Lee Frecklington ruined his dad’s 50th birthday and the Rotherham United captain couldn’t be happier.
Frecklington’s father, Craig, a Leeds United fan, turned 50 and then watched from the stands as his son starred in Rotherham’s 1-0 win at Elland Road on Saturday.
The Frecklington clan are all Leeds followers, including the Millers midfielder who has supported them since boyhood.
“It was a nice little birthday present for him,” grinned Frecklington after Joe Newell’s 54th-minute goal had earned Neil Redfearn his first victory as Rotherham boss.
“He was here. I think about six of the family came. His birthday was on Thursday, All the family are Leeds fans. He’ll be delighted with that as a present!”
The 30-year-old, who turned in a superb display in his first match for two and a half months after a calf injury, doesn’t know why the West Yorkshire giants came to mean so much to him and his relatives.
“I’m from Lincoln originally,” he said. “Why Leeds? No idea. Grandad, Dad, everybody. It’s just in the family.”
Redfearn’s men won at the seventh time of asking under their new boss to move off the foot of the Championship table.
“It’s a good mental thing,” Frecklington added. “It’s nice to be off the bottom. “
Frecklington surprised himself by staying on the pitch for the whole match.
“To get 90 minutes under my belt and a win ... obviously, I’m delighted,” he said.
“I wasn’t expecting to last the full 90 minutes, but when you’re out there and the adrenalin is rushing and you’re 1-0 up, you just keep going. You always find a way of finding a little bit more.”
The skipper believes victory could be a turning point and says the Millers have to back it up straight away.
“We have to win against Bristol City next week as well,” he said.