THE BIG MATCH: Flashback to FA Cup tussle

TODAY'S fixture recalls memories of some big clashes between Rotherham and Leeds down the years — and none were bigger than the FA Cup struggle between the two back in 1971.

The Millers, then in Division Three, were rank underdogs against Don Revie's legendary side.

A frozen pitch at Millmoor twice meant the tie had to be put back and when it eventually took place in January, a crowd of 24,000 crammed in to see Leeds given an almighty scare.

It finished goalless, but not before John Fantham had missed a glorious second-half chance to give Rotherham victory.

The replay was scheduled for two days later at Elland Road and there was less than an hour to kick-off when thickening fog put paid to the tie.

That gave Leeds time to get their injured players back fit and when the teams did lock horns on January 18 all looked to be going to plan when Peter Lorimer gave them the lead just before the half-hour.

However the tie then turned on its head as Trevor Womble and David Bentley struck to make it 2-1 to Rotherham at the interval and stun the 36,000 crowd.

Fielding a team containing Terry Cooper, Billy Bremner, Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter, Allan Clarke and Johnny Giles, Leeds were never going to lie down and they harnessed the wind at their backs well in the second half to hit back and win 3-2.