
28.11.1981 Luton Town 3-1 Rotherham United
English Division Three
27.03.1970 Luton Town 2-1 Rotherham United
01.11.1969 Rotherham United 1-1 Luton Town
15.03.1969 Rotherham United 2-2 Luton Town
24.08.1968 Luton Town 3-1 Rotherham United
English Division Two
21.12.1962 Rotherham United 2-1 Luton Town
25.08.1962 Luton Town 2-3 Rotherham United
21.04.1962 Rotherham United 1-1 Luton Town
02.12.1961 Luton Town 4-3 Rotherham United
18.03.1961 Luton Town 2-1 Rotherham United
10.12.1960 Rotherham United 5-2 Luton Town
12.02.1955 Luton Town 4-0 Rotherham United
25.09.1954 Rotherham United 2-0 Luton Town
23.01.1954 Luton Town 1-1 Rotherham United
12.09.1953 Rotherham United 2-1 Luton Town
03.01.1953 Rotherham United 1-3 Luton Town
30.08.1952 Luton Town 2-1 Rotherham United
12.04.1952 Rotherham United 0-1 Luton Town
24.11.1951 Luton Town 1-1 Rotherham United
English FA Cup
29.01.1955 r4 Rotherham United 1-5 Luton Town
English League Cup
25.10.1983 r2-2 Luton Town 0-2 Rotherham United aet (3-4)
04.10.1983 r2-1 Rotherham United 2-3 Luton Town
10.10.1961 r2r Rotherham United 2-0 Luton Town
04.10.1961 r2 Luton Town 0-0 Rotherham United
Thanks to our stats man, ZIPADEEDOODAH for this article