Rotherham star shells out £2,500 to fund 600 pints for fans – even though they got relegated

A Rotherham player is saying thank you to their devoted followers by paying for 600 beers ahead of their final game of the season, which has seen them easily relegated. A Rotherham United midfielder has pledged 600 pints for fans ahead of the club’s final game of the season.

The Millers face Cardiff City at home on Saturday afternoon, having already finished at the bottom of the Championship by a significant margin. Rotherham fans will still want to enjoy their final encounter before being relegated to League One, and one player hopes to make it extra special by making a fantastic gesture.

Goalkeeper Viktor Johannson, a fan favorite at New York Stadium, is likely to play his final game for the team this weekend. The Swede, who has made 143 appearances for the club, will treat Rotherham supporters by paying for the first 600 beers at the Cutlers Arms, a pub near the stadium. A raffle will also be held for his autographed shirt. And the pub will open earlier than usual, at 9 a.m., with each pint accompanied by a card containing a greeting penned by the shot-stopper.

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Kev Johnson, a Rotherham supporter, took to X to write: “Special message from Viktor @Viktor1898.” At 9 a.m. coming Saturday, The @CutlersArms will open early at his request, with a special treat for Millers fans. “Viktor will pay for the first 600 pints (one per person) as a thank you (not goodbye) for your support. Each drink is accompanied by a card and a message written by Viktor to his followers, which they can keep forever.This is something special, from someone special, so get there early, have a beer, and toast our Viking. There will also be a signed Viktor shirt on show behind the bar, so dig deep and get some raffle tickets; all proceeds will benefit the Rotherham Hospice.

“This is an incredible gesture and expression of gratitude to Viktor’s #rufc supporters. Special thanks to Brett at BSB Printing for the cards and the Cutlers crew for their assistance in organizing this event.”

Johansson moved to English football in 2015, joining Aston Villa as an academy player. Following a loan spell at Alfreton Town, he joined Leicester City before moving to Rotherham in 2020.

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