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Rotherham United's recent FA Cup third round ties revisited...

Ahead of Rotherham United's FA Cup tie at Everton on Saturday, here's a look back at their recent third round ties from down the years...

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2001/02 - RUFC vs Southampton

2001/02 - RUFC vs Southampton

The Millers were drawn to face Premier League side Southampton in the FA Cup third round in January 2002. The Saints were 15th in the top flight, while Rotherham were 18th in the First Division.

This did not put off Ronnie Moore's side, though. They performed brilliantly in what proved to be one of the club's best ever days in the FA Cup. Richie Barker gave the home side the lead via a diving header before the break. John Mullin doubled their lead with an effort from the edge of the area.

The visitors got a goal back with 20 minutes to go as Marian Pahars converted his penalty. Matt Le Tissier and Kevin Davies were subbed on by Gordon Strachan to try to level the game. Ronnie Moore said post-match that the "last 20 minutes lasted a lifetime", but the Millers held out for a famous victory. In the fourth round, Rotherham were knocked out of the cup by fellow First Division side Crewe Alexandra. Dean Ashton scored a brace as Crewe beat Moore's side 4-2 at Milmoor.

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2002/03 - RUFC vs AFC Wimbledon

2002/03 - RUFC vs AFC Wimbledon

Rotherham reached the League Cup fourth round in 2002/03 having beat Carlisle United, Wolves and AFC Wimbledon to progress. But they lost 4-0 to Blackburn Rovers in the fourth round at Ewood Park. Dwight Yorke (x2), Andy Cole and Damien Duff got on the scoresheet as they breezed past the Millers.

Moore's side beat fellow First Division outfit Wimbledon 3-1 in the League Cup third round. Two months later, they were drawn to face them again, this time in the FA Cup third round. They met at Milmoor and their second cup meeting of the season went very differently for Rotherham...

A Wimbledon starting XI that included Kelvin Davis, Mikele Leigertwood and Nigel Reo-Coker won 3-0. Neil Shipperley put Wimbledon ahead in the first half before Jobi McAnuff and Lionel Morgan scored late on to make it three.

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2003/04 - RUFC vs Northampton

2003/04 - RUFC vs Northampton

This was the season when Rotherham faced off against Arsenal at Highbury in the League Cup third round. The Millers took the Gunners to the distance as it finished 1-0 after extra-time. Jeremie Aliadiere and Darren Byfield got on the scoresheet before Arsene Wenger's side eventually won 9-8 on penalties to crawl through to the next round.

Rotherham's third round tie in the FA Cup was far less fashionable, however. The Millers were drawn to face Northampton, who were mid-table in the Third Division ahead of this cup tie. Northampton forced a replay as Martin Smith cancelled out Richie Barker's opener.

The replay took place at Milmoor and Paul Hurst gave the home side the lead in the first half. But Northampton completed a second half fight back as Richard Walker and Smith netted to knock Rotherham out of the competition.

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2004/05 - RUFC vs Yeovil Town

2004/05 - RUFC vs Yeovil Town

The 2004/05 campaign proved to be a very poor season for Rotherham United. This was the first year of the EFL's revamped league set up with the First Division now known as the Championship and so on. The Millers were relegated back down to the third tier at the end of this campaign.

Ahead of the FA Cup third round ties, Rotherham were rock bottom in the Championship. They were 11 points adrift of safety with 19 points from 28 games. They faced Yeovil Town, who were three points clear at the top of League Two.

Yeovil compounded more misery on Rotherham at Milmoor. Phil Jevons gave them the lead from the penalty spot with half an hour to go. Darren Way and Andrejs Stolcers both scored with a couple of minutes to go to secure them a shock 3-0 win.

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2012/13 - Aldershot Town vs RUFC

2012/13 - Aldershot Town vs RUFC

We have to jump forward eight seasons for Rotherham's next FA Cup third round tie. This came during their first season at the New York Stadium under Steve Evans. The Millers beat Stevenage 3-2 at the NYS in the first round.

Notts County forced Evans' side to a replay in the second round after they drew 1-1 at the NYS in the initial game. Rotherham did end up going through after they picked up a comfortable 3-0 win at Meadow Lane in the replay. Three first half goals from Ben Pringle, Mark Bradley and Daniel Nardiello earned them the victory.

Rotherham travelled to the EBB Stadium to face fellow League Two outfit Aldershot Town next. Before this one, Rotherham were 10th while Aldershot were 16th. The Shots were in control, though. Former Miller Danny Hylton scored a hat-trick as the hosts eventually ran out 3-1 winners to advance.

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2014/15 - RUFC vs AFC Bournemouth

2014/15 - RUFC vs AFC Bournemouth

With the Millers back in the Championship in 2014/15, they returned to the FA Cup third round. Rotherham were knocked out of the League Cup third round earlier in the season by Premier League outfit Swansea City.

They were drawn to host AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup. Each side had come along way since the infamous League 2A days years prior. The Cherries were flying high at the top of the Championship prior to this game, while Rotherham were 19th in the table.

Bournemouth were at their free-flowing best against Rotherham here. Richard Brindley put the Millers ahead, but current Miller Shaun MacDonald equalised for Bournemouth before the break. The visitors netted four in the second half to run out convincing winners. Yann Kermorgant scored a brace after Junior Stanislas and Ryan Fraser had put them in control of the game.

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2015/16 - Leeds United vs RUFC

2015/16 - Leeds United vs RUFC

By the time that next year's FA Cup third round had rolled round, Steve Evans had left Rotherham to be replaced by Neil Redfearn. Soon after, Evans became the new Leeds United manager. Obviously, for narrative's sake, Rotherham were drawn to face Leeds and their former boss in the FA Cup third round.

Rotherham were 21st in the Championship before this cup tie, while Leeds were up in 13th. This game was a month before Neil Warnock replaced Redfearn as Millers boss and Rotherham had lost back to back league games.

Mustapha Carayol scored the all-imported first goal of the afternoon via a fine effort from the edge of the area. Not much separated the sides as it remained 1-0 as it drew to a close. But Souleymane Doukara netted Leeds' second in the final moments of the game to make it 2-0 to secure his side a place in the fourth round.

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2016/17 - RUFC vs Oxford United

2016/17 - RUFC vs Oxford United

The 2016/17 campaign was a wretched one for Rotherham United. The club were in turmoil on and off the pitch, and this was no different in the cup competitions. They were embarrassed in the League Cup first round as they lost 5-4 AET to Kevin Ellison's Morecambe at the New York Stadium.

Ahead of the FA Cup third round, the Millers were already 12 points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Championship. They were drawn against Oxford United in the cup, who were 12th in League One.

Former Miller Ryan Taylor had put Oxford ahead, before Danny Ward equalised. The game was packed with lots of late drama, as the away side scored twice in the final ten minutes to go 3-1 in front. Phil Edwards and Kane Hemmings got the goals before Tom Adeyemi scored a late consolation for Rotherham.

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2018/19 - Man City vs RUFC

2018/19 - Man City vs RUFC

The Millers were given the incredibly tough task of facing Premier League champions Manchester City in the third round in 2018/19. Pep Guardiola's side had reached 100 points en route to winning the title in 2017/18.

Ahead of this cup game, City were in the middle of a tense title fight with Liverpool. Rotherham meanwhile were 21st in the Championship and Paul Warne's men were fighting to avoid the drop back down to League One.

Unfortunately for Warne and Rotherham, City were at their scintillating best against their South Yorkshire opponents at the Etihad. Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane were among the scorers as City ran out 7-0 winners.

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2019/20 - RUFC vs Hull City

2019/20 - RUFC vs Hull City

Rotherham had an alright run in last year's FA Cup, albeit coming via games against non-league opposition. The League One side came from behind to beat Maidenhead United 3-1 in the first round. They faced Solihull Moors in the second round, in a game that surprisingly went down as a genuine FA Cup classic.

Warne's side were at serious risk of suffering a shock defeat at the SportNation.bet Stadium. Solihull were 3-0 ahead thanks to goals from Jamey Osbourne, Alex Gudger and James Ball. But the Millers showed immense character to score four in just 15 minutes to complete the unlikeliest of comebacks. Michael Smith netted his second in the 91st minute to make it 4-3, which set off jubilant scenes in the away end.

Rotherham faced Championship side Hull City at the NYS next. Warne's men were up against it as Adam Thompson was sent off in the 24th minute. They still gave a really good account of themselves and they were unlucky not to go through. Kyle Vassell scored a sublime goal of the season contender to put the Millers 2-1 up. But former Millers loanee Tom Eaves scored in the 66th and 92nd minute to complete his hat-trick to win it 3-2 for the Tigers.

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