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Impossible Dream hits the shelves

27 February 2013

"The Ronnie Moore Years" now on sale...

With Steve Evans’ Rotherham side pushing for promotion this season, fans are now able to relive the last time the Millers enjoyed success in the forthcoming book Impossible Dream: The Ronnie Moore Years.

Written by local journalist and Millers supporter Jonathan Veal, the book tells the story of Ronnie's first spell in charge, where he led the club to back-to-back promotions and then masterminded a four-year stay in the second tier.

The book features significant contributions from over 30 people involved at the time, including Ronnie, Alan Lee, Guy Branston, Paul Warne and Paul Hurst.

All of the major events from an unforgettable era are included, such as the Brentford game, the two famous last-gasp wins at Sheffield Wednesday and the victories over West Ham and Leeds.

"Being a lifelong Rotherham fan I knew just what a special time Ronnie's first spell in charge was for the club and how the fans still look on it with such fondness," said Veal, who works for the Press Association.

"It was a great story to tell and the fact that Ronnie, John Breckin and the majority of players have all shared their memories really does give it a fresh perspective.

"That's what makes it really exciting, all the opinions and memories are together in one place.

"Fans will be able to relive all the games and tales they would expect to from that era, but there will be also a few surprises and I wasn't afraid to address some issues that could have been left alone.

"For that I have to thank Ronnie and everyone else I spoke to for being prepared to talk to me about the not-so-good times just as freely as the good times."

Ronnie added: "It was a hugely successful time for the club and fantastic for me. It's only when I have been sat down talking about it that it hits home just what an achievement it was.

"It was great to be involved in the book and I enjoyed talking about the good times.

"The supporters, who have always been great to me, will love it."

The book, which has a foreword by Howard Webb, is now available to pre-order at and the first 300 orders will receive a limited edition memento.

Alternatively you can order at Phillip Howard book shop in Wickersley or by post - just send a cheque to the value of £17.78 with a name and address on the back made payable to Jonathan Veal, Press Association, Bridgegate, Howden, DN14 7AE. 

It will be on general sale from April 22 and some of the proceeds will be donated to Rotherham Hospice and Crohn’s & Colitis UK.

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