As we countdown to fixture release, take a look at our new opponents in the Sky Bet Championship.With the announcement of our Sky Bet Championship 2014/15 fixtures just a week away, we look at the division's six new incumbents, starting with Rotherham United.
Stadium: New York Stadium
Wigan Athletic Supporters’ Club offer travel to all away games but, should you wish to make your own way to South Yorkshire, the travel details are below:
Distance from the DW Stadium (By car): 73.5 miles (M61, M1)
By train: Wigan North Western to Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester Oxford Road to Sheffield, Sheffield to Rotherham Central
A good manager, solid support, a new stadium and a fresh squad, Rotherham United had all the key ingredients for a push for back-to-back promotions following their lift from League Two in 2013.
Few expected the Millers to achieve the feat, though, they were predicted to ruffle a few feathers in what is now a star-studded division with the likes of Sheffield United, Wolves, Coventry City and Peterborough all plying their trade in the third tier.
A nine-game unbeaten run at the start of the season set the tone for a positive campaign, though a five-game winless run between October and November drew Steve Evans’ side out of the automatic promotion race.
It was a 16-game unbeaten run, of which 13 were won, at the start of 2014 that cemented the Millers’ place in the play-offs with a fourth place finish setting up a semi-final clash with Preston North End.
A 1-1 draw at Deepdale was followed up by a memorable 3-1 win at the New York Stadium meaning third would play fourth in the Wembley final as Leyton Orient came through their semi-final with Peterborough.
Rotherham trailed the final 2-0, though two goals from frontman Alex Revell sent the tie to penalties with the Millers securing their return to the second tier for the first time in nine years.
Despite their new stadium, it was on the road where Rotherham were most successful scoring 42 away league goals – a feat matched only by Leyton Orient – and winning 14 of their 23 away games – only Wolves and Leicester equal that tally.
24-year-old former Everton youth Kieran Agard had his best season to date in 2013-14 with a magnificent 21 league goals making him the third highest marksman in League One.
The former Yeovil Town man had previously notched just 13 league goals during his career with six coming in the Millers’ promotion from League Two in 2012-13.
Agard’s contract comes to an end in the summer, though reports suggest Rotherham have the option to extend his deal whilst they may also look to offer the in-form frontman a longer-term deal.
The Millers broke their transfer record this summer to snap up former Aston Villa youngster Jordan Bowery on a two-year deal.
Bowery signed for the Villans from Chesterfield after impressing for the Spireites during a four-year stay between 2008 and 2012.
However, the 22-year-old made only 22 appearances in two seasons at Villa Park before Evans brought him to the New York Stadium in June.
Latics stopper Mike Pollitt had two spells with Rotherham United, first between 1998 and 2000 before re-signing in 2001 and staying at Millmoor until 2005.
In total, Pollitt made 302 appearances for the Millers before signing for Latics for £200,000, in which time he has made 52 appearances.
Latics have won three of the past four meetings between the two sides, taking their tally to 14 successes against the Millers compared to the South Yorkshire side’s eight wins whilst there have also been five draws.