Rotherham United: Former chairman dies

Rotherham United's former Chairman Ken Booth in 2004.
Rotherham United's former Chairman Ken Booth in 2004.
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Former Rotherham United chairman Ken Booth has died, aged 91.

He was chairman until December, 2004, after rescuing the Millers from financial troubles in the Eighties.

Former Rotherham United chairman Ken Booth

Former Rotherham United chairman Ken Booth

The club was sold nine years ago but the Booth family held ownership of Millmoor.

Present chairman Tony Stewart took over in 2008, and the club moved to Don Valley Stadium, then to their current home, the New York Stadium.

Although Booth’s involvement with the club was controversial at times, he was credited with saving them from extinction in 1987 amid a financial crisis.

Even before he was officially involved with the Millers, he helped to pay wages on occasions.

In April, 1987, club debts reached £789,000 and they went into administration. The club’s bank and two firms, one of them CF Booth Ltd, guaranteed the wages until the end of the season.

The following month, the club was saved when Booth, whose wealth stemmed from his scrap-metal business, came up with a package to wipe out the debt.

When he stepped down after 17 years at the helm, he felt it was time to step aside.

He wrote off a debt of £3m in exchange for keeping ownership of Millmoor, and became the Millers’ landlord though the club itself changed hands.

The subsequent switch to Don Valley and last season’s move to a new stadium, under the leadership of Tony Stewart, have marked a new chapter in club history.