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2014/15 Championship New Arrivals: Rotherham

Chris takes a look at the latest addition to the 2014/15 Championship - League One Play Off winners Rotherham United

Just look at the fucking state
Just look at the fucking state
Matthew Lewis

Part four of this fucking series of short articles sees Chris look at another of the clubs who will be entering the 2014/15 Championship where they will face the mighty Bolton Wanderers, it's time for a toot at Play Off Final winners Rotherham United.


Glasgow born fat boy Steve Evans played professional football for Bolton Wanderers, Clyde, Albion Rovers, Ayr United, Hamilton Academical and St. Johnstone until a knee ligament injury ended his playing career at 24.

After his retirement he became a manager. Prior to taking charge at Crawley, he managed Stamford and Boston United, the latter on two separate occasions.

A controversial figure, whilst manager of Boston United he was successfully prosecuted for tax evasion.

He also has blonde highlights in his hair and is suspected of wearing make-up.


The New York Stadium is a crushingly dull 12,021 seater bit of concrete and plastic. Built in 2011, the ground cost £20m to build which is interesting given how cheap flat-pack furniture usually is.

Tenuous Link with Bolton Wanderers

Rotherham have faced the mighty Whites on no less than 30 occasions, with Bolton winning only six. The most recent league game between the two sides was a 1993 Division Two fixture which saw two Andy Walker goals give Bolton the win.

In recent times, Wanderers youth striker and Joey Barton wannabe Tom Eaves spent three months on loan at Rotherham in 2013, though he was sent back to his parent club after eight games which yielded no goals.

How Will Their Season Progress?

It'll be tough.

Rotherham are by no means the biggest name in the league and as such you'd have to think they'd struggle to attract the necessary quality required to survive, nevermind thrive at Championship level.

Of course they have a solid squad, but few that you'd describe as stars.

Player to Watch

Former Everton striker Kieran Agard joined Rotherham upon the expiry of his Yeovil Town contract in 2011. Since then he has gone on to score 27 goals in 76 league games, making him their top scorer by some margin.

Born in London, of Jamaican, Vincentian and Dominican descent, Agard started in the Arsenal Academy before moving to Everton in the 2005-06 season.

He played for the club's under-18 team, before moving into the reserve team, becoming the reserve team player of the year in 2008-09.

Do We Have Beef with Them?

Well they're from Yorkshire, so naturally yes - as we as Lancastrians are superior - but otherwise it's your average footballing rivalry.

Six points will see an end to that.