The London Millers are an independent organisation of Rotherham fans, based mainly in London and the South East, but also world wide. We have members from all over the world, including Australia, Finland, Chesterfield and Sutton-at-Hone.
We are affiliated to neither Rotherham United nor to the official Supporters Club, but we do have a good rapport with the club.
We were formed in 1981 by the two people who are now our Honorary Vice Presidents, Dave Baister and Jenny Hurst. At the time of formation, the club was going through its best run in the last fifty years, winning the Third Division Championship in 1981, and just missing out on promotion to the First Division the following year.
Our membership is around 100 despite our financial and administration problems of recent times and being in the bottom division. Current subs are:
We organise travel to all Rotherham home matches either on East Midlands Trains, with whom we have a special deal using the St Pancras to Sheffield route, East Coast via Doncaster using cheap advance single tickets, whichever is the cheaper. We also organise travel to away games where there is a demand and arrange meeting places (or pubs as they are colloquily known). For games in the South East we travel together using Group Save. Jenny, our travel secretary, is the font of all knowledge on all the strange deals offered by the myriad train operating companies so anyone wanting to join us on any trip please get in touch with her.
Each season we sponsor the full kit of a player, usually the winner of our season long Man Of The Match competition, unless, of course, they leave for 'bigger' clubs, something that seems to happen on a regular basis. We also sponsor the match ball and mascot for one home game a season, usually against a team from the South East. The mascot is the winner of a competition held among our Junior Members. The funds to meet the cost of these sponsorships are raised from membership subs and annual raffle.
Our magazine is called the London Miller and is edited by Liz Coldwell. It is produced 2 or 3 times a year, and costs £1 to non-members.membership subs and annual raffle.
The 2012/13 season is one of the most important in our history. We are returning to play in Rotherham at the brand new New York Stadium - name after the area of the town and not as most people theink the Big Apple - following four years temporary residence at the Don Valley stadium in Sheffield.
Last updated: August 2012 EC