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Rotherham - very poor turnout

All week the local newspapers, radio and TV along with messageboards have discussed the Rotherham situation.

Tonight, we saw clear evidence that the public of Rotherham do not want a football club.

On a night when the Millers needed their fans to turn up in numbers, less than 5,000 turned up at Millmoor. Rotherham fans have asked for others to support them, but with a lot of publicity for this game, its a very sad state of affairs that Millmoor was not anywhere close to a sell out.

If the Rotherham public cannot help themselves, why do they expect others to help them?

An on going poll on this website, suggests that Rovers fans are not prepared to help the Millers.

Thanks to Rotherham victory tonight, Rovers have over taken Bournemouth on goal difference.




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Date:Tuesday February 14 2006

Time: 11:02PM

Your Comments

Do not want a football club? That's controversial to say the least. Less than 5,000 tonight but they had nearly 6,000 against Hartlepool not long ago. And over 7,200 vs Forest on 21st January. What's going on?
KevinE
I don't think you can say they do not want a football club, the attendance wasn't that bad for a Tuesday night in February when every girlfriend and wife up and down the country was putting pressure on their other half's to pay them some attention and forget about the football!
PoolieJohn
Very Good Article, well written
pandapops
Thank god not all football fans think like this and a big thanks do all the Donnie fans who are trying to help their neighbours out. So a crowd of 4,498 on a Tuesday Valentine's night means the town doesn't deserve a club? Surely not - if that's the case then question marks would be placed over Donnie Rovers. A gate of 4,803 in November on a Saturday afternoon against Bournemouth hardly compares that favourably. Of course its not the case. Take into account the lack of travelling fans (only 134 aways at Rotherham on Tuesday by the way compared to how many for the Donnie v Bournemouth match on a Saturday in November), the number of fans who can't make midweek matches due to work commitments or who live away and of course the fact its Valentines Day and it doesn't look to be such a bad crowd after all. Its a shame that the author has to try to start such a hate campaign against Rotherham, without first checking the facts. What's more the club are faced with LIQUIDATION not administration. In effect the takeover last year which stopped the club from folding then meant handing over the ground as part of a debt restructuring and as such if the club don't raise the 1m the club will go out of business completely in a matter of weeks, as without assets you can't first go into administration. Its desperate times for the Millers, which I'm glad to say the vast majority of football fans, including many, many Donnie fans, appreciate. We'd all love a John Ryan character in Rotherham to help the clubs finances out and yes the club have made mistakes. But please for the sake of football, particularly for those clubs outside the Premiership and Championship, please, please get behind the cause. I stood in a pub watching your game against Arsenal and cheered when the goal went in and equally was gutted when they fluked the equaliser. Given that not all fans think like the author I'd also like to wish you all the best in your quest for the play offs, as I for one would like to see the smaller clubs do well.
millersnomad
 

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