A few facts and figures of previous games between the Millers and Pompey
Portsmouth are making their first visit to the New York Stadium with their last game in Rotherham being at Millmoor.
The clubs have met twenty-seven times in the league in the past with Pompey winning ten of those to the Millers eight.
Pompey were last in Rotherham in October 2002 when both clubs were in Division One. Vincent Pericard put the visitors in front on the quarter of an hour mark doubling their lead eight minutes later when Bulgarian Svetolslav Todorov swept the ball home from short range. A header from Darren Byfield pulled one back for the Millers on the thirty-fourth minute but when Chris Swailes brought Todorov down on the stroke of half-time he saw red and Paul Merson scored from the resulting penalty. The ten men battled in the second half with Martin McIntosh and Darren Garner going close before Alan Lee came off the subs bench to win a penalty after he was brought down by Gianluca Festa picking himself up to score from the spot. In the final minute of the game the hosts went close to getting a point but Paul Hurst smashed a shot against the woodwork and it went out to safety.
Teams That Day
Subs Not Used – Gray, Robins
Subs: Kawaguchi, Robinson, O’Neil, Burchill
The time the pair met in the League before that was in the Old Division Three at Millmoor at the end of January 1981. The Millers were three-nil winners with John Seasman getting two and Tony Towner the other.
The first time the teams met at Millmoor was in November 1959 with the game ending two-one to the Millers. Keith Kettleborough and Barry Webster scored the goals for the hosts on that day.
The game at Fratton Park in September was live for TV. Jon Taylor scored the only goal of the afternoon on the thirty-sixth minute to give the visitors all three points.
League Results – Rotherham v Portsmouth
Portsmouth 0-1 Rotherham
27.04.2003 Portsmouth 3-2 Rotherham
05.10.2002 Rotherham 2-3 Portsmouth
16.02.2002 Portsmouth 0-0 Rotherham
12.10.2001 Rotherham 2-1 Portsmouth
Division Three (Old)
31.01.1981 Rotherham 3-0 Portsmouth
23.08.1980 Portsmouth 3-1 Rotherham
29.04.1978 Rotherham 0-1 Portsmouth
10.12.1977 Portsmouth 3-3 Rotherham
16.04.1977 Portsmouth 5-1 Rotherham
26.10.1976 Rotherham 2-2 Portsmouth
Division Two (Old)
03.02.1968 Rotherham 1-1 Portsmouth
23.09.1967 Portsmouth 1-1 Rotherham
21.01.1967 Portsmouth 2-3 Rotherham
17.09.1966 Rotherham 0-1 Portsmouth
16.04.1966 Rotherham 3-3 Portsmouth
20.11.1965 Portsmouth 1-1 Rotherham
30.09.1964 Portsmouth 2-0 Rotherham
15.09.1964 Rotherham 1-0 Portsmouth
15.02.1964 Rotherham 4-2 Portsmouth
05.10.1963 Portsmouth 2-1 Rotherham
23.03.1963 Portsmouth 1-2 Rotherham
03.11.1962 Rotherham 0-0 Portsmouth
25.02.1961 Rotherham 1-0 Portsmouth
08.10.1960 Portsmouth 2-2 Rotherham
09.04.1960 Portsmouth 2-0 Rotherham
21.11.1959 Rotherham 2-1 Portsmouth