Rotherham head to a happy hunting ground in Hillsborough at the weekend, looking to extend an unbeaten run going back 35 years.
It’s an unlikely record given the two clubs’ historical standings and the Owls’ relative dominance in meetings between the two over the years.
Here’s a look back at that impressive run at S6.
Sheffield Wednesday 0 Rotherham 1 – Championship (5 March 2015)
Rotherham were beneficiaries of the Neil Warnock factor as the wily old boss inspired a vital win over his favourite foe. The Millers were entrenched in the bottom three when they visited the play-off chasing Owls, who were unbeaten on their home turf since August. The men from the other side of the M1 threw the form book out of the window, though, as Matt Derbyshire’s first-half goal earned a 1-0 success that led Warnock to call himself the Messiah. Not many of a Rotherham persuasion would have disagreed.
Sheffield Wednesday 0 Rotherham 0 – Championship (8 November 2014)
Both teams were lower mid-table fodder when this derby came around, with Wednesday particularly struggling at home under Stuart Gray, and a low-quality encounter ensued. The Millers had the best of it as Paul Green inexplicably missed two free headers in the first half and had boss Steve Evans shown some conviction to win the game in the second half, his side could easily have left with all three. As it was it was a stalemate and one to forget.
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Rotherham 2 (AET Rotherham win 5-3 on penalties) – Carling Cup (16 August 2007)
Fresh out of administration, starting the season on -17 and playing their home games in the Steel City did not put the mockers on Rotherham’s Hillsborough form as they triumphed in an entertaining League Cup encounter. Etienne Esajas put Wednesday ahead early on, only for Alex Rhodes to equalise nine seconds later. In extra time Marc Joseph was sent off and Esajas curled in his second from the resulting free-kick. Rueben Reid dramatically levelled to send it to penalties and when Esajas missed his, Reid took advantage to send the Millers through.
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Rotherham 2 – Division One (24 August 2002)
Rotherham were riding high after a superb start to their season, which included a 6-0 win at Millwall, and history repeated itself at Hillsborough. Wednesday started well and took the lead inside the opening 10 minutes through Craig Armstrong before the Ronnie Moore’s men took charge. They levelled from the spot just before the hour, Alan Lee converting, and dominated the rest of the game. It looked like being a draw until lightning struck twice and the Millers stole victory late one when Darren Garner sent an outrageous 30-yard effort into the top corner.
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Rotherham 2 – Division One (23 February 2002)
Rotherham were holding their own in their first season in the second tier for two decades when the highly-anticipated trip to Hillsborough came along. After an even first half, the game burst into life shortly after the break when Alan Lee headed home, but Sefki Kuqi found an equaliser 20 minutes from time. However, in one of the most famous moments in the club’s history, the Millers had the final say and Richie Barker, who began his career at Hillsborough, went into club folklore when he headed home a free-kick in the 90th minute.
Sheffield Wednesday 0 Rotherham 1 – Division Two (28/2/1982)
Who put the ball in Wednesday’s net? It was Joe McBride and it earned him a place in the club’s history and a song to go with it. He took advantage of a goalkeeping error from Bob Bolder, who failed to collect a long ball from Gerry Gow, allowing the Millers man to roll the ball home into an empty net. Emlyn Hughes’ men kept out Wednesday at the other end in this festive fixture and it kick-started a run that means any 35 and unders have never seen their side lose in S6.