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The Millmoor Ground, commonly known as Millmoor, is a football stadium in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. It was the home ground of Rotherham County F.C. between 1907 and 1925 and then their successors Rotherham United F.C. until 2008. The stadium has had no professional tenant since, but has been in use again for local youth football since 2016.

Millmoor Ground
Millmoor
Millmoor Stadium 2015.jpg
An abandoned Millmoor in 2015, Rotherham
LocationMillmoor Lane
Rotherham
England
OwnerC F Booth
Capacity8,300
Record attendance21,000 (Rotherham County FC vs Sheffield Wednesday, 1 November 1920)[1]
Field size110 by 72 yards (100.6 m × 65.8 m)
Construction
Renovated1920, 1951, 2004
Expanded1920
Tenants
Rotherham County F.C. (1907–1925)
Rotherham United F.C. (1925–2008)
Westfield United F.C. (2016–2017)

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HistoryEdit

The stadium was in use during the 1890s, with Rotherham Church Institute using the ground in the Sheffield Association League.[2][3] and presently has a capacity of around 8,300. Redevelopment work was started on the ground, with a new main stand being built in place of the previous wooden main stand which was built in the 1950s. The new stand was planned to contain corporate facilities and bring the capacity back to over 10,000. The work was scheduled to finish in 2006, but has faced a series of setbacks, one of which was Japanese knotweed being found on the site. Rotherham United have now moved to a new community stadium. In May 2011 Rotherham Titans and Rotherham Council announced a plan to allow the rugby union club to move into Millmoor.[4] After much speculation it was announced in December 2011 that the Titans would remain at Clifton Lane for the foreseeable future due to the deal falling through.[5]

Millmoor hosted a number of memorable Rotherham United games including a first leg of the inaugural Football League Cup final against Aston Villa in 1961, which Rotherham won 2–0.

On 22 September 2007, for Rotherham United's game against Notts County, it was a special day to celebrate 100 years at Millmoor. The game ended 1–1, with Peter Holmes scoring for the Millers. There were special articles in the matchday programme and a commemorative cover. There were balloons all around Millmoor, with the Millers' badge, and the words '100 Years at Millmoor'. Fans were urged to wear retro Rotherham United shirts in order to be entered into a raffle. Many fans were seen with new scarves with Rotherham United F.C. on one side and 1907-2007 on the other side.

In May 2008, Rotherham United were forced to leave Millmoor after talks with Ken Booth, owner of Millmoor, broke down.[6] The team played in the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield until 2012, when the club moved into a new community stadium in Rotherham. Millmoor is currently used by Westfield United of The Bud Evans BD U18 Division 5

Structure and facilitiesEdit

Tivoli EndEdit

The Tivoli was a favourite amongst the fans. The stand holds up to 2,700. It was a former terrace but was later seated during the club's time in the Football League Championship.

Railway EndEdit

 
Away terrace in 1976

The Railway End is the away fans section where over 2,000 fans can be accommodated. This end is covered and all seated. An unusual feature is that away fans can only access this end by going down Millmoor Lane, which is a narrow alleyway. The acoustics on the railway end are said to be some of the best and fans can generate a lot of noise. If needed, away fans can be given additional seats in a section of the Millmoor Lane stand.

The railway referred to in the stand's name is the now closed line to the former Rotherham Westgate railway station.

Main standEdit

 
Stand under construction in 2005

Redevelopment work was started on this stand, however that work has now ceased and in November 2007 the club confirmed that it had no intentions to complete this stand or modernise any part of the stadium due to the difficulty in reaching a deal to purchase the land surrounding Millmoor from the previous chairman. This dispute later led to Rotherham United moving away from the stadium.[1] The stand remains partly finished.

Millmoor Lane EndEdit

Opposite to the Main Stand is the Millmoor Lane side of the ground. It is split up into three sections:

  • Tivoli end/Uncovered end - before the ground was all-seated in conformity with the rules of the Football League Championship, the corner of the ground underneath the floodlights was a continuation of the terraces of the Tivoli End. When the section was all seated, the Tivoli End was split up into two parts for safety reasons: the part of the stand segregated from the Tivoli Stand is now simply called "The Uncovered End" due to the fact there is no roof over the heads of the home supporters housed there.
  • Millmoor Lane - in the middle of the Millmoor Lane side is the Millmoor Lane, which is a small stand for home supporters.

Other usesEdit

Greyhound racing took place at Millmoor Stadium from 11 May 1931 until 29 July 1933. The racing was independent (not affiliated to the sports governing body the National Greyhound Racing Club) and was known as a flapping track which was the nickname given to independent tracks.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Vergane Glorie: Millmoor". Martijn Mureau. 23 March 2016.
  2. ^ Sheffield Independent, 15 November 1897
  3. ^ "Official website Rotherham United FC". 23 March 2016. Archived from the original on 22 March 2016.
  4. ^ Rotherham Titans (6 October 2011). "Millmoor Deal A Step Nearer!". Rotherham Titans. Retrieved 22 June 2011.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Yorkshire Post Article". 17 December 2011.
  6. ^ "End of an era: Millmoor farewell for Rotherham". Yorkshire Post. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  7. ^ Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. p. 422. ISBN 0-948955-15-5.

Coordinates: 53°25′42.12″N 1°22′12.83″W / 53.4283667°N 1.3702306°W / 53.4283667; -1.3702306