By Tony Dewhurst

There is something agreeably reassuring about Tony Stewart, the cut of his jib is sturdy and dependable.

For Rotherham United's faithful, who have watched the Millers plunge into administration twice in the last decade, Stewart has proved the man on the white charger, breathing fresh life into the proud Yorkshire club, who picked up The Football League 2012 Community Club of the Year award.

"They were Rotherham United's darkest days, we've taken some mighty knocks and fought a lot of adversity too, but winning The Football League Community Club of the Year prize is an incredibly special thing for Rotherham United for so many reasons," said Stewart.

"Not just because we won it, but because it recognises how the Community Scheme has helped infuse a fresh spirit into Rotherham United and in the town too.

"I get so much pleasure from seeing our community staff and players go out into Rotherham, advising people about health issues, or a fitness activity, something that makes a real difference to people's lives and brings Rotherham United to them.

"Many years ago, I remember Manchester City coming to Rotherham, and when the coach pulled up outside Millmoor they took one look and booked a hotel near the M1 for their overnight stop.

"I never want that to happen again - I want people to come to Rotherham, see our new facilities, and it to be something that turns heads and makes people stand up and realise where we are going as a football club, and a town."

Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium has been hosting Rotherham United's fixtures since 2008, when they left Millmoor behind, but all the time Stewart has plotted a straight line to the horizon and in July Rotherham United will move to their new home, the 12,000 capacity New York Stadium.

In an era where grounds are often named after sponsors piling money into the club, the choice of choosing a city thousands of miles away seems unusual, but typically Stewart has made it part of his ambitious plan.

The name New York is in fact the historic name for the area in Rotherham where the stadium is based.

The old Guest and Chrimes Foundry actually made the distinctive fire hydrants which are dotted around the streets of New York, USA.

"The new stadium is strongly rooted in more than 150 years of Rotherham's proud history of industry and enterprise, linking the old and the new eras - it just seemed right," added the chairman.

"Most clubs struggle to afford their own existence, so we are going to keep the stadium open seven days a week.

"There will be banqueting, weddings, conference suites, a gym, hotel and a pub - while our Community Scheme will have a facility to be proud of where they can continue doing this wonderful work.

"I don't want the stadium just to be a landmark for football, I want it to be so much more than that in what it means to the community of the town, how it can inspire passion and drive in people.

"Rotherham United's Community Sports Trust is a gem, and we've so much to be proud of."

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