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The Football League was resumed in 1919 after the first world war ended, Rotherham County soon applied successfully to join the league for the first time, while Rotherham Town’s application was turned down. As Town faced many financial difficulties and as County were relegated, in 1925, the two Rotherham clubs became one – Rotherham United.
The Millers made history in 1996, as they reached a cup final in Wembley for the one and only time in the club’s history. They went on to win the Auto Windscreens Shield in April by beating Shrewsbury Town, this cup is now known as the Football League Trophy. Get the latest Rotherham United news here!
Early in 2006, it was announced that the club faced an uncertain future unless a funding gap in the region of £140,00 per month could be plugged. The club was docked ten points at the start of the following League One season. On 6th August 2008, the Football League threatened to block Rotherham from participating in League Two for the 2008-09 season, because the club had not yet excited administration or completed the process of transferring ownership.
The Football League subsequently ruled that accepting a 17-point deduction would be a condition the team must obey to be eligible to play, this was accepted by the Millers. Tony Stewart took over as the new owner of the club during this season, and despite the odds, the Millers had an impressive season under the new regime. They narrowly missed out on the play-offs after wiping their point deduction early on.
The most recent success for the Miller’s began at the end of the 2012-13 season when they were promoted from League Two back up to League One, this was achieved automatically after finishing second place. The following season they incredibly were promoted once again, but this time to the Football League Championship for the second time in their history. They were promoted through the play-offs after finishing fourth, beating Leyton Orient 4-3 on penalties in a thrilling final at Wembley.
The Millers managed to remain in the Championship for three seasons, but in 2016-17 they lost the relegation battle which saw them back in League One. This did not last long however, they bounced straight back up through the play-off finals the following season, but once again the Championship was proven to be too hard of a challenge as they were relegated back to League One where they are today.
The Millers are currently in the automatic promotion position, and it looks likely that they will return once again to the Championship if they carry on their winning form – get the latest Rotherham United news from League One here!