Rotherham United Chairman Tony Stewart told Radio Sheffield that he would rather the Millers got to Wembley and lost than not go there at all.
Speaking as the Millers get ready to take on Shrewsbury Town in the League One Play-Off Final on Sunday, Mr Stewart said, ‘It’s the third time in ten years we’ve been at Wembley and I’m excited. At the moment I’m looking forward to it but if you ask me on Saturday night I might be a little bit nervous.
‘Our first visit was under Ronnie Moore and expectations were high. To arrive for my first time at Wembley was the biggest occasion, Wembley is the Buckingham Palace of football. We played Dagenham and Redbridge and I felt we were the better side so when the whistle went and we’d lost three-two I didn’t want to go back to the hotel and for about an hour I walked around parts of Wembley I’ll probably never ever see again. The feeling was just like being knocked over by a double-decker bus and it took me a couple of days to get over it.
‘A few years later we were there again this time under Steve Evans and what a game that was. Revs’ (Alex Revell) goal has been played over and over again and to witness that and win as we did when the final penalty went in the adulation and ovation had everything. And I realised what I’d missed first time round but that made up for it.’
Tony Stewart has been at the helm at Rotherham United for ten years and says he’s learned a lot about football since taking over.
‘Now, at Rotherham we’ve got people who take the right actions and it’s probably the happiest I’ve been in football. It’s taken ten years to get to where we are now, have I any regrets? None whatsoever. It’s cost me a little bit north of £35 million and I could have bought a wonderful yacht for that sort of money!’
Not sure how a ‘wonderful’ yacht would look like going down the River Don! And I think the New York Stadium will last a bit longer than a yacht. Tony Stewart’s name will always be known around Rotherham, long after he, I and you have all gone.