Millwall FC

1885---129th Anniversary Year---2014*We Fear No Foe*
Millwall FC, A Traditional English Football Club..........we've had our jellied eels and our glass of beer

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Millwall v Ipswich this Saturday , two wise old dogs

A wonderful time this international break....NOT

A proper Championship game, one past Millwall manager and one present

Roll on Saturday and away to Ipswich Town and some Championship football. I have high hopes of us getting something from this game but as always, Millwall cautious. After the Rotherham game it become obvious that the team still had it in them to under perform and to leave us flat. The Rotherham game reminded me of last year and hopefully that was that as we have a good team and some good players and as the other seasons games confirm we can play a bit as well as grind out results. Ipswich with Mick McCarthy always give us a game and I expect a hard solid performance from Millwall with a bit of flair thrown in, but if it means three points with out the flair I'll still be happy. I wonder if the Spaniard will play.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Millwall FC, holidays and other things

Tuesday 12th August Capital One Cup Millwall 1 Wycombe 0 att,3,403

Another early round cup game we have played at the Den in recent years and another game we won. We didn't play most of the players that beat Leeds Saturday and although Wycombe had chances our changed team with Millwall Academy youngsters making up the bench done the business. Our new signing Matthew Briggs made it he's night by scoring the goal and getting booked twice and getting sent off. One of the bookings was for taking he's shirt off after scoring and I presume Ian Holloway will fine him for that.

Millwall, Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Webster, Briggs, Abdou, Wright, Easter(Siafia 85), McDonald(Powell 63), Gueye(Onyedinma 46), Gregory

Its that time of year, holidays, family's and all that. Blog on the back burner. Here's my effort of catching up.
16/8/14 League Game 2 Fulham 0 Millwall 1 att: 18,988

That's two wins and six points

I bet that upset them over in West London as South East London comes to town and opened the fault and nicked the three points. We are now unbeaten for eleven games and Martyn Woolford carries on from last season by scoring yet again. He scored in the eleventh minute after receiving the ball from Ricardo Fuller. We took 4000 to this this game and what a fine sight they were.

Fulham  spent thirteen years in the Premiership and I presume they have lots of mem outoney and although they were relegated last season they still have supposedly a premiership team. We defended strong and defended well and kept a clean sheet after Fulham did make a game of trying to get a goal but they weren't good enough.

Millwall: Forde, Edwards, Malone, Dunne, Beevers, Williams, Abdou(Gueye 78), Martin, McDonald, Woolford(Bailey 61), Fuller(Easter 72),
subs not used, Gerra, Webster,
19/8/14 League Game 3 Sheffield Wednesday 1 Millwall 1 att: 20,636 (361)

Phew! that was close

Sheffield Wednesday supporters must have thought they had won this game but the Lions played right to the end and scored 5 minutes into extra time. It felt like a win and I was jumping about like we had won the FA Cup. Footballs great sometimes and nice thoughts to take to bed with you on a Tuesday night. Shame that the wife had a headache.
Both teams ended up with 10 men and both both undefeated.

Millwall: Forde, Edwards, Dunne, Beevers, Malone, Williams, Abdou (Gueye 59mins), Martin (Easter 89mins), McDonald, Martin, Gregory (Fuller 59mins).
Subs not used: Gerrar, Wright, Briggs, Webster.
Scorer: Gueye (95 mins ) phew that was close  

Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Mattock, Hutchinson (Coke 66mins), Loovens, Semedo, May, Palmer, Nuhiu (Madine 71mins), Maguire, Lees, Maghoma (Helan 78mins). 
Subs not used: Kirkland, McCabe, Zayatte, Corry.
Scorer: Maguire (56mins) 

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23/8/14 League Game 4 Millwall 0 Rotherham United 1 att: 10282 (410)

There goes our unbeaten run

I have heard the performance from Millwall in this game described as Lomasesque as a flat Millwall couldn't beat Championship new boys Rotherham United. I am not sure what happened to the Ian Holloway effect but there was no sprinkling of "Ollies sparkle"
This defeat did surprise me as I didn't see it coming. Perhaps me and others including the team thought we were better that we actually are. I do not think we were wrong to think that because we have had a decent start and of course it was carrying on from last season.

A blessing in disguise? this may turn out to be as it's certainly opened my eyes. Ollies Magic? Fine up to a certain point but at the end of it all it's just about hard work and creating chances and putting a few away.

Millwall: Forde, Edwards, Malone, Dunne, Beevers, Malone; Williams, Wright (Gueye 50mins); Martin (Easter 71mins), McDonald, Woolford; Fuller (Gregory 84mins). 
Subs not used: Gerrar, Briggs, Abdou, Webster. 

Rotherham United: Collin, Broadfoot, Arnasan, Morgan, Skarz (Wood 81mins); Frecklington, Pringle (Brindle 90mins), Wordsworth, Smallwood; Taylor, Revell (Bowery, 87mins). 

Subs not used: Loach, Tidser, Swift, Derbyshire.
Bookings: Skarz (56mins), Taylor (90+3mins)
Scorer: Pringle (49mins) 

26/9/14 Capital One Cup round 2 Millwall 0 Southampton 2 att: 6014 (1011)

The Lions sunk by two second half goals

We changed nine players from the team that lost to Rotherham but still managed to give Southampton a run for their money. We finished the game with five academy players on the pitch and they done all right. A good display by the  Wall and all things considered 'the Capital One Cup, there's always next year.

Millwall: Forde, Hoyte, Briggs, Williams, Webster; Powell, Abdou (Thompson, 76mins), Chaplow (O'Brien, 63mins); Gueye (Onyedinma 63mins), Easter; Marquis. 
Subs not used: Gerrar, Siafa, Goodman, Gregory. 

Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Long (Ramirez, 91mins), Davis, Wanyama (Cork, 46mins), Ward-Proswe, Pelle, Isgrove (Tadic 29mins), Targett.  

Subs not used: Davis, Gardos, Taider, Stephens. 
Scorers: Cork (53mins), Pelle (94 mins)


That Jack Powell looks useful. He could and probably will become a star. He was let go by West Ham last year and I must say "their loss".He has a point to prove and he is proving it. He has already "starred" for Millwall this season and I believe that he can go on to be a force to reckoned with.

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Monday, 11 August 2014

Millwall 2 Leeds 0 Game 1 Championship 9/8/2014 att: 16,205

This time last year we lost 1-0 at home to Yeovil, what a downer that was. A lot's been done over the summer and Ian Holloway has been working his "nuts" off trying to get things right. The players have been doing the same thing and although we didn't play as good as I know we can we done enough to easily send Leeds and their supporters back home feeling that they didn't even come close to getting something from this game.

Not many spare seats as Millwall win easy

We forgot you was there,  the away support receives a friendly wave goodbye 

The promised land is a small step closer

Friday, 8 August 2014

Millwall in the Championship 2014-15

It's Leeds Tomorrow

I have been quiet over the summer when it comes to blogging but now is the time to get stuck in and write something.  It's Leeds tomorrow at the Den and even though we are third in the betting to go down I fancy our chances of getting the points. I think this poor showing in the betting stakes proves to me that unless you are  a Millwall supporter you haven't got a clue of the revolution that is taking place at the Den. I'm not moaning regarding the relegation odds let them believe what they want it suits us to be not regarded.

I'll Take You To The Promised Land

There has been much going on with players coming in and a new training regime introduced by Ian Holloway which appears to have got all the players in tip top condition. Ian Holloway  has said a lot in the local papers and on the Millwall FC website and one of the things he said was "it's just the start and staying in the Championship last season means we are just one step away from the promised land" He also said to us " I will take you to the promised land" Do I believe him, yes I do.
The slight worry for me is that I also believed Steve Lomas in the early days but that didn't work
out, did it.
Let Us Believe

I know the players are fit and the players are happy and they are all itching to start the season. I think the signings will work and they have had time together to gel and I presume have had plenty of banter even though they have been training hard.

Bad odds! let it stay like that, don't give us a chance. Let us believe and sod the rest of em.  Up the Wall.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

3/5/14 Millwall 1 Bournemouth 1 Millwall 0---We finish the season in promotion form

3/5/14  Championship Game 46 Millwall 1 Bournemouth 0 att:15,779

After a long old season when gloom, despair and not even a small chink of light visible at the end of the tunnel seemed to be on offer Ian Holloway offered us his beliefs that we could win four or five games in the last seven of the season. Some scoffed because we had not being doing anything like that all season, I presumed that we all hoped we could...

...and we did and no, we're not going down with the Yeovil

48 points and the last eight games read DWWDWDDW
Game 13 of 13 "Ollie's Cup Finals"

Bournemouth fans sing 'you are going down with the Yeovil. They don't know us do they?
Two days of drunken daze followed this one, then I remembered that we have just avoided relegation and not won promotion so two days was enough. Up the Wall

*48 points*

 Dockers full of rockers, roaring on the Wall

A while back, seven games ago to be precise Ian Holloway wanted four games to be won and a odd draw. This mounted to thirteen points and enough to keep us up. We done all that was required and earn't a few extra points on top. We finished the season unbeaten in eight games and one of the clubs in the division with the best current form. This all leaves us four points off the last relegation spot. Doncaster, Barnsley and Yeovil take the tumble down to League 1 and Birmingham survive by the skin of their teeth.

After a amazing end to a season that in the end finished too soon the players come back out, some with their kids and receive a big thank you and a standing ovation.

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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Fan on the board 2014 results

Default FOTB results April 2014

The results of the Fan on The Board Election 2014 are as follows:

Peter Garston: 648 votes received
Paul Turner: 362 votes received

Invalid/spoilt votes: 202

The MSC would like to thank both candidates for standing and wish Peter the best of luck in the forthcoming term.

From me:
Well done Peter and well done Paul.

The spoilt votes were due to expired membership, under age votes and voting twice etc. 

Saturday, 26 April 2014

26/4/14 QPR 1 Millwall 1 Game 45 and seven games undefeated

26/4/14 Championship Game 45 QPR 1 Millwall 1 att: 15,725 we take about 1200

We nearly come to close to losing this game and that would have been unjust. We gave high flying Rangers a run for their money and on another day we could have took a 2-0 lead and perhaps nicked all three points.

League Game 45, our unbeaten run continues
That's seven games undefeated

Only one game to go and we are still not safe. Their is a few permutations  regarding the outcome of this relegation battle but we really only have one target and that is to beat Bournemouth this coming Saturday and we are safe. If Doncaster or Birmingham lose we are safe but let's not rely on others and carry on with our unbeaten run, I know we can do it, end of.

QPR knew that had been in a game with us as once again we didn't give up and played the game right up to the final whistle, We had chances from the first whistle and good possession throughout the game and should have scored at least another goal. A penalty that never was gave QPR the lead and after that they were singing that they was sending us down, Bang! a Scott Malone equaliser with minutes to go shut them up and we finished the game with a point but it could have been all three.

Millwall: Forde, Malone, Beevers, Dunne, Edwards, Bailey, Williams, Martin (Morison 16), Garvan (McDonald 65), Woolford (Jackson 53) Maierhofer

QPR: Green, Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Barton, Carroll, Benayoun (Hollett 63), Morrison, Kranjcar (Zamora 74), Austin (Doyle 84

Monday, 21 April 2014

21/4/14 Millwall 0 Doncaster 0 att:12,026, We were lively but just couldn't score

Bank Holiday Monday and that's six games undefeated and game 11 of "Ollies Cup Finals"

Doncaster down to ten men and they park the bus and are happy to earn the point. We wanted the three points and we give it ago but Doncaster played with their backs against the wall and with determination and a bit of luck stopped us from scoring.

League Game 44
A rare moment, we have to defend.

The bottom looks like this with two games to go.

Huddersfield    P 44 Pts  50
Charlton           P 43 Pts  45
Doncaster        P 44 Pts  44
Millwall            P 44 Pts 44
Birmingham     P 43 Pts 43
Blackpool        P  44 Pts 43
Barnsley          P  44 Pts 39
Yeovil              P  44 Pts 37

It can be said that Ian Holloway's style is somewhat different along with his personality. There was questions regarding his state of mind after his stint at Crystal Palace and all sorts of reported reasons why he left.  Whatever happened there, Crystal Palace that is, I don't care, it's what he does here and how he helps us stay up and push on next season. It has took us a while to "adjust" Playing five strikers was confusing for us so I can imagine what it was like for the players. I think in the early games he was more on tactics than playing his best team. He didn't know what his best team was but he thought he did and when he got them playing against the B-side and they got done 6-0 the B-side became the A-side and we haven't looked back. We look solid for this game and had a hat full of chances but some days the ball just won't go in.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

19/4/14 Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2--Holloway's cup final number 10

Saturday afternoon and its League game 43

As the Hof saved our bacon?
We carry on winning away and that's three away wins on the trot and we move out of the bottom three.
There is a few smiley faces down this neck of the woods. The big fella scores two with his head after two excellent crosses into the box that find him clear and ready to bury them.

Goals: Boro  Ledesma 80 ---Lions Maierhofer 16, 30

The last five games have been something special, DWWDW=points. Now that's not bad, in fact it's very good and Ian Holloway's belief that we could win five games in our last seven is still on the cards. Doncaster at home Bank holiday Monday and it should be another W, hopefully.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Millwall 2 Watford 2 Championship 12-4-14 ....... Nail Biting Stuff

It was only a draw, but it felt like a win
Rockin' all over the world played at the final whistle

Going in for this one and after the two away wins there was a buzz about the place

With Alan Dunne still playing the captains role and Nicky Bailey commanding the midfield the desire was there to get something from this game. A win would have been what they and all of us was after but at the final whistle and our last gasp equaliser we took the point with both hands and the wild celebrations that followed were as good or better than anything that had gone before this season.

That's four without defeat. All the other games that concern us had results that went our way but ours was the only result that didn't absolutely go our way, mind you, it could be the point that cancels out a elsewhere better goal difference when it comes down to the end of the season.

That's the ninth game of "Ollies" cup finals and there's only four more to go

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Championship Game 41 Wigan V Millwall 8-4-2014

It's Half time and we are 1-0 up, Edwards deflected shot. My nerves are shot

That was a long second half  but well done the Wall. Two away wins on the trot and Watford at home Saturday. Let's get behind them and roar this team to victory or should I say victories.. It's not over yet, that's two wins out of Ian Holloway's quote of saying we need five wins out of seven. We are still on target.The message boards are calling 'Ollie a Love God and the girls want his babies.

1-0  and 39 points

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler after the game

They picked up a great result at the weekend and had the confidence to come and beat us, they looked dangerous in the first half and in the second half they were very disciplined in defence.”

A compliment indeed

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Nottingham Forest 1 Millwall 2 Championship game 40 5/4/14

That's forty games gone, 36 point tally and game 7 of Holloway's 13 cup finals

There's life in the old Lion yet. Ian Holloway makes eleven changes and the Wall comes good. Nicky Bailey , the Hof and Scott Malone start and a superb first half brace of goals scored by Malone and Lee Martin is enough to say " can we do this, can we put a run together to put some substance to Holloway's quote that we need five wins from the last seven games.

Wigan away Tuesday night. I feel that this is a game we could win and the Forest result helps me to believe that it can be a happy away day. I won't make a prediction I will just say like I said above,
There's life in the old Lions yet

Sunday, 30 March 2014

29/3/14 League Game 39 Millwall 2 Blackburn Rovers 2 att: 8,840 away 362

Holloway's Cup Final No 6 and it's the lowest league crowd of the season

Not much of a crowd for this one as those that still believed turned up. The team had plenty of noisy support from us and with a few minutes to go we thought we had won this one.

Like I say, we thought we had it

The three points were coming our way but if only we could defend.Two goals conceded that could and should have been avoided. David Forde was not in command of his box and with us 2-1 up with just minutes to go Blackburn who were down to ten men equalised and what had been a bright happy Den become grey and unforgiven. 

Ian Holloway quote for the day 'We will keep fighting and believing and I won't stop encouraging these players.

That's seven games to go and, bottom eight teams

Bolton played 39 and 45 points
Doncaster played 39 and 43 points
Blackpool played 39 and 42 points
Birmingham played 39 and 40 points
Charlton played 36 and 35 points
Barnsley played 38 and 35 points
Millwall played 39 and 33 points
Yeovil played 39 and 32 points

It all looks like we better start winning

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

25/3/14 Millwall 2 Birmingham 3 att: 9,268 The Lions sink to the bottom

Holloway's Cup Final No 5 and no icing on the relegation battle cake

A decent position for a free kick but nah, nothing come of it.

This was a must win game which we lost. I had to force my self  to recall this game as all I wanted to do was forget it. We wasn't very good and our tactics and player's performances was well below par.
We changed our shape after the Leeds game and a few players but it didn't result in a win which we was so desperate for.

The Players: Forde, Dunne (Beevers 45), Robinson, Lowry (Jackson 45), Fredericks, Abdou, Garvan, Woolford, Morison, Campell (Maierhofer), McDonald

Goals, Morison 30, Jackson pen 88

Goals, Birmingham, Ibe 18, Shinnie 35, Zigic 52

For Ian Holloway to be successful the players as well as us have got to buy into him.I cannot speak to for the players but as they are pulled from pillar to post and at times played out of position such as Woolford playing at left back perhaps it's hard for them to be settled enough to follow Holloway on his "incredible" journey. As for us, there is a school of thought that thinks he is a clown but It seems that the majority of regulars down the Den are still behind him. Blackburn Rovers Saturday and I am still hopeful. 

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Leeds 2 Millwall 1 Championship 22/3/14

Ian Holloway's 13 cup finals are not going to plan. That's four and it's not looking good

V Derby County won 1-0
v Blackpool lost 1-0
v Charlton draw 0-0
v Leeds lost 2-1         That's 4 points out of 12 and we take a relegation spot

I have said this a few times recently " we should have got something from this game" and apart from conceding two soft goals. I know enough to say this was a decent away display and with some lady luck coming our way Leeds were there for the taking. It wasn't to be and Leeds supporters walked home the knowledge that they had survived conceding three or four goals, if they are honest enough.

Birmingham at home Tuesday night and I just hope our tactics are right.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

15/3/14 Millwall 0 Charlton 0 Championship att:16,102 ---2,431 away

Following on from the 1-0 defeat at Blackpool Tuesday night we take on the might of our South London rivals and bottom club Charlton.
After this game we are still outside the relegation drop zone and the gap is three points between us and Charlton who move off the bottom with the point.


Charlton keeper goes AWOL but we couldn't score

I suppose a point is better than nothing but we should have had the measure of this bottom club.
Charlton did not produce much on their away day at the Den but we didn't produce much more. Opportunities were thin on the ground and if it wasn't for a excellent start Début for 17 year old Fred Onyedinma who produced a performance to remind the rest of the team of what they are supposed to be doing this would have been an "extremely dull affair" instead of a "dull affair"

Fred challengers as the Hof looks on

We have got to learn how to get into scoring positions and once we are there to know what to do and how to score. I liked the look of the big Austrian Stefan Maierhofer who come on as a sub in the second half. He looks like he should score goals at this level. He's a very tall bloke and at just under 6' 8'' and looks a handful up front. I could imagine he would be a useful target man. Hopefully that's not we end up doing at every opportunity, lumping the ball up to the "Hof"

Saturday, 8 March 2014

8/3/14 Derby 0 Millwall 1 att: 22,853 Championship Coupon Buster

3rd place Derby County beaten as weeks of hard work pays off
At long last I shall enjoy watching the Football League Show tonight

We have been threatening to beat some one and under different circumstances it could have been Brighton or Bolton but I'm sure we are happy as Larry to restrict the Championship top scorers to zilch goals and frustrate them all over the park. This win cost us a few injuries and with Shittu, Malone, Lowry and Campbell all receiving treatment we won't be fielding the same team against Blackpool on Tuesday night. I am not convinced that this will be a problem as we have not fielded the same team since Ian Holloway has been in charge.
Paul Robinson who hasn't started for a good while come on for Shittu and was a lion-heart. Holloway saids that Robbo is Millwall through and through and will play Tuesday night.  What's ironic is that Derby fans were moaning that we were feigning injuries and time wasting. Did we? once again no support from the referee and due to the injuries we finished the game with ten men. All in all a fantastic win and we have broke the 30 point barrier at long last.  David Forde deserves a mention for a fine display as do they all including the 500 who made the trip, they were immense.

Goal: Morison, 61mins, with his bonce

Team: Forde, Dunne, Shittu(Robinson), Lowry, Malone, Upson, Willams, Campbell(Chaplow), Garvan, Martin(Woolford), Morison,

subs not used, Fredericks, Jackson, Abdou, Bywater

Every other team won below us won today apart from Charlton who didn't play so we must keep this up and start racking up the points.  Lets hope that's not a tall order.

We made Derby County look ordinary and a right bunch of moaners

Monday, 3 March 2014

Millwall 0 Brighton 1 Championship Game 33 att:12,149

After the dross performance up at Barnsley last Saturday we couldn't produce yet another dire performance, could we?  We had a referee that did and who knows what he was thinking when he awarded Brighton a penalty when the Brighton pansy Lingard fell over after being brushed by Danny Shittu. Shittu was devastated and so was we all when the idiot ref pointed to the spot.

There's no lack of effort but the skill of scoring is passing us by

We couldn't score and we probably would still not scored if the game was played over the complete weekend. It's hard to remember such a time as this when players and decent players don't know where the goal is.  We have forward players in the past who we thought was not very good but at least they scored the odd goal or two. At this present moment in time even a fluke will do. I can see effort and desire to win and at some point we will raise our game and score some goals and hopefully this may come away to Derby next weekend, it's got to we are running out of games. Just thirteen to go.

I'm wondering if the players are reading some of the crap on the message boards. Steve Morison gets slaughtered and so do a few more. I didn't think it was a good idea to slag off Morison when he came on as a sub. How can you slag somebody off before you can see what their contribution is. I know Morison told a few to fuck off when away at Barnsley but he did get abuse beforehand. If your big enough to give abuse your big enough to take it and that goes both ways. 

Friday, 14 February 2014

Millwall v Bolton 15/2/14 goals I'm sure will flow (hopefully)


This has got to be won.I sense that things are starting to come together. Millwall have not been playing in a stiff, scared to lose type of way, in fact the opposite, I wouldn't say cavalier but we are finding chances and with a Ian Holloway's tactic of playing four to six strikers, goals I'm sure will flow. We have been lively but we do concede and that is probably the product of leaving our self exposed at the back due to half the team playing up front.This system can work as long as we are disciplined and put the effort in to cover most of the pitch. Individual mistakes will leave us short. There will be a game when we all click and I'm hoping it will start tomorrow.
The Game

15/2/14 League Game 31 Millwall 1 Bolton 1 att: 10,007

Did we click, not absolutely but we we was half decent.

Looking back on what type of game it was it's hard to quantify. I think it was exciting because I was never bored. There was always something going on, we had chances but gave away a silly goal when Alan Dunne was playing at centre half (Paul Robinson not fast enough) got nowhere near Bloton's Jutkiewicz who headed the ball it to the Lions net on 15 minutes. I'm sure that Paul Robinson would have got to that ball. We had chances and had some decent paly throughout the game but when Ian Holloway once again bought on a clump of strikers all at once in the 56th minute. Simeon Jackson, Scott McDonald and DJ Campbell joined Morison and there seemed to be a period of 10 minutes when the players were running around trying to work out what they should be doing. Once we had worked it out Woolford scored one of his well taken goals and we pushed on to get the winner. I'm hoping for a win up at Barnsley. We should do it, after all they are crap aren't they ?

22/2/14 Barnsley 1 Millwall 0  FFS we take about 550

The travelling 'Wall told the players as they walked off the pitch exactly what they thought and some of the players such as Morison and I also have been told Malone gave a bit back. Another poxy day and another poxy weekend.That result is the lowest of the low, because after all Barnsley are crap, aren't they?

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Letting property developers anywhere near a football ground’s bound to end in tears, so says a Wrexham fan who's club has had the same experience. 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Yeovil 1 Millwall 1 Championship 11-2-14 att:4,463 we take 416

That's one win, two draws, and three defeats in Ian Holloway's first six games which means that the eighteen points that were up for grabs we get five. We can compare with this to Steve Lomas's first six league games in charge and there is a slight improvement.

Ian Holloway L W D L L D =5 POINTS
S. Lomas      L L L D L D =2 POINTS

The single point from this game doesn't seem much but more importantly Yeovil drop two after leading this game and as they are a team below in the table we have got to be happy with that. Holloway once against changed the formation and changed it within the game and he started with four strikers, Steve Morison scored with his head and it might be the start of a bit of a goal flurry from him, I thinks he deserves it.

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Friday, 7 February 2014

Millwall FC shafted by Lewisham council, Property developer to get very rich

Letting property developers anywhere near a football ground’s bound to end in tears.

With a rainbow above Zampa Road and the Den at a recent home game against Reading I was hoping in was a sign of good things to come. It wasn't we lost 3-0 and now we know that Lewisham Council shafted us three days before Christmas  

A dark back room or maybe 'let's do lunch

Why do I feel that there's been a shady deal in some back room down Lewisham Town Hall. That may not be the case but something feels fishy.

Millwall has to be one of the most community based club in the country and has been striving to stay like that by wanting to acquire the land that the Millwall Community Scheme Trust Lions Centre sits on and also other areas around the ground. After years of negotiating with Lewisham Council and spending 3 million pounds in fee's and the like supporting the regeneration project it appears it's money down the drain. Lewisham Council sell the land behinds Millwall's back to a property developer who of course has brought the land for one reason and one reason only, personal wealth. I have read in the local paper the South London Press that John Berylson our club chairman is appalled and bewildered at the councils decision.

John Berylson feels betrayed by Lewisham council and I have support for him. I know that there is a monetary gain for the chairman by purchasing this land from the council but I think we all know him well enough to know that, yes, he can get something back on the 30 million pound he has put into the club but also and very important to him is that the Lions Centre can stay where it is and under control of Millwall FC and also the club can have a revenue stream 365 days year from rent from being involved in the regeneration scheme which will secure the existence of the club for years to come.

I am not sure what's going to happen next apart from that we the supporters are looking to field candidates in the Borough of Lewisham May council elections and the Fan On The Board member Peter Garston has stated that he might be one of them. Below is a statement from Peter which he gave me permission to publish yesterday,


We have two major issues at the moment that need which will need us, the fans, to get behind the club when the time comes as both the issues threaten our club in different ways.

Firstly the regeneration which has been going on for the eight years I have been on the board.

There have been times when it seemed it was dead in the water, and others when it looked like the club it would achieve its goal of getting the finances required to secure our future for many years.

All along, Lewisham Council have been afforded hospitality and support by the club in many council driven issues such as the recent Save Lewisham Hospital campaign. We, as fans, along with the club threw our weight behind the campaign and played a key role in helping keep Lewisham A&E open.

The council publicly and privately led all at Millwall to believe that we would be key in any redevelopment, but in recent months we have noticed the council distancing themselves from us and then the final blow was them indicating their support for Renewal without any explanation or much notice.

So now we are in a position where an external property developer could hold the key to our future, given to them by the council who claims it champions community.

The only positive to come out of this is the fact that once again when we are challenged by external forces the Chairman shows his resolve and commits himself to the future of our club.

I know John Berylson very well and one thing he will not do is shirk a challenge. He will fight our corner to make sure that Millwall Football Club continues to play football at The Den for years to come.

When called upon we will need to do whatever is required to fight for our club. I hope the people of the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign return our support if needed as well.

Once I know what is needed by the club to fight the developers, I will co-ordinate all fans via the MSC, Trust, Websites and Fanzines to ensure we are there to make our voices heard.

We do not roll over easily when it comes to our club.

Well said Peter, I'm with you all the way

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17/2/14 There's been a period of Quiet from the Millwall Board then this from the Chairman

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The pressure of the petition has had the desired effect and meetings have been planned well done to all.

Below is the statment I promised from JB to counter balance Renewals claims



17 February 2014

I am most surprised to find Renewal, a private property developer, issuing a statement apparently on behalf of Lewisham Council about Millwall’s dealings with the Council over the potential sale of land adjoining The Den. In its statement Renewal refers to correspondence and meetings between Millwall and the Council. This seems most irregular.

I have made it clear elsewhere, and I shall make it clear again here, that Millwall has been open and transparent in all its dealings with Lewisham Council. Jordana Malik, a director and spokesperson of Renewal, is quoted as being “perplexed as to why those in charge at the club are claiming they have had no knowledge of the land sale”. I’m perplexed that she should say that. Millwall has never made such a claim. Indeed we have made it clear that we were fully aware of the Council’s plans to sell the land.

That’s why our lawyers wrote to the Council on 25 September 2013 challenging the decision to sell the land to Renewal, and why our property advisers wrote to the Council on 7 November formally confirming the Club’s wish to be permitted to bid for the land. On 13 November the Council responded refusing to provide Millwall with the information we required in order to make our bid. We were told that the Council had secured the best deal for the land even though Renewal was the only permitted bidder. We made one final attempt on 6 December when our lawyers wrote again to the Council asking them to stop the sale. But the Council ignored us again and exchanged contracts with Renewal for the sale of the three parcels of land on 20 December. They informed us three days later.

I read that the Club “failed to provide any meaningful detailed evidence of its proposals”. This is of course nonsense. Millwall commissioned architects to draw up plans for the area around The Den as long ago as 2006 - before any sale of the freeholds materialised and before planning permission for the whole area had been granted. In order to ensure that our plans were fully in keeping with the overall agreed scheme for the Surrey Canal Triangle, we commissioned leading architects Mackay and Partners last year to review our existing plans and refine them into a revised proposal for the development of the three areas of land adjoining the stadium.

Those plans were presented to the Council on 15 August 2013 in as much detail as could reasonably be expected at that stage. It was made clear that the plans fitted with the outline planning permission, that Chestnut Hill Ventures (Millwall's largest shareholder) had more than enough money to carry out the development without recourse to any third party funding and that the Club could offer legally binding guarantees that the development would be completed within an agreed timescale.

What other business case could the Council possibly have wanted at that stage?

If the Council had deigned to consider the Club's plans, the next stage would have been to refine the business case in conjunction with the Council and its advisers but there was no point in doing that – given the considerable further costs involved – if the Council wasn't prepared to play ball.

Renewal said on 5 February that they had never even been shown our plans, yet they seem to be full of opinions about them.

Chestnut Hill Ventures is not a property developer. That’s why, in order to strengthen the Club’s finances, we have engaged top professional advisors who have managed property developments of this size. We are attacked for not submitting planning applications and not acquiring land. We aren’t interested in acquiring land other than the areas adjoining The Den. Once the Council made it clear that those areas were to be sold, we formally asked to be allowed to bid for them. We had no need of planning permission because it had already been granted for the whole area.

We have invested more than £3 million in helping that whole process and in our own plans, as well as in protecting the interests of the Club.

Assurances are being given about our community scheme. But the Council and Renewal don’t seem to understand the nature of its funding and how it operates. Although the Council and Renewal can match our offer of a new home and new sports facilities, only we can guarantee the financial support and access to the Football League funding on which it depends. Furthermore, the viability of the Millwall Community Scheme is not just about its funding. It’s also about its direct links to the Club and our resources – the provision of coaching staff, player involvement, the use of our facilities and tickets for our matches. We are very concerned about its long term future.

Finally, I will reiterate the point that is behind all of this. Chestnut Hill Ventures has supported Millwall for the last seven years since I became Chairman and I have expressed my personal commitment to the Club, and to its home at The Den, many times. I am a huge fan and I have the most expensive season ticket! In the long term, Millwall Football Club needs to be a viable commercial enterprise, and that means that it needs non-football income that is stable and secure.

We always assumed that we would be left to develop the land adjoining our stadium. The Council has said that we are at the heart of the community and core to their strategic plans for the Borough. So in good faith we have played our part, and incurred substantial costs, in supporting the overall plans for this urban regeneration. We haven’t been greedy. We have offered the Council a stake in our proposed developments.

As things stand, we have been excluded from the benefits of the Surrey Canal Triangle development. Our stadium is shown at the core of the plans and we are expected to carry on staging football matches and investing more money in The Den. Meanwhile, the Council does deals with a private property developer and expects us to stand on the touchline and cheer.

That’s not my style. I don’t want a fight with anybody, but I shall stand up and be counted for Millwall Football Club.

John Berylson

A fantastic statement from JB and he has the Millwall Way, hopefully

The meeting between the club and the Council took place on 
Friday 14 March as planned. Both John Berylson and 
Demos Kouvaris flew to London to be present, such is the 
importance that they attach to this matter. The Council 
wished to focus the meeting on the future status of the 
leases held by Millwall on the two areas of land adjoining 
the Den that the Council wishes to hand over to Renewal.

We made it clear that we did not wish to relinquish these 
leases and that we remained keen to be permitted to develop 
the land ourselves within the overall regeneration plan for 
the Surrey Canal Triangle.

No offer was made by the Council to Millwall Football Club 
regards the leases, but sadly the Council threatened to seek 
compulsory purchase orders to reclaim the land for Renewal if 
it could not reach an agreement with Millwall.

The council and Millwall agreed to have another meeting to 
discuss further, the date to be confirmed

Obviously the above is an overview, I am aware of the clubs 
stance and long term plan, I cannot go public at the moment, 
all I can say at this time is that the club are trying to get 
the best for Millwall which in turn means the long term 
future of the club and that’s what we the fans want.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Millwall's recent in's and out's, Championship 2/2/14

There's been a lot been going on, January window the last few days

DJ Campbell signs on loan from Blackburn
Shaun Williams signs from MK Dons
Liam Trotter leaves Millwall and joins Bolton on loan.
Andy Keogh leaves Millwall and joins Blackpool on loan.
We sign Simeon Jackson to end of season after he became a free agent from German club Eintracht B.
Ed Upson signs from Yeovil.

I've never known it so busy

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Millwall 0 Reading 3 Championship game 28 31/1/14 att: 11,174

It takes time to build so hopefully just a hiccup 

With Trotter and Keogh now off to pastures new and with Lowry suspended and new signing Shaun Williams starting we had nothing to offer in the way of at least giving us a point. Bywater made yet another mistake as he fumbled a catch which gifted Reading their first goal. We did have chances and Morison come close to finding the net but like some of his performances particularly his recent this season he puts in a good shift but he just can't score.

In the 70th minute something very strange happened, with us still 1-0 down Ian Holloway took off Mark Beevers moved new signing Shaun Williams from midfield into Beevers position remembering this was after he had already subbed midfielder Josh Wright for a striker. We now had five strikers on the pitch, hardly any midfield and new signing Williams from league one making his full début being moved from midfield to centre back. This seemed a crazy decision at the time and my fears quickly turned into reality as Reading scored two quick goals and the game was up.

Ian Holloway  apologies and states that he won't be doing that again. I'm clad to hear that because that seemed bonkers.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Millwall 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1 att: 10,624 A gutsy display


The weather was crap, but I enjoyed this one. That's two games undefeated, this hasn't happened since we beat Wigan and drew with Forest in early December

What a game this was. A good battling display by the Lions and a opposition goal keeper who wanted to referee the match


A high tempo game with mistakes and Sheffield Wednesday falling over a lot. Our midfield could have done better and we had some scares in front of our goal. Danny Shittu handled their big lump up front and had a decent game. 

The Den was loud and proud and some refereeing decisions made it even louder. We should have had at least one penalty and god know how the ref managed to miss a blatant sly and deliberate handball by Sheffield's keeper Kirkland. Ian Holloway offered spectacles to the lineman which raised a chuckle by those that clocked it. We could have won it, we could have lost it but it finished with a drama. All 22 players were involved in a pillow fight down by the corner flag were the Dockers joins with the away end. Two get sent off, Lowry for us and Coke for them. Shortly after that the whistle went.

With DJ celebrating his 80 minute goal, Steve Morison gets treatment

With our recent signings Shaun Williams from MK Dons and DJ Campbell on loan from Blackburn both coming on as subs we manage to level the score with a close header from Campbell while Morison was injured and laying on the six yard line. I'll take the draw.

26 points

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Millwall 1 Ipswich Town 0 18/1/14 Championship game 26

The king and queen meets "Prince Ollie"

The new boss gets his first home win with his first attempt. We worked hard and was good for the win but it was a fluky goal scored by our brand new loan signing from Tottenham Ryan Fredericks that gave us the win.

Desire, throughout the game Millwall didn't leave off, 

Walking to the Den there was a buzz in the air as we sensed that things were on the up.  We wasn't wrong, with much more commitment and a better game plan the Lions more or less boss the game from start to finish and earn the points. That's 25 points for the season and the first win for Ian Holloway and our first win since December the 7th when we beat Wigan 2-1

Shane Lowry after the game " he makes us feel ten feet tall" I reckon he has that effect as I certainly feel ten feet tall after that gritty display and I cannot wait to get into work Monday morning.

Millwall now have a spare weekend due to the FA Cup so off to Portugal they go to improve on their fitness. As the Lions tired in this game cramp set in with some of the defenders and this I guess will be addressed in Portugal and throughout the rest of the season.

My man of the match is Danny Shittu as he was back to his near best and was rock-like in defence.

My weekends good for a change and a few pints have slid down and the dog is not hiding under the kitchen table, it knows that I'm in a good mood. 


Striker DJ Campbell signs on loan from Blackburn Rovers and rejoins his old Blackpool boss I take it they are both hoping that a the goals will flow. With a spot fixing charge hanging over he's head Campbell who is on bail to April may have other things to worry about. Time will tell.

Friday, 17 January 2014

17/1/14 Ian Holloway, Marc Bircham, Des Bulpin, the coaching team is ready


Ipswich at home tomorrow

One of our old players Marc Bircham joins Ian Holloway's coaching team and took a pay cut after leaving QPR to join us. Bircham has worked with Holloway at QPR. Forgive my ignorance, but 
I have never heard of a chap called Des Bulpin but now he is our first team coach. He has worked with Ian Holloway on numerous occasions and reading Bulpin's credentials he is a man that has done most things football around the world. Around the world he may have been but to get to us he only come as far as Palace where he was coaching their u18s. Ian Holloway said he wanted help and now he's got it.

It looks like these three could raise the players to the level we expect them to be. Most of us have said or written on the forums and the like that we have a good team on paper, it now looks like the time we have a coaching team good enough to lift them off that paper and on to the pitch. I'm really hopeful that the rest of this season is going to be nothing like 2013.

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Monday, 6 January 2014

Ian Holloway Joins Lions, do we call him Ollie?

6/1/2014- I didn't think he would come here so I am surprised but " I have a smile" This is going to be very interesting and I wish "Ollie" all the best and welcome to South London's finest.
I wonder if he will be briefed regarding the deadwood, probably not, he should be able to work it out for himself. 

On reflection "Ollie" is so Surrey, so I shall be calling him Stan.

Quick Sharon wave, there he is

Saturday, 4 January 2014

4/1/14 FA CUP 3rd round Southend 4 Millwall 1 att:7,923

Who was that team that turned up at Southend? I have no idea, it wasn't Millwall, they don't play like that.

Another four goals conceded. With a performance like that the players have shit on Millwall FC, John Berylson, Neil Harris and Scott Fitzgerald and us.

The culprits Team: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Lowry, Smith(Marquis), Chaplow(Onyedinma), Bailey, Abdou, Martin(Woolford), Morison, Easter red carded 45mins,

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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Doncaster Rovers O Millwall 0 att:6,454 29/12/13

Followed by the noisy 400
21+1=22 points

A clean sheet at last and a single point. Trivia some might say but for Neil Harris and Scott Fitzgerald and of course including many of us the point was covered in gold and takes pride of place in the trophy cabinet, let's hope we can get some more. Hopefully a bit more belief has returned to the team which in turn should mean a bit more confidence.

Considering the results beforehand and the removal of Steve Lomas this single point was well earned and hopefully we can add to it when we play Leicester on new years day

Millwall: 442  Forde, Dunne, Beevers, Lowry, Malone, Chaplow(Martin 76), Bailey, Abdou, Woolford, McDonald(Easter 81), Morison
subs not used, Bywater, Hoyte, Smith, Wright, Onyedimma

Friday, 27 December 2013

STEVE LOMAS FIRED, Boxing day 2013

WATFORD 4 MILLWALL 0  att:15, 471 we take a little under a thousand

After the third defeat in a row and one thumping to many 

Managers instruction: keep the Watford fans quiet 

The boards instruction: We gave you a go, but no thanks and goodbye

After we ship another batch of goals this time against Watford the board act and Lomas walks. Watford had done nothing at home for about three months and have been struggling but they eased through our defence after Danny Shittu was sent off in the eighth minute. With the Shittu red card Watford scored from the spot and never looked back  Steve Morison done well in Watford's box but nigh-on every won ball was wasted as there was no one to work the ball to.

That's Christmas day squeezed in-between two defeats, oh! the joys of supporting Millwall


The next day.
Rumours of all sorts, but one fact is that Neil Harris and Scott Fitzgerald are in charge for the away game this coming Sunday at Doncaster Rovers. We need the three points.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Millwall 0 Middlesboro 2 Championship 21/12/13 att: 11,178

Following on from last weekend and the 3-2 defeat up at Blackburn

The first defeat in seven home games and Steve Lomas gets abuse. I do not think the abuse was just about this defeat but a accumulation of crap tactics and crap performances by the Lions this season that have frustrated us supporters more or less on a weekly basis and of course those that have been waiting in the wings for a opportunity to slag Lomas off were quick off the mark with their abuse, Sky were there and perhaps some were playing up to the cameras.

A wet and windy day, we couldn't manage to string a few passes together and lumped it at every opportunity. We were woeful and looked clueless and with some of the crowd turning on Lomas it made the Den a unhappy place at the final whistle for Lomas and all of us. I sense dark days on the horizon, I just hope I'm wrong.

I cannot see how Lomas can turn this around. It appears that he can't manage the team so there is no way he can manage the crowd. He's got to go, there is no hope. I hate all this but needs must.

Click on link >> The last few minutes and the abuse starts

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Millwall 2 Wigan 1 that's helped to quieten the semi-final Wembley memory

There was a great desire to win this one. In we go to find out

A big relief when sub Jermaine Easter scored our second. 2-0 up with just seven minutes to go the game was in the bag. Wigan quickly after the restart went down our end and scored, which made the end of the game interesting for sure. David Forde like the rest of the team done their job and 21 points are now secured.

With seconds to go we prepare for the three points

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Millwall 2 Nottingham Forest 2 Championship 3/12/13

After the 3-0 defeat at Leicester Saturday it would have been good to get back to taking some points.I can recall some good games against Forest and although this one had four goals and plenty of end to end stuff it was a sloppy game and we conceded two goals that were avoidable. The referee and his officials were in desperate need of some glasses as they missed correct decisions all over the pitch, putting it bluntly they were useless.

9000 crowd was hoping for that little bit more

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Millwall 1 Barnsley 0, a bit of a slog, but thanks for the own goal

Keeping up the run of not losing at home we thank the Barnsley defender for the three points.

With the London Regiment of Fusiliers as the guard of honour the Lions take to the field as the prelude to this dull affair. We take all three points thanks to Barnsley's generosity but sometimes in football you have to win ugly and today was one of them days. I'll take that all day long.

Att: 9057

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

COME ON YOU LIONS.....Is it this or is it that?

Last Four Games DDDL

It would be nice to know where we are going. It's interesting but painful, it's exciting but heart breaking, it's hopeful but frustrating. I know this is about the norm if you follow Millwall but this season there is a edge to it all that has me hopeful but then again bloody miserable. I think this is reflected in some Wall slagging off Steve Lomas one week and then going quiet after the next decent performance. Me? I'm still on the fence and I will tell you why..........

Always Hopeful

Last season it was mostly putting it bluntly boring and very dull towards the end. This season with all the signings it has improved our skill levels and as I said earlier there is a edge to it all that pleases me but some dodgy defending also confuses me. I'm sure that the defence are better than the goals conceded and once they and Steve Lomas get that right, happy days. Less injuries and suspensions should do the trick. I yearn for consistency.  Moaning about the referees is for another day.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Millwall 2 Burnley 2 att:10,168 away end,1077


Even though I appreciated the last two games that resulted in draws the fact is we draw again and that's three points out of the last nine available and we haven't won in five. Am I being cruel?  Maybe, but then again we haven't lost in three.

This last draw was against a useful top side who considering their form and league position should have beat us, but they didn't. With us going 2-0 up I was hopeful of taking all three points from this game, but I wasn't hopeful of taking all three points at the start of the game. I recall thinking before the game I'll be happy with a draw, so in that respect I got what I hoped for. I Hope that makes sense. 

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4/11/13   Scott Malone injured, he  is going to be out for maybe eight weeks or more. Just when he has got into the team on a regular basis.  Gutted.

Goals, Scott McDonald 23,, Danny Shittu (wicked deflection) 38

Monday, 28 October 2013

26/10/13 Championship, Reading 1 Millwall 1 18,245 we take 1022

League Game 13


A battling and committed display that results in a draw against much fancied opponents is very pleasing and to have two games on the bounce that come under that category is superb. Also in both these games to come from behind and earn a point is something in football that can be just as pleasing as getting the win and taking all three points. Don't you agree?

Monday, 21 October 2013

7 Windmills gets a mention--LONDONS BEST FOOTBALL BLOGS

Fellow 'Wall

I have heard it said that any publicity is good publicity, so thank you Chris Lockie from the website who gives this Blog a mention. The Londonist covers food and drink, the arts and theatre plus the written word hence Chis Lockie's article London's Best Football Bloggers.  In the paragraph he gives to this Blog he manages to insult us all in his first sentence but then comes good in my eyes by saying "7 Windmills holds up the Lion's end well".  I suppose a sort of thanks is in order from me but I guess 'no thanks from everybody else. 'Up the Wall

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

19/10/13 Millwall 2 QPR 2 ... first draw at home for awhile

Scott Malone was superb and earnt his corn today

Unbeaten QPR strutted their stuff around the Den, but it wasn't enough as the Lions equalised twice and did us proud by battling hard, not giving up and finishing the game on a high.

Another referee who does us over, a blatant penalty was not awarded.
Harry Rednapp and Joe Jordan got smacked with a football accidental and Harry moans like a baby.

Click Here for our first goal by Scott McDonald 51mins

Giving it ago

Steve Lomas made his usual second half subs and it paid off as we ended up with four strikers on the pitch and one of them Jermaine Easter scored the second equaliser with just seconds to go.

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