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Rotherham United, relatively speaking, are one of the newer club’s compared to most, founded 93 years ago in 1925. Rotherham United was actually founded when Rotherham Town and Rotherham County decided to merge to join the Football League, they spent the first 25 years of their time in the Division Three North which was then the lowest level of the Football League. In the 1950/51 season they finally gained promotion into Division Two, Rotherham also featured in the inaugural League Cup Final in 1961 which they ended up losing 3-2 on aggregate.
Rotherham won the Football League Trophy in 1996 and the Football League North Cup in 1946, they also have achieved the feat of back-to-back promotions on two occasions in 1999-2001 when Ronnie Moore was at the helm and from years 2012-2014 under Steve Evans. After a three-year stay in the Championship, Rotherham were relegated in the 2016/17 season but at their first attempt they were able to defeat Shrewsbury in the League One Play-Off final the following season and secure promotion back into the Championship.
However their stay was much shorter as they were once again relegated, finishing 22nd on 40 points in the Sky Bet Championship and Millwall in 21st finishing on 44 beating them to the drop.
Rotherham manager Paul Warne began his managerial career in 2016, his first and only club he has managed is Rotherham. He’s managed a total of 133 games for the club.
It took Paul just two seasons to earn his first piece of silverware as he guided Rotherham into the Championship via the League One play-offs in the 2017/18 campaign.
In the same season, he also picked up the EFL League One Manager of the month award in December.
Previous Meetings Between the Sides
Southend and Rotherham’s first meeting between the two sides came in an FA Cup tie on the 22nd January 1966 where Rotherham ran out 3-2 winners.
Over the years the clubs have faced each other a total number of 29 times. Southend have won 12 of these games, drawing seven of them and losing 10.
The latest meeting was on the 24th March 2018 in a League One clash at Roots Hall where Blues won 2-0 thanks to goals from Stephen McLaughlin and Simon Cox.
Rotherham’s nickname is ‘The Millers’
Their ground is called The New York Stadium and has a capacity of 12,021 it was also built in 2010 and opened July 2012
The first Rotherham United home strip was yellow and black, before changing to the more commonly recognised red and white kit in 1928.