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The Millmoor Ground | Ian Parker

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The Millmoor Ground was home to Rotherham County from 1907 to 1925, at which point County became United.

The Millers stayed put until 2008, but unlike a lot of old stadiums, Millmoor wasn’t renovated or knocked down to have a newer, slicker stadium built in it’s place – it instead remains largely untouched, and since 2016 has been brought back to life and used for local youth football.

The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy

Armed with his camera, rudimental football aficionado and photographer Ian Parker, aka The Saturday Boy, pays Millmoor a visit to investigate…

‘If you listen carefully, You can still hear the crowd.’

Ian Parker

“A sprinkling of supporters have taken up their place on the Tivoli end. In and amongst the history and endless memories that would fill easily fill Millmoor numerous times. It’s a Sunday morning. The sun has definitely got its RUFC hat on. Flooding the pitch with light from high above the redundant and beautiful skeletal floodlight pylons. 

The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy

The soundtrack to a local Rotherham and Sheffield league under 16s fixture is provided by a call to buy raffle tickets and the constant crushing of metal from the neighbouring scrap yard that would engulf the Away end if it was positioned a penalty box width to the left. If you close your eyes and listen carefully you can almost hear the roar of the supporters cheering a Shaun Goater winner. 

The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy

Many of the Millers glory days and nights came at Millmoor. Friends and Family members witnessed the highs and lows from the terraces of the spiritual home of the Millers. The last game was May 3, 2008 and a 1-0 win brought the curtain down on 83 years of Rotherham United and professional football at Millmoor. Like their memories Millmoor remains. But for how much longer will the history stained walls of Millmoor stand. I can’t answer that. I don’t think anyone really knows. Certainly no one I’ve spoken to. But I do know that the history, characteristics and details needed my documentation. Before it’s too late. 

The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy

My images will stand alongside those memories created inside a tightly packed Millmoor and my images and memories will be here long after Millmoor has left us. These images are for those supporters of the Millers and like me, visiting supporters who remember good times and nostalgic detail of Millmoor. 

The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy

I’ve always loved football. I was raised on a diet of Barnsley Football club and The greatest World Cup goals compilations VHS cassettes. 

My photography shines a light on the often forgotten, ignored but integral aspects of the match day experience. I’ve been subconsciously taking in the details of my own match day experiences since 1986. The experiences of hearing thousands of turnstile clicks and 5pm walks to the bus station after a 4-0 drubbing are just a couple of ingredients that are key to my photography. The working-class roots of our beautiful game are often forgotten in the modern game. Nothing in Football gives me greater pleasure than standing on a curved pebble dashed terrace leaning on a crush barrier (paint flaking off like the pastry on the top of a steak and black pudding pie), cup of Bovril in one hand and a fanzine in the other.”

The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
The Millmoor Ground | Rotherham United © Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy
© Ian Parker | @_thesaturdayboy

Keep up with Ian and his work on Instagram and X or drop him an email at ianparker79@hotmail.co.uk

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