Relentless Rotherham closing in on achievements of famous sides

This current Rotherham crop are not only taking League One by storm they are also close to eclipsing several of the most famous periods in the club’s history.

The thrilling South Yorkshire derby success over Doncaster last week was the Millers’ seventh win on the bounce, the first time they have recorded such a feat in the league since 2007-08.

 

That run a decade ago, though, were not consecutive games, as they were interspersed by an FA Cup draw and defeat to Forest Green, arguably enhancing this current sequence.

It puts them just two away from equalling the club record of nine successive victories, something they will achieve if they take maximum points from games with Rochdale and MK Dons.

That record famously posted in 1981-82 when Emlyn Hughes’ side climbed from 20th in the second tier to third.

Of course, what made that run so memorable is that eight of those victories came in February and the entire nine-game sequence happened over a 33-day period.

That was the last time Rotherham won eight games in a row.

And if Paul Warne’s men can beat Rochdale on Saturday it will mark their best run of home form since another famous season.

The Millers have already notched up five successive home wins earlier this term but getting the better of Dale at the weekend will be their sixth – their most prolific run since 2000-01.

 

Few will need reminding of how that season ended – with promotion from the third tier – with Warne and Richie Barker in their playing days helping Ronnie Moore’s side to 10 successive victories at Millmoor.

If that feat can be matched then the chances of a similar outcome will be significantly higher.

Also, if the Millers avoid defeat to Keith Hill’s side, who prop up the division, that extends their unbeaten run to 15 games.

Steve Evans’ class of 2014 – also a promotion-winning side – racked up 16 games between January and April while the club-record currently stands at 18, achieved inĀ 1950-51 and 1969-70.

Finally, if the Millers score against Rochdale it will be their 27th game in a row finding the back of the net, which will equal the record for consecutive games scoring in a single season.

In summary

– Current winning streak is seven, club record is nine in 1981-82.

– Current home winning streak is five, most since 10 in 2000-01.

– Current unbeaten run is 14, club record is 18 in 50-51, 69-70.

– Current scoring streak is 27, club record for single season is 28, overall record is 30 in the 1950s.

 

 

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