Millwall FC

1885---130th Anniversary Year---2015 *We Fear No Foe*
Millwall FC, A Traditional English Football Club

Friday, 2 October 2015

Peterborough V Millwall Another trip up north but this time not so far.

I reckon that Millwall are starting to look like title contenders. Some might say that I maybe a trifle early with my thoughts of success but I feel something in the air. Hopefully it's not rain because for the last few years there's been so much disappointment that any hope of looking up the table as been a long way off.  I am starting to get a bit of crick in my neck having to strain it to look up to half way and this is something that we haven't had to do for a long time, I am starting to get used to it and I want it to continue.  I will be bold and say we will be up there or there about come Christmas and it should continue at Peterborough tomorrow.

3/9/15 League One, Game 11, Peterborough 5 Millwall 3 att: 6,402  (1400 away)

Probably a great game if you are a neutral

Jimmy Abdou injured, goes off early.  Birthday boy Ben Thompson tales his place.

Well it didn't continue because we conceded five but our defence scored all three of our goals, what does that tell you?  'maybe they all wasn't defending or only defending in parts.

Lions goal scorers: Webster 52, Craig 55, Beevers 74

Peterborough's first goal was off-side, that's the first thing that springs to mind, I am convinced of that.
Our defenders are scoring goals but we have goal scorers up front who do not score, we concede five goals and our defenders score all three in this game? I know they were coming up for corners etc. but the first and foremost role is to help keep a clean sheet and that did not happen and did not come close to happening. Peterborough were whacking them in and I don't know if its the game plan but a good few times going away is about grinding out results and perhaps nicking something, We need to tighten up and wise up or winter is going to be a right old slog.

Peterborough scored their first goal after conning the ref by falling and rolling around and a few minutes later they banged in their second. We finished the half 2-0 down and it was all to play for in the second half.

Sometimes in football good things happen and bang we were level within ten minutes after Bryon Webster 52m and Tony Craig 55m powered their goals in. I believed at this point we would now push on and get something from the game. That belief partially disappeared after about twelve minutes after Boro took the lead again and we had it all to do. The belief completely disappeared four minutes later as we were now being beaten 4-2 and that was that, or was it. Step up Mark Beevers who has knack of scoring and did not disappoint with his effort which made me believe, you never know we may still get something. Peterboro score again and that was that. We still had chances and we come close to scoring again but it wasn't to be.

More to follow

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Wigan 2 Millwall 2 League One, Game 10, 29/9/15, att:7,991 (238 go up north yet again)


That's played 10, won 4, lost 4 and drawn 2     Goals for 14, goals against 16 
 14 points
We sit in 12th place and 3 points off the play-offs

I don't want to criticise this performance but we blew this. To come back from 1-0 down to a 2-1 lead with just four minutes to go of extra time was the dogs and it looked like the three points was coming our way, due to Neil Harris's game plan.

Wigan hadn't lost at home this season and we hadn't lost away so who would break in this clash of ex Championship struggler's. The first half was not much to write about apart from Wigan come at the Lions from the off and won a string of corners but they got nothing from them as the Lions starting to settle and in the 21st minute Millwall had their best chance as a Lee Gregory shot grazed the right hand upright. A short time later Aiden O'Brien missed with a header from a Carlos Edwards cross.

Que the 2nd half and Neil Harris's game plan

Four goals were scored in this half and it was Wigan who scored the first with less than ten second half minutes on the clock Shaun Williams lost the ball and moments later it ended up in the Millwall net. Wigan could have shortly scored again but Jordan Archer saved well. Neil Harris reckoned it was time for a change and he took off  Ferguson and Ed Upson and fetched on Fred Onyedinma and Steve Morison and what a inspired move that turned out to be. After just a few minutes hard working Jimmy Abdou and midfielder Shaun Williams combined and set Fred on his way to fire the ball home and we were back on level terms. There be dancing in my house tonight as shortly afterwards our regular goal scoring central defender Mark Beever's powered one in and we were 2-1 up and another three away points was on the cards. As per normal there was rack of extra time minutes which in this game was six and just at the start of it  Lee Gregory was injured when we had possession and Wigan failed to give the ball back and crossed into our box.  Jordan Archer appeared to be impeded and the ball ended up in the goal even though we had three Millwall defenders on the line.I would have been happy to take a point before the game but I feel that we lost three.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, Craig, Beevers, Webster, Williams, Abdou, Ferguson (Morison 63), O'Brien (Thompson 82), Gregory, Upson (Onyedinma 63),

Subs not used, Forde, Marquis, L.Martin, J.Martin

Goals: Onyedinma 69, Beevers 74

Wigan: O'Donnell, James (Odelusi 84), Perkins, Daniels, Power (Grigg 77), McCann, Jacobs, Chow, Murray (Junior 46), Barnett, Hiwula,

subs not used, Jaaskelainen, Kellett, Morgan, Hendry

Goals: Jacobs 53, Grigg 90+2


Saturday, 26 September 2015

Millwall 3 Rochdale 1, League One, Game 9, 26/9/15 att 8,023 (383)


4-1-4 and 13 points

Jimmy Abdou scores early and we never looked back, well may be slightly when Rochdale equalised on 43 minutes but a minute later Shaun Williams danced around a few Rochdale defenders and buried it to take us in at half-time 2-1 up. The Lions worked hard the 2nd half and didn't give Rochdale any time on the ball and our hard worked paid off when Aiden O'Brien received a ball from Fred Onyedinma and then went on to split the Rochdale defence with a through ball to Steve Morison who took two touches and beat the keeper with a clinical finish. Our win at home drought has finally come to a end. We must kick on from here and once again turn the Den into our fortress and away teams dread thier visit to SE16. COYL

A league home win at last and hopefully we are up and running, more of the same please. Aiden O'Brien assisted in all three of our goals and was given man of the match.

Little Harvey was our mascot for this game and Aiden O'Brien Tweeted he was our lucky charm
4-1-4 is our record after nine games and yet another away trip up north Tuesday night to see if we can beat Wigan. Read about Harvey this amazing six year old.

Click on link

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, Craig, Beevers, Webster, Ferguson (L.Martin 80), Williams, Abdou, Morison, O'Brien (Marquis 76), Onyedinma (Upson 61),

subs not used, Forde, J.Martin, Gregory, Thompson

Goals: Abdou 4, Williams 44), Morison 60

Rochdale: Lillis, McNulty, Lancashire, Vincenti, Lund, Allen, Rose (McDermott 69), Cannon, Kennedy, Bunney (Andrew 46), Henderson (Alessandra 68),

subs not used, Diba Musangu, Rafferty, Eastham, Camps

Goal: Vincenti 43

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Millwall 0 Southend 2, League One, Game 8, 19/9/15, att:10,228, A Tribute to Albert McKenzie VC

A guard of Honour from HMS Collingwood to celebrate the life of Albert McKenzie VC who won the Victoria Cross in the first world war after a Royal Naval raid on Zebruggee. Please Google Albert's name for further details and read about this amazing young man from the Old Kent Road and also his memorial details.
The Game
That's another home defeat and it's took the shine off of the recent away wins. Burton Albion are top of the league with 18 points and we are stuck on 10. I really thought that we was going to win this one especially after the six points in four days but we looked not so sharp and leggy and thinking about it now most of our games are "up north" as we have no London Derby's so two games in four days at Crewe and Port vale was along time being on the road.

Blue skies, fluffy white clouds and I felt a buzz about the place that this could be it, our first home win this season in the league. What a plonker I was.

Beevers and Webster come up for this one but our well marked attack line comes up short

And to rub it in this is Southend's first away win of the season

My assessment of our performance was we done a lot of running and plenty of effort and although the Southend Keeper Dan Bentley kept out three or four decent chances we didn't look sharp overall..
We improved when Paris Cowan-Hall and Shane Ferguson came on which gave us better width and with also Lee Gregory buzzing around the box we looked busier but we still didn't put one away.

ps....I wasn't impressed with the ref.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, Webster, Beevers (Ferguson 69), Craig, Onyedinma (Cowan-Hall),  Abdou, Williams, Upsoon (Gregory 51), O''Brien, Morison

subs, Forde, J.Martin, Marquis, Thompson

Southend: Bently, O'Neil, Bolger, Barrett (Rea 54), Prosser, Worrall, Leonard, Deegan, Timlin, Mooney (Weston 84), Piggott (Williams 94)

subs, Wordsworth, Payne, Atkinson, Smith, 

Goals: Mooney 37, Barrett 49

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Port Vale 0 Millwall 2, League One, Game 7, 15/9/15, att: 4, 447 (210)

From the off we were up and at them

That's played 7 
W3 D1 L3=10 pts

Vale supporters reckon we were the best team they have played this season and they were lucky not to have been three goals down in the first 15 minutes, I make them right.

Aiden O'Brien hit a left footed shot just a few minutes into the game which was going in to the top left corner before it was saved. We came again and Aiden O'Brien had another shot saved after another couple of minutes but this time in the bottom right corner. Shortly afterwards Ed Upson, Steve Morison and Aiden O'Brien yet again all come close.

This team is looking good and after two consecutive wins on the road the Lions move just one point outside the play off spots. I know it's early but not much to shout about recently so I can't hold it back. We are starting to look a class act and Neil Harris is doing what ever it he is doing and it is bringing in the results.

We dominated the first half with still more shots coming in on the Port Vale goal, Steve Morison was working well with O'Brien and it was amazing that we went in at half-time stuck at 0-0. With the 200 making their selves heard Millwall started the second half  with the hope of putting one in the back of the net. We did not have to wait as Mark Beevers scored in the 57th minute with his head and the travelling support punched the sky with sheer delight. Port Vale picked their game up once they went behind but we stood firm. We still had more chances and right at the death Lee Gregory was awarded a penalty as the Vale keeper lunged and fetched him down. Gregory scored and that was that.


Southend United this Saturday and can we finally bring a closure to the "we can't win at home syndrome" I think we will but none of us should come to the Den with a miserable face.
Neil Harris wants and needs our support, so let's give it to him and I reckon we as a club could go anywhere.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, Williams, Webster, Craig, Onyedinma (Ferguson 76), Beevers, Upson, Abdou, Morison (Gregory 67), O'Brien (Marquis 83)
subs not used, Forde, J.Martin, Cowan-Hall, Thompson

Goals: Beevers 58, Gregory 90 pen

Port Vale: Ainwick, Purkiss, Streete (Inniss 45), Duffy, Dickinson, Moore, Grant, Dodds (Leitch-Smith 63), Andoh, Ikeazu, Foley (McCourt 83)
subs not used, Birchall, Johnson, Daniel, Lloyd


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Crewe 1 Millwall 3 League One, Game 6, 12/9/15, att:4,239 (600)

That's two wins on the bounce ( I am including the paint trophy )

After our mini-break due to international games we go to rock bottom Crewe and get our second away win of the season by courtesy of a terrific hat trick scored by Aiden O'Brien.
His first was drilled in on 22 minutes shortly after Steve Morison had his shot blocked by the Crewe keeper. Fourteen minutes later Crewe equalised when a deflection left Jordan Archer stranded and the ball took up its familiar role of being in the back of the Millwall net. The first half finished all square and I reckon the 2nd half  was about to be the most important 45 minutes of the season so far.  I say that as more of a sense than a fact but following on from the Johnstone Paint Cup win against Peterborough the winning way had to continue, if it did not continue then nothing would have seemed to have improved and being stuck on the bottom would have produced the gloom that would have helped to keep us there.

Aiden O'Brien chalks up his first professional hat trick

Bring on the 2nd half and cue the Aiden O'Brien road show.  I read the Aiden O'Brien article in the Southwark News the day before and he states that "he is a born striker and he wants to be more selfish in front of goal. He can do all of that as he proved to day with a 2nd in the 64th minute when he buried a 30 yard smack that flew in the top corner. Then minutes later he buried his 3rd after picking the ball up just outside the box and waltzed around two or three defenders and guided the ball home. My daughters 40th birthday today with a big pub party planned for tonight so drinks all round and a happy, happy weekend.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, Nelson (Webster 50), Beevers, Craig, Onyedinma (Ferguson 69), Abdou, Williams, Upson, O'Brien, (Gregory 84), Morison
subs not used, Forde, Cowan-Hall, Marquis, Thompson

Goals: O'Brien 21, 64, 74

Crewe: Garratt, Turlon, Davis, Nugent, Kinsley, Atkinson, Fox (Wilson 65), King, Inman, Dalla Volle (Cooper 80), Colclough,
subs not used, Richards, Guthrie, Ray, Haber, Baillie

Goal: Dalla Valle 36

That's six game gone and a total of seven points. We need to make that ten points so roll on Tuesday night as it's Port Vale away, which means it's back up north again.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Millwall 1 Peterborough 0, Johnstone Paint Trophy round one, 1/9/2015, att: 2050 (away 222)

It will take more than a coat of paint



We win a game at home which is the first for yonks, but one win does not make a revival.
We seem to be lacking in grit, I don't want to be picky but we never really bossed the game and this will need to be improved before we can kick on and at least finish mid-table in this division. Perhaps it's a  Barry Kitchener, Terry Hurlock or Rhino type of attitude that's missing. All my pre-season excitement of doing something this season with Neil Harris and his trimmed down young squad was drained out of me by three successive home defeats but although this win is not something that should be shouted from the roof tops it is perhaps at least it's the opening of the tin of paint and a dip of the paint brush within.. We must kick on from here and win again and put some some gloss on it. Carlos Edwards was back in the side re-employed after his long long spell out with injury and all though he looked rusty he worked his way into the game and finished strong as he still had the energy to be in a attack position with just a few minutes to go and sent a ball in which Shaun Williams using his head sent the ball into the back of the net and the 2000 into orbit and the game was ours. I wonder who we will get in the next round.

Peterborough defend with eleven in the box

Millwall: Archer, Beevers, Edwards, Nelson, Craig, Williams, Upson, O'Brien, Onyedinma, Thompson, Marquis, 

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Millwall 0 Coventry 4, League One, Game 2, 15/8/15 att:11,197 (1,547)

This is misery, beat at home against Barnet and now a 4-0 beating at home against Coventry. I had hoped we would have survived in the Championship, on this form we will be lucky to survive in League One.

I cannot be bothered to spend time on this, so here is the team  that performed so badly.

Forde, Cummings, Beevers (Ferguson 46), Craig, Webster, Martin 9Thompson 46),  Upson (Cowan-Hall 77), Williams, Gregory, Morison, Onyedinma

Coventry's goals, 6, 19, 24, 80   We missed a penalty (Lee Gregory) after only 3 minutes


I'm sticking this on the here, may as well make a bunch of it.

18/8/15, Millwall 2 Barnsley 3, League One, Game 3, att: 7,656 (304) Tuesday night

A big drop in the crowd

We concede right at the death and blow three points...soul destroying.
Neil Harris made three changes from the team that failed against Coventry. We got at them from the off and Fred Onyedinma scored and gave us a 27th minute lead. We then proceeded to go  2-1 down, we tried for the equaliser and it paid off as Fred got his 2nd and a point was ours. Oh no it wasn't and the happy time didn't last long, Barnsley scored 90+2 and the rest of the weak bloody miserable.

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Nelson, Craig, Ferguson (L.Martin 89), Fred Onyedinma, Abdou, Williams (Thompson 61), Abdou, Upson (O'Brien 61), Gregory, Morison
subs not used, Archer, Webster, Cowan-Hall,  Marquis

Barnsley: Davies, Bree (Wabara 58), Roberts, Manson, Nyatanga, Scowen, Pearson (Rothwell 84), Hourihane, Watkins, Winnall, Crowley
subs not used, Townsend, Smith, R. Williams, Digby, Wilkinson

That's an improvement

22/8/15, Scunthorpe 0 Millwall 0, League One, Game 4, att: 3,382 (387), position 15


Scunthorpe missed a penalty in the 79th minute by firing it out of the ground via clear over the bar. Jordan Archer replaced David Forde for this game and the keeper done his self proud with some excellent saves. Ben Thompson was given his full d├ębut and made himself busy in oppositions box and elsewhere on the pitch. A lively match in the sun and both sides had chances. The game finished with Jordan Archer pulling off a wonderful save with timing running out and then Steve Morison smacking the oppositions wood work. A entertaining game and not a 0-0 draw bore. We could have done with the three points though.

Millwall: Archer, Cummings, Craig, Beevers, Nelson (Webster 61), Abdou, Williams, Thompson, Morison , Gregory , Onyedinma

subs not used, Forde, Cowan-Hall, Upson, Martin, Marquis

Scunthorpe: Anyon, Laird, McAllister, Madden, van Veen (McSheffrey 57), Henderson (Hopper 59), Bishop, Adelakun (Wootton 67), King, Goode, Clarke

subs not used. Daniels, Wiseman, Mirfin, Dawson


29/8/15, Millwall 0 Chesterfield 2, League One, Game 5, att: 8,374


If this keeps up nobody will be coming, maybe that's not true as there will always be me but I may have to force myself. Dismal really and that's the third home loss on the bounce. Where's our fortress gone? Is it us? Is it them? Them being the players or more to the point the senior players who are not putting in a good enough shift. I will put my neck out and say it's 'time that is the factor. We are just not used to winning at home. A strange statement as we are well known historically of playing in a fortress and oppositions did not enjoy making the visit but now it's a easy three points for them. The stuffing and belief has been knocked out of us after 3 or 4 years of dross. It will take time to get this belief back on both sides of the fence. I reckon we will do al-right against Crewe. There is a international break coming up and it will give us time to regroup and hopefully kick on from there.

As for the game we lost 2-0 and once again conceded right at the death.

Up the Wall

Millwall: Archer, Cummings (Marquis 86), Craig, Beevers, Nelson, Powell (Cowan Hall 76), Thompson, Abdou, Morison, Gregory (O,Brien 46), Onyedinma

subs not used, Forde, Williams, Upson, Webster

Chesterfield: Lee, Jones, Hird, Morsy, Evatt, Gardner (Raglan 87), Martinez, Ebank-Blake (Gnanduillet 72), O'Shea, O'Neil, Ariyibi (Dieseruvwe 72),

subs not used, Cairns, Humphreys, Raglan, Harrison, Banks

Goals: O'Shea 17, 90


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Millwall 1 Barnet 2 ae,t 11/8/15, Capital One Cup 1st round, att: 4,454

I thought we had seen the last of that

First competitive home game of the season

After the excellent 2-1 win at Shrewsbury Saturday it's Tuesday night and we take on newly promoted Barnet who are back in the Football League. We were very flat and didn't create much, Steve Morison missed a penalty. We were severely lacking in any kind of midfield dominance and possession that gave support to the strikers. It was good to see Fred and Paris Cowan-Hall running the wings but we still kept sending in diagonal balls that did not come to much. Hopefully this display was part of this game and not a prelude to how this season will pan out.

That's two in two for Steve Morison, a little bit of joy


Morison 76

Akinde 11(pen)      Yiadom 102

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Shrewsbury 1 Millwall 2 Game 1 League One 8/8//15 att:6,671 we take 1500


We take 1500 away and we are up and running. Shrewsbury who are fresh up from League Two and have a very good home record at their new ground looked a good test for us and I was not confident that we could win this game. I would have been happy with a draw so to take all three points is stamping our mark on the division. I didn't know before the game that we had not won a game coming from behind in the last two years and I suppose as soon as Shrewsbury scored it would have been "that's that then" I am glad I didn't know.

When Shrewsbury scored in the 55th minute it was just the reminder the Lions needed  that games don't earn you anything unless you put the sweat and effort in and they came back and won this game and Steve Morrison who signed yet again for Millwall a few days ago scored one and was awarded a penalty which Lee Gregory took and buried in the 67th minute gave us the win and the three points. A big shout from me to mention young Fred Onyedinma who had a game that must be classed as one of his best as he was beating Shrewsbury players with ease, he run some of them ragged.. Is this all a sign of things to come? I hope so.

Millwall;   Forde, Cummings, Beevers, Craig, Webster, Williams, Upson, Martin (Ferguson 73), Gregory (Marquis 84), Morison, Onyedinma
subs not used, Archer, Cowan-Hall, Nelson, Powell, Philpot

Goals: Morison 59, Gregory pen 67

Shrewsbury: Leutwiler, Tootle, Sadler, Grandison, Goldson, M Woods (Brown 67), Alpa Akpro (Whalley 74), Ogogo, R Woods, Collins (McAlinden 78),  Barnett
subs not used, Burton, Lawrence, Ellis, Vernon

Goal: Collins 55

Here is a few more teams we are playing this season........Burton Albion, Bury, Barnsley and the only F in the division, Fleetwood Town. Can't wait

Friday, 5 June 2015

15/5/15--------20/7/15 Millwall building for the future

Following on from the post below, we are down but next season could be better. Things that could be a factor is how we perform next season with the wage cuts. All the players that are still contracted will be taking a League One pay cut and this may take some desire away from the players but "I don't think so'
Neil Harris is already putting in the hours, he has met the board and it looks like the focus for next season is intense. Season ticket sales are up and we are signing players already as we pick up 19 year old defender Mahlon Romeo from Gillingham on a year contract.A couple of the youngsters have signed contract extensions so Ben Thompson and Keaton Wood for at least another year. There's a buzz about the place and with a "young" Neil Harris and a "young" David Livermore leading the pack we may be wet behind the ears at times but they will learn quick and I am sure we do alright.

Jake Goodman let go by Millwall but AFC Wimbledon where he played 17 games on loan do not want to keep him.
Martyn  Woolford released is in some way not what I expected. I know we had a few players to get shot of but not a had working honest pro who if he had stayed could have done a job in League One and I reckon he would have been a good pro to link up with the batch of first team youngsters. What do I know.

 Season ticket sales are up on last year and where most football club supporters would be having a right old gripe about their club being relegated we are aching for the new season to start and support Neil Harris and the boys in the true Millwall way. This Millwall way as been lost for a while and it will be great to see it back.

Neil Harris looks within or prefers to sign the right players on long term deals. I think we all can see the benefit of that

May 19th

Tony Craig has been mentioned, would he come back? Yep! I am sure he will say where do I sign.

May 21st 

There's news that David Forde is off to Derby County. I wonder if we will go? I have a feeling he won't. Time will tell but I reckon he will stay.

Carlos Edwards who's contract has expired has stayed on at the Den to finish his rehabilitation and to see if he can earn himself a new contract. I see good reasoning in that decision and I hope that the 36 year old defender can earn that new deal as I recall before he got injured last September he was playing his usual good football and had the legs of a 20 year old.

Alan Dunne and Danny Shittu both say their farewells and leave the club with fond memories. 
Likewise the pair have gave me joy over the years and of course there's been periods of non-joy and misery but that's football and of course that's supporting Millwall FC

No London derbies this season unless it's a cup game

June 1st

Aiden O'Brien and Sid Nelson sign up to a three year deal and that's two of our shiniest stars in the bag showing commitment and desire. There's still a few more to commit but I know they will.

Under 18 coach Justin Skinner is given the role of  Elite Development Squad Manager. I have no idea what that means but he will be working with Neil Harris and David Livermore. A few other appointments have joined the coaching team, David Connolly  a former Irish international striker and West Ham player  will coach the under 18's and Larry McAvoy has moved up from the under 16's to assist David Connolly.

June 5th

 Here's a turn up Andrew Frampton signs up as a coach and another ex Lion returns to the fold. I remember his first season at the Den as a player and to be honest he didn't set the Den alight or done any favours for himself but year two was a different matter and he walked away with the player of the season. He sounds up for it and want to put across the ethic of working hard gets results.

I read in the South London Press that Fulham are having talks with David Forde. Lets see what happens.

June 9th

We are trying sign Jordan Archer from spurs but apparently so is everybody else. The 21 year old keeper enjoyed his time being on loan at the Den last season and this may sway him to sign for the Lions. With David Forde having the contract condition that he could leave on a free if the Wall was relegated Jordan Archer will have the chance of being the new No 1


We are attempting to sign defender Alfie Mawson from Brentford but the further two years of his contract to run but this may be stumbling block that we cannot overcome. 

We have drawn Brentford in the first round of the Capital Cup. A London derby which is something we won't have in League One this new season. We play the game at the Den on the 11th of August.

June 17th

Fred Onyedinma finally signs a new deal so he is at the Den to at least 2017. Fred calls Millwall Family and he feels at home. After his successful loan deal at Wycombe last season I expect him to kick on but I must remember that he is still only 18.

June 18th

Players and supporters remember Tommy Blackmore a well known Millwall supporter who was killed near Tower Bridge last weekend after what the police call a incident (I think he went to help someone in trouble) My granddaughter new him well and joined a memorial march from Rotherhithe to Tower Bridge. RIP Tommy

Nadjim Abdou resigns for Millwall and it looks like he will pass the 300 mark of games this season. Jimmy had interest from elsewhere but one of our favourites decided to stay.and signed a new two year deal. I'm pleased with his decision because he works his socks off and is a proper Millwall player.

June 25th

Carlos Edwards returns to full training and injured Jamie Philpot and Shaun Williams are back in training but just a little bit to start with. Matthew Briggs who was not retained leaves the Lions and signs for Colchester United.

We were due to sign striker James Hanson from Bradford City for a fee of half-a-million but it didn't happen so we still need to obtain one from somewhere.

Joe Martin signs for Millwall after five years at Gillingham where he made 179 appearances.
I don't know much about this player so will be curious to see how he slots in.

July 3rd

Tony Craig re-signs for Millwall after he made it happen and I am sure he will take ownership the captains armband. This is good news for me and I am sure also for a good few other Wall supporters. There is a section of support that are not that keen to see him back for various reasons but I am hopeful he will be ok for the sake of the club.

July 4th

The team is training again in Portugal and all though it's hot over there they are putting in the sessions. Paris Cowan-Hall did not go as he is crooked again.

Richard Chaplow joins Doncaster Rovers

July 14th

First Pre-season friendly----Bromley 2 Lions 2 att: 2500

Lions goals Marquis 50 pen, Thompson 56
Tony Craig scores a own goal right at the death but we should have won it.

We take on Bromley FC at their place in Hayes Lane and earn a 2-2 draw. Bromley who were recently promoted to the Conference Premier or what ever it's called these days were a good test for us and their was a good few positives to take from the game.

Millwall: Archer (King 62), Cummings (Romeo 62), Nelson (Webster 46), Beevers (Craig 46), J Martin (Chesmain 62), Onyedinma (Breimyr 70),  Upson (Farrell 62), Williams (Abdou 46), Thompson, Marquis (Twardek 62), O'Brien (Pavey 82)

July 18th

2nd pre-season friendly v AFC Wimbledon

We just about managed a goal at Kings meadow stadium as Sid Nelson saved our day with a 90th minute equaliser against League Two side Wimbledon. A proven striker is a must and hopefully we shall find one before the season starts. We have got players that can score goals but that 20-25 goals a season player is desperately needed. The type of player that we need is a Steve Morison but I think he is tied into Leeds on a 3 year deal. Would he come back? I think he would.

July 20th

It looks like that David Forde is committed to Millwall and is looking forward to the season getting under way.

July 25th 3rd pre-season game against Stevenage

We clash with Teddy Sheringham's Stevenage and come away with a 1-0 win. Another of our defenders score as Mark Beever's puts one away in the 60th minute. We took about 400 to Hertfordshire and were unlucky to see Millwall just get the one goal because we could and should of got a handful. We bossed the game with plenty of possession and encouraged by the travelling loud 400 on another day the goals will come.

Millwall: Forde (Archer 56), Cummings (Nelson 73), Webster, Craig, Beevers (J Martin 73), Cowan-Hall (Onyedinma 56), Abdou (Upson 46),  Williams (Thompson 73), L Martin (Powell 56), Marquis, Gregory (Philpot 56)
subs not used. Romeo, Pavey


Kris Twardek fractures his toe and could be out for a couple of months.


July 28th Behind closed door game at Welling ends in a 2-2 draw

1st August,  the last of the pre-season friendlies

Millwall 2 CD  Tondela 3 att: 2402

Tondela have rose through the Portuguese leagues and are now in the top flight.

The shortest player on the pitch heads past David Forde for Tondela's 3rd which proved to be the winner. Now that's a worry and I do hope this defence of ours gets it right when they play the first proper game of the season when we take on Shrewsbury at their place next Saturday.
Fred looked sharp and scored after a superb run and took the goal well. Lee Maetin must have a nose bleed as he put in one of his better displays and set Shaun Williams up who headed the ball past the Tondela keeper.The game got a bit tasty with some aggression on the pitch but we thrive on that sort of  stuff and although a friendly dull it wasn't.

We play in white for this one

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Webster, Craig, Beevers, Onyedinma, Upson (Powell 87), Williams, L Martin (Cowan-Hall 76), Marquis, Gregory
subs not used, Archer, Nelson, Romeo, Thompson, Pavey, Philpot

Goals for Millwall: Onyedinma 14, Williams 45

5th August  Steve Morrison does re-join the Lions and hopefully he can add to the 40 goals he scored for us between 2009-and 2011. I know he's not everybody's cup of tea but he is a very good footballer and we could do a lot worse. He will score goals and at this level I expect him to score lots. Anywhere between 15-20 this season would do me and I presume it will do for everybody else including the manager.

Let the season begin, Shrewsbury away

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Millwall have a clear out after relegation from the Championship

We have been waiting for that for most of the season, relief at last

We have a long list of those that are going. I must admit I had forgotten a few of them.

Those to be released, Angel Martinez, Danny Shittu, Martyn Woolford, Dan Harding, Carlos Edwards, Alan Dunne, Magaye Gueye, Mathew Briggs, Jake Goodman, Sofiane El Bekri, Richard Chaplow, Denzil Gerrar, Stefan Maierhofer, Ricardo Fuller, Dylan Casey, Nicky Bailey, Justin Hoyte, Callum Webb, Josh Siafa

Just a couple above I would have liked us to keep but time to move on I guess.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Wolves 4 Millwall 2, Championship League Game 46, 2-4-15 att:24,480 (we take 1300 ish)


*That's your lot for this season*

Championship Deep End

Lee Gregory didn't score which meant he finished the season on nine goals and not double figures which I presume he was hoping for. I would have liked him to get his tenth because although he hasn't been banging them in on his first season in the Football League he has worked his nuts off all season and his quality of play as been more than useful for the Championship and he held his own against "big names" in the division. League One next season and he should be staying and I would like to see him and Aiden O'Brien bring terror to the opposition defences which would be the spearhead of a Neil Harris onslaught. Wishful thinking some may say, but why not? I suppose it's all about who we keep.


The Game

We conceded four which made it seem like a bit of a hammering but that wasn't the case.We passed the ball around a bit and at times Wolves  were chasing shadows and Ed Upson was back to his best pressuring the Wolves defence while Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien were doing the same thing by pulling their defence all over the place.  Wolves were ok in spells and scored  in the 20th minute when Dico fired in after picking up a loose ball. He scored again early in the second half and that was that 2-0 down and we could have just give up after all there was nothing to play for, we did not and Aiden O'Brien scored up close in the 58th minute and we back in the game. Wolves scored their third in the 70th minute and at 3-1 down that seemed that .We was not finished with this game and youngster Jamie Philpot making his debut who had only been on the pitch three minutes was picked out by Ed Upson and slotted Millwall's 2nd goal and could we get a third. No we couldn't as Wolves got their 4th and the season was finished. I am gutted that we are down but next season who knows? I think they may be exciting times ahead.

This season's tally
Position 22, Won 9, Drawn 14, Lost 23, Goals For 42, Goals Against 76. GD-34, Points 41

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Harding, Nelson, Powell (Cowan Hall 72), Abdou, Upson, Gregory, O'Brien, Martin (Philpot 80)(Pavey 89 Philpot injured),
subs not used, Archer, Cummings, Gueye, Thompson

Goals: O'Brien 58, Philpot 82

Wolves: Kuszczak, Colbourne, Edwards, Stearman, Sako, McDonald, Afobe, La Parra, (Price 64), Ebanks-Landell, Iorfa, Dicko
subs not used, Flatt, Doherty, Henry, Doyle, Jacobs, Hause

Goals: Dicko 20, 56 Ebanks-Landell 70, Sako 90

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Wolves v Millwall 2/5/15


I wonder how we will get on at Wolves. They need to win to secure a place in the Play-off's and it looks like we could be playing or at least on the bench a few more academy players.
Who wrote the script for this?. Kenny Jackett on the touchline and in the opposition dug out  is Neil Harris in his tenth game in charge of the Lions sending them out with nothing to play for except their pride. Some of older players worked under KJ for many a year and although life time respect for KJ may have grown I am sure that would like to prove to him that they have still got it and can do one over on him. A interesting finish to the season and I would just love to see Neil Harris get a result there and I am so would everybody else be chirped up for the summer and take it as a sign of things to come. I suppose as long as we give a good account of ourselves at this moment in time that's all we could ask for.
As for this season, disappointed but not lacking hope but never forgetting that this is Millwall that I support..

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Millwall FC and Euroferries 5 year shirt sponsorship deal


This seasons shirt sponsor Euroferries are something else. They have no boats and I am under the impression they have paid no sponsorship instalments to the club. I cannot say that they have paid no instalments for sure but it appears to be the general belief among us the supporters. We have had no score board all season as it's been dismantled and apparently this mess was part of the sponsorship deal, i.e. to replace the scoreboard not to leave it derelict .


The Advertising Standards Authority are aware of them and have made judgement against them.

The ASA was concerned by Euroferries Ltd's lack of response and apparent disregard for the Code

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A bit from Kent News
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John Berylson believes that Neil Harris is the man for the job in League One, so do I. 

West ham owners son takes the piss on twitter about our demise. SHOCK, HORROR  according to the Guardian' not really. I am sure we would do the same to them and maybe a fly-by.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Rotherham 2 Reading 1, 28/4/15 *** finally put out of our misery

Well that's that then. Bournemouth promoted to the Premiership, Rotherham survive and although we have improved under Neil Harris we have only managed two points in our last three games and we have been relegated to the wilderness of division 3. Does anybody know where Fleetwood is?

On the bright side.
The sufferings over. For next season the chance to stiffen up, have a plan and come back to the Championship with a bang, hopefully. Not forgetting we have handful of academy players who either have been regulars this season playing for the 1st team or doing well with the under 21's or out on loan and doing well elsewhere. I think the future is looking bright.
I would also put a few bob on the odds that next season Rotherham will be on their way down as we pass them coming back up. We were poor for long periods of the season and it showed because Rotherham beat us home and away.and it's those two defeats that sealed our fate, it should never have happened.

We have gone down with Wigan and Blackpool, two recent Premiership clubs and you wonder what happened to the parachute payments. Both these clubs have had Millions to spend and not much to show for it, our biggest outlay was probably the settlement to make management changes to put Neil Harris in charge. Talking of ex-managers there's still one more game to go and it's against Wolves, should be interesting.

Bottom five as it stands: Brighton P 45, 46 pts,  Rotherham P45 45 pts,  Millwall P45 41pts
                                          Wigan P 45 39 pts,  Blackpool P 45 25 pts

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Millwall 3 Derby County 3, Championship League Game 45, att: 12,571

As we know Rotherham deducted three points and its all to play for.  COYL

You can always rely on the Den wit
A nice gesture by the sponsors a salute to Steve McClaren


Being 2-0 up and then 3-1 this was a game that may have saved our Championship bacon but we blew it. I cannot believe Tom Ince was allowed to score from a free kick that brought Derby back into the game at 3-2. If you look at the picture below and I will leave it to you to judge how Ince managed to score to the right of David Forde.

Derby free kick
Tom Ince found room to David Forde's right, do we know how that happened?

Lee Gregory opened the scoring when a poor clearance gifted him the opportunity to score his 7th goal of the season and we were off and running. The Den now reached critical level and extra support and ropes were needed to keep the roofs on the stands as the Lions pressed for a 2nd. it only took 10 minutes befor Gregory scored again this time when he sunk a penalty which was awarded when the referee blew for a penalty when a Derby player hand balled in their box. Lee Gregory was now on fire and was putting in a shift and he finally proving that he can hold his own in the Championship and it was plain to see that he was enjoying himself. Neil Harris has introduced a new lease of life for this squad and the supporters and I am sure the Den crowd could have been heard at London Bridge. We were keeping the large Derby away support quiet and they were probably wondering "what's going on, Millwall are in a relegation spot so they must be crap, why are we losing to them" shock horror.
Derby who are pressing for a play off spot pulled one back before half time when as mentioned above our favourite opposition player  Tom Ince who got his own back after receiving dogs abuse curled one in after taking a free kick on the edge of the box. It was now 2-1 and the second half was all to play for.

Hat Trick
Lee Gregory scores his 2nd penalty and the Lions go 3-1 up

The Den was double rocking and it seemed that this was going to be the game that kept us in the promised land. We certainly looked crisp and sharp and we were working our nuts off to stay in this division. Without doubt Neil Harris is doing the job.

It's been a gloomy two or three years but it looks like Millwall are back and back in style.

Credit to Derby they didn't fold under the Den onslaught and were awarded a penalty on 70 minutes when a Aiden O'Brien bumped into Tom Ince. I thought it was harsh but seeing that the ref had gave us two penalties he wasn't going to miss the opportunity to give one to the opposition. Derby scored and it was a nervy last twenty minutes. We couldn't do it and succumb to the equaliser with five minutes of normal time to go. At any other time a draw against high flying Derby would have been a decent result but in this instance that's two points dropped and it may be the end of us in the Championship. Rotherham have got to lose their last two games and we have to win away at play off spot chasers Wolves managed buy our old mate Kenny Jacket.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Nelson, Hooiveld, Harding, Martin (Gueye), Abdou, Bailey, Woolford, Gregory (Fuller), O'Brien (Cowan-Hall), 
Subs not used, Archer, Taylor,Fletchert, Thompson, 

Goals: Gregory 26, 36 pen, 50 pen, 

Derby: Grant, Shotton, Keogh, Forsyth, Warnock (Albentosa), Hendrick, Dawkins (Martin), Hughes, Ince, Sammon, Lingard (Russell), 
Subs not used, Christie, Ward, Naylor, Roos

Goals: Ince 42,  Martin 70 pen,  Hendrick 85

All in all a decent performance but just the one point and only two points over the last three games. Neil Harris must be offered a permanent job, surely. That is the ninth game of his ten game spell and his record is LDDWLWDLD = 10 points and 9 goals

We meet Kenny Jacket's Wolves next Saturday and it could be a critical game for us as well as Wolves who are scrapping for a play-off place. If Rotherham win at home to Reading Tuesday night we will just have our pride to play for. Kenny may be expecting a favour but I doubt it.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Blackburn 2 Millwall 0, Championship Game 44, 21/4/15, att:12,884 (I think we took 270)


It took me a couple of days to get the keyboard out and write a bit about this game because more than anything it proved along with the recent Cardiff game that without a Championship striker staying in this league is nigh-on impossible. We should have won both games and secured six points and not just the one. I believed that we would stay up after the first couple of games under Neil Harris because things that were missing started to show and as the games continued it showed even more, passion, desire, commitment, believe and we were and have been having some cracking goal scoring chances. We were back, but are we?

If we were back we would be scoring goals and we ain't. The two players that scored for Blackburn have scored more goals than the whole Millwall team combined so that is the reason Blackburn won the game and not because their overall display was better than ours. We had chances, Martin Woolford and Paris Cowan-Hall come close and so did Magaye Gueye and Gary Taylor-Fletcher but as the Cardiff game nobody clinical buried one and the "staying up hope" is fizzing out with just two games to go. It looks like we are now relying on Rotherham to lose points regarding the mistake of playing a player after his loan period had expired. and then more or less losing their last two while we keep a eye on Wigan.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Cardiff 0 Millwall 0, Championship Game 43, att:19,639

That's game seven of  Neil Harris's ten and that's nine points secured.


Any other time a 0-0 draw at Cardiff would have been a blinding result but we should have had a win.
We have improved everywhere on the pitch but still haven't got that clinical finisher. I know that we have been scoring recently with two against Charlton, Brentford and Wigan but the pressure was really on for this game but although we had good chances, we did not deliver. Gary Fletcher-Taylor promised us a while ago that he will score goals, once he un-tangles his feet he may well do but on the showing so far I don't see it myself. Lee Gregory has not picked up with his goal scoring which must disappoint him and he is still stuck on six for the season. As I said we should have had this one and the chance by Mark Beevers that smacked the underneath of the bar and ended up not crossing line was a major blow and it just proves that margins are tight in this division.


Can we do it stay in the Championship ? We are still in with a shout and the team has not gave up so nor shall I. Rotherham still have the risk of being docked at least three points which adds a extra dimension to the this end of season battle royal. There is only one more game to go at the Den and I wish it was all three.

Bottom 5: Brighton P 44, 46 pts---Rotherham P 43, 44 pts---Millwall P 43, 40 pts 
                  Wigan P 44, 39 pts---(R) Blackpool P 44. 25 pts

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Harding, Abdou, Nelson, Beevers, Woolford, Bailey, Gregory (Taylor-Fletcher 74), O'Brien (Fuller 74), Martin (Gueye 62),
subs not used, Archer, Hooiveld, Cowan-Hall, Powell

Cardiff: Marshall, Peltier, Malone (Fabio 22), Ecuele-Manga, Morrison, Whittingham, Noone (Kennedy 85), Gunnarsson, Ralls (Pilkington 64), Mason, Doyle
subs not used, Moore, Adeyemi, O'Keefe, Harris

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Millwall 2 Wigan 0, Championship League Game 42, 14-4-15, att: 8,494 (away 170) We are still in with a shout


That's Neil Harris's sixth game in charge and it's two wins, two draws and two defeats

There was just one change for this game when Lee Martin started instead of Martyn Woolford and that from all the players was a Millwall performance that went hand in hand with us the supporters, we were loud and we were proud .That was like the atmosphere I was weaned on and although the Lions looked nothing like Barcelona they were up for this one with as much desire that I have seen for a long time. It looks like we have got our Millwall back and for the pocket dynamo Jimmy Abdou to open the scoring when he flew in with his head was the spark that lit the blue touch-paper that turned the Den into mass celebration and we were cooking on gas. Into time added we secured the win as sub Magaye Gueye broke toward the Wigan goal and similar to his goal against Charlton fired a precise shot from a angle which beat the Wigan keeper and we were dancing down the Old Kent Road.  A win double from the two Frenchies and a good shift by young Sid Nelson.


The next day Wigan are winging that we roughed them up, excuse me' who received two red cards? We received one. Even their fans on the forum were moaning that the Den was a loud and fierce place and it put them off.  I can only say one thing, welcome to South East London and welcome to Millwall.

All around the ref as he is dishing out cards

The bottom of the table which is a place we know well this season and also the season before is looking much about the same apart from us pulling away from Wigan and also closing the cap on Rotherham to four points.  Rivals Rotherham are up before the Football League shortly because they fielded a illegible player. A three point reduction could be the punishment but I won't hold my breath. Rotherham play against Fulham tomorrow night.

A meagre Wigan away

15/4/15 Fulham 1 Rotherham 1 I'll take that

How it looks-bottom five: Fulham P 43 46 pts,  Rotherham P 43 44pts,  Millwall P 42 39 pts
Wigan P 43 36pts, Blackpool P 43 25 pts (already down)

Milwall: Forde, Cummings, Harding, Abdou, Nelson, Beevers, Martin( Gueye 68), Williams (Bailey 42), Gregory, O'Brien(Woolford 84), Upson 79
Subs not used, Archer, Fuller, Taylor-Fletcher, Cowan-Hall

Goals: Abdou 24 Gueye 90+3

Wigan: Carson, Maguire, McClean, Pennant(Chow 80), Kyung, Boyce, Perch,
Pearce 79  Fortune(Waghorn 52  66),
Subs not used, Habsi, McCann, Barnett, Murphy

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Millwall 0 Watford 2, Championship Game 41, 11-4-15, att: 12,075 (away 2,840)

Well that's five games with Neil Harris in charge and it's he's second defeat. 

I was hoping and saying that we would win this game or more exactly that we had a chance of winning this game but deep down I knew it would be a tall order. Watford can score goals for fun and the 84 that they have scored in the league this season are proof of that, only Bournemouth have scored more. Watford's two goals scored in the 25th and 56th minutes were clinical strikes and that was missing from our game as we pretty well matched them toe-to-toe everywhere else on the park.

Two penalty shouts and we should have been awarded at least one of them

A decent header but Gomes saves

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Harding(Maierhofer 73m), Abdou(Martin 68m), Nelson, Beevers, Woolford(Gueye 58m), Williams, Gregory, O'Brien, Upson

subs not used, Archer, Dunne, Bailey, Taylor Fletcher

Watford: Gomes, Connolly, Angela, Hoban, Paredes(Motta 90+2), Watson, Tozser, Guedioura, Anya(Abdi 60m), Vydra(Ighalo 83), Deeney,

subs not used, Bond, Munari, Layun, Pudil

Goals: Vydra 26m, Guedioura 56m

Bottom five: Fulham P 42, 45 pts----Rotherham  P 42, 43 pts----Wigan P 42, 36 pts,
                     Millwall P 41 36pts----Relegated Blackpool P 42, 25 pts

We have a game in hand over them all, we play this game Tuesday night. To add a extra twist, this game is against Wigan, a true 6 pointer.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Neil Harris

We are fighting for our Championship place and we are not giving up

That's good enough for me and like this Blog I'm not giving up either.  There is six games to go and 18 points to play for. I know there are some tough games, Watford, Blackburn and Wolves spring to mind but as everybody knows, there is no easy games in the Championship. We are now playing our best football and applying true Millwall attitude and desire to win a few games and get out of this mess that we find ourselves in. We have had at least two years of misery and now at long last we see bite and passion and just as important stability within the team. I just hope it's not to late. 

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Millwall 2 Charlton 1, Championship Game 40, 3-4-15, att: 14,722 (away 2,235)


Charlton fans arrive probably expecting their normal drubbing

There was a crackle in the air as we approached the Den for this one and with Neil Harris's fourth game in charge following on from a good performance at Brentford I was expecting a win against our near rivals from SE 7. I like to call these Charlton games the most one sided derby in English football. I am not sure that it is but if not it should be as it certainly feels as though it is.

Click on link >> Millwall v Charlton--Head to Head

                                       Charlton's first goal in nearly 20 years at the Den

We had the majority share of possession through out this game and even before Charlton went down to ten men we were bossing the play. Charlton skipper Chris Solly hand balled in the box in the 28th minute and was red carded and sent off . Lee Gregory took the resulting penalty and he missed it as the Charlton keeper went down to his right and saved. That could have fetched us down but we carried on regardless and roared on by a decent size Den crowd we created good spells of play all over the park but conceded in the 67th minute when Charlton scored against the run of play when a flick by Alou Diarra's that could have went anywhere ended up in the back of our net. The Charlton supporters went berserk and was singing like they had won the game and it was cut and dried they had the three points and we were going down. To concede against ten men is always a embarrassment but a while ago we would have collapsed and lost this game but under Neil Harris we have more fight in our bellies and more purpose with our play. Having stability in the side helps as well as all this chopping and changing under Holloway meant uncertainty and head scratching. 

Being 1-0 up the away-end think they have this game sown up as the Lions face Charlton's five at the back

We pulled this game back when Magaye Gueye in the 79th minute scored from a tight angle and eight minutes later Jos Hooiveld scored from close range which gave us a first home win since October the 25th when we beat Cardiff 1-0. This win and the two draws before keeps us in with a shout of staying up and while there's a chance we must fight for it. Some on the forums reckon we need to go down to re-group I don't hold with that, league one is like being in the wilderness and a pig to get out of, we must stay in the Championship.

Bottom five: Fulham 43 pts, Rotherham 40 pts, Millwall 36 pts, Wigan 35 pts, Blackpool 23 pts

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Harding(Maierhofer 69m), Abdou(Gueye 58m), Nelson, Hooiveld, Woolford, Williams, O'Brien, Gregory, Upson(Bailey 76m), 
subs not used, Archer, Dunne, Beevers, Taylor-Fletcher

Goals: Gueye 79m, Hooiveld 87m

Charlton: Henderson, Solly, Gomez, Diarra, Johnson, Fox, Berg-Gudmundsson, Vetokele(Bulot 72m), Cousins, Bulot, Eagles(Bikey 32m), Watt(Church 78m)
subs not used, Dmitrovic, Lennon, Lepoint, Wiggins

Goal: Diarra 67m

6/4/15 Bank Holiday Monday and Rotherham played and beat Brighton 1-0 the revised bottom five now reads Rotherham with 43 points which does not help our cause but they have played a extra game than us. 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Brentford 2 Millwall 2, Championship Game 39, 21/3/15 att: 10,179 (away 1641)



This Style of play will suit Lee Gregory and he will score many goals, Neil Harris said similar to this after the game and I am sure he is right. A right good breath of fresh air as been blowing around Millwall for a couple of weeks now and what's good about this breath of fresh air is it has come from within and not from the lungs of some imported Fancy Dan who can spin us a yarn and make most of us believe he is our salvation. I am glad those days are gone and I just hope they never come back and with Neil Harris in charge they won't because he won't bullshit us.


With Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien spearheading our attack we went into a 2-0 lead by the 64th. Gregory scored in the 28th minute when Ed Upson put through a ball to him and he rounded the Brentford keeper and buried the ball in the back of net. It wasn't all happening just at the front as Forde pulled off  save after save to keep Brentford out. He was having on of his best games for months as he was saving everything and we went into the tunnel at half time one goal to the good and wondering if we could pull off the great escape.

In the 68th minute Aiden O'Brien scored his first professional goal when Woolford sent one over and O'Brien scored with his head from a yard out. The 1641 travelling Wall went bonkers and perhaps thought that this game must now be in the bag and we would grab our first win since February the 10th. It wasn't to be, Brentford were awarded a penalty when Martyn Woolford fouled in the box and David Forde was sent the wrong way. We could still hold out, couldn't we? Within a few minutes the much prized three points went out the window as a Sid Nelson attempted clearance ended up in the back of net as Brentford fired it home. In extra time Brentford could have won it and so could have we as Gregory and Woolford had a chance and Gary Taylor-Fletcher's shot went just wide.

A much improved Millwall and as I said earlier, a breath of fresh air.

Last six: Reading 44 pts, Fulham 43 pts, Rotherham 40 pts, Wigan 35 pts, Millwall 33 pts, Blackpool 23 pts

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Harding, Abdou, Nelson, Hooiveld, Williams, Woolford, O'Brien (Taylor-Fletcher 76), Gregory, Upson,
subs not used, Archer, Beevers, Gueye, Philpot, Maierhofer, Fabbrini

Goals: Gregory 38, O'Brien 64

Brentford: Button, Bidwell, Dean(Smith 71), Douglas, Odubajo, Dallas(Judge 60), Gray, DiaGouraga(Toral 71), Pritchard, Jota, Tarkowski
subs not used, Bonham, Craig, McCormack, Long

Goals: Pritchard 85 pen, Odubajo 90+1

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Millwall 0 Brighton 0 Championship Game 38, 17/3/15 att: 9,105


All that was missing was a little bit of luck in front of the oppositions goal

Game 2 of Neil Harris's spell in charge and apart from not scoring a goal that was a better performance by the Lions. With Alan Dunne out due to a two game ban for accumulating yellow cards and Sid Nelson took to the field along with Martyn Woolford who starts instead of Ed Upson. These were the only changes from the team that started against Bolton. We started brightly and Aiden O'Brien on another day may have a goal or some goals under his belt after he left two defenders for dead and drove a shot that was saved by the Brighton Keeper. There was plenty of action in and around the Brighton box but we lacked the final ball be it the ball into the box or what the players done when they got it. The side put it plenty of effort and left the field at half time with clapping in their ears. The second half saw Brighton start brightly but we contained them well apart from the time when the visitors free kick smacked David Forde's crossbar. Lee Gregory was a nuisance for most of the game but once again he did not score after half chances in and around their box. Overall we are revitalised and I believe that we have it in us to beat sides with the improved performance, we just need a little bit of luck to go with it.

Solid in defence but just can't score 

Last six: Brighton 42 pts,  Fulham 40 pts,  Rotherham 40 pts,  Wigan 34 pts,  Millwall, 32 pts, 
              Blackpool 22 pts

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Harding, Abdou, Hooiveld, Nelson, Williams, Woolford(Fabbrini 81), Gregory, Taylor-Fletcher(Maiefofer 73), O'Brien(Gueye 73),
subs not used, Archer, Beevers, Fuller, Upson

Brighton: Stockdale, Saltor, Greer, Calderson, Kayal(Lualua 46), Stephens, Halford, Best(O'Grady 75), MacKail-Smith(Teixeira 75), Bennett, Holla
subs not used, Walton, Hughes, Ledesna, Ince

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Bolton 2 Millwall 0, Championship Game 37, 14/3/15 att: 14,719 (away 355)


The team is revealed. This has had everybody guessing for a few days and we started with a 4-4-2

Neil Harris made some team changes. Paris Cowan-Hall was back from injury and had a place on the bench. Stefan Maierhofer was also warming the bench and that's where he stayed. Lee Gregory was back in the starting eleven with Aiden O'Brien, Jimmy Abdou and Ed Upson. These joined the rest of the players that were left who started against Norwich and the stage was set.
Neil Harris's pre match Churchillian speech 'We are going to have a right good go at this, this being the ten games to play before the season ends was aimed at the players and at us the supporters to raise our spirits. A fine speech before we play game number one but it seem to have no effect as we succumb to a early goal and conceded another before the first half was up.

The second half and we play better but still missed chances. Lee Gregory once again missed a chance and Aiden O'Brien should have buried his but alas nothing to show for a much improved second half.
We did improve as we only got beat 2-0 and not the usual 3 or 4 and there was signs second half that if we keep it tight we may get something from the Brighton game this Tuesday night. The travelling Wall stayed to the end and afforded a clap to the players as they left the pitch, now that's a positive.

Bolton "stars" Liam Trotter nearly had Millwall Flue but he managed to come on in the 87th minute and Liam Feeney played the whole game,

Bolton: Amos, Vela, Mills, McCarthy, Ream, Walker, Danns9Coke 46), Bannan(Trotter 87), Feeney, Gudjohnson(Davies 72), Le Fondre
subs not used, Hall, Heskey, Lonergan, Twardzik

Goals: Le Fondre 11, 45

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Dunne, Hooiveld, Harding, Abdou, Williams, Upson(Cowan-Hall 66), O'Brien(Gueye 81), Gregory, Taylor-Fletcher(Fuller 59),
Subs not used, Archer, Beevers, Powell, Maierhofor

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Friday, 13 March 2015

Neil Harris and It's Bolton Wanderers tomorrow

Neil Harris

Bolton do not give us much credit and in a Neil Lennon interview it's not even mentioned that Neil Harris is now in charge of the Lions. They expect to win because they are playing at home as their home form is good. Perhaps they feel that the Neil Harris factor is not worth mentioning as it's insignificant because we are in the bottom three so it must be a home win. We will have to wait and see what's going to happen tomorrow and I have no idea if the team is going to play better or what our team will be and this must be the same for Bolton. I know that Bolton concede late goals and they have a good few players out with injuries. Can we nick something from this game tomorrow?  If  Bolton think it's on the cards for a easy win we just might surprise them.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Ten games to go and Ian Holloway is shown the door


Early this morning just as the sun was rising, well not quiet that early but early enough "Ollie" was shown the door and Neil Harris stepped across into the hot seat. I think it can be said that Bomber Harris does not shirk a challenge. Is he on a hiding to nothing?  I don't think so, as long as the team can up their game and show us all that they want to stay up and by doing that show us more grit and guile I think that would make as enjoy going to the Den again. Neil Harris has made no promises but like the rest of us he wants the team to produce excitement and play with pride and deliver Millwall style performances.  I want the team to play for the fans said Bomber, and I say if  by any chance we escape total humiliation or escape relegation by just one point SE16 and thousands of Millwall homes will be happier places come the summer. Any improvement in my book is a positive over the dross we have had to endure. If he fails and the last ten games are total misery we won't hold it against him and he will just go back to his day job, after all he's a goal scoring legend down here.

Ian Holloway's record of outcomes since he has been with the Lions speaks for it self.

From January 2014 to March 10th 2015---Played 62, lost 29, drawn 19, won 14 

In the end his relationship with us was strained and I detected digs against us the supporters. I just think our patience run out, he had a huge amount of time to turn it around but he failed on all counts. I want to quickly forget him.


Saturday, 7 March 2015

Millwall 1 Norwich 4, Championship Game 36, 7/2/15, att:11,116 (away 2,508)


YEP BONKERS!  We couldn't win a game if our lives depended on it. That's ten goals Norwich have put passed us in the two games we have played them this season. In the last six games in the league we have lost five and drawn one and of course the games before that wasn't much better and some respect were worse, the humiliation against Bradford comes to mind.

Just been informed about this >> Ian Holloway 2008


The ninth annual Dockers Day is greeted with not the normal celebration as the dark cloud that hangs over Millwall just got darker. We really are a weak and watery side and totally  lack the fight to hold  our own against a average looking Norwich side. We danced with them for the first 30-40 minutes and then fell apart as Norwich scored a brace either side of half time (ish). The Canaries second goal was down to Alan Dunne who gave away a needless penalty as he bought down a Norwich player as he was running towards the corner flag. I think we know about Alan Dunne's contribution in the local paper and how the players must raise their performances as Ian Holloway is doing as much as he can.
For this game Ian Holloway spent most of the game tucked at the back of the dug out and supporters near the dug out were blocked off by stewards from getting to close to him. There wasn't really much overall chanting towards Holloway but apparently they were vocally loud towards him behind him in the West Stand. I didn't hear much apart from individuals or small groups groaning, I think that Ian Holloway got off light and considering our plight I wouldn't have been surprised if  a noose was slung over a stand truss. It's looks like he won't walk and to push him out its going to cost and cost a lot. Our chairman knows what he is doing, doesn't he.

Nearly forgot, Lee Gregory scored a goal after we were awarded a soft penalty when Deigo Fabbrini went over in the box.

82nd Minute and we score from the spot, Norwich could have scored more but like Ian Holloway we got off light. In the background the hi-vis jackets of the stewards surround the home dug out. Normally it's the away dug out that gets this attention.

Millwall: Forde. Dunne, Harding, Bailey(Tonge 46), Hooiveld, Nelson, Williams, Woolford(Gregory 61), Taylor-Fletcher, Fuller(O'Brien 65), Fabbrini,, 
subs not used, King, Beevers, Gueye, Abdou
Goal: Gregory 82 pen

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Cuellar, Martin, Howson, Olsson, Hoolahan(Andreu 83), Dorrans(O'Neil 78), Hooper(Redmond 68), Jerome, Johnson,
subs not used, Rudd, Turner, Morris, Odjidja-Ofoe
Goals: Howson 38, 60, Hooper 45 pen, Hoolahan 57

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Millwall v Norwich this Saturday, I am always hopeful


I am bonkers I know but I am desperate that Millwall win this game coming up Saturday. The atmosphere of the Millwall forums and message boards is dismal and I try hard to steer clear of them but something keeps drawing me back, very odd. I can imagine that the rest of the football world is enjoying our decline and revelling in our misery. I try to say as little as possible on the message boards regarding our predicament as it will give others a chance to ridicule and piss take. Others don't give a monkey's arse and I have lost count of how many say that they have had enough and they will not be there Saturday. Some just want to be there to inform Ian Holloway and the board of their thoughts after they have had to put up with the worse run of results ever and three years of overall under performing. Me? I just want Millwall to win, ugly will do

We wasn't that good way back then but we could give Norwich a run for their money