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TRIBUTE | Once a Miller, Always a Miller - Wall of Remembrance

18 May 2020

We understand that the difficult circumstances in which we are currently living have made it even more difficult to mourn the loss of our loved ones in recent weeks, but as a football club, we wanted to reaffirm that those who have passed away remain at the forefront of our thoughts.

During the season, we often pay tribute to fans who have passed away by including a tribute to them in our matchday programme, but of course, with games on hold we have been unable to continue to do so.

With that in mind, we have created this 'Wall of Remembrance' which will hopefully allow us pay tribute to, and remember, those beloved Millers who have passed away recently.

To add a name, photo and message of your loved one, please email using the subject title 'Wall of Remembrance'.

Once a Miller, Always a Miller.



In loving memory of John Garrity

Born 30th March 1957 and passed sadly passed away 27th March 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with his loving wife Joan Garrity and the rest of the family.

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In loving memory of Michael Sharp

Born 9th September 1943 and sadly passed away 18th April 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with Amanda, Luke and indeed all of his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

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In loving memory of Eric Simcox

Born on 28th November 1931 and sadly passed away 24th April 2020

"Dad was a proud supporter of the Millers from a young age and began taking myself and sometimes my sister to Millmoor in the 70s, seeing many ups and downs and great times with promotions and trips to Wembley.

"Some of his last words were "How are Rotherham doing?" and then a knowing look when I reminded him about the current problems - "Still in the top two Dad" I said. 

"He was a huge fan of Tony Stewart, rightly seeing him as the saviour of the club, and had great respect for Paul Warne and the values he brings to the club, values about people that Dad 100% shared.

"Dad was proud of his Thurcroft roots, was a Headteacher at Maltby Lilly Hall juniors for 22 years and was involved with Rother Valley Schools always looking out for the youngsters.  He had a tear in his eye when I told him about Jacob Gratton's progression to the first team this year, knowing his dad Paul, through cricket and Thurcroft. 

As Dad always said - Up The Millers!"

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In loving memory of Janet Keeling

"We miss you, Nan"

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In loving memory of John Geoghegan

Born on 27th April 1952 and sadly passed away on 4th May 2020

"Dad was an ardent supporter of RUFC and had followed them since the late fifties. He had visited over 70 of the existing 92 league grounds plus many more now in non-league or no longer in existence.

"His unfaltering passion for the club led to his instatement as Club Accountant between 1998 to 2005.

"During that time, dad championed Alan Lee’s inclusion in the Republic of Ireland senior squad, writing a recommendation letter to the FAI requesting his inclusion.

"Having raised four boys as mad-keen Millers supporters, dad’s RUFC spirit and legacy will burn on brightly."


John was a highly-respected member of the Rotherham United club staff between 1998 and 2005 and was a friend to many during his years with the Millers.

A number of our staff who worked alongside John during his time with the club have been deeply saddened to learn of the news of his passing.

The thoughts of everyone at Rotherham United are with John's family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

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In loving memory of Beryl Tissington (nee Padley) 

Born on 25th September 1937 and sadly passed away on 14th May 2020, aged 82.

"Our Mum, Beryl passed away on Thursday after a courageous fight against Covid-19.

"She had supported Rotherham United throughout her life. She was introduced to Millmoor by her Dad, Maurice as a child and supported the Millers for over 70 years.

"Despite having dementia in her later years, she still attended the occasional match and couldn't believe her eyes when she saw New York Stadium for the first time. She just kept saying: "Look at all these supporters."

"She saw many highs and lows as we all do supporting our beloved team, but she always talked about the 1980s when we had Ronnie Moore and Tony Towner. 

"Ronnie was her favourite, and it was a brilliant time to be a Miller. We also had trips to Wembley and family rivalry as she re-married a Sheffield United fan. 

"Whenever I visited her in the care home, she always asked how Rotherham were doing and each time I left her, she would always shout Up The Millers

"I am proud she introduced me to the Millers aged 6, although nearly 50 years later, I have a few grey hairs as a result of it."

Up The Millers, from her son's Darren and Neil Padley

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In loving memory of Eric Stanley Lill

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Millers supporter Eric Stanley Lill. 

"Sadly Grandad passed away after a long battle with Cancer.

"He was a life long supporter and always attended home matches."

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In loving memory of David Kirk

David, the husband of Judith, sadly passed away on 2nd March 2020.

"He was an avid Millers fan since he started at Millmoor on cushion hire at the age of 12.

"He upgraded to working in the VIP lounge for a while and we ended up running the Red and White Shop for a number of years.

"Since retiring he spent many hours on the popular management simulation game 'Football Manager' with Rotherham United playing in the Premiership - apparently he was a very good manager!

"He loved the way Paul Warne was running the Millers and we were season ticket holders for many years, both at Millmoor, Don Valley before being the first in line to secure a ticket at New York Stadium. He would have absolutely hated not been able to follow his beloved Millers in this difficult period with no football.

Miss you. Once a Miller, Always a Miller"

From Judith Kirk, Jean (sister), Martin (son) and Helen (daughter) and their families.



David is another former member of our staff who is fondly remembered by people at the club. 

We are sure that many of our supporters will remember his friendly face greeting them in the old club shop at Millmoor, which he ran for a time, while others will recall meeting him in his role in the VIP lounges.

The thoughts of everyone at Rotherham United are with David's family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

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