Christine Hewitt is our Miller abroad...Rotherham United fans cover the world far and wide and we always enjoy hearing from those Millers that have found themselves in other parts of the globe.
The most recent Miller to get in touch with us is Christine Hewitt (Nee Oldfield) formerly of Rawmarsh and Wickersley, but she is now settled in sunnier climes in Perth, Australia.
Christine answered a few questions to recall some fond Millers memories:
1. When did you become a fan of Rotherham United FC?
I emigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 1972 and I became a supporter of the Millers back in 1955 when my dad took me to the home games at Millmoor.
My Mother was born in Armer Street, New York and my grandparents lived there for many years so it is good that the new stadium is keeping the name alive
2. How do you follow the club on a daily basis?
I was a regular attendee up to 1964 until motherhood got in the way a bit!
After leaving the Rotherham area, I kept in touch with the Millers via newspapers and radio.
3. Do you ever have the opportunity to attend matches?
It’s a long way to travel from Western Australia to attend matches!
4. Have you always been a fan of the club from abroad?
I always listen to my local radio in Mandurah on a Sunday morning for the English football results and cheer when the news is good.
I don’t have a Rotherham shirt but I usually put on a red tee shirt to show my support.
5. What are your greatest memories of Rotherham United FC?
I can recall seeing John Charles, on his return from Juventus, playing for Leeds against Rotherham. Roy Ironside saved a penalty shot from him and Charles shook his hand.
I also remember seeing Stanley Matthews in what I believe was his last game at Rotherham and he scored a goal. I was discussing this with a resident of our retirement village here in WA recently and suggested that maybe it was a “gift goal” because it was his last game but the man I was discussing it with was emphatic that it was not fixed because he (Les Owers) was the referee at the match.
Other Rotherham players I can clearly recall are Jock Quairney, Danny Williams, Pete Madden, Barry Webster, Keith Bambridge, Jack Grainger, and Don Western.
Other “famous” visitors were Jonny Haynes, Jackie Charlton and Charlie Hurley.
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