Rotherham captain Lee Frecklington ended his five-and-a-half-year stay at the club last week as he joined hometown club Lincoln.
Barring last season, the midfielder’s time at the club was an unheralded success as he won back-to-back promotions and then inspired two years of survival in the Championship.
Here, Frecklington picks out his best memories in a Millers shirt and gives his take on them.
Promotion-winning goal against Aldershot
“The photo of me scoring against Aldershot with me standing with fans against the goalposts will always stand out in my memory. It’s not very often you get away with that being allowed to happen. It is the first time I had seen a pitch invasion because of a goal so I will always remember that one. There was a lot of pressure moving into the new stadium so I think it was important we had success that year. To finish it off that day in the last minute with a goal to secure promotion was a dream for me.”
Vital goal against Preston
“The header against Preston in the play-offs, that was a special moment because when I scored it I remember thinking that this was the goal that could get us to Wembley. I had been injured before the game too. That was a great night.”
Survival-securing goal against Reading
“The goal against Reading, which kept us in the Championship, that was a massive achievement for the club. For a club like Rotherham, being in League Two to securing Championship status was amazing, so that goal meant a hell of a lot. Just for the emotion of keeping the club in the Championship and what it meant for all the lads in that dressing room. Even though that was one of the easiest goals I will ever score, the importance of it is up there with the best.”
Beating Leeds in Neil Warnock’s Great Escape
“I had been a massive Leeds fan my whole life and to score a goal against them probably gave me the best feeling I have ever had when I scored a goal. It was an amazing achievement to stay up that year. We were eight points adrift when Warnock came in, I was on the physio table and he came in and told me I was playing at the weekend. I don;’t think it went down very well with the physio, but Warnock was the man and Warnock was in charge and he made me play. To play in all those games and go on that run that secured safety was brilliant.”
The best goal I ever scored
“The volley against Walsall was probably my best one, there’s not many times you connect with a ball like that and it flies in. That was the best from a technique point of view.”
— Joel (@SuperSemi_) September 13, 2017