Memories of Georgie's Day, the stand-out league away game in my nine seasons with Rotherham United ... Rotherham United club captain Richard Wood writes for the Advertiser

Scenes at Gillingham last year!Scenes at Gillingham last year!
Scenes at Gillingham last year!
GEORGIE Kelly, Gillingham away, April 30, 2022 ... I can scarcely believe it happened nearly a year ago.

I think the atmosphere late on in that game as we sealed promotion to the Championship might well have been the best of any of my 250 matches as a Rotherham United player.

That packed away end, wow!

There was something about it being open to the sky that made it even better. The sunshine, Georgie’s 90th-minute goal, the scenes after the ball hit the back of the net ... it still gets to me when I watch the video.

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The celebrations were just amazing to see from the pitch, and my boys, my missus and my dad were all in the away end. What a day that was.

I spent nearly seven years with Sheffield Wednesday at the start of my career and the atmospheres in the Steel City derbies at both grounds were unbelievable. I just loved playing in those games.

Hillsborough against Brentford in the first leg of the League One play-off semi-final in 2005 was pretty special too. I always remember how loud ‘Hi Ho Silver Lining’ was that night before kick-off. I’d never heard it like that before and the hairs on the back of my neck were standing up.

The atmosphere at Newcastle United is always something else. I’ve played a few times up there and there’s always been a crowd of 50,000 or so.

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Rotherham took loads of fans when we played at St James’ Park in 2017. There were thousands of them high up in the stand.

We lost 4-0 to a team heading for promotion under Rafa Benitez but they backed us all the way through.

I remember that match for two reasons: how good the Millers supporters were and Newcastle winger Andy Ritchie taking the mickey out of my old-school black boots.

The best New York Stadium atmospheres I’ve played in were when we beat Reading 2-1 to stay in the Championship in 2015 and when we saw off Scunthorpe United 2-0 in the League One play-off semi-final to get to Wembley in 2018.


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WHO’S the best player in the Premier League? That’s easy. Erling Haaland by a mile.

Manchester City are criticised all the time for how they play him but that’s just not fair when he’s scored more than 40 goals so far in his first season with them. His record is ridiculous.

He’s a complete centre forward. There’s nothing he can’t do. He scores with both feet and his head and he’d get in any team in the world.

People say City should have had him running in behind defences because he’s so quick, but then he wouldn’t have scored all the other types of goals he’s got this year, would he?

City build up patiently and Haaland is always in the right place.

It’s frightening to think he’s only 22 and will get even better.