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2019 could be a much bigger year for Football Manics

It hasn’t been an easy 15 months for myself, however, I really don’t want to go there so early into my first blog – I do want to express how I feel I have let down what was becoming a fantastic team for Football Manics. The departure of Joe massive, we both made a very creative team and my drive hasn’t quite been the same. As a project, I am very passionate about football. I grew up literally playing in my parents garden every single day. From a very young age, all I wanted to be when

CJ

CJ

 

Number 45 SkyBet League 1 Play Off Final Rotherham United 2 Shrewsbury Town 1 27/5/2018

My final 2017/18 blog takes me to Wembley for the League 1 Play Off final. A dissapointingly low but expectant 26218 crowd greeted the teams at a roasting hot afternoon at Wembley for the conclusion of the League 1 season. The Millers were on the front foot from the kick off & had the first sight of goal when forward David Ball slid a dangerous ball across the face of goal with no Millers players managing to get a decisive touch. Rotherham continued to press & on 8 minutes won a p

BradtheMiller

BradtheMiller

 

Number 44 SkyBet League 1 Play off Semi Final 2nd Leg Rotherham United 2 Scunthorpe United 0 (4-2 agg

11061 expectant fans were packed into NYS for the second leg of this play off semi final after the teams played out an exciting 2-2 draw at Glanford Park last Saturday lunchtime. The first ten minutes or saw was a cagey affair with the two teams finding their feet in the game but the visiting Iron started to get on top & created the game's first real chance when full back Townsend produced a lovely ball to Adelakun who's first time shot produced a smart save from Millers keeper Marek Rodak

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 43 Rotherham United 1 Blackpool 0 SkyBet League 1 Saturday 5th May 2018

A very warm springtime afternoon in South Yorkshire & a healthy 9512 crowd greeted the two teams on this last game of the regular League 1 season. With fourth place secured for the Millers & the Tangerines comfortably in mid table there was very little to play for & the early play resembled a pre season friendly with little action of any note. The first chance fell to the home side on 18 minutes when a loose ball fell to full back Josh Emmanuel but his 20 yarder flew over the bar.

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 42 SkyBet League 2 Accrington Stanley 1 Lincoln City 0 28th April 2018

A bright & warm April afternoon greeted the teams at the Wham Stadium in front of a ground record 4753 crowd which included 1789 fans from Lincoln. Stanley who needed a single point to win the EFL League 2 title started edgily & initially struggled to cope with the Imps physical style but Stanley keeper Chapman had little difficulty keeping out Michael Bostwick's flicked header. Imps striker Matt Green was inches away from collecting Alex Woodyard's through ball as Lincoln continued to

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 41 SkyBet Championship Derby County 3 Cardiff City 1 24th April 2018

A bumper 30000+ crowd including a sizeable Cardiff contingent were in attendance for this vital top of the table clash at a cool drizzly Pride Park this evening. Neil Warnock's Cardiff size would move four points clear of third placed Fulham with a win while Gary Rowett's Rams needed the points to move above Millwall & back into the coveted sixth place & a possible shot at the Playoffs. Derby were determined to make a fast start & midfielder Bradley Johnson flashed a shot j

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 40 SkyBet League 1 Rotherham United 2 Bristol Rovers 0

Paul Warne's Millers were looking to rubber stamp their play off place with three points against mid table Gas at a warm sun drenched New York Stadium this afternoon.  Darrell Clarke's Rovers were quickest out of the blocks & forced two quick corners that brought no reward but on nine minutes out of nothing the Millers were in front. Gas defender James Clarke was caught in possession on the half way line by Millers striker Michael Smith. The ex Bury forward still had a lot to do but he

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 39 SkyBet League 2 Grimsby Town 2 Barnet 2 14/4/18

A spring day out on the Lincolnshire coast took me to Cleethorpes for a vital clash to avoid relegation from the EFL between 22nd place Grimsby & 23rd place Barnet at a sunny mild Blundell Park. Martin Allen's Bees were first to threaten on 3 minutes when striker Shaquille Coulthurst found himself in a shooting position just outside the box but he lifted his effort just over the bar. Grimsby's first attack led to the games first goal on 6 minutes. After JJ Hooper's effort was deflected

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 38 SkyBet League 1 Rotherham United 3 Fleetwood Town 2 7/4/18

A lowish 7562 crowd which included a paltry 156 from Lancashire greeted the teams on a mild but dull spring afternoon in South Yorkshire. It was the visitors who were the fastest out of the traps & Fleetwood's McAlany ( who scored a brace in the Cod Army's 2-0 win over the Millers on the opening day of the season) took aim from 20 yards & his shot was deflected for a corner. From the resulting corner Fleetwood's centre Back Eastham scored from the rebound after his initial header ha

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 37 SkyBet League 1 Rotherham United 1 Peterborough United 1 30/3/18

A very healthy 9,573 crowd including 1,240 Posh fans greeted the teams as the Millers faced Posh on a cool cloudy Good Friday afternoon at New York Stadium. After a cagey opening few minutes a good move involving Rotherham's Matt Palmer & Michael Smith put winger Anthony Forde clean through on goal but Posh keeper Conor O'Malley brilliantly saved his effort. Undeterred the Millers continued to press & Loanee Richie Towell shot from distance millimetres over the bar. Posh top scorer

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 36 UEFA U21 Euro Qualifier England U21 2 Ukraine U21 1

A good natured 22000+ crowd which included lots of children greeted the two nations as they entered the field on a cool drizzly early evening at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. FIRST HALF The early exchanges were cagey with both teams struggling to make an impact. Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin had an effort on target on 14 minutes but it was comfortably saved by Ukraine keeper Lunin. Ukraine began to look dangerous after this frequently breaking with pace & after Pikhalyonok hit an effo

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 35 Skybet League 1 Bradford City 1 Gillingham 0 24th March 2018

Valley Parade was today's venue for a mid table clash between the Bantams & the Gills on a mild cloudy afternoon in West Yorkshire. One noticeable thing as the match started was the poor condition of the playing surface but I was expecting a good competitive game nonetheless. After a quiet opening ten minutes or so it was the visitors who threatened when Gills striker Wilkinson beat a couple of players but had his goalbound shot blocked by Bantams defender Matt Killgallon. Bradford came

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 34 Sky Bet Championship Sheffield United 0 Nottingham Forest 0

A freezing cold snowy Bramall Lane for me this weekend as the play off chasing Blades were up against 16th place Forest; 3/4 of the pitch was covered in snow as the match kicked off & the Blades were nearly celebrating in only the second minute when Forest keeper Pantilimon saved well from a Leon Clarke header following a decent cross from John Fleck. United continued to press & in the 13th minute Clarke headed a Duffy cross wide when it seemed easier to score. Evans & Fleck als

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 33 Skybet League 1 Rotherham United 0 Rochdale 1

Keith Hill's impressive Rochdale grabbed their second away win in four days with a more convincing display than the 1-0 scoreline suggests at a mild but damp NYS this afternoon. The Millers started quite brightly with winger Anthony Forde having an early chance which he hit well wide but Dale soon gained the upper hand with Andy Cannon being put clear by Matt Done on 12 minutes but Rotherham keeper Marek Rodak was equal to his low effort saving well. Dale again threatened on 35 minutes when

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 32 Skybet League 1 Shrewsbury Town 0 Rotherham United 1 17/2/18

Over 1100 expectant Millers fans made the trip down to Shropshire for the top of the table clash between the 4th place Millers & top of the table Shrews. Some welcome February sunshine greeted the sides as they entered the field on a less than perfect playing surface. The home side were the quickest out of the blocks & when Millers midfielder Will Vaulks lost possession straight from the kick off, Shrews midfielder Shaun Whalley was onto it like a flash, fizzing a cross towards

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 31 SkyBet League 1 Rotherham United 2 AFC Wimbledon 0

Yet another cold wet & windy Saturday afternoon greeted the two most in form teams in League 1 at NYS this afternoon. The Millers started the game on the front foot & almost took an early lead when midfielder Will Vaulks hit a 25 yard effort just too high from an Anthony Forde cross. David Ball was the next Rotherham player to threaten when his close range effort was scrambled to safety by Don's George Francomb. The Millers fans amongst the 8,330 crowd sensed a goal was coming when

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 30 FA Cup 4th Round Sheffield United 1 Preston North End 0 27/1/18

Bramall Lane was my destination on a cold, wet January afternoon to witness this tie between two decent quality Championship sides. In truth the first half was a dreadfully dull affair with very little goalmouth activity at ether end of the pitch. The only "action" of any note were a couple of fouls which resulted in yellow cards, one mistimed challenge by the Blades John Lundstrum & one particularly nasty challenge on the Blades midfielder Duffy by PNE'S defender Welsh which really sho

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 29 SkyBet League 1 Rotherham United 1 Portsmouth 0 20/1/18

A freezing cold South Yorkshire afternoon greeted the 1420 Pompey fans attending New York Stadium for the first time in this League 1 clash. After a minutes applause to honour the lives of the two ex Millers players (John McGlashan & Rodney Fern) who sadly passed away this week, impeccably observed by both sets of supporters the match got under way with the visitors quickly in the ascendancy. Pompey's Matt Kennedy's ball seemed perfect for Kal Naismith but the Pompey forward screwed his

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 28 FA Cup 3rd Round Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Swansea City 0

My first game of 2018 took me to the impressive Molyneux Stadium, home of Wolves for their tie with the Premier Leagues bottom club Swansea on a freezing cold January afternoon.  A good crowd of almost 23,000 greeted the two teams as they kicked off the tie with the Championship outfit going at their Premier League opponents from the start. After just 6 minutes Wolves forward Helder Costa forced a good save from Swans keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt. Youngster Bright Enobakhare was next to try

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 27 Skybet League 2 Lincoln City 2 Forest Green Rovers 1 30/12/17

My final game of 2017 took me to Sincil Bank for the meeting of the two promoted clubs from last season's National League. Lincoln knew a win in this clash with bottom placed Rovers could put them in the automatic promotion places while FGR boss Mark Cooper would take any sort of positive result after an awful run of form. As expected Lincoln were quickly on the attack & took the lead on 8 minutes, a Neal Eardley cross was missed by the FGR defence leaving Imps striker Matt Rhead with a

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 26 SkyBet League 1 Rotherham United 2 Milton Keynes 1

Mid table Millers hosted lower mid table MK on a cool crisp December afternoon at NYS this afternoon. Rotherham started in the ascendancy & striker David Ball warmed the hands of MK Keeper Lee Nichols with a header from an Antony Forde cross. It was MK however who broke the deadlock after only six minutes, midfielder Chuks Aneke expertly curling a 25 yard free kick beyond Rodak in the Millers goal. Buoyed by the goal, MK almost doubled their advantage when midfielder Ed Upson was allowe

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 25 SkyBet League 1 Rotherham United 1 Plymouth Argyle 1

Relegation threatened Argyle were the latest visitors to NYS on a freezing cold South Yorkshire afternoon. The Millers were the first to threaten when a neat move saw forward David Ball set up a shooting chance for loanee midfielder Richie Towell but unfortunately for him his 25 yard effort cleared the bar. Midfielder Will Vaulks was next to threaten when his effort from distance was comfortably saved by Kelle Roos in the Plymouth goal. Roos excelled again on 21 minutes when a lay off from

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BradtheMiller

 

Number 24 Skybet League 1 Blackpool 1 Rotherham United 2 9th December 2017

I am elated & freezing in equal measure as I'm typing up this report on my netbook on the Millers supporters coach on my way back to South Yorkshire after the Millers seven match run without a win dramatically ended with a fine 2-1 win at Bloomfield Road with two David Ball goals in the last 14 minutes saw Rotherham come from behind to win for the first time since April 2015. An early start saw us arrive in Blackpool just before 11am where I had a very short stroll on the sea front befo

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