Rotherham United: Shear delight for Millers star

Dale Tonge pours a beer on to Scott Shearer to celebrate promotion. Pic: Paul Wickson
Dale Tonge pours a beer on to Scott Shearer to celebrate promotion. Pic: Paul Wickson
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Three seasons. Three promotions.

It promises to be another enjoyable summer for goalkeeper Scott Shearer.

The Scot kept his third clean sheet on the trot in Rotherham United’s victory over Aldershot Town on Saturday, with the three points ensuring the Millers claimed automatic promotion on the final day of the season, sparking mass celebrations with supporters flooding on to the pitch at the New York Stadium before the referee had even blown the final whistle.

Shearer, who won back-to-back promotions with Crawley Town before joining Rotherham last summer, told The Star: “To complete a hat-trick of promotions is fantastic. This is the most special one of my career.

“We had not really performed in front of a big crowd so it was good to win for the fans. The pitch invasion before the game had finished was unbelievable; that was mental! I was thinking ‘what the hell is going on!’ I think it just showed how much it meant to everybody involved at the club.”

To mark Rotherham’s achievement, there will be an open-top bus parade today where fans will have the chance to celebrate alongside the players again. The bus will leave the NYS at 5.15pm and arrive in the town centre at 5.30pm and supporters have been advised to gather in Effingham Street and All Saints’ Square to catch a glimpse of their heroes.

Shearer, who made just 20 starts due to knee and elbow injuries, admitted: “It is a bit surreal to have gone up.

“The whole league has been inconsistent this year and the points tally tells you that. At Crawley last season, we finished third with 84 points and we only got 79 this year.

“We thought we had thrown it away when we lost at Gillingham and Morecambe. I don’t think anyone would have predicted we would go on the run we have been on.

“The biggest result for me was at Bradford. That was outrageous and one of the best nights of the season. I will remember that for a few years.”