Lee Frecklington’s top 5 moments for Rotherham

Lee Frecklington has left Rotherham after joining hometown club Lincoln on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The 32-year-old was the club’s longest serving player and only survivor of the club’s successive promotions in 2013 and 2014.

 

His Millers career had enough highlights for its own DVD, but here we pick out his best five moments in a red and white shirt.

Promotion winning goal

Frecklington wrote himself into the record books at Rotherham just six months into his stay with a goal that clinched League Two promotion on the final day of the 2012-13 season.

With the hosts already 1-0 up against Aldershot and heading towards League One, Frecklington coolly slotted home on the break to score the promotion-clinching goal.

He was immediately submerged by thousands of delirious Millers fans who invaded the pitch to celebrate the glory and he had the bruises to show for it.

Winner against Sheffield Wednesday

Any Rotherham player who scores against Sheffield Wednesday goes straight into folklore, but they will be talking about this moment for years to come. After Ben Pringle had already lit up New York with his stunning opener, it was Frecklington’s turn to wow the crowd. Wednesday failed to deal with a set-piece and after Michael O’Connor passed to his midfield colleague, Frecklington shifted the ball to his right and then unleashed a rocket that flew into the top corner. It was fit to win any match, but it gave the Millers a first home win over the Owls in 37 years.

 

Sending his team to Wembley

In terms of the spectacular this doesn’t come close to some of Frecklington’s other goals for the club, but its importance cannot be understated. With the League One play-off semi-final against Preston finely poised in the second leg at 1-1 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate, Frecklington came up with a fine header that gave the Millers a crucial advantage.

It was typical of him as well, as he arrived late to get on the end of a pinpoint Ben Pringle cross and placed his effort into the bottom corner. The hosts went on to book their place at Wembley in arguably the greatest night at the club’s new home and the rest is history.

Inspiring the Great Escape

Neil Warnock rightly takes most of the credit for the Rotherham’s miracle escape from relegation in the 2015-16 season but it also coincided with Frecklington’s return to the team. Asked by Warnock to play in a must-win match against Brentford when only half fit, he scored the opening goal of a 2-1 success. A week later he set up Matt Derbyshire for a famous win at Sheffield Wednesday and then followed it up with his crowning moment as he scored a last-minute winner to beat promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough 1-0. He also scored and won a penalty in a memorable win over Leeds as the Millers and Frecklington enjoyed their best spell in the Championship.

A worldie in a hat-trick

Frecklington’s final major act in a Millers shirt was his brilliant hat-trick in the 5-1 mauling of Walsall this season. His opener might go down as his best ever goal as he sent a first-time 25-yard dipping volley into the roof of the net and his second – a header from 12 yards – unbelievably put his side 4-0 up after only 31 minutes. He then capped a great night for himself and the Millers as he finished off a brilliant counter-attacking move after a lung-bursting box-to-box run.

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