3 times Rotherham went to Doncaster and won

Rotherham renew their rivalry with Doncaster on Saturday as they play for the first time in 10 years.

It is just their second competitive visit to the Keepmoat Stadium and they travel up the M18 having lost their last two games there.

 

They have enjoyed some success at Doncaster, though, and here’s a look at three of the best.

Kicking Donny while they were down

In 1997-98, Ronnie Moore’s first season in charge, Doncaster were on a fast-track to non-league as they battled boardroom turmoil and were utterly hopeless on the pitch. They had won only one game by the time Rotherham visited Belle Vue the weekend before Christmas and their South Yorkshire rivals were no mood to offer any festive generosity as Moore’s men eased to the three points.

They had to wait until the 39th minute to go ahead, as Ian Gore put through his own net before two goals in a minute after the break sealed three points. Lee Glover scored with a neat finish and then with a sizeable Millers following still celebrating, loanee Scott Taylor made it 3-0.

Doncaster’s wretched season continued, losing 8-0 twice, as they went down with a record number of defeats, while the Millers missed out on the play-offs on the final day.

Hot shot Bobby

The League Cup first round threw up a South Yorkshire derby and the Millers virtually assured themselves of a place in the second round after the first leg at Belle Vue with a 6-2 win. Billy McEwan’s side went ahead in the opening minute as Des Hazel scored before Bobby Williamson made it 2-0 from the spot on the half-hour.

Rovers hit back, though, with two goals in two minutes through John Muir and David Jones. The Millers were not going to let this one slip away, however, and restored their lead before the break as Williamson grabbed his second. Hazel’s second made it 4-2 and then Shaun Goodwin got in on the act in the 72nd minute. But the night belonged to Williamson as he completed a fourth hat-trick for the club.

The Millers got the job done at Millmoor in the second leg before going out to Blackburn in the next round.

Edging a tight one

A first visit to Doncaster in nine years came for Rotherham in 1984 and they were looking to build on a good start to their Division Three campaign under George Kerr.

Over 10,000 were in attendance at Belle Vue to see a tight game edged by a solitary goal from Rotherham’s Tony Simmons.

The striker struck his fourth goal of the season midway through the second half to hand the three points to the Millers, to move them up to fifth place.

A late-season drop saw them finish in 12th position, six points better off than Donny.

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