SHE lives opposite Upton Park but it’s not the Hammers that make Liz Coldwell’s heart beat faster.
Long-distance Liz is Millers mad and she is preparing to clock up more miles as she looks forward to Rotherham United embarking on their own exciting new journey.
Liz, Rotherham-born but now living in East London, estimates she has clocked up over 80,000 miles on home games alone to support her favourites.
She has followed Rotherham since the 1970s, including many away games, and is now getting excited about the historic 2012/13 campaign having secured her season ticket for the New York Stadium.
The 47-year-old writer, a member of the London Millers branch, said: “I was born and brought up in Rotherham and have supported the club since I was a kid but, in 1986, I moved to London for University and, because of my work, I’ve lived there ever since.
“I’ve always been to the games with my dad, William, and brother, Robert, and bought my first season ticket in 2000 which is when I started travelling up to Rotherham with the London Millers.
“There are about five of us who make the 300 mile plus round trip for the home games. We also go to quite a few of the southern away games as well.”
“I can’t wait for the new season to start. I haven’t seen the stadium since Christmas but have been following it on the web cam and it looks absolutely amazing.
“It is the first thing you see when you arrive in Rotherham on the train and it’s just what this town needs.
“Don Valley took supporters out of Rotherham. The New York Stadium will attract investment for the town and provide the whole community with a boost.
“The corporate hospitality facilities look incredible and it will mean the stadium can be used seven days a week.”