Rotherham United: Ex-Millers star has foot in both camps

Chris Sedgwick
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A man with a foot in both camps will be keeping a keen eye on proceedings at the New York Stadium tomorrow - and he will be a winner either way!

Chris Sedgwick had excellent careers at both Rotherham United and Preston North End and was at the first leg and among a number of former star players who the Deepdale club introduced on the pitch at half-time.

When he walked out, the man they all called “Sedgy” made a point of saluting the 2,000 strong Millers following as well as the home fans.

“I had great times at both clubs and have a lot of affection for both,” said Chris, 34, now at Bury for whom he has just signed a new one year contract.

“I was at Rotherham as a youngster and came through the ranks there and was able to establish myself in the team and there were some memorable times.”

Indeed there were including the back-to-back promotions and a particularly important late winner he got at Luton just days before the eventual promotion-clinching game against Brentford that took Rotherham up to the Championship in 2001.

“They were really good days at Millmoor then and when we got into The Championship no one expected us to stay up but we defied everyone and did so.”

He stayed through the first three seasons and then, a couple of months into the 2004/05 season with the Millers struggling at the bottom, he was wanted by Preston who paid Rotherham £400,000 for him.

He went from a relegation struggle to ending that season in The Championship Play-off Final with Preston although they were beaten.

A few matches from the end, he returned to Millmoor with Preston and scored in a 2-1 win but refused to celebrate out of respect for his former club where he’d enjoyed so many good times.

In all he made over 270 appearances for the Millers and then 255 for Preston.

He returned to his native Sheffield to play a 58 times for his boyhood club, Sheffield Wednesday, and was a regular with Bury last season.

“I thought Saturday’s first leg was a good game but I expected it to be,” he said.

“Rotherham had the better of the first half but what an equaliser that was from Joe Garner and it sort of set up the second half. It will probably be just as tight for the second leg.

“I’ve only been to the New York Stadium once when I played in Paul Warne’s Testimonial. I like it and look forward to being there on Thursday - but I can’t pick a winner,” he chuckled.