Way back in August before a ball had even been kicked we made seven bold predictions about how the 2017/18 campaign might go.
Now with the dust settled on a magnificent campaign for Rotherham, we look at how accurate our predictions were.
What we said: Rotherham will finish in the top six
What actually happened: Although it was looking dodgy in December, we got this one spot on as the Millers produced a brilliant 16-game unbeaten run that led to an eventual fourth-placed finish. It met Tony Stewart’s “minimum” expectation but exceeded Paul Warne’s, which was for a top-10 finish. To make things even sweeter, the play-offs were a roaring success too!
What we said: Semi Ajayi will be player of the season
What actually happened: A brilliant pre-season led Paul Warne to suggest Semi Ajayi could be a £10million player in the future and we bought into it. But it did not quite work out that way as a poor start to the campaign saw him dropped before he came good after Christmas. Will Vaulks eventually swept the end-of-season awards, but Ajayi had a decent campaign.
What we said: Rotherham will take four points off Bradford
What actually happened: Years of domination over the Bantams led to this cocky forecast, but unfortunately the Millers’ visit to Valley Parade was when they still did not know how to play away from home. There was, of course, the customary hammering at New York Stadium, which contributed to Stuart McCall losing his job.
What we said: Rotherham will break their transfer record on a striker by the end of August
What actually happened: Kieffer Moore. The early-season form of the Ipswich loanee, who was firing them in from all angles, meant that despite a season-ending injury to Jamie Proctor, Warne felt he did not need to splash the cash.
What we said: Josh Emmanuel will be recalled by Ipswich in January
What actually happened: Okay, so we got the wrong Ipswich loanee! It was actually Moore that was summoned back to Portman Road in January to be sold rather than Emmanuel, who had been in and out of the Millers team. If the right-back had performed like he did from December to May in the first part of the season, this forecast might have been accurate.
What we said: Rotherham will get to the fourth round of the FA Cup
What actually happened: Our most ridiculous prediction of the lot. It was, obviously, a season of more FA Cup misery for the Millers, who lost in the first round to League Two Crewe.
What we said: Jonson Clarke-Harris won’t be at the club at the end of the season
What actually happened: Given Paul Warne’s reluctance to hand Clarke-Harris a new contract it didn’t take a rocket scientist to work out his days might be numbered. After playing only a bit-part in the first half of the campaign, Clarke-Harris – out of contract in the summer – joined Coventry on loan.