How life was when Rotherham and Fulham last met

Rotherham meet Fulham for the first time in over 20 years on Tuesday.

Both clubs have had differing fortunes over the last two decades, with the Millers –two dalliances with second-tier football and a brand-spanking new stadium aside – struggling in the lower reaches of the Football League and close to going out of business on two occasions.

It has been a contrasting story for the Cottagers who flourished under Mohammed Al-Fayed’s ownership, residing in the top-flight for 10 years and also reaching the Europa League final in 2010.

Many things have changed since that last meeting in Division Two on 30 April 1994.

The Millers travelled down to Craven Cottage under the joint managership of Archie Gemmill and John McGovern for their final away game of the season and went down to a 1-0 defeat in west London, Sean Farrell’s goal settling the match for Ian Branfoot’s men.

However, that win was not enough to save the Cottagers from relegation as they slipped into the bottom tier of the Football League, while the Millers finished 15th.
Plenty of other things have changed since then, here’s a look at how life was different back on 30 April 1994.
– The average price of petrol was 57p a litre

– The average house price in the UK was £68,032

– A first class stamp cost 25p

– Paul Gascoigne was the British transfer record holder with his move to Lazio for £5.5million two years earlier

– The latest car registration prefix was M



– Des Lynam hosted Match Of The Day

– Kurt Cobain had committed suicide just weeks before

– Steve Evans was about to become manager of AFC Stamford

– Four Weddings And A Funeral was dominating the box office

– Prince was number one in the music charts with The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

– Formula One driver Roland Ratzenburger died that day at the San Marino grand prix, with Ayrton Senna also losing his life the following day

– The Channel Tunnel was still being built and was several months away from opening

– Eric Cantona was soon to be named PFA Player Of The Year

– Bet and Alec Gilroy were landlords of the Rovers Return

– Mr Blobby, Cilla Black and Jet were the prime-time TV stars that night

– Terry Venables was the England manager

– The first ‘Smartphone’ was released. The IBM Simon Communicator could send faxes and emails along with regular phone calls


– Steve Wright hosted BBC Radio One breakfast show

– Detestable pop star Harry Styles was three months old

– Jonson Clarke-Harris, scorer of the winner against Leeds on Friday, was not born

– Sheffield Wednesday were in the Premier League
– Kids used to wake up on a Saturday morning to Andi Peters and Emma Forbes on Live and Kicking

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