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Rotherham United Football Club is a professional English football club based in the town of Rotherham. The club currently competes in the Championship, which is the second tier in the English football pyramid.
Rotherham currently plays their home matches at the New York Stadium, which has been their home since 2012, replacing their former temporary home the Don Valley Stadium. Before then, the club had spent 83 years at Millmoor. The New York Stadium has a maximum capacity of 12,021.
Rotherham’s biggest rivals are Doncaster Rovers.
Rotherham have won multiple honours from competitions outside of the top two divisions in English football. The club have twice won the old Third Division, the first of which came in the 1950/51 season when they won the Third Division North with a seven-point advantage over runners-up Mansfield Town. Their second title at this level came 30 years later in 1980/81 as they finished two points ahead of Barnsley and Charlton Athletic in the table, who were also promoted. The club have also finished as runners-up three times at that level, as well as having two promotions via the Play-Offs.
Rotherham won their only Fourth Division title in the 1988/89 season, but they have also been promoted three times as runners-up in 1991/92, 1999/2000 and 2012/13. The Millers were also promoted via a third-place finish in 1974/75. Rotherham have won the Football League Trophy twice in their history too, the first of which came in 1996 after they beat Shrewsbury 2-1 at Wembley. Their most recent success in the competition came in 2022 when they defeated Sutton United 4-2 in the final.
Rotherham United was founded on 27 May 1925, but the club’s roots go back much further than that. The club was originally founded as Thornhill Football Club in 1877 and later became Thornhill United. They were one of two prominent teams in the town alongside Rotherham Town, while Thornhill changed their name to Rotherham County in 1905. County joined the Football League in 1919 while Town were unable to be elected, leading to the two clubs completing a merger to become Rotherham United in 1925. Having originally played in amber and black, Rotherham changed their home strip to red and white which still exists to this day.
To date, Rotherham have never played in the First Division/Premier League in their history, with the Second Division/Championship being the highest level of football that they have competed at. In their first 42 years of existence, Rotherham had just one promotion to Division Two and no relegations, but in recent times the club have been known as something of a yo-yo club. One of the greatest achievements in the club’s history was when they reached the 1961 League Cup final against Aston Villa. In these times, the League Cup final was played over two legs and Rotherham took a 2-0 lead in the first leg at Millmoor, but eventually lost the second leg 3-0 after extra time.