Thousands of Rotherham United fans lined the town’s streets tonight to watch the promotion-winning Millers parade the League One play-off trophy on an open-top bus.
About 5,000 fans watched the Millers, who beat Leyton Orient at Wembley on penalties on Sunday to win promotion to the Championship, travel from the New York Stadium to the town hall for a civic reception.
Manager Steve Evans said: “It’s a fantastic turnout, there were thousands of people at the stadium to see us up here to the middle of town, four or five thousand people here supporting the players, and the owners and the staff, and we’re indebted to them. They’ve given us the most wonderful support week after week, good result or bad result so now it’s about celebrating tonight, and then tomorrow we’ll wake up and get ready for the Championship.”
Chairman Tony Stewart said: “It’s been phenomenal. The town has turned out in numbers, not just the fans, but the town, there’s thousands of people turned up, and it’s just fantastic. The manager and myself are now looking at getting more players in on the back of the fact that we’ve already got a good team. We’re looking forward to a good season and I think we’ll do well.”
Russ Webb, aged 49, from Rawmarsh, said: “I didn’t think we would pull it back when we went 2-0 down. Steve must have kicked them up the backside at half time.
“It’s going to be hard but I think we can get mid-table next year.”
Chris Williams, 35, from Rawmarsh, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. It was the best day of my life being there. I was almost in tears. I think we need a couple more players but we already have players that can do well in the Championship.”