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3 October 2023

Club News


3 October 2023

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Rotherham United host Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday for an 8pm kick off. Ahead of the game, we've provided the below matchday guide.

We would like to once again encourage supporters who are attending this fixture to arrive in plenty of time ahead of the 8pm kick-off.

Having issued a similar message through the 2021/22 campaign – which yielded a more positive outcome with supporters entering the turnstiles with greater ease – we are once again asking that fans arrive at AESSEAL New York Stadium in plenty of time and familiarise themselves with the new ticket scanning process at the stadium.

Supporters who are collecting tickets for the match can do so from the following locations.

  • Any tickets purchased in the Eric Twigg Pukka Pie West Stand - Turnstile 8
  • Any tickets purchased for the KCM Recycling North Stand - Turnstile 11
  • Any tickets purchased in the Ben Bennett Family East Stand or the South East Corner - Turnstile 15

As we continue to work towards speeding up food and drink services on matchdays, our catering partners at Elior UK would like to once again encourage card payments on the concourse kiosks.

While cash will still be accepted, we would like to take this opportunity to encourage fans to use card payments which remains the quickest and most convenient way to pay on a matchday.

Having noted feedback from supporters about queuing times and whilst continuing to work closely with Elior UK, we remain committed to achieving the best supporter experience possible at AESSEAL New York Stadium.


Rotherham United would like to once again remind supporters that the club can and will be sanctioned for any instances of anti-social behaviour or pitch encroachment.

We would like to reiterate that the football club operates a ZERO tolerance policy towards all forms of anti-social behaviour and anyone found guilty of such offences at any time will face a ban and police action.

The football club, of course, remain firmly of the belief that the actions of a small group of individuals absolutely do not represent the majority of our fan base, who we would like to thank for always behaving impeccably when following the club home and away.


However, we must stress the potential consequences of anti-social behaviour. Clubs throughout the pyramid have again been contacted and reminded by the football authorities that any incidents will result in the club being sanctioned with financial penalties or potentially worse.

It goes without saying that as a club and a fanbase, we want to do everything in our power to ensure we avoid facing sanctions of this nature, at all costs.

For the 2023/24 campaign, English football authorities have introduced a series of measures to help improve the behaviour of not just supporters, but managers, players and coaches across the professional, National League system and grassroots games, as well as addressing the issue of football tragedy abuse.

New policies, procedures, and regulations will come into force from the start of the 2023/24 season, to address unacceptable conduct on the pitch, on the side-lines and in the stands, to ensure that the actions of the minority do not spoil the game for all. This builds on the work carried out throughout last season to combat dangerous and illegal fan behaviour, supported by the ‘Love Football. Protect the Game’ football-wide campaign.

The robust and collective approach which has been taken by clubs across the whole pyramid reflects just how seriously we all view this issue and the severity of the risks that come with it. The pitch must remain safe for players, managers and match officials, just as the stands should be safe for supporters.

Once again, we would like to thanks the thousands of Rotherham United who represent our town and badge in line with our core principles and values. We look forward to seeing you all for the new campaign.

Check out all the key information prior to your visit in our Away Fans' Guide, HERE.

Copies of our official matchday programme The New York Way are available for £3 and contain our popular Q&As, as well as the usual columns from Chairman Tony Stewart and Manager Matt Taylor. 

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Rotherham United Community Trust will once again be opening their GoalZone.

The entertainment facility is free to enter to supporters who are season ticket holders or have purchased tickets for the match, with pre-match entertainment provided for kids who are arriving early for the game.

The centre is now on the ground floor of the Community offices, located on the ground floor of the Eric Twigg Foods West Stand, near the Players' Entrance. 

Resident club mascot Miller Bear frequently pops in to say hello on matchdays too, so come along and check it out.

The Goal Zone is open from 6:30pm on Thursday but children attending must be accompanied by an adult.

Rotherham United and Rotherham United Community Trust are pledging their support for the Play Safe campaign at Wednesday night’s Sky Bet Championship fixture with Bristol City at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

English football united this weekend to promote Play Safe – a countrywide campaign to focus attention on the vital importance of safeguarding in our national game. 

Led by The Football Association, the Play Safe campaign is endorsed by the NSPCC and will be supported this weekend across every level of English football, including in the EFL, Premier League, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship, and across the grassroots game. 


This season EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE – clubs and leagues at every level of the game, (and individuals if they wish) – is being to tell us what they are planning to do to make a difference over the Play Safe weekend and to share this via an online Play Safe Pledge

The FA’s Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group (FASSSAG) continues to support Play Safe: “Creating safe environments in every football setting is a collective responsibility. It’s really important that every single person in football – no matter if they’re actively involved or on the sidelines – understands that they have an ongoing role to play. Knowing how to act on any concerns is vital and Play Safe is a key way to raise awareness so that everyone is vigilant and knows what to do if they become aware of any inappropriate behaviour.” 



This year’s Play Safe weekend focuses on the safeguarding role EVERYONE has to play – coach, player, parent/carer, spectator or volunteer – to keep children and young people safe, no matter what the football setting. EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE, EVERYTIME is encouraged to WATCH, LISTEN, TALK and ACT if they have any safeguarding concerns. 

Wednesday night’s fixture against Bristol City has been dedicated to supporting the Play Safe campaign and provides us with the opportunity to shine a light on the importance of safeguarding throughout football and the wider community. 

Not only does the profile of this  televised fixture give us a vehicle to provide education to supporters but it also allows us to share the fantastic progress we have made in respect of safeguarding over the last few years. 

It is important that we all know and understand that safeguarding is all of our responsibilities. 

Everyone involved in the Club from spectators, to players and staff, families, participants and officials all have a role to play in ensuring that vulnerable children and adults are protected. 

It is up to us to report worries or concerns on behalf of children, young people or adults who may be vulnerable whilst out in public and there are plenty of ways in which you can do that. 

Reporting is quick and easy and can be completed in a number of ways. You can do so through the QR codes which are located on posters around the stadium on matchdays or pass on information to your nearest steward – who will relay that to the club’s Safeguarding Team. 

Our club website now has a page dedicated to Safeguarding and includes tips and helpful information on keeping children safe on matchdays alongside a number of other helpful resources. 

Also available on the page is information about the club’s personnel who are involved with the Safeguarding Team and the dedicated email address which can also be used to flag up concerns both on matchday and throughout the week. 

Everyone at Rotherham United has been heartbroken to learn of the devastating news of the passing of Laura Vickers – the wife of our former player Josh – aged just 27.

Laura lost her long and brave battle with cancer recently just three months after her and Josh were married.

Josh spent three years here at Rotherham United and became a highly-popular figure in our close-knit dressing room during that time, forming friendships with players past and present that will undoubtedly transcend football.

Those relationships mean that a number of our current and former players came to not only know Josh’s wife Laura, but also became close with her, learning of her truly inspirational outlook on life in the most difficult of circumstances.

A selection of those same players were in attendance on the happiest day of the couple’s lives when they were married this summer.

It goes without saying that the thoughts of everyone here at Rotherham United remain with Josh and everyone connected with him and Laura at this truly heartbreaking time.

Upon the deeply-saddening news of Laura’s passing reaching us here, our first team expressed their desire to dedicate tonight’s Sky Bet Championship game against Bristol City to celebrating her life and to reminding Josh that he has a network of people who are here to support him.

Our players will warm-up ahead of the midweek clash with Bristol City in specially-made t-shirts which we hope will serve as a clear reminder to Josh and all of Laura’s family and friends that they are very much in our thoughts.

There will also be volunteers from our Community Trust around the stadium blueprint collecting donations made in memory of Laura for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity – where Laura received treatment.

We will also be inviting everyone inside AESSEAL New York Stadium to join us in a period of applause on the 31st minute of the game - 31 being Josh's squad number during his time with us.

Rest in Peace, Laura.

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We are committed to ensuring that Rotherham United is a place where everyone can enjoy football...

If you hear abuse of any kind whilst in and around our stadium grounds, we encourage you to report it using our anonymous mobile service.

Full information on how to report can be found HERE.

The club would like to emphasise that we operate a zero tolerance policy on discrimination of any sort. Anyone found to be in breach of this rule will receive a lifetime banning order. Any reported acts of disciplinary conducts by the club’s supporters are also highly likely to lead to formal disciplinary action by the FA under rule E20.

Anyone wishing to anonymously report discrimination or inappropriate behaviour within the ground can do so by using the following number: 07507 449121.

You can also use the Kick Out reporting app which provides users with the ability to attach video, photo and audio evidence to complaints to help support investigations into discriminatory abuse and behaviour.

The free Kick It Out app can be downloaded NOW from Google Play and the App Store.

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Referee: D. Whitestone

Assistants: D. Leach & A. James

Fourth Official: S. Barrott

Rotherham United are delighted to inform supporters that we have now implemented a new Disabled Supporters’ Room on-site at AESSEAL New York Stadium, which will be in operation prior to Wednesday's game against Bristol City. 

Going right back to when the designs of our new home were conceived, we have always strived to ensure that AESSEAL New York Stadium offers everyone the opportunity to watch the Millers in both comfort and safety and whilst our disabled facilities have come in for much praise from both home and away supporters alike over the years, we are always looking at ways in which we can improve our matchday experienced right across the board.

In conjunction with the Rotherham United Disabled Supporters’ Association, we have been able to take on board feedback from our own fans on the matters and as a result, we have been able to amend a number of our practices in line with such suggestions.

One such proposal has been to introduce a facility that our disabled fans can enjoy prior to our home games and we are delighted that this is something we are now able to offer.

Working closely with our Community Sports Trust, the Millers will now be offering access to the new room which will be located on the ground floor of the Community Sports Trust area of the stadium, next to the players entrance.

Use of the room will mean that can provide our disabled supporters with a warm and comfortable environment in which to enjoy the build-up to matches at AESSEAL New York Stadium and will be open from 6:45pm.

For the latest news from RUDSA, you can follow them on twitter @OfficialRUDSA or on Facebook by searching OfficialRUDSA.

Rotherham United


Goalkeeper: Green shirts, green shorts and green socks.



Outfield: Red and White shirts, white shorts and socks.



Bristol City 

Goalkeeper: Blue shirts, blue shorts and blue socks.

Outfield: Black shirts, black shorts and black socks. 

Our resident club mascot Miller Bear loves meeting supporters young and old!

He'll be on-site at AESSEAL New York Stadium throughout the day and will happily post for photos and sign autographs, so please be sure to say 'hello' if you see him around.

Check out his social media on Twitter here!

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Rotherham United would like to remind supporters parked in the club's official car park that supporters are permitted to leave the premises up to the 85th minute of the match.

After this time the car park will be closed to all traffic until a point whereby all of our spectators have safely vacated the premises. 

Rotherham United are continuing to take steps towards making AESSEAL New York Stadium a cashless venue by introducing card payments for sales of matchday programmes and 50/50 tickets.

The club already facilitates cashless payments around the kiosks and in the hospitality areas and, as of this weekend, will also have the ability to take card payments for both matchday programme and 50/50 ticket sales.

Six sellers in total – three for programmes and three for 50/50 – will be in possession of card machines on Saturday, allowing supporters to make their matchday purchases on the walk up to AESSEAL New York Stadium using cards or contactless payments such as GooglePay and ApplePay.

The sellers will be located in the vicinity of the areas as displayed on the following diagram and will accept BOTH cash and card payments.

The figures in red denote programme sellers – one of which will make sales internally at AESSEAL New York Stadium – whilst the figure in yellow is the 50/50 seller who will be equipped with a card machine. Two further 50/50 sellers will have card machines in the hospitality lounges.

Other sellers around the ground will only be able to facilitate cash payments.

The club are hopeful that in taking these steps it makes the sales process for our supporters easier and more convenient.

Rotherham United Community Trust have taken steps to do something positive to address topical issues around sustainability and the environment. They have been working closely with Millers striker Georgie Kelly for the launch of their kit recycling scheme at upcoming home games, including Wednesday night’s hosting of Bristol City.

Supporters are invited to reduce their home kit mountains and deposit replica kits, training kits and football boots into our collection bins at the Fan Zone and other locations across Rotherham.

RUCT will be opening a Swap Shop in the Goal Zone, with all the reusable items we have received. The Swap Shop will open once a month on a date and time to be confirmed.

We are looking for the following items:

Football Boots

RUFC Shirts

Training Wear

Shin Pads

Please note, we can only accept items that are in usable condition.

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