Promotion party planned for Rotherham heroes

Fans celebrate as the Millers win on penalties
Fans celebrate as the Millers win on penalties
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Thousands of Rotherham fans will pack the town centre tomorrow to hail their footballing heroes after the Millers secured promotion to the Championship.

Manager Steve Evans and his triumphant team will travel in an open-top bus from the New York Stadium around the town centre to All Saints Square, going on to Rotherham Town Hall.

The club secured their second successive promotion with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win against Leyton Orient at Wembley on Sunday after fighting back from 2-0 down to 2-2.

Around 20,000 Millers fans were at the national stadium to cheer on their team, with the majority of them expected to be back on the streets of the town tomorrow to welcome the players home.

The celebrations come little over 12 months after the team’s last open-top bus parade following them securing automatic promotion to League One.

The open-top bus will leave New York Stadium at 6pm.

When the bus arrives at All Saints Square, speeches and interviews will be given with the players, manager Steve Evans and chairman Tony Stewart.

The playing squad and club officials will move on to the Town Hall for a civic reception starting at 7.30pm.

The club’s latest promotion continues the remarkable resurgence in their fortunes.

Rotherham went into administration in 2008, having to leave their Millmoor ground and playing for four years at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield.

They moved into the New York Stadium at the start of the 2012/13 season – going on to enjoy a dramatic rise through the Football League.

Following victory at Wembley, manager Steve Evans said he was confident Rotherham will do well next season in the Championship.

The boss said: “We certainly respect it, we’ll embrace it and we’re going there to compete in it and not be overawed or frightened by it.”

Fans of Rotherham’s South Yorkshire rivals have been congratulating the Millers for their success at the weekend.

Sally-Anne Foster, a Sheffield United fan, said: “Their never-say-die attitude has been there all season and was there when it really mattered.

“Best wishes to their fans for the forthcoming season in the Championship.”