When opening days go wrong – A look at Rotherham’s worst-ever results in the first game of the season

Rotherham’s season did not get off to the best start on Saturday as they were beaten 5-1 at Brentford.

The opening day of the season can often throw up an odd result and it is not the first time the Millers have been hammered in their first match.


Here’s a look at Rotherham’s worst-ever opening-day results.

Bradford City 11 Rotherham 1 – 25 August 1928

This walloping in Division Three North is not only the club’s worst-ever opening day defeat, it’s their worst-ever defeat full stop. Billy Heald’s side were truly put to the sword by City, with Trevor Edmunds and Cornelius White bagging hat-tricks. Jack Pears scored for Rotherham but it was barely a consolation. The Millers later lost 10-1 that season but somehow managed to finish 16th.

Bradford Park Avenue 6 Rotherham 1 – 29 August 1925

There really is something about going to Bradford that Billy Heald’s team did not enjoy. This time it was Park Avenue that dished out the beating, again in Division Three North, with Ken McDonald grabbing a treble. John Hammerton scored for the Millers but it was a day to forget.


Bristol City 6 Rotherham 1 – 23 August 1958

Andy Smailes’ second-tier side were given a rude awakening at Ashton Gate, though unbelievably this game was 1-1 until 70 minutes. Glyn Jones’ goal had put the Millers on course for a point before the Robins ran riot, with Wally Hinshelwood (2), Bert Tindall (2) and Bobby Etheridge scoring five goals in 12 minutes.

Chester 5 Rotherham 1 – 26 August 1933

Billy Heald’s pre-season planning might have needed work as he oversaw another massacre, this time at Chester. Still in Division Three North, the Millers went down to goals from Arthur Mercer, Frank Cresswell, Foster Hedley, Gerry Kelly and Joe Mantle. George Raynor bagged for Heald’s men.

Rotherham 0 Sheffield United 4 – 18 August 1956

Even a South Yorkshire derby could not get Andy Smailes’ side pumped up for the start of a Division Two campaign as Sheffield United crossed the border and strolled away with the three points. A brace each for Alf Ringstead and Colin Grainger made it an easy afternoon at Millmoor for Joe Mercer’s Blades.

Rotherham 0 Shrewsbury 4 – 13 August 1994

The Millers were definitely slow out of the traps for this Division Two opener as they found themselves 3-0 down after 39 minutes, with Mark Taylor, Dean Spink and Wayne Clarke doing the damage. Spink added a second after the break to complete a humiliating day for boss Phil Henson, who was sacked six weeks later.



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