Scootie,<p>Humour me if you will and consider the following scenario.<p>You've been following the Mighty Millers home and away since you were four years old. You have never supported another club. You have experienced many good times, not the Premiership by any means but good times nevertheless. A few years ago a new Chairman takes over at the helm with exciting new ideas and promises, things are looking up and within a couple of season you win your league, something you've been striving for for years. However, you are denied promotion because the new man in charge has failed to keep proper financial records (passed off in public as problems with the ground). You enter into a ground share with a rugby club who knock down one side of your ground, bugger off and leave a pile of rubble because the new man in charge didn't make sure there was a water-tight contract.<p>Then there is talk of a ground move, to a site just outside the borough. Not ideal but the plans look nice and anyway the new man in charge PROMISES that the ground wouldn't be sold without the backing of the majority of the supporters. Slowly attendances dwindle because of decreasing ambition of the Chairman but the hardcore remain, loyal because it is their club.<p>All of a sudden the ground is sold. Hang on, when (as a supporter) was I asked my opinion and wouldn't it be wise to ensure a new ground is in place before you move out. But of course, the plans for the new ground. Ah, that falls through too. All of a sudden there is turmoil at the Millers. You grumble and you are angry of course but what can you, the humble supporter, do? The Chairman moves you to a groundshare with a Club in your division, some way away and with poor transport links, kills off your magnificent Football in the Community Scheme and loses any respect he had left. However, a fans favourite is in charge of the team and things for the remaining support aren't too bad, there is a lot of talk of a move back to the borough and SURELY it is just a matter of time before the Millers are back where they belong.<p>Hold on, just when things aren't looking too bad the fans favourite is sacked, and someone in charge of a struggling team a couple of divisions below you is brought in.<p>That's it. You form a Supporters' Trust to lobby the Chairman. The Chairman doesn't go to games any more of course, hasn't done for ages but the Trust meets up with him and thrashes out a deal. Yes you, the Millers supporters will be taking over! It won't be easy but you've secured a VERY small percent of the money made from the sale of Millmoor and you have your League status. You fell you'll be able to attract the finanacial support of the people of Rotherham. Optimism is high!<p>Oh dear. The Chairman has backed down because he doesn't fancy it. Why should he consider an annoyance like the Millers' support? No, it'll be better if he stays indefinately, gradually asset stripping the club until there is nothing left but a shell of the once great Rotherham United F.C., fighting a perennial relegation battle and with absolutely no hope on the horizon.<p>But surely someone will come in and buy Rotherham off this tyrant! Buy what? The name? the status? Surely the only two assets.<p>You could carry on following them of course, not enjoying your football and despairing about the demise of your beloved Millers.....<p>OR
Of course, what you could do is get 90% of the support on your side, start Rotherham Town a few divisions below, put in place realistic plans to be at the level of the mighty Millers in five years time, and all pull together and enjoy your football once again. Once Rotherham United dies as it most probably will you will become bigger and better, safe in the knowledge that provision have been put in place that such a debarcle could never occur again.<p>
Just an idea.