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Millers Abroad - Jim Poucher

31 May 2016

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Our next Miller abroad is Jim Poucher from Malta...

1. When did you become a fan of Rotherham United?
My dad took me to Millmoor in 1963 to see my first Millers match. We beat Huddersfield Town 3-1.

2. How do you follow the club?
I follow the games on Millers Player HD, it can be absolutely nerve-racking just listening when you can't actually see what's going on though.

3. Do you ever have the opportunity to attend matches?
I haven't managed to get to attend a match since I took the whole family to Wembley for the play off final.

My wife's family members are all Londoners and die hard West Ham fans but I got them all to go to that game dressed in red and white, singing their hearts out amongst the rest of the 20,000 Rotherham fans.

4. Have you always been a fan of the club from abroad?
Of course, always a fan. I love football but Rotherham's result is the only one that ever really means anything to me.

5. What are your greatest memories of Rotherham United?
Holding the mighty Leeds United to 0-0 in front of a heaving 23,000 crowd at Millmoor in FA Cup 1971.

We had Jimmy Mullen on the wing and he destroyed the then England full back Terry Cooper.

I worked with Jimmy years later in Harrogate and he told me that as they left the pitch, Cooper told him he should be playing in the 1st Division.

Jim couldn't wait for the replay at Elland Road but Don Revie, the Leeds manager, put the great Paul Madeley in to man mark him for Leeds and in Jim's own words: "I didn't get a kick all night"

There have been some great games, going toe to toe with Manchester United including Best, Law Charlton and friends at Millmoor in 1966 was also unforgettable but one of my most memorable sights was first seeing Dave Watson play for us especially at Centre Half.

I just couldn't believe how good he was and it was obvious he would go on to play for England even then.

Thanks to Jim for getting in touch!

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