Join us as we take a look back at some of the high points from Rotherham United’s time at the Don Valley Stadium.
Rotherham United were forced out of their home town to play at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium in 2008. At this point, the club were in turmoil and there were a lot of doubts about the future.
But when new owner Tony Stewart announced plans of a new stadium to be built back in Rotherham, there was hope again. The building of the New York Stadium was a long process. The Millers had to play their football outside of Rotherham for four years until August 2012.
This was certainly a dark time for the club, but they had to get through it to reach brighter horizons. Understandably, the time at the Don Valley is looked back on very negatively among most supporters.
But there were a definitely a few good moments thrown in there. With that said, here we pinpoint some positives from the four years at the Don Valley Stadium, which was the prelude to a huge upswing for the club.
2008/09 League Cup Run
As anyone associated with Rotherham United knows, they very rarely fare well in cup competitions. Before 2008/09, they had not reached the fourth round of a cup competition since 2002/03. This season's League Cup started with a tense derby with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. The game finished 2-2 after extra-time with Reuban Reid grabbing an 119th minute equaliser. The Millers won it 5-3 on penalties to earn the bragging rights and a place in the 2nd Round. Next up was Championship side Wolves. The Millers fought their way to a shootout before going through 4-3 on penalties. Their great run continued as they beat Southampton 3-1 in Round Three with goals from Nick Fenton, Danny Harrison and Drewe Broughton. Sadly they exited the competition in the fourth round against Premier League side Stoke City. Goals from Glenn Whelan and Danny Pugh at the Britannia Stadium was enough for a 2-0 victory. The Millers were knocked out in the 4th round, but this run was a big highlight of the 2008/09 season.