Tag: Rotherham United

Video of The Day: Rotherham United vs Newcastle United, October 1982

There have been many treatises offered from many different angles on the varied and often unusual career of Kevin Keegan, but there is one thing about him that seems virtually certain, among the conjecture. Kevin Keegan loved, perhaps even needed, to be a Hero. He stamped his authority on the Liverpool, Hamburg and England teams whilst in his dashing pomp, but the blotter on his marker book came for England against Spain at the 1982 World Cup finals. Needing a two goal win in their final group match against Spain, England were goalless when manager Ron Greenwood threw on...

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Steve Evans Lands In Hot Water Again

Of course, Rotherham United knew what they were getting themselves involved with when they took him on in the first place, but the news earlier this week that manager Steve Evans – subject of the most read post ever to appear on this little website – will now be the subject of a six match stadium ban for his new club over his involvement in some fairly ridiculous scenes earlier this during both during and after a League Two match between Bradford City and his previous club, Crawley Town. A stadium ban is more all-encompassing than a touchline ban. For six matches and with immediate effect, Evans will be banned from attending the ground at which Rotherham United’s first team are playing at any time during a match day, but those taken aback by the ruling should probably be aware that Evans has a lengthy history of such behaviour. In November 2005, Evans was given a £1,000 fine, which was suspended for a year, after admitting to using insulting or abusive words to the match official in a match against Peterborough United the previous month. In February 2006, Evans was escorted from the dug-out by police at half-time during a match between Grimsby Town and Boston United following a complaint of alleged foul and abusive language, which came after an incident during which the Grimsby Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall...

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Is The Evans Effect Set To Move From Crawley To Rotherham As Well?

There is, perhaps, little to surprised about regarding the decision of Steve Evans to leave promotion-chasing Crawley Town for Rotherham United this morning. Rumours had been circulating for the last few days that Rotherham were interested in taking him and his baggage on and even the timing – with six games of the season left to play and Crawley Town two points off an automatic promotion place – isn’t a major shock. The Steve Evans show, from his crocodile tears in court when it looked as if he might be sent to prison over tax offences committed whilst at Boston United through to his heavy-handed gamesmanship of the last couple of years or so, has always been entirely about Steve Evans. Any discussion of the “Crawley miracle” was always tempered by amount of money that seemed to be flowing through the club and the tainting of the clubs name that came with his association with it. There was a suggestion of everything not quite being as it seemed at Broadfield Stadium as long ago as January, with the sales of Matthew Tubbs and Tyrone Barnett to AFC Bournemouth and Peterborough United respectively. Crawley Town had remained solvent throughout their Blue Square Bet Premier promotion season thanks in no small part to the money raised as a result of an FA Cup run which saw the club bow out at...

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A Great Leap Forward For Rotherham United’s Return Home

When Rotherham United departed from Millmoor at the end of the 2007/08 season, the departure of this football club from its home of one hundred and one years was, perhaps, not granted the attention that it should have been. Rotherham, who had a wretched few seasons during the last decade, had failed to reach agreement with their landlords over disputes that had been running for several years, and left for pastures new at The Don Valley Stadium in nearby Sheffield. Since they moved out, though, they have been making slow and steady progess towards a return to their home town, though it will not be Millmoor to which they return, and this progress took a huge step forward this week. Rotherham United’s woes were amongst the most severe that any Football League club have suffered in recent years. The club had been under the ownership of the scrap metal dealer Ken Booth for many years, but mounting debts meant that Booth – who was sixty-five years old when he took ownership of the club in 1987 – ended up passing it to a supporters’ group led by a lawyer, Peter Ruchniewicz. They, though, were unable to stop the financial rot and the club ended up entering into administration twice in the space of three years. The supporters’ group passed ownership to a group of local businessmen (although this was...

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Rotherham United & FC United of Manchester: Grounds For Celebration United

If we are to be concerned about the future of football in the twenty-first century, one issue that perhaps doesn’t get the attention that it should do is the loss of grounds themselves. The major citadels of the modern game – Old Trafford, The Emirates, Wembley – are safe, but smaller clubs find themselves in a perilous position as small, often loss-making businesses that, in a lot of cases, are the owners of prime town centre real estate. This has been a particular problem in London, where grounds in Edgware, Leytonstone, Wimbledon, Enfield and Hendon (amongst others) have been lost forever with no replacements having been built elsewhere. It’s not all bad news, though. Many local councils now actively encourage the preservation of the football facilities that they own in the full knowledge that they carry a benefit that cannot necessarily be measured in pounds and pence. In Chester, for example, the active involvement of the local council played a huge role in ensuring the future of football in the city after the extinction of the local club earlier this year. And today has been a good day for those of us that fret about such issues, with planning permission having been granted for two clubs, one of which was evicted from its home and the other of which has been fighting for a home of its own since...

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