Local non-league side Parkgate FC have announced their pre-season schedule, which includes a home match against League Two outfit Rotherham United.
The match will be played on Monday 1 August at 7pm, and it will also be the Millers’ first visit to Rotherham since they left Millmoor in 2008.
They have since played at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield and this match is expected to be the last time that they will play in the town until work on their new stadium, based at the old Guest and Chrimes foundry site, is completed in July 2012.
This also means that Parkgate FC, who finished second in the NCEL Premier Division last season, are the highest ranked football team that are currently based in Rotherham.
Millers manager Andy Scott and his squad are no strangers to Parkgate FC’s ground, though, as their training facility is based at the Roundwood Pavillion and the first-team have also used the ground’s recently relayed pitches.
Other friendlies announced
Parkgate FC have organised five other pre-season friendlies.
They include a home match against League Two regulars Macclesfield Town, whose squad includes ex-Wrexham defender Nathaniel Brown and former Sheffield Wednesday winger Matthew Hamshaw. They will face the Silkmen on Friday 8 July at 7.30pm.
Their away pre-season fixtures include trips to Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Tuesday 12 July at 7.30pm, Dronfield Town on Tuesday 19 July at 7pm, Blackwell Miners on Thursday 21 July at 7.30pm and Rossington Main on Saturday 23 July at 3pm.
Dave Platts, Parkgate FC’s Publicity Officer, said: “We arrange games between Rotherham and Macclesfield because Rotherham United’s training facility is based at our complex at Roundwood and we work closely with them, plus it’s a good opportunity to introduce local football fans to the club.
“We are playing Macclesfield because our manager Doug Shelley is good friends with the Macclesfield manager [Gary Simpson].”
An ambitious season
Parkgate FC will be hoping that playing local non-league sides and professional teams in the Football League will be good preparation for the new season, as they are one of the favourites to win the NCEL Premier Division.
As their ground has recently been improved, they will become the first non-league side from Rotherham to play in the Evo-Stik League if they win promotion.
Mr Platts explained: “We have arranged a busy pre season schedule, as we want to get as much match practice in as possible before the new campaign.
“The players are already physically fit and talented, and we thought match practice would be the best way to get the lads playing together and prepared for the season.”
This news story was self-published in July 2011.