Date: 28th April 2016 at 9:34am
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If someone said to you can you remember where you were fifteen years ago you’d probably say ‘no’ – I mean I have all on remembering where I was fifteen minutes ago

But to any Miller tell them it was 28 April 2001 and then mention Alan Lee and they will reward you with a big smile.

It was our back-to-back promotion day when Brentford were in town and it really was a game that should have started Once Upon A Time and ended Happily Ever After.

We’d won promotion the year before and, going into the game, no-one imagined that the Millers would go up again – but a win over Brentford and results going our way meant we did exactly that.

It didn’t start well and the visitors took the lead on five minutes from Owusu. But Stewart Talbot stuck away the ball for the equaliser on the thirty-fourth minute.

We had people with radios in the crowd (how they heard them I will never know) and we got to know that Colchester were beating Reading but the Millers were looking like they’d do anything but score and with a couple of minutes to go we were all expecting to have to go to Peterborough the following week and hope to get something there.

With a minute on the clock Kevin Watson got the ball to Alan Lee who with his back to goal had to turn and shoot. It was like one of those black and white movies with the dots on as the ball edged closer and closer to the goal line but when it hit the back of the net the crowd, as one, erupted running onto the pitch kissing each other, kissing the players, I even heard one kissed the Ref but that’s not been confirmed.

Order was eventually restored but when the Final Whistle went it all started again. I don’t know what time I got home that day – I don’t even remember getting home but probably floated there on the euphoria – though I do recall getting home with a big bottle of champagne in my hands (not a clue where I’d picked that up!)

Yes, we’ve done such a lot since then but that one afternoon is one of those days that will go down in the Millers history and one that I can smile at and say ‘yes, I was there.’

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