The wheel has come full circle at Rotherham United for club legend John Breckin who is enjoying his latest role at the club which has been an all-consuming part of his footballing life.
“I’ve just about done everything there is to do at the club and am loving being back involved,” said John who had a long and distinguished playing career and then successfully figured in various management roles.
John is there on matchdays having been identified as the perfect person to act as corporate and hospitality lounge host with responsibility for the ex-players who come back as special guests.
“Commercial director Steve Coakley asked me if I’d do it, attract ex-players, look after them, host the lounge and he wanted someone who had been in the trenches, who knew the town and the people and knew the history,” said John, 60, who, initially signed as a 13-year-old Rotherham schoolboy, played well over 400 games for them and had a successful time as assistant to Ronnie Moore as well as other roles from Youth supremo to caretaker manager.
“It suits me perfectly. I used to stand on the Tivoli End as a fan; then it’s great to play for your club, then coaching and into management and it’s your living.
“Now it’s gone full circle and it’s great because I jump up when a goal is scored and I headed two corners away the other week,” he chuckled. “Somebody said that’s more then when I played.”
“I love getting former players back, they love it, and the fans are loving it because they love talking to them and hearing their stories.
“Recently, we had most of the 1961 League Cup Final side back and those people are the history of this club and it went down really well.
“I’m privileged to be doing it and thanks to the club for involving me again and it’s slotted in just nicely at this time,” added John.
Each home game John invites and hosts special guests, usually ex-players, and it’s proving a really popular part of the matchday experience.