ROTHERAM UNITED 1974-75

FOURTH DI­VI­SION PRO­MO­TION

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Neil Fissler

TREVOR WOMBLE says it was a pre-sea­son pep talk from man­ager Jimmy McGuigan which paved the way for pro­mo­tion. Rother­ham had been rel­e­gated in 1973 and didn’t pull up any trees the fol­low­ing sea­son.

Womble says that McGuigan de­manded his side for­get about play­ing football if they wanted to make the re­turn to the Third Di­vi­sion.

And he proved to be cor­rect as the more ruth­less ap­proach saw them lose only two of their open­ing 13 games even­tu­ally end­ing up third be­hind Shrews­bury and cham­pi­ons Mans­field.

Womble fin­ished join lead­ing top scorer on 14 with Richard Fin­ney and is quick to credit McGuigan’s pre-sea­son pep talk for pro­mo­tion:

“Two years ear­lier we had got rel­e­gated to Di­vi­sion Four and we nearly went out of the League be­cause we didn’t know any­thing about the type of football they played in that di­vi­sion.

“Then went we came back for pre-sea­son our man­ager said:‘There is some­thing I’ve got to tell you now.

“‘If you want to get out of this di­vi­sion you have got to to kick ev­ery­body off the pitch. For­get about try­ing to play football. Just get stuck in and win the ball and put it in the net’.

“And you know what? It worked! We had been try­ing to play too much football. We knew that we needed to tighten up and in a big way it helped the lads at the back.

“Jimmy was very hon­est and said what he thought about you. I re­mem­ber in one game scor­ing a cou­ple of first be­fore half time and he praised me.

“Then I went out in the sec­ond half and should have scored two more. I came back in and got a right telling off!

“We were very phys­i­cal back then and could take a hec­tic sched­ule. Now they sneeze and they have a game off.” 1. Char­lie Bell: He coached at Stock­port be­fore be­com­ing a sales di­rec­tor for a Sh­effield man­u­fac­turer of in­dus­trial hy­giene prod­ucts, un­til re­tir­ing in 2011. 2. Trevor Swift: Af­ter spend­ing many years work­ing as a butcher in Rother­ham’s Cen­te­nary Mar­ket Hall, he now works for the Royal Mail. 3. Jim Mc­Don­agh: He has man­aged Gal­way United in Ire­land and worked as a goal­keep­ing coach for a num­ber of clubs in Eng­land. His last job was at Sun­der­land un­der Martin O’Neill. 4. Tony Hen­der­son: Tony be­came an Aus­tralian in­ter­na­tional and man­aged Black­town City and AC United. He lives in Syd­ney and is a lorry driver de­liv­er­ing scaf­fold­ing. 5. Brian Peck: He worked for Sh­effield City Coun­cil be­fore be­com­ing head of football de­vel­op­ment at Sh­effield and Hal­lamshire FA and is a trustee of Rother­ham United Com­mu­nity Sports Trust. 6. Trevor Womble: He lives in Maltby and has run a cater­ing com­pany for 30 years af­ter work­ing in his fa­ther-in-law’s ho­tel and co-own­ing a cafe. 7. Gra­ham Haslam: He is liv­ing in Dunsville, Don­caster and runs his own land­scape gar­den­ing com­pany in the lo­cal area. 8. Barry Clax­ton: Barry served The Millers as kit­man, trainer, grounds­man and care­taker boss un­til his re­tire­ment. He died in Jan­uary 2012 9. Jimmy McGuigan: He also man­aged Crewe, Grimsby Town, Ch­ester­field and Stock­port County. He died in Ch­ester­field, March 1988 aged 64 10. Bob Del­gado: He lives in Boughton. Sales man­ager for a travel com­pany in Ch­ester since re­turn­ing from Hong Kong over 30 years ago. 11.Philip Syrat: He is still based lo­cally and has worked in hous­ing for the Rother­ham Metropoli­tan Bor­ough Coun­cil. 12. Tommy Spencer: Man­aged Work­sop and Mat­lock, then be­came a com­mu­nity worker in Work­sop be­fore work­ing for Sh­effield United’s Football in the Com­mu­nity un­til re­tir­ing. 13. Mike Leng: Lives in Rother­ham and has had his own pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness in Went­worth for 30 years. He pre­vi­ously worked in the lo­cal steel works un­til they closed. 14. Alan Craw­ford: He has worked as a painter and dec­o­ra­tor, coached at Bris­tol City, Black­pool, Stock­port County, WBA and Not­ting­ham For­est and has scouted for Rother­ham. 15. Fred Robin­son: He is based in the Hud­der­s­field area and has spent a num­ber years work­ing for an en­gi­neer­ing com­pany. 16. Jimmy Good­fel­low: He man­aged Cardiff City and was then physio at Ply­mouth and Sun­der­land be­fore re­turn­ing to work with Cardiff un­til re­tir­ing. 17. Alan Smith: Physio went on to serve Eng­land be­tween 1994 and 2002 and is now run­ning his own prac­tice in Wick­er­s­ley. 18. Trevor Phillips: An youth in­ter­na­tional, he set­tled in Kel­sall Tar­por­ley near Ch­ester and works as a painter and dec­o­ra­tor. 19. Richard Fin­ney: Has worked for PFA and Rother­ham Ti­tans, been op­er­a­tions man­ager Full Cir­cle Learn­ing, is now head of mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Sh­effield and Hal­lamshire FA. 20. Ron Wigg: He set­tled in Ohio in the USA, and was Ohio South Youth Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion di­rec­tor of coach­ing when he died in July 1997 aged 48. 21. John Breckin: He has twice been as­sis­tant man­ager of the Millers and also coached at Tran­mere and Barns­ley. He now works in Mothers Pride bak­ery. 22. Nigel Davey: He be­came player-man­ager of Gar­forth United, was a self-em­ployed painter and dec­o­ra­tor for many years and worked in a school. 23. John Woodall: He re­turned to his na­tive Goole, and worked as a steel plater and welder. 24. Steve Der­rett: He lives in Cardiff and worked for a pro­tec­tive cloth­ing com­pany be­fore re­tir­ing.

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