The last time The Imps played tomorrow night’s opponents Rotherham United away from home was on Saturday 10th August 2019, in front of a crowd of 10,706, including 2,320 away supporters. The Imps won 2-0 that day, thanks to goals scored by Shaun MacDonald (42′ OG) and Harry Anderson (48′).
Ahead of tomorrow night’s match, we have done a Q&A with a Rotherham United supporter, so thank you to Caz from Vital Rotherham for answering our questions!
How long have you supported Rotherham United?
All my life. My parents were both Millers.
Where did you finish last season?
We were relegated after finishing next to bottom in the Championship.
What do you think of your manager?
Warney is a ‘good guy’. Always ready to talk to the fans, even does video messages for birthdays, etc and he looks after the players – treats them like family. When things don’t go right, he takes it to heart but generally is a happy chappy.
What were/are your hopes and expectations for the 2021/22 season?
When you’ve been relegated you always want to get straight back, though sometimes it might be better to stay down for another year and get a good team going but we already have that.
One(s) to watch?
Michael Smith is our top scorer. Ollie Rathbone works his socks off on the pitch. Dan Barlaser our Geordie Pirlo – to name just three!
Which teams do you think will finish in the top six in League One?
Rotherham, Wigan, Wycombe, Sunderland, MK Dons and probably Sheffield Wednesday.
Which teams do you think will finish in the bottom four in League One?
Doncaster Rovers, Crewe Alexandra, Gillingham and Morecambe – the bottom four at the moment.
What are your thoughts on Lincoln City?
Nice friendly family club. I think you have possibly under-achieved this season, do you?
What do you think the score will be?
We need to get back to winning ways but I think it could well be a draw.
Random fact about your Club?
Dean Andrews – Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes and Last Tango In Halifax – is a lifelong Miller.
If you could steal one Lincoln City player for your own team, who would it be and why?
With injuries, we are probably a bit short of forwards at the moment so maybe John Marquis.
What are your proudest and most embarrassing moments as a Rotherham United supporter?
Never been embarrassed to be a Miller! Our Wembley trips are always proud (and we’ve been there a lot lately!) and also when our club badge, on my cap, was recognised in Bermuda.
Who would you say is your most underrated player?
Possibly JJ – Joshua Kayode – I feel the management think he’s still a little young to get regular starts.
Do you have a Supporters Trust and what role do they play at the Club?
Our Supporters Trust run courses, have workshops and get people active throughout the town including the young and disabled and adults with problems. One of their specialities is providing post 16 education in sport from a Level one in sport to a BA (Hons) in Community Coaching and Development.
Which was your favourite match involving Rotherham United?
Any South Yorkshire derby game that we win.
Which was your least favourite match involving Rotherham United?
Any South Yorkshire derby game that we don’t win.
Do you have a Former Players Association at Rotherham United?
Our club consultant (posh title) and former player John Breckin does a great job of getting former players in on match days.
Josh Vickers seems to have established himself as your Number 1 of late. What’s your opinion of him and do you think he can step up to Championship levels?
For the first time for many seasons we have two first-class ‘keepers in Josh Vickers and Viktor Johansson. At the moment Josh has the number one shirt, and he has been brilliant, pulling off saves that still amaze us. I think both our ‘keepers could do well a level up, yes.
Is depositing detergent into the fountain at the Town Centre still a weekly ritual?
LOL. I’m not actually sure the fountains are still there! I walked through today and honestly can’t remember seeing them. Maybe I’m just used to them! So, I don’t know the answer to that question, sorry!
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