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Rotherham v Grimsby Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 03/10/2008

WHICH of these two teams would you rather be at this moment in time? That was an easy question back in August. Don’t worry with a running track around the pitch the lack of quality will be harder to see.

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The Opposition


Rotherham can’t afford to play at their old ground, which had been their home for over a hundred years. They have dropped through the leagues like a lead balloon and continual problems financially mean that for the second time in a few years The Millers will start on minus points. Lets face it, its hardly a brilliant resume of late yet only 5 or 6 years ago Rotherham were being held as a team in which all small teams should model themselves on. With the managerial expertise of Ronnie Moore Rotherham catapulted up to the Championship where they spent four happy years. Nowadays The Millers are just happy to exist and with a positive start to their season they will hope emulates Leeds' success and overtake us very soon.

The Team
Considering The Millers problematic state financially they are still managing to have a squad a whole ten men larger then ourselves (these do not include our loan players) Other then the larger side Rotherham’s well balanced squad can count on the experienced Micky Cummins (left) who has played over 250 games for Port Vale and former Hull, Coventry and Bristol City defender Marc Joseph. Up front they can rely on equally experienced Mark Burchill once of Hearts, Portsmouth and Celtic. But with all this experience United also rest some hopes on young starlet Jamie Green. At just 19 Green has yet to score this season but has started six league games and it is only a matter of time before the promising striker gets on the score sheet.

One to Watch
Reuben Reid. The former Plymouth trainee had been shipped out to countless clubs on loan before joining Brentford on a free. Rochdale, Torquay and Wycombe all tried out Reid before he settled in the capital where he started an amazing one game before shooting up the M1 to join the Millers in the Don Valley. This season has been far more stable for the English striker: 11 starts so far this season, Reid shot out of the blocks with empathic style, scoring 3 in his first 4 games of the season. Since then the striker has been silenced, only managing to pick up an extra goal in a 2-2 draw at home to Rochdale.

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WChesterfield (JPT)(a)2-2 (4-1p)
Currently 21st in League Two.
WSouthampton (CC)(h)3-1
Currently 22nd in League Two.

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Team News


  • New signings Malvin Kamara and Tomi Ameobi are both set to start for Grimsby.

  • Richard Hope (ankle) is unavailable again.
  • Former striker Richie Barker is expected to sign from Hartlepool and if so will make his debut.

  • Mark Lynch (shoulder) will miss out, whilst Danny Harrison is doubtful with a groin injury.
  • Squads

    1GKPhil Barnes
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFTom Newey
    4DFRyan Bennett
    5DFMatthew Heywood (c)
    6DFRichard Hope
    7MFPeter Till
    8MFPaul Bolland
    9FWMartin Butler
    10MFChris Llewellyn
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13GKGary Montgomery
    14MFJames Hunt
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16DFJavan Vidal
    17MFNick Hegarty
    18MFPeter Bore
    19FWDanny North
    20FWAndy Taylor
    21MFSimon Heslop
    22FWNathan Jarman
    23MFGrant Normington
    24MFLiam Trotter
    25MFMalvin Kamara
    26FWTomi Ameobi
    27GKLeigh Overton
    1GKAndy Warrington
    2DFDale Tonge
    3DFMark Lynch
    4MFDanny Harrison
    5DFIan Sharps
    6DFNick Fenton
    7MFMichael Cummins
    9FWMark Burchill
    10MFMark Hudson
    11DFStephen Brogan
    12DFMarc Joseph
    14MFAndy Todd
    15MFAlex Rhodes
    16MFJamie Yates
    17FWMarc Newsham
    18DFDavid Haggerty
    19DFJamie Green
    20FWRyan Taylor
    21FWTom Cahill
    22FWDrewe Broughton
    23FWReuben Reid
    24DFAndy Nicholas
    25DFPablo Mills
    26FWOmar Garcia
    30GKSteven Cann
    32FWLyle Pett

    Head to Head

    Grimsby have a poor record at Millmoore, winning just 3 ouf their 25 games. Town have only beat the Millers once in 7 games this century, but won all four games during the nineties.

    P 53 W 17 D 11 L 25 F 67 A 73

    Rotherham Head-to-Head (82nd on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 0 Rotherham 1 (Sat 12th April 2008)

    One of the games at the tail end of last season near the start of a spiral of defeats from which we still have not emerged.



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