Sheffield Wednesday Fans Column: When Millmoor was a scene of unrequited love...hopefully Owls will have a fairytale of New York this time

Millmoor
Millmoor

I have mixed memories of Millmoor.

There was our last league win against Rotherham United when Shefki Kuqi and Adam Proudlock scored in a 0-2 win and surprisingly we kept a clean sheet even with Ashley Westwood in defence.

The mixed memories of Rotherham’s old ground are not just football based. I still wake up in cold sweats thinking about the Tivoli nightclub ‘all you can drink for £10’ night. It was £15 for men. Wouldn’t get away with that these days.

There was also a pre-season friendly, when I was about 15, where a Rotherham fan about my age, asked me to ‘French’ him at the back of the stand. Happy to report I didn’t oblige to his continental request.  I was hoping our first visit to the New York Stadium would erase any memories of the grubby Millmoor days but it didn’t quite go our way. Losing 2-1 to Rotherham in the Capital One Cup last season continued our recent cup form against Rotherham. They wanted it more than we did.

Hopefully our first league game at the shiny New York Stadium will be a happy memory. Before the Nottingham Forest game on Wednesday night Rotherham were in consistently inconsistent form, with their prior five fixtures ending in LWLWL. It was wishful thinking that The Millers would beat Forest and continue their losing form into Saturday.

Saturday’s game between Rotherham and The Owls is a hard one to predict. Rotherham need the points because they’re not safe from relegation yet and Wednesday had another frustrating time against Wolves on Tuesday.

Both teams are capable of winning but by the same token both are capable of throwing the points away. Fingers crossed this South Yorkshire derby goes Wednesday’s way.

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