A closer look ahead of this Saturday’s Yorkshire Derby
- All the stats ahead of Town’s match at Rotherham
- Players who have played for both clubs
- Closer look at Rotherham United
Ahead of Huddersfield Town’s match against Rotherham on Saturday, htafc.com takes a closer look at the stats involving both clubs.
Stadium: AESSEAL New York Stadium (capacity 12,021)
Manager: Paul Warne (since November 2016)
Nickname: The Millers
Rotherham United Fact Zone
This is Rotherham United’s best ever start to a Sky Bet Championship season – after the league was officially renamed in 2004.
The Millers have picked up four points from their first three games and got off to a great start beating Wycombe Wanderers; that was the first time they won their first Sky Bet Championship opener.
Paul Warne has been promoted and relegated twice as Rotherham United Manager – he guided the Club to promotion last season as they finished second in Sky Bet League 1.
Both the Millers’ Sky Bet Championship goals have come from set pieces this season. Michael Ihiekwe scored a header from a corner in the win over Wycombe Wanderers, whilst Kieran Sadlier scored from the penalty spot.
Birmingham City 1-1 Rotherham United (26/09/2020)
Rotherham United 0-1 Millwall (19/09/2020)
Wycombe Wanderers 0-1 Rotherham United (12/09/2020)
Last five seasons
2019/20 – 2nd* (Sky Bet League 1)
2018/19 – 22nd (Sky Bet Championship - relegated)
2017/18 – 4th (Sky Bet League 1 – promoted via Play-Offs)
2016/17 – 24th (Sky Bet Championship - relegated)
2015/16 – 21st (Sky Bet Championship)
*Season curtailed due to COVID-19
It’s the Terriers who hold the advantage in the record books for this Yorkshire derby clash, winning 29 of the 56 encounters between the sides to Rotherham’s 11 from the fixture (16 draws).
That record has been boosted by Town’s recent form in the fixture, losing just one of the last 19 competitive meetings between the two sides.
Last time the teams met, the Terriers ran out 2-1 winners in a Carabao Cup tie at the John Smith’s Stadium back in August 2017 with Philip Billing and Joe Lolley on the scoresheet for the Town that evening.
The last meeting at the AESSEAL New York Stadium was also a memorable one for Huddersfield Town’s! Those that travelled to South Yorkshire on Valentine’s Day were sent home happy after Tommy Smith grabbed a last-gasp winner to earn the Terriers all three points.
Links between the two clubs...
A number of players have represented both clubs over the years and there’s two in Town’s First Team squad that have more recently!
They are, of course, Danny Ward and Josh Koroma.
‘Wardy’ initially joined the Millers on loan from Huddersfield Town in 2014 before making his move permanent soon after. He made 94 appearances for the Club during his time there and scored 19 goals.
Josh recently had a loan spell under current Rotherham Manager Paul Warne. He joined in January 2020 and made five appearances before their Sky Bet League 1 season was curtailed due to COVID-19.
We can’t, of course, forget B Team Coach Danny Schofield! Danny made almost 250 appearances for the Terriers before leaving in 2008 after 10 years at the Club. In 2011 he joined Rotherham and stayed there for three years making 37 appearances.
There’s one member of Rotherham United’s squad that played for Huddersfield Town; that’s Matt Crooks! The midfielder started out in Town’s Academy and went on to make one appearance before departing.
A night to remember...
Yes, it’s the one previous mentioned… how could it not be?!
The bigger question is, how many Huddersfield Town fans have had better Valentine’s Days than this?
Tommy Smith sent Huddersfield Town fans into complete rapture scoring a last-minute winner against Rotherham United.
The Terriers came from behind twice through goals from Joe Lolley and Elias Kachunga before Town’s Club Captain spread the love of football amongst the Town supporters.
That win meant Town had won five games on the bounce and stayed in third in the Sky Bet Championship.