When Matt Derbsyhire poked the ball home in front of the Kop at Hillsborough on Saturday, he wrote his name into club’s history books.
In scoring the goal which gave Rotherham a vital win over Sheffield Wednesday, he joined a number of famous names in the club’s past that have delivered derby-day glory against the Owls.
Dick Habbin – Division Three 1976
The Millers had only ever beaten Sheffield Wednesday once at Millmoor before Dick Habbin stepped up to the plate in the 1969-70 season. Habbin struck the decisive goal in front of the Tivoli to give Jimmy McGuigan’s side a 1-0 win over the relegation-threatened rivals and join club folklore.
Joe McBride – Division Two 1982
1-0 is something of a familiar scoreline as it was Joe McBride who put the ball in Wednesday’s net in a festive clash in 1982. McBride was the beneficiary of a goalkeeper error from Bob Bolder, who dropped the ball and blamed a divot. The winger rolled the ball into an empty net in front of the Kop and that proved enough for Emlyn Hughes side.
Richie Barker – Division One 2002
Barker’s last-gasp header was particularly sweet for the Millers striker given he had started his career at Wednesday and had family in the Kop. Barker gave his side a 2-1 win right in front of those family members as his looping header in injury time sent Leppings Lane wild after Alan Lee and Shefki Kuqi had earlier exchanged goals.
Darren Garner – Division One 2002
History repeated itself just six months later as Ronnie Moore’s men earned another 2-1 win with another injury-time winner in front of the Kop. It looked all set for a draw after Craig Armstrong’s opener had been cancelled out by Alan Lee until Darren Garner entered the fray. Fresh from a year-long injury lay-off, the midfielder sent a curling effort from all of 30 yards into the top corner to again stun the home bank of Wednesday supporters.
Lee Frecklington – Capital One Cup 2013
A third 2-1 win was secured as Steve Evans’ Millers usurped their higher-placed opposition in the League Cup with a superb performance. A fine strike by Ben Pringle put Rotherham in front before Kieran Lee’s leveller. But Frecklington etched his name into history with a brilliant effort from distance to give the Millers bragging rights.