We take a look at how our former employees have fared this week...It was another fascinating weekend for the Millers ex-managers and players with the FA Cup involved it made for interesting reading.
Paul Hurst, a Rotherham United legend and a name that will be fondly remembered by Millers fans, is currently leading the Mariners’ march back to the Football League. The former left-back will be pleased with his team’s most recent performance which saw Grimsby put themselves in the hat for the next round of the FA Cup. Hurst who played over 400 games for the Millers will be hoping for an easy tie in round 2. His side comfortably beat St Albans at the weekend 5-1.
Another ex-Millers chief that will be happy will be Scunthorpe United’s Mark Robins. The Iron are now on a great run as top striker Paddy Madden netted two goals to see Robins team enter the next round of the FA Cup. The Iron have now won five out of their last six games following their triumph over Southend United.
Steve Evans got his first derby win for Leeds United as they beat Huddersfield Town in a thrilling encounter which finished 3-0. The Terriers fell behind to two injury time goals in the first half before Alex Mowatt rounded proceedings off with a wonderful strike.
The first player on our list this week was Tom Pope the striker who is now at Bury, played over 50 times for the Millers. His current side Bury went up against Lancashire rivals Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup. Pope netted Bury’s first and helped to ensure them of their place in the second round.
Staying with the FA Cup, Jason Taylor now at Northampton Town, helped his side to a 2-1 win over Coventry City. The Cobblers go into the second round of the cup. They recorded victory over Coventry City, a side they previously shared their Sixfields Stadium home with.
Another ex-Miller that fans might remember is Kevin Ellison, the player is now at Morecambe and their side drew away in the FA Cup this weekend 0-0 against Dagenham & Redbridge.
One ex-player that didn’t have a great time in this weekend’s FA Cup round is Tom Elliot. Elliot who played for Rotherham back in 2010 and is now at AFC Wimbledon. Wimbledon lost to Forest Green Rovers and it is they who head into the next round.
Two of Rotherham United’s academy products were in FA Cup action at the weekend as Gainsborough Trinity fell to a narrow defeat against Shrewsbury Town of the Football League. Marc Newsham hit the woodwork for Trinity while Stephen Brogan squandered a late chance to earn his side a replay, with James Collins’ goal proving pivotal in a game that finished 1-0.
Another ex-Millers pair that met in the FA Cup were Luke Ashworth and Ollie Banks who lined up in opposition ranks as FC United of Manchester did battle with Chesterfield. The BT Sport cameras were in town to witness both players get on the scoresheet with the game ending in a 4-1 win for the League One Spireites.
The last player on our list is Paul Downing, the central defender was on loan at Rotherham in 2011 and now plies his trade at Walsall. His current team beat Fleetwood Town at home in the FA Cup to progress to the second round.