Merry Millers maul Lions
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Darren Byfield was the star of the show for the visitors hitting four goals to give Ronnie Moore's men all three points.
The former Walsall striker set the visitors on the way with the opener after 23 minutes and Martin McIntosh doubled the lead two minutes before the break with a free-kick.
Byfield grabbed his second and his side's the third goal after 52 minutes and Chris Sedgwick addded the fourth in the 71st minute to put the win beyond doubt.
Byfield then completed his hat-trick and netted his fourth of the day with two goals in a minute after 80 and 81 minutes to leave Millwall stunned.
Division One new boys Brighton & Hove Albion got their season off to the best possible start with a superb 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor,
Brighton stunned the home fans with Steve Melton firing them in front after 29 minutes to send the away fans into raptures.
Burnley's hopes of getting back into the game suffered a major blow with Arthur Gnohere being sent-off for violent conduct five minutes after the break.
Brighton made their numerical advantage count with Paul Brooker doubling the lead in the 63rd minute and star striker Bobby Zamora wrapped up the win with the third five minutes later.
The home side grabbed a late consolation through Lee Briscoe on the final whislte, but it was not enough to take the shine off a dream start for new Seagulls boss Martin Hinshelwood.
Leicester City celebrated their first competitive game at The Walkers Stadium with a comfortable 2-0 win over Watford.
After a dour first half Brian Deane put the home in front just two minutes after the restart with a fine header from Muzzy Izzet's cross and he doubled the lead with a simple volley in the 55th minute.
Division One hopefuls Derby started their bid for an immediate return to The Premiership with a convincing 3-0 victory over new boys Reading at Pride Park.
Former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee finally broke down the visitors stubborn defence to open the scoring on 61 minutes and Fabrizio Ravanelli doubled the lead two minutes later.
Malcolm Christie added the third in the 72nd minute to give John Gregory's men the ideal start to the season.
Portsmouth scored the first goal of the new season with loan signing from Derby, Deon Burton opening the scoring against Nottingham Forest at Fratton Park in Pompey's 2-0 win.
Burton found the net after just eight minutes with an easy finish and French loanee Vicent Pericard doubled the advantage right on the stroke of half time.
Last season's play-off finalists Norwich got their campaign off to a brilliant start with a 4-0 thrashing of Grimsby Town at Carrow Road.
Northern Ireland international duo Phil Mulryne and Paul McVeigh grabbed a brace apiece to give The Canaries a resounding victory.
Mulryne opened the scoring with his first on the half hour and McVeigh doubled the lead three minutes before the break.
Former Manchester United manMulryne grabbed his second on the hour to put the victory beyond doubt and McVeigh compounded the visitors' misery with the fourth after 70 minutes.
Coventry City marked Gary McAllister's first game in charge of The Sky Blues with a hard-fought come from behind win over Sheffield United at Highfield Road.
Carl Asaba gave the visitors a dream start with the opening goal after just 14 minutes, but the lead only lasted three minutes as Jay Bothroyd replied for Coventry.
Gary McSheffrey fired the home side in front five minutes before the break and they held on for the win.
Preston started life under Craig Brown with a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Deepdale.
The home side were forced to play for over 35 minutes with ten men after Eric Skora was sent-off ten minutes after the break. Summer signing Ricardo Fuller celebrated his debut with the opening goal after 68 minutes, but Darren Powell brought the visitors level just a minute later.
The Eagles grabbed all three points with a late winner from Steve Gabba four minutes from the final whistle.
Gillingham earned an impressive 1-0 win over Wimbledon at Selhurst Park but the game was overshadowed by demonstrations by the home fans over The Dons' proposed move to Milton Keynes.
Guy Ipoua hit the only goal of the game four minutes into the second half to give the visitors all three points.
Newly-promoted Stoke earned a creditable point with a goalless draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Click on fixture for match summaries
Burnley 1-3 Brighton
Coventry 2-1 Sheffield Utd
Derby 3-0 Reading
Leicester 2-0 Watford
Millwall 0-6 Rotherham
Norwich 4-0 Grimsby
Portsmouth 2-0 Nott`m Forest
Preston 1-2 Crystal Palace
Sheffield Wed 0-0 Stoke
Wimbledon 0-1 Gillingham