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READ | I’m proud to be the captain of this historic team – Wood

5 May 2022

Club News

READ | I’m proud to be the captain of this historic team – Wood

5 May 2022

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Richard Wood is no stranger to success with Rotherham United.

The defender skippered the Millers to promotion from the third tier for the third time during the 2021/22 campaign and also lifted the Papa Johns Trophy after victory over Sutton United at Wembley.

This is the first time Rotherham have won promotion and a trophy in the same season and Wood declared that he is proud to be captain, of a team that will go down in club folklore.

“I’m very proud to be the captain and privileged to be at a club that has had so much success in recent seasons,” Wood told

“A lot of players go through their career without winning anything, so to captain this club to three promotions and a cup win is a real honour.

“I feel very lucky for me and my family to be able to experience this, it is really, really special.

“It’s nice to have a song about me and feel loved and appreciated by the fans. I’m proud that this team will go down in history."

Richard Wood

“The manager always says to us about the team he was involved in and how it was remembered and that the bond that they created still exists now.

“Everybody remembers them, they get welcomed back and that is something that when we finish playing, we’re hoping will be the same."


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The Millers recovered from a blip in form to secure the runners-up spot in the third tier, with 10 points from their final five games enough to see off the challenge of MK Dons.

Now, Wood is hoping the Millers can harness the team spirit and togetherness the team have formed this term and take it into the Championship.

“Our aim was automatic promotion but we were underdogs at the start of the campaign, but over the season we have been unbelievable,” Wood reaffirmed.

“Yes, we had a blip towards the end, but the league doesn’t lie and the league shows that us and Wigan were by far and away the best teams in it.

“If we can keep the core squad – the best I have played under – we’ll have a great chance of achieving our aims in the Championship.

“Team spirit goes a long way and you just never know what could happen when you’re all fighting together. We’ll go up and embrace the challenge.”

Richard Wood

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