Date: 31st December 2017 at 8:10pm
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Rotherham United start 2018 with a home fixture which sees Blackburn Rovers the visitors to the New York Stadium.

But what of New Years Day games of the past?

The last time the Millers had a game on New Years Day was in 2014 when Coventry were the visitors to the New York Stadium. Rotherham went ahead on the thirty-fifth minute with a goal from Joe Skarz but the visitors started strongly in the second half and twenty-five minutes in Callum Wilson got the better of Millers skipper Craig Morgan who resorted to tripping the City striker and got a red card from referee Gary Sutton. Mr Sutton originally gave a free-kick just outside the box but on consulting his linesman changed his mind and pointed to the penalty spot. Carl Baker stepped up and put the ball past Adam Collin and taking a deflection off the post went into the net for the equaliser. Franck Moussa made it two-one five minutes from town and on the stroke of full-time Baker scored his second and the Sky Blues third to make it three-one to Coventry.

The season before the Millers travelled to Spotland for the New Years Day clash with Rochdale. Ashley Grimes put the hosts in front just before the half-hour mark but twelve minutes from time Kayode Odejayi equalised and then a goal in the final minute of the game from Courtney Cameron sent the travelling Millers fans home very happy and with all three points.

January 1st 2011 saw the Millers take on Port Vale at Don Valley. Nicky Law and Ryan Taylor sent the Millers in two-nil up at half-time and Will Atkinson put the ‘home’ side three-up a minute after the re-start. On sixty-eight minutes Ryan Taylor got his second and Rotherham’s fourth with Mark Randall scoring five minutes before time to make it a five-nil win for the hosts. Vale also had goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson sent-off in the first half for a poor challenge on Marcus Marshall outside the area.

Six years ago the Millers were taking on Macclesfield at Millmoor with the Millers winning the game three-nil with three goals in seventeen second half minutes. Mark Hudson put the Millers in front on the seventieth minute and Ryan Taylor scored ten minutes later and then again on the eighty-seventh minute to give the Millers all three points.

The Millers travelled to Tranmere for the 2007 New Years Day game. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff put Rovers in front on the twenty-eighth minute with Gareth Taylor making it two-nil just before half-time. Delroy Facey scored a consolation for the Millers eight minutes from time.

Rotherham also lost the first game of 2005 at Millmoor by two-goals to one to Coventry City. Junior had put the home side in front on thirty-nine minutes but Stern John and Ady Williams scored in the second half to give Coventry the win.

Local rivals Sheffield Wednesday were the visitors to Millmoor on 1st January 2003 when, unfortunately for the Millers, goals from Shefki Kuqi and Adam Proudlock gave the Owls the win.

There were no goals in the New Years Day game at Gigg Lane in 2001 when the Millers made the visit to take on Bury and on this day in 1994 the Millers travelled to Hartlepool where they lost two-nil.

The only goal of this fixture in 1992 was from the Millers’ Don Page in front of 4,850 fans at Millmoor against Carlisle United.

On New Years Day 1991 the Millers travelled to Vetch Field and were on the end of a five-nil thumping from Swansea City but the year previous the game at Millmoor was a victory for the home side by three-goals to two against Bristol Rovers. Stuart Evans, Des Hazel and Bobby Williamson scored for Rotherham.

Andy Haycock scored in the one-nil win over Port Vale on New Years Day 1988 while the 1987 fixture was a three-nil loss at Belle Vue against Doncaster Rovers.

Blackpool were in town on 1st January 1986 and the game was a four-one win for the Millers at Millmoor. John Dungworth, Dean Emmerson, Mick Gooding and Simmons were the Millers scorers while Bradford City were the winners at Millmoor the season previous. City won two-one with just over nine thousand fans watching with John Dungworth getting the Millers goal.

The Millers beat Charlton Athletic at Millmoor on 1st January 1983 when a Rod Fern goal was the only goal of the day.

Rotherham travelled to Swansea for the New Years game in 1974 and lost four-two with the Millers goals coming from Alan Crawford and Carl Gilbert. Two years before this fixture was away to Bradford City with the Bantams winning one-nil.

January 1st 1966 saw the Millers beat Middlesbrough four-one at Millmoor when two goals from Les Chappell and one from Christopher Rabjohn plus an own goal gave the hosts the win.

Brian Slater scored the Millers goal in the one-nil win at home to Port Vale in the New Years fixture 1957 while Birmingham City came to Millmoor in 1955 and were two-nil winners.

New Years Day 1953 saw the Millers’ visit to Bramall Lane where Gladstone Guest (2), Colin Rawson and Jack Shaw scored the Millers goals in their four-one win in front of more than thirty-six thousand supporters.

Jack Grainger and Jack Shaw were the Millers scorers in their New Years Day away game against Accrington Stanley while Jack Grainger was also the scorer in the 1949 fixture away to Tranmere Rovers, which was a two-one loss with the following season’s game at Millmoor against York City was a three-two win when Wally Arden, Gladstone Guest and Ronald Thompson were the scorers.

York City were the visitors for the 1947 game too which the Millers won six-one. Two goals from Albert Wilson and Gladstone Guest and a goal each Wally Ardron and Stewart McLean gave the Millers the win. In this fixture in 1946 goals from Ron Burke, Jack Shaw and Danny Williams gave the Millers a three-one win over Gateshead.

New Years Day 1944 saw the Millers competing in the War Cup when Sheffield United were in town which the Millers won seven-two.

Other New Years Day Games
League Division Three (North)
1938 – Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Rotherham United
1937 – Accrington Stanley 3-0 Rotherham United
1936 – Carlisle United 1-1 Rotherham United
1935 – Stockport County 4-0 Rotherham United
1934 – Barnsley 5-1 Rotherham United
1930 – Hartlepool 5-1 Rotherham United
1927 – Rotherham United 1-3 Doncaster Rovers
1926 – Tranmere Rovers 1-3 Rotherham United
1925 – Ashington 3-1 Rotherham United
1924 – Darlington 1-0 Rotherham United
1921 – Bristol City 2-4 Rotherham United
1920 – Blackpool 5-1 Rotherham United

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