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Who Do The Millers Meet Next Season – C-H

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After relegation last season Rotherham United find themselves in League One – but who do we meet . . .

CAMBRIDGE UNITED

Ground – Abbey Stadium
Nickname – The U’s, Yellows
Manager – Garry Monk


Cambridge United were formed in 1912 as Abbey United, taking the name Cambridge United thirty-nine years later. They started the 1958/9 season in the Southern League and were champions in 1968/9 as well as the following year and saw themselves elected to the Football League in 1970. Bill Leivers got them promoted in the 1972.73 season but they only last a season in the Third Division before they were relegated before eventually getting into the Second Division for the start of the 1978/79 season where they spent six years before consecutive relegations. 1990 saw the U’s promoted via the play-offs and 1991/2 saw them top of the Third Division and another promotion. Ups and downs saw them back in the Conference in 2005 eventually getting back into the Football League after winning the 2014 play-off final. After having various jobs at the club Mark Bonner was eventually named as Manager in the 2019/20 season being superseded by first Neil Harris and latterly Garry Monk in March 2024.

It was an eighteenth place finish last season for Cambridge with forty-eight points.

Of the twenty-six games the Millers and U’s have met in the past Rotherham have come out on top winning four more than Cambridge with twelve. The pair last met in the league in December 2021 which saw a sixty-sixth Dan Barlaser goal get a win at the Abbey Stadium for the visitors.


CHARLTON ATHLETIC

Ground – The Valley
Nickname – The Addicks
Manager – Nathan Jones


Founded in 1905 when a number of youth clubs came together to form Charlton Athletic becoming a senior side eight years later and became a professional club when they joined the Kent League for the 1919/20 season. Charlton were voted into the Football League in 1921 winning in Division Three 1929. Eight years later they were runners up in the First Division.

Coming more up to date Charlton got into the Premier League for the 1998/9 season after winning a penalty shoot-out against Sunderland in the League One play-off final at the end of the previous season. With just one game to go they were relegated to the Championship for the 2007/8 season, spending two seasons there before being relegated to League One before being promoted again in May 2012. Four years later Charlton were again relegated to League One. At the end of the 2018/19 the Addicks found themselves at Wembley in the play-off final which they won two-one over Sunderland to get back into the Championship unfortunately they were there just one season before ending in the bottom three and back into League One.

Last season Charlton finished sixteenth in League One with fifty-three points.

The Millers and Addicks last met in a League One game in April 2022 at the New York Stadium where a second half George Dobson goal gave the visitors all three points. The pair have met in thirty-eight league games both being successful in fourteen each.


CRAWLEY TOWN

Ground – Broadfield Stadium
Nickname – The Red Devils
Manager – Scott Lindsey


Crawley Town were formed in 1896 becoming founding members of the West Sussex Football League that same year. The club disbanded in 1935 reforming three years and joined the Brighton, Hove and District League Division Two joining their Division One side in 1946. They later played in the Sussex County League, Metropolitan League and Southern League before they won the title and started the 2004/5 season in the Football Conference. Over the next few years Crawley had financial problems which were finally solved and in 2007 Steve Evans took over as manager and at the end of the 2010/11 season they were promoted to the Football League after going up as champions with one hundred and five points. The Red Devils got promoted in third place to League One at the end of their first season in the Football League spending three seasons there before the start of the 2015-16 season saw them back in League Two where they have been until this season.

Last season saw Crawley finish in seventh place in League Two giving them play-off semi final games against MK Dons where they won three-nil at home and five-one away. The Wembley Final was against Crewe Alexandra where a goal in each half gave the Red Devils a two-nil win.

The Millers and Crawley have only met four times in the past, all in the league, the last time in January 2014 at the New York Stadium which saw Matt Tubbs put the visitors in front on twenty-four minutes. Ten minutes later the hosts were level thanks to a Kieran Agard penalty but Josh Simpson put City back in front in the second half. As it looked like it would be a win for the visitors Agard scored at the end of the game to gave the Millers a point.

EXETER CITY

Ground – St James’ Park
Nickname – The Grecians
Manager – Gary Caldwell


Formed from a cricket team of the same name Exeter City came into being in 1901 playing their first competitive game three years later, against the Royal Artillery in the East Devon League. Winning that league they transferred to the Plymouth and District League before they became a professional team in 1908 and joined the Southern League. In 1920 they became founder members of the Third Division in the Football League and, as the league became divided, they started the following season in the Third Division South before it eventually became Division Four. 1963/64 saw City get their first ever promotion to the Third Division lasting two seasons staying there until 1977. 1990 saw the Grecians champions of the Fourth Division going into Division Three but never really got going and in 1994 the club came close to going out of business but August 1996 saw them come out of administration but the problems never really went away and at the end of the 2002/03 season City found themselves relegated to the Conference. Four years later Exeter were back in the Football League in what was now League Two winning promotion via the play-offs before another promotion straight away saw them in League One for the start of the 2009/10 season. Relegation came again two years later and there they stayed until they were promoted as runners-up at the end of the 2021-22 season.

It was a thirteenth place finish for the Grecians last season in League One with sixty-one points.

The Millers and Exeter last met in April 2013 at the New York Stadium in a League Two game where Ben Pringle, Daniel Nardiello, Michael O’Connor and Craig Morgan scored for the host with Daniel Coles getting a consolation for City. The pair have been involved in thirty-two league games in the past the Millers winning fourteen to the Grecians ten.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Ground – John Smith’s Stadium
Nickname – The Terriers
Manager – Michael Duff


Huddersfield Town were formed in 1907 and three years later entered the Football League. In 1926 they became the first English team to win three successive league titles. After the Second World War the club were in a bit of a decline and dropped out of the First Division in 1952 although 1970 saw a brief return to the top they have meandered between the lower leagues since. 1994 saw Huddersfield move from Leeds Road to their new stadium. The end of the 2016/17 season saw the Terriers promoted to the Premier League and they finished sixteenth in that first season but the following season finished bottom with just sixteen points. The season before last Huddersfield had five different men at the helm with former Miller Neil Warnock taking over in February 2023 and steering them out of the relegation zone to finish one place and three points better off than Rotherham. Neil Warnock and the Terriers parted company in September with Darren Moore coming in as manager but after just three wins in twenty-three games he was sacked in January with West German Andre Breitenreiter taking over a month later but he failed to keep them up.

Like the Millers, the Terriers were relegated last season after finishing second-to-bottom in the Championship and nine days later appointed Michael Duff as Head Coach.

Of the fifty-six league games Rotherham and Huddersfield have played it is Town who have the most wins with twenty-nine, the Millers just ten. They last met in March this year at the New York Stadium in a game that saw the visitors down to ten men just before the hour mark. The game ended goalless.

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