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Ken Waterhouse 1930 - 2016

5 April 2016

Rotherham United are very saddened to hear of the passing of former player and League Cup finalist Ken Waterhouse, aged 86.

Ken played for the Millers between 1958 and 1963, making 143 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 goals.

He played in both legs of the inaugural League Cup final in 1961, when the Millers were narrowly defeated by Aston Villa.

Prior to signing for the Millers, Ken played for Preston North End and helped them to the old Second Division Championship before making the step up to the top flight.

He wasn’t a regular at Preston but the club retained his services for 10 years, and in his final season at Deepdale he helped the club to a second placed finish in the old First Division.

On joining the Millers, Ken initially played centre forward before switching to wing half. As well as helping the club to the League Cup final, he also played a role in helping the Millers reach the fourth round of the same competition in 1962/63, after scoring a penalty in the defeat of West Ham.

After leaving the Millers he joined Bristol City before ending his career with Darlington and a spell as player/manager of Morecambe. He would later have a stint as reserve team manager of Blackburn Rovers.

Everyone at Rotherham United would like to pass on our condolences to Ken’s family and friends at this difficult time.


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