ROTHERHAM United say farewell to the Don Valley Stadium tomorrow with manager Steve Evans calling for a winning finale.
“You always want to win and that’s the culture we are going to imbue at this club but we want to go out of there with a win and certainly the fans deserve it,” said Evans.
“We know it’s not ideal for football and I know what the fans think of having had to watch their team there for the past four years. But, in time when you look back, it will be an essential part of the history of this football club.
“The chairman had to take the club away from Millmoor and had this ground not been available then there might not have been a football club.
“Didn’t he promise back then that he would take the club ‘back home’ to Rotherham? Well, he has kept his promise and that is something everyone is now looking forward to.
“But firstly, and finally, we have a job to do there tomorrow and our fans will be expecting us to win and so will I,” added Evans.
Rotherham began at Don Valley in August 2008 and a £750,000 bond had to be lodged with the Football League as a guarantee that they would be back in Rotherham in four years. They will meet that deadline and the money will be returned to those who made the commitment at the time.
The gate for the first game in 2008 was almost 4,800 but numbers dropped as people failed to enjoy the experience.
Evans is likely to recall Ryan Cresswell into centre defence after his one-match ban and could take a look at Mark Bradley at right back.
Tom Newey has to be replaced at left back owing to a one-match ban for his dismissal at Aldershot.
Candidates are Sam Wood, Scott Griffiths and Dale Tonge. Lewis Grabban is back in the squad.
Tomorrow’s visitors, Northampton Town, have pulled away from the relegation zone since Aidy Boothroyd took over in December although they initially struggled. Results have improved recently.