Sheffield Wednesday: Look at the record and Owls like their Rotherham trips!

Ex-Sheffield Wednesday man Glenn Whelan
Ex-Sheffield Wednesday man Glenn Whelan
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When Sheffield Wednesday make the short trip up the road to Rotherham, history says that it is usually a successful one.

Of the last nine visits, seven have seen Wednesday wins with the other two drawn.

You have to go back to 1976 for Rotherham’s last home win against the Owls - 1-0 in what was the old Division Three, now League One.

So, it’s been nine visits and 37 years since the last defeat in that part of South Yorkshire for Wednesday.

The last trip six years ago was to be Rotherham’s last home game in this competition (then the Carling Cup) at their old Millmoor ground - tonight will represent their first game at the New York Stadium in it, now the Capital One Cup.

That Wednesday cup visit to Millmoor in August 2007 saw the Owls run out 3-1 winners with goals from Glenn Whelan, Deon Burton and Wade Small.

The following season, the clubs again met in the first round but this time at Hillsborough where Rotherham have had a surprisingly high number of wins across the years. They’d won three times there on the trot before the cup-tie which saw Rotherham go through 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw, Rotherham having equalised through Reuben Reid right at the end of extra-time.

The clubs were drawn together when Wednesday finally joined the (six-year-old) competition in 1966. It was on a rainy night at Hillsborough and Rotherham stunned their neighbours with a 1-0 win.

They were to be paired again five years later. It was at Millmoor and Wednesday avenged that loss with a 2-0 win. Which means of the four meetings in this competition, Wednesday have won twice away whilst Rotherham have been successful twice away.

One memory - but not a footballing one - for many will be the Millers-Owls game at Millmoor on the evening of May 4, 1982. It is a significant date in the city’s history.

That day, the destroyer HMS Sheffield had been hit during the Falklands war by an Argentine Exocet missile. It was badly holed and was to sink a few days later.

A thriller - in what’s now The Championship - ended 2-2 with a late equaliser by Rotherham player-manager Emlyn Hughes from a controversial penalty. The dropped points (it was the first season of three points for a win) were crucial. Wednesday missed out on promotion by a point.