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Who Do The Millers Meet Next Season – L – R

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Back in League One for the coming season let’s have a quick look who Rotherham United will be meeting.


LEYTON ORIENT
Ground – Brisbane Road
Nickname – The Os
Manager – Richie Wellens


Formed in 1881 as the Glynn Cricket Club football started to be played seven years later as Orient in the Clapton and District League joining the London League in 1896. 1905 saw them elected to the Football League as Clapton Orient but were relegated from the Second Division in 1929.After World War II they started to call themselves Leyton Orient wining the Third Division South title in the 1955-56 season and six years later the Second Division though were relegated after just one season suffering another relegation in 1966. They changed their name again to Orient FC winning the Third Division title at the first time of asking spending the 1970’s in the second tier of English football. Two relegations in the 1980’s saw them revert back to Leyton Orient and they won promotion via the play-offs at the end of the 1988-89 season. More relegations and promotions came and April 2017 saw them drop out of the Football League to the National League but two seasons later were back in League Two after being promoted as Champions. Richie Wellens was appointed as Manager in March 2022 and the following season the Os were League Two Champions.

Last season Orient had a credible eleventh place finish in League One with sixty-five points.

The Millers and Leyton Orient last met at Wembley in the League One Play-Off Final which saw the O’s take a two goal lead with goals coming from Moses Odubajo and Dean Cox. But two goals in five second half minutes from Alex Revell – in what Millers call the ‘Ambitious But Brilliant’ Final – saw the game go to extra time and penalties which Rotherham won four-three. Of the sixty league games the pair have played there have been twenty-seven Rotherham wins and fourteen for Leyton Orient.



LINCOLN CITY
Ground – Sincil Bank
Nickname – The Imps
Manager – Michael Skubala


Lincoln were founded in 1884 winning the Midland League in 1889–90. Two years later they became founder members of the Football League Second Division and were there until 1908. After failing to get re-elected they found themselves back in the Midland League which they were re-elected something which was repeated twice again. In 1921 they were founder members of the Third Division North and yo-yo’d a bit for the next few years. In 1962 they found themselves in the Fourth Division where they stayed until promotion in 1976 but by 1987 were playing Conference football although they were promoted at the first time of asking. Promotion, relegation and play-offs were on the cards until they were once again in the Conference for six seasons until promotion back into league football at the end of the 2016/17 season. In 2018 the Imps won the Football League Trophy and won the League Two title at the end of the 2018/19 season.

After the Cowley Brothers left for pastures new Michael Appleton was appointed the Lincoln boss in September 2019. April 2022 saw him leave Sincil Bank and a month later Mark Kennedy took over before he was dismissed in October 2023 with Michael Skubala taking over the reigns the following month.

The Imps finished last season just short of the play-off places in seventh place with seventy-four points.

Rotherham and Lincoln last met in a League One game in March 2022 at the New York Stadium which saw early goals from Ben Wiles and Chieo Ogbene put the Millers in front with Tam Hopper getting a consolation for the Imps. Of the ninety-two times the pair have met in the past Rotherham have won forty-five to Lincoln’s twenty-six.

MANSFIELD TOWN
Ground – Field Mill
Nickname – The Stags
Manager – Nigel Clough



Mansfield Town were formed in 1897 entering the Mansfield and District Amateur League in 1902 as Mansfield Wesleyans before changing it to Mansfield Wesley four years later when they joined the Notts and District League. They became Mansfield Town in 1910 when they moved to the Notts and Derbyshire League staying a year before joining the Central Alliance. After being crowned Champions 1921 saw them move to the Midland League, winning the title three times before being admitted to the Football League in 1931. 1960 saw them relegated from Division Three to Division Four spending three season there before promotion back to Division Three stopping there until relegated again in 1972. They got promotions later in the decade back to Division Three and then to Division Two where they only stopped one season finding themselves back in Division Three for the start of the 1978/79 season. But they were relegated again in 1980. More relegations and promotions followed before they found themselves out of the Football League and into the Blue Square Premier for the start of the 2008/09 season. They stayed in non-league football for four season but won the league in the 2012/13 season to see them back into the fourth tier of English football, League Two where they stayed until the end of last season.

The Stags won promotion at the end of last season finishing in third place in League Two.

The Millers and Stags have played in fifty-eight league games Rotherham winning thirty of those, the last time being in a League Two game in April 2008 at Field Mill when a bit of a freak goal from Jamie Yates on seventy-one minutes won the game for the visitors.

NORTHAMPTON TOWN
Stadium – Sixfields
Nickname – The Cobblers
Manager – Jon Brady


Northampton Town were formed in 1897 sharing their first ground, the County Ground, with the cricket club. The club joined the Football League in 1920 going into Division Three (South). 1960-1965 saw the Cobblers promoted three times but over the next five years saw them relegated back to the Fourth Division making them the record holders for the shortest time taken to be promoted from the bottom tier to the top tier and relegated back down to the bottom again, in the space of nine years.

In 1971 they had to apply for re-election to the Football League and with a few ups and downs they were promoted to the Third Division at the end of the 1990/91 season but 1992 saw them go into administration with the Supporters Trust eventually taking over. Finishing bottom of the league in 1994 they were saved from relegation because Conference Champions Kidderminster Harriers’ ground wasn’t deemed fit enough for the Football League. October 1994 saw Northampton move into the Sixfields Stadium and two years later saw them beat Swansea City at Wembley in the League Two Play-Off Final with the following season seeing them at Wembley again but losing out that time to Grimsby Town. The following season saw them relegated but they bounced straight back.

Coming more up to date Northampton were issued with a winding-up petition over unpaid taxes in October 2015 which resulted in the clubs bank accounts frozen and players and staff not being paid. Luckily for the Cobblers all turned out well in the end and they got promotion to League One at the end of the 2015/16 season. They lasted two seasons before being relegated but promotion came again in 2020, sadly, they found themselves in the bottom four and back in League Two for the start of the 2020/21 season but ended the season in third place and found themselves back in League One.

Northampton got sixty points last season finishing in fourteenth place in League One.

Of the thirty-six times the pair have met in the league in the past Rotherham have won sixteen times to Town’s twelve. They last met in a league game in March 2018 at Sixfields where goals from Michael Smith, David Ball and Richie Towell gave the visitors all three points.

PETERBOROUGH UNITED
Stadium – London Road
Nickname – The Posh
Manager – Darren Ferguson


Replacing Peterborough and Fletton United Peterborough United were formed in 1934 and played in the Midland League winning it six times before 1960 saw them eventually admitted to the Football League when they won the Fourth Division at the first time of asking.


Due to financial irregularities they were relegated back to the Fourth Division in 1968 staying their six years before they gained promotion again being relegated back again in 1979. 1991 saw them promoted again when they surged up the table getting to Wembley for the first time and winning the the Third Division Play-Off Final getting promoted to the new First Division staying there until 1996. January 2007 saw Darren Ferguson come to London Road as Manager leading them to back-to-back promotions but were relegated in 2010 when Gary Johnson was appointed Manager. January 2011 saw Ferguson back in charge and he led them back to the Championship but a loss in the final game of the season saw them go straight back down to League One again where they’ve been since. Ferguson left the club by mutual consent in February 2015 and former Millers Boss Steve Evans was given the job. Evans left in January 2019 and just hours later Darren Ferguson was back in charge at London Road. Darren was with Posh until February 2022 – having got them promoted to the Championship as runners-up in his first months back at the club they came straight back down starting the 2022/23 season back in League One. Grant McCann spent almost a year at London Road as manager before January last year saw them call on Darren Ferguson once again.

Peterborough reached the play-offs last season after finishing in fourth position of League One. They took on Oxford losing one-nil at the Kassam Stadium and a one-all draw at London Road wasn’t enough to see them through.

Peterborough and Rotherham last met in a League One game at London Road in January 2020. An early Ivan Toney goal followed by a Sammie Szmodics goal saw the hosts take a two-nil lead with Michael Ihiekwe making it two-one before the break which is the way the game ended. The pair have played in thirty-four league games in the past with the Millers getting twelve wins to Peterborough’s ten.



READING
Stadium – Madejski Stadium
Nickname – The Royals
Head Coach – Ruben Selles



Formed on Christmas Day 1871 Reading became a professional team twenty-four years later being elected to the Football League in 1920 in the Third Division South. Although they had a couple of near misses the Royals didn’t really pull up any trees until John Madejski took over the club in 1991 and three years later were top of the new Division Two and the next season were runners-up in Division One, only denied promotion because, at that time, only the top team went up. In 1995 they looked to be going up again but lost to Bolton Wanderers in the Play-Off Final. Going back down the leagues Reading once again got to the 2004 play-offs but lost in the semi-final before finally winning the Championship in 2005/6 with a whopping one hundred and six points, recording just two losses on the way. That first season in the Premier League saw Reading finish a very respectable eighth but the following season they were relegated back to the Championship where they finished fourth but lost in the semi-final of the play-offs. In the 2010/11 season they once again found themselves in the play-off final losing to Swansea City but the following season saw them get promoted to the Premier League again but again they came straight back down and they have been in the second tier of English football until May 2023, after points deductions and managers coming and going, the Royals were relegated to League One.

With fifty-three points the Royals finished last season in seventeenth position in League One.

The Millers and Royals last met in a Championship game on Valentines Day 2023 at the Madejski Stadium which saw Lee Peltier put the visitors in front on thirty-seven minutes. But second half goals from Andy Carroll and Tyrese Fornah gave the hosts all three points. Reading have won twenty-two of the forty-eight league games the teams have played which is double what the Millers have won.

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