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New York Stadium
Rotherham United v
Burton Albion
  League Two
Saturday August 18th 2012, 3pm

Mike Kimberley
(Ninety-Two Club)

I was looking forward to the first day of the new campaign and had given up my Palace season ticket to do one of the two new grounds to the League this season. I travelled by train with my wife Marie arriving at Rotherham Central just before mid-day. Our first task was to collect the tickets from the ground.

The New York Stadium is well sign posted from the station and believing (wrongly) a sign post had been turned round, proceeded to the new-looking floodlight pylons I could see, only to realize we were heading for Millmoor. A kindly local walked with us most of the way to the new ground. My error only put five minutes on the journey but please remember to follow the signs. The exterior of New York Stadium is very impressive and looks both slick and imposing. Having collected the tickets I was returning towards town and a watering hole when Steve Evans, Rotherham’s new Manager passed and gave me a cheery “hello”.

I had selected the Rhinoceros pub in Bridgegate in order to be a Ninety-Two Club meeting point. This is one of a number of pubs within five minutes walk of the station all of which seemed well populated. The Rhinoceros was quite busy with pre-match fans and food and drink was reasonable as you would expect in a Wetherspoons. Around ten members of the Ninety-Two Club met there including Duncan Adams who is this web site owner and to whom we all owe a thank you for the information he provides which we need to get to various venues.

The ground is about 10 minutes walk from the Rhinoceros. The build of the ground is good with comfortable seats and good leg room. The atmosphere inside was party-like for the first ever competitive fixture and went very much Rotherham’s way when they were awarded a penalty in the fourth minute. The 2-0 score line at half time flattered Rotherham slightly but when Burton were reduced to ten men this was only ever going to be a convincing home win. Rotherham running out 3-0 winners in front of a sell-out crowd of 11,411.

It was a warm and humid afternoon and a most enjoyable day out. We returned south by train from central with many Burton fans, changing at Sheffield. On the train were a group of Barnsley fans, a Shrewsbury fan and a chap within reach of finishing the 92 this season which made for a pleasant conversation. We arrived home in time for a quick take away and Match of the Day. A great day out!

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