2017–18 Rotherham United F.C. season

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Rotherham United
2017–18 season
Chairman Tony Stewart
Manager Paul Warne
Stadium New York Stadium
League One 4th (promoted via playoffs)
FA Cup First round
(vs. Crewe Alexandra)
EFL Cup Second round
(vs. Huddersfield Town)
EFL Trophy Group Stage
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2017–18 season was Rotherham United's 93rd season in their existence and their first back in League One following relegation in 2016–17.[1] Along with competing in League One, the club also participated in the FA Cup, the EFL Cup and the EFL Trophy.

Key events[edit]

On 23 August 2017, Rotherham United were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Premier League side Huddersfield Town in the second round. Despite taking the lead in the first minute, they conceded two goals early in the second half, and saw a Kieffer Moore shot cleared off the line late in the game.[2]

On 3 September 2017, the team won 1–0 against Portsmouth, who were managed by their former manager Kenny Jackett in a televised match at Fratton Park. This recorded Rotherham's first away league win in 27 matches, extending back to 9 April 2016.[3]

On 4 November 2017, the team were knocked out of the FA Cup at EFL League Two side Crewe Alexandra, who scored a late goal to turn the tie around and win 2–1.[4]

Despite playing their last game in the group stage of the competition on 7 November 2017, Rotherham had to wait three weeks to know their EFL Trophy fate. A draw between Chesterfield and Manchester City EDS on 29 November confirmed the clubs exit.

From 9 December 2017 to 24 February 2018, the team went 14 league games unbeaten, winning 11, including the last 7. The run was ended on 10 March 2018 with a 1–0 away defeat against Rochdale.[5]

Having held 4th place in the league since mid-February, Rotherham confirmed a place in the play-offs on 21 April 2018, with a 2–0 win against Bristol Rovers.[6]

Rotherham secured promotion back to the EFL Championship with a 2–1 extra time victory against Shrewsbury Town at Wembley Stadium on 27 May 2018.[7]


Squad statistics[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

As of end of season. [1]

Players with zero appearances have been unused substitutes in one or more games.

No. Pos. Nat. Name Total League Playoffs FA Cup EFL Cup EFL Trophy Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
12 GK Wales Lewis Price 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
13 GK Slovakia Marek Rodák 38 0 35 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
30 GK England Laurence Bilboe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 DF England Josh Emmanuel 37+1 0 30+1 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 3 0
3 DF England Joe Mattock 39+1 1 34+1 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 9 2
5 DF Nigeria Semi Ajayi 34+8 5 29+6 4 1+2 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 4 0
6 DF England Richard Wood 40+2 7 34+2 4 3 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 10 1
14 DF England Dominic Ball 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
18 DF England Ben Purrington 12 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
20 DF England Michael Ihiekwe 29+6 1 26+5 1 2 0 0+1 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
25 DF Jamaica Shaun Cummings 14+1 0 11+1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
29 DF England Manny Onariase 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
43 DF England Akeem Hinds 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
4 MF England Will Vaulks 45+7 8 38+6 5 3 1 1 1 1+1 0 2 1 10 0
7 MF Republic of Ireland Anthony Forde 31+18 3 27+14 2 0+3 0 0 0 1+1 1 3 0 4 0
8 MF England Matt Palmer 12+4 0 10+4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
11 MF England Jon Taylor 18+14 5 13+12 4 2+1 1 0+1 0 1 0 2 0 3 0
16 MF Republic of Ireland Darren Potter 18 0 16 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
17 MF Republic of Ireland Richie Towell 39+6 6 34+5 5 3 0 0+1 0 0 0 2 1 5 0
22 MF England Joe Newell 27+18 8 22+17 7 2+1 1 1 0 1 0 0+1 0 4 0
23 MF Australia Ryan Williams 37+10 4 33+9 4 2+1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
27 MF Wales Alex Bray 1+3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 1+2 0 0 0
40 MF England Ben Wiles 1+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1+1 0 0 0
44 MF England Lewis Murr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
45 MF England Reece McGinley 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
9 FW England Jamie Proctor 6 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
10 FW England David Ball 30+8 9 26+7 8 1 0 1 0 1 0 1+1 1 1 0
19 FW England Jonson Clarke-Harris 4+15 1 1+13 0 0 0 0 0 0+2 0 3 1 0 0
21 FW England Jerry Yates 10+10 2 7+10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0
24 FW England Michael Smith 21+2 6 18+2 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
31 FW Northern Ireland Caolan Lavery 1+14 2 1+13 2 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 FW England Joshua Kayode 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+2 0 0 0
Players played for the club this season on loan who returned to their parent club during the season:
24 FW England Kieffer Moore 21+4 13 19+3 13 0 0 1 0 1+1 0 0 0 5 1
Players played for the club this season who have since left:
1 GK England Richard O'Donnell 15 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
8 MF Republic of Ireland Lee Frecklington 18+2 4 17+2 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
41 FW England Akeel Francis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

As of end of season.
Place Position Nation Number Name Total League Playoffs FA Cup EFL Cup EFL Trophy
1 FW England 24 Kieffer Moore 13 13 0 0 0 0
2 FW England 10 David Ball 9 8 0 0 0 1
3 MF England 22 Joe Newell 8 7 1 0 0 0
= MF England 4 Will Vaulks 8 5 1 1 0 1
5 DF England 6 Richard Wood 7 4 3 0 0 0
6 FW England 24 Michael Smith 6 6 0 0 0 0
= MF Republic of Ireland 17 Richie Towell 6 5 0 0 0 1
8 MF England 11 Jon Taylor 5 4 1 0 0 0
= DF Nigeria 5 Semi Ajayi 5 4 0 0 1 0
10 MF Republic of Ireland 8 Lee Frecklington 4 4 0 0 0 0
= MF Australia 23 Ryan Williams 4 4 0 0 0 0
12 MF Republic of Ireland 7 Anthony Forde 3 2 0 0 1 0
13 FW Northern Ireland 31 Caolan Lavery 2 2 0 0 0 0
= FW England 21 Jerry Yates 2 1 0 0 0 1
15 DF England 3 Joe Mattock 1 1 0 0 0 0
= DF England 20 Michael Ihiekwe 1 1 0 0 0 0
= FW England 9 Jamie Proctor 1 0 0 0 1 0
= FW England 19 Jonson Clarke-Harris 1 0 0 0 0 1

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

On 12 May 2017, Rotherham United announced they will host Sheffield United as part of their pre-season preparations.[8] Four days later, the Millers added Parkgate friendly to the pre-season diary.[9] On 17 May further friendlies at North Ferriby United[10] and Chesterfield[11] were confirmed. A fifth friendly, against Alfreton Town was revealed a day later.[12] Two further friendles, against Gainsborough Trinity[13] and Barnsley[14] were announced on 19 May.

The club announced a two-game training camp in Austria on 6 July 2017. The team will be based at the Sportschule Lindabrunn in Enzesfeld-Lindabrunn where they will face Hungarian side Soproni VSE. They will also play Floridsdorfer AC at the Austrian club's ground.[15]

Competitions[edit]

League One[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
2 Blackburn Rovers (P) 46 28 12 6 82 40 +42 96 Promotion to the EFL Championship
3 Shrewsbury Town 46 25 12 9 60 39 +21 87 Qualification for League One play-offs[a]
4 Rotherham United (O, P) 46 24 7 15 73 53 +20 79
5 Scunthorpe United 46 19 17 10 65 50 +15 74
6 Charlton Athletic 46 20 11 15 58 51 +7 71
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to the EFL Championship.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 24 7 15 73 53  +20 79 15 3 5 45 23  +22 9 4 10 28 30  −2

Last updated: 5 May 2018.
Source:[citation needed]

Matchday summary[edit]

Matchday12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
GroundAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHHAAHHAAHAHHHAHAHHAAAHAHAAHAH
ResultLWLLWWWLWLWWWLDLDLLLWDWWWDDWWWWWWWLLWLDLWDWWLW
Position2481519121199810844456681213910987787655444444444444444
Updated to match(es) played on 5 May 2018. Source:[citation needed]
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Matches[edit]

League One Play-Offs[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

On 16 October 2017, Rotherham United were drawn away to Crewe Alexandra in the first round.[16]

EFL Cup[edit]

On 16 June 2017, Rotherham United were drawn at home to Lincoln City in the first round.[17][18]

EFL Trophy[edit]

Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Bradford City (Q) 3 2 0 0 1 6 6 0 6 Round 2
2 L2 Chesterfield 3 1 1 0 1 6 7 −1 5
3 L1 Rotherham United 3 1 0 1 1 5 3 +2 4
4 ACA Manchester City EDS 3 0 1 1 1 4 5 −1 3
Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
1 July 2017 Nigeria Semi Ajayi Cardiff City Undisclosed [19]
1 July 2017 England David Ball Fleetwood Town Free [20]
1 July 2017 Wales Alex Bray Swansea City Undisclosed [21]
1 July 2017 England Michael Ihiekwe Tranmere Rovers Free [22]
1 July 2017 Republic of Ireland Darren Potter Milton Keynes Dons Free [23]
1 July 2017 Australia Ryan Williams Barnsley Free [24]
3 July 2017 England Jamie Proctor Bolton Wanderers Undisclosed [25]
9 August 2017 Jamaica Shaun Cummings Millwall Free [26]
31 August 2017 England Manny Onariase Brentford Undisclosed [27]
11 January 2018 England Michael Smith Bury Undisclosed [28]
25 January 2018 England Matt Palmer Burton Albion Undisclosed [29]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
1 July 2017 England Fabian Bailey Free agent Released [30]
1 July 2017 Northern Ireland Lee Camp Free agent [a] Released [30]
1 July 2017 Wales Chris Dawson Free agent Released [30]
1 July 2017 Sweden Joel Ekstrand Free agent Released [30]
1 July 2017 Republic of Ireland Stephen Kelly Free agent Released [30]
1 July 2017 England Tom Rose Free agent Released [30]
1 July 2017 England Richard Smallwood Free agent [b] Released [33]
1 July 2017 England Tom Thorpe Free agent [c] Released [30]
1 July 2017 England Danny Ward Cardiff City Undisclosed [35]
1 July 2017 England Kelvin Wilson Free agent Released [30]
4 July 2017 Scotland Kirk Broadfoot Kilmarnock Undisclosed [36]
12 July 2017 Antigua and Barbuda Dexter Blackstock Free Agent Released [37]
26 July 2017 England Darnell Fisher Preston North End Undisclosed [38]
31 August 2017 Tunisia Aymen Belaïd Free agent Mutual consent [39]
8 January 2018 England Richard O'Donnell Northampton Town Undisclosed fee [40]
11 January 2018 Republic of Ireland Lee Frecklington Lincoln City Undisclosed fee [41]
11 January 2018 England Akeel Francis Accrington Stanley Free [42]
  1. ^ Camp subsequently signed for Cardiff City.[31]
  2. ^ Smallwood subsequently signed for Blackburn Rovers.[32]
  3. ^ Thorpe subsequently signed for Atlético de Kolkata.[34]

Loans in[edit]

Start date Nationality Name From End date Ref.
10 July 2017 England Kieffer Moore Ipswich Town 30 June 2018 [43]
13 July 2017 England Josh Emmanuel Ipswich Town 30 June 2018 [44]
30 August 2017 Slovakia Marek Rodák Fulham 30 June 2018 [45]
31 August 2017 Republic of Ireland Richie Towell Brighton & Hove Albion 30 June 2018 [46]
29 January 2018 Northern Ireland Caolan Lavery Sheffield United 30 June 2018 [47]

Loans out[edit]

Start date Nationality Name To End date Ref.
4 August 2017 England Mason Warren Boston United 1 September 2017 [48]
10 August 2017 England Darnelle Bailey-King Matlock Town 6 September 2017 [49]
10 August 2017 England Ben Wiles Frickley Athletic 6 September 2017 [50]
?? August 2017 England Akeel Francis North Ferriby United ?? September 2017 [51]
31 August 2017 England Dominic Ball Aberdeen 9 June 2018 [52]
12 September 2017 England Darnelle Bailey-King North Ferriby United 9 November 2017 [53][a]
22 September 2017 England Kuda Muskwe North Ferriby United 21 November 2017 [55][b]
22 September 2017 England Mason Warren North Ferriby United 7 November 2017 [55][c][d]
13 November 2017 England Mason Warren North Ferriby United 11 December 2017 [57]
1 December 2017 England Kuda Muskwe Nuneaton Town 1 January 2018 [58]
11 December 2017 England Mason Warren Gainsborough Trinity 10 January 2018 [59]
15 December 2017 England Laurence Bilboe Brighouse Town 14 January 2018 [60]
1 January 2018 England Manny Onariase Cheltenham Town End of season [61]
31 January 2018 Wales Alex Bray Forest Green Rovers End of season [62]
31 January 2018 England Jonson Clarke-Harris Coventry City End of season [63]
  1. ^ On 24 October, Darnelle Bailey-King's loan at North Ferriby United was extended.[54]
  2. ^ On 24 October, Kuda Muskwe's loan at North Ferriby United was extended.[54]
  3. ^ On 24 October, Mason Warren's loan at North Ferriby United was extended.[54]
  4. ^ On 7 November, Rotherham exercised the option to recall Mason Warren.[56]

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