Rotherham United: Millers in double celebration

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There will be the opportunity for a double celebration at the New York Stadium tomorrow when Millers legend Paul Warne has his testimonial Game.

Firstly, fans will see the current Millers side receive their runners-up medals for promotion from League Two just before the 2pm kick off.

Then comes the chance to laud some of the players who figured in club’s last successful era, the back-to-back promotions of 2000 and 2001 up to The Championship.

The current squad will take on a Warney’s Legends XI, all of them former teammates and, in addition to the man himself, they can all be assured of a great welcome for the fond memories they left behind.

Most recent teammate coming back is Adam Le Fondre as well as Ryan Cresswell, Guy Branston and Andy Monkhouse.

Alan Lee, scorer of the last minute winner against Brentford which clinched promotion to the Championship in 2001, is also returning as is his current manager at Huddersfield Town, Mark Robins.

Others who have confirmed they will be coming include Mike Pollitt, Andy Warrington, Rob Scott, Chris Swailes, Kevin Watson, Darren Byfield, Stewart Talbot, Richie Barker, Nick Daws, Chris Sedgwick, Steve Thompson and Jamie Green.

Ronnie Moore and John Breckin will return to manage the Legends XI.

n Many of the players returning for Paul Warne’s big day are featured in a book just out which covers the last golden era of the club under Ronnie Moore.

Entitled ‘Impossible Dream: The Ronnie Moore Years’ by Jonathan Veal (SYFN Publishing) it covers Ronnie’s managerial time from 1997 up to 2005.

This includes the remarkable back-to-back promotions up to The Championship where they defied the odds to stay for four years. Many players, as well as Ronnie and assistant John Breckin, embellish the book with anecdotes and stories whilst lifting the lids on a few things.

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