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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 media@rotherhamunited.net 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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Once a Miller, Always a Miller.

 

 

 

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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Once a Miller, Always a Miller.

 

 

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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Once a Miller, Always a Miller.

 

 

 

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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Once a Miller, Always a Miller.

 

 

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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In loving memory of William Coldwell

Born 6th February 1934 and sadly passed away on 13th April 2020

 "A lifelong Rotherham United fan and Main Stand season ticket holder. 

"He'd followed the Millers through thick and thin and he will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Once a Miller, Always a Miller"

From Liz (Daughter) and Rob (Son).

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In loving memory of George Kemp

Who sadly passed away on 7th June 2020, aged 86, following a brave four year-long battle with Prostate Cancer.

"George was a season ticket holder man and boy at Millmoor, Don Valley and New York Stadium where he visited until his illness took hold in November.

"His Millers legacy lives on through his son, Ian, who has been key to his care throughout this difficult time, his grandson and his wife, Simon and Amanda Ward and his great grandchildren Isla and Alvie, who were the apple of his eye.

"George was a loving father to Ian and Denise, a loving grandad to Simon and Katie and a doting great grandad to Isla and Alvie. He will be sorely Missed by everyone who knew him.

"He was a proud Rotherham lad and a proud Miller telling everyone who he met: Up the Millers.

"Rest in Peace Grandad, Once a Miller, Always a Miller."

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In loving memory of Roy Bishop

Who sadly passed away following a short but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on the 13th May 2020, aged 88.

He is now pain free and at peace. 

"My brother and I would like to thank everyone; doctors, nursing staff, assistants etc working at Lyndsey Lodge Hospice, who provided exceptional care for Dad during his final days.

"They are all super human and living proof that angels really do exist.

"Thanks also to Rotherham United who had planned a fantastic trip for him to the Millers ground in March, but unfortunately Covid19 got in the way.

"I’m sure he’s looking down from above when the season kicks off again.

"Up the Millers 

"Ian & Stephen Bishop"

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In loving memory of Harold Holyhead

Kick off - 25.07.1926

Final Whistle - 10.06.2020

"Harold was a lifelong Miller who attended his first game at the age of 6 in 1933 and was a season ticket holder up to two seasons ago, when failing health resulted in him being unable to attend the games.

"He never lost his love for the club and was able to be told of this season's promotion just before he passed 

"Harold is responsible for three generations of Millers who intend to carry on his legacy

"Once a Miller. Always a Miller."

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In loving memory of Donald Clarkson

'Grandad'

Born on 7th July 1931 and sadly passed away on 15th June 2020.

"Grandad was a massive Millers supporter watching them for over 70 years. He was a season ticket holder at both Millmoor and the New York Stadium and was also a vice president at the club for over 10 years back in our Millmoor days. 

"Grandad loved to share his memories of different matches and eras throughout his Rotherham United following. He developed my Dad’s love for the Millers and then later down the line mine too. 

"He will be deeply missed by us all but we know he will be looking down on us and the Millers with his son Robert.

"Rest in peace Grandad. Once a Miller, Always a Miller.

Laura Clarkson"

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In loving memory of Colin Binney senior

"Born on the 22nd April 1934 and sadly passed away on the 18th August 2020

"Colin was a Rotherham United fan for 72 years. He started watching the Millers in 1948 at the age of 14. He started attending games with his two brothers and started to take his son Colin in 1968. He then went on later to take grandchildren and great grandchildren to the matches. 

"He was a season ticket holder from Millmoor , Don Valley and at the New York. 

"He loved to chat about past matches and players like Rudd, Quinn, Watson and of course Ronnie Moore. 

"His last match was earlier this year at the 3-0 win against Bristol Rovers . Unfortunately he was unable to attend after this point due to becoming ill. However right until the end he would also ask when the next game was and if it was on the tv so he could watch."

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Once a Miller, Always a Miller.

 

 

In loving memory of Dennis Flanaghan 

"Dennis Flanaghan passed away on the 7th July 2020, aged 62. He was a life long Rotherham fan. He also worked for the club for 40 years. He will be missed by all his family and friends." 

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

Dennis was part of the security staff at AESSEAL New York Stadium and was a hugely popular member of the team and will be sadly missed by everyone at the club.

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

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In loving memory of Alan Bierton

Born 27th December 1953 and sadly passed away 30th August 2020

"Grandad loved watching the Millers with his family and had supported the Club throughout his life, whilst regularly attended matches.

"He went to every home game with his two granddaughters Amy & Charley-Ann until recent events meant he was unable to do so.

“Grandad will be sadly missed by so many people as he touched so many hearts and the games won’t be the same without him being at the side of us.

"Rest in peace Grandad, Once a Miller, Always a Miller.

Love Amy & Charley-Ann."

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In loving memory of Russell Greensmith 

Born 19/08/1968 and sadly passed away 04/09/2020, Aged 52.

"Saturday was his favourite day of the week to go watch the millers with me (his son). We travelled all over the country and enjoyed many trips including Torquay, Cardiff and Wembley, just to name a few.

"His favourite song to sing at the match was ‘who to who to be who to be a Miller.'

"It’ll never be the same without you dad but all I can say is thanks for the memories and like you, I’ll always support the millers!"

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Once a Miller, Always a Miller.


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