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Saturday, 13 December 2014

12/12/14 Championship Game 21 Brighton 0 Millwall 1 att: 24,085 we take about 800

A Friday night live on Sky game. It was good to get the win

This game was not exactly a sizzler but we started well, we looked sharper, passed it about a bit had decent movement and scored a goal in the 15th minute. Then for some reason we played the rest of the game frightened to do anything similar again. It seemed like that after the 5-1 drubbing at  home against Middlesbrough the taking of this precious lead against Brighton was something they were keeping. They done the job so on that score the players can not be faulted. Millwall's goal come about after some good play and a couple bits of luck when Lee Gregory picked the ball up on the edge of the area and run in and smacked the thing home beating the Brighton keeper on his far side of the goal.

That's 23 points from 21 games and if we keep that up for the rest of the season that may not be enough to keep us up.

Millwall: Forde, Wilkinson, Shittu, Beevers, Malone, Angel(Dunne 88), Williams, Gueye(Abdou 80), McDonald, Woolford, Gegory(Fuller 82),
subs not used, King, Briggs, Easter, Upson

Goal: Gregory 15m

Brighton: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Halford, Chickson, Forster-Caskey, Gardner, Teixeira, March(Colunga 65), Bent, E.Bennett(McCourt 72),
subs not used, Walton, Ince, Hughes, Holla, Calderon

Sunday, 7 December 2014

6/12/14 Millwall 1 Middlesborough 5 att: 10,328


That was the end of my hope that we could go undefeated in December.

Rose coloured glasses won't work with this game. We were hopeless, what I saw today was not Millwall. There was no fight and no desire, wrong tactics and no "Millwall way"
Playing at home Millwall should have been in their face but they weren't in the race. I have never seen so many leave a game early in all the years that I have supported the Wall. 

With 5 minutes  of normal time to go and the Cold Blow Lane stand is looking thin on the ground

John Berylson wants more supporters through the turnstyles, he ain't  going to get it with a display like that. Our defence was nowhere good enough and it makes me wonder why Paul Robinson is on loan down at Portsmouth. The players that Ian Holloway rotates to play in the defence are not good enough and have the right attitude to battle fr the Lions. This maybe because of constant rotation and changes to tactics but stronger players like Paul Robinson would still battle and have the nous about him to adapt. His age maybe against him now but unless Danny Shittu plays on a regular basis we need a player like him.

The Game:

Millwall could have been 3-0 down before Boro scored their first and we can thank David Forde that that was not the case. The goals against us went in on 21, 28, 34, 44 and 79 minutes. We scored ourselves (whoopee) when Scott McDonald buried one in the 78th minute but no comeback this time as Boro quickly scored their fifth.and we were done good and proper.

The joy of celebrating Scott McDonald's goal lasted less than a minute

We as a crowd was quiet. Ian Holloway blames himself. Alan Dunne mentions that it was a new formation and Marc Bircham states that it will never happen again. I bloody hope not because I thought that when Ian Holloway took over that all this misery would be a thing of the past but it doesn't seem that way.. Can we have a constant please?
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Brighton 0 Millwall 1 12/12/14 Championship Game 21 att: 24, 085 (800)

12/12/14 Championship Game 21 Brighton 0 Millwall 1 att: 24,085 we take about 800

A Friday night live on Sky game. It was good to get the win

This game was not exactly a sizzler but we started well, we looked sharper, passed it about a bit had decent movement and scored a goal in the 15th minute. Then for some reason we played the rest of the game frightened to do anything similar again. It seemed like that after the 5-1 drubbing at  home against Middlesbrough the taking of this precious lead against Brighton was something they were keeping. They done the job so on that score the players can not be faulted. Millwall's goal come about after some good play and a couple bits of luck when Lee Gregory picked the ball up on the edge of the area and run in and smacked the thing home beating the Brighton keeper on his far side of the goal.

That's 23 points from 21 games and if we keep that up for the rest of the season that may not be enough to keep us up.

Millwall: Forde, Wilkinson, Shittu, Beevers, Malone, Angel(Dunne 88), Williams, Gueye(Abdou 80), McDonald, Woolford, Gegory(Fuller 82),
subs not used, King, Briggs, Easter, Upson

Goal: Gregory 15m

Brighton: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Halford, Chickson, Forster-Caskey, Gardner, Teixeira, March(Colunga 65), Bent, E.Bennett(McCourt 72),
subs not used, Walton, Ince, Hughes, Holla, Calderon

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Bournemouth 2 Millwall 2 Championship Game 19 29/11/14

We Can Match Them All--But Not For 90 Minutes

We must now be officially the come back kings as yet another game we come back from being dead and buried and salvage yet another precious point. These comebacks are earning us a few points but not enough to keep us a way from the relegation places. We drop to 20th place and hold just a 2 point cushion.

Following on from the Lions 0-0 draw at Charlton last Saturday the Lions looked like yet again that a win was beyond them and a even a point didn't seem possible as top of the division Bournemouth took a 2-0 lead by the 25th minute and looked liked they were going to stay in the top spot.
Cue the second half, we play more from the front and cue the Millwall comeback. Ed Upson with 75 minutes on the clock starting the comeback as he headed past the Bournemouth keeper and with 2 minutes of normal time to go Magaye Gueye fired the ball home and the Lions escaped defeat. The away end was on it all through the game and helped the team to get the point. Let's not go behind and keep "coming back" lets start from the start as we mean to finish and we may start to pick up a few more wins. 

Millwall 20 pts
Rotherham 19 pts
Brighton 18 pts
Wigan 17 pts
Blackpool 9 pts

Saturday, 15 November 2014


2014-15 season   That's 17 games gone and frequently wrong refereeing decisions have strengthened the siege mentality and enhanced the atmosphere down at the Den. Some of these ref decisions have been so blatently wrong it makes you wonder. Sometimes I think just like many others that follow Millwall FC that there is a agenda to drive the club out of football, but it only convinces us to be more determined to stay in it. 

Those that care understand

There is no other football club in England similar to us and there's no other football club with supporters like us. Unique springs to mind

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Millwall 2 Brentford 3, 8/11/14, Championship League Game, att: 13,048

History in the making

For the first time in football history and it's Millwall that wear a camouflage kit as they support Headley Court which is the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre located in Surrey. Headley Court logo stands proud on this special Millwall shirt. 

The players from both teams form a guard of honour for Headley Court injured military personnel who were invited to the game on the day before remembrance Sunday. Tomorrow will also mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Proceeds from the sale of 1500 plus of these camouflage shirts, plus one pound from every programme sold will mean that a nice few bob will be coming the centre's way. It should be around 25k. Headley Court were also out with buckets.


Millwall looking like desert storm but first half playing like Desert Norm.

The Game

Following from my post after the Blackburn Game, it did rain but I copped the most from it after the game as we travelled down to Maidstone to pick up a car. What a night that was going down the M20, the window wipers had to work like crazy but we got home safe. Did the Lions work like crazy, I don't think they did and in the first half and yet again we went behind. A short while after the re-start we went 2-0 down and Brentford were making us look like mugs.  Another come back was on the cards as we clawed it back to 2-2 with goals from Lee Gregory  (I think) (58 min), and a rare one from Alan Dunne (59 min), which was a peach. Scott McDonald came on in the 57th minute and the two Lions goals quickly followed. There was no more goals for Millwall but Danny Shittu became a scorer as he gave Brentford a unintentional helping hand and scored a close up own goal. The referee was better than the last two games but when he booked Alan Dunne in the first minute, I thought, here we go again. He managed to finish the game with no more incidents apart from a cracking goal that fetched us level at 2-2

I don't think we have any ball winners. I can't remember the last time we tacked anybody and come away playing the ball. We have no problem giving the ball away. Brentford reminded me of Millwall a good few years back.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Beevers (Ranegie 67), Briggs, Chaplow (Upson 82), Williams, Gueye (McDonald 57), Gregory, Martin, Fuller
subs not used, King, Woolford, Upson, Webster

Goals: Gregory 58, Dunne 59

Brentford: Button, Odubajo, Dean, Craig, Bidwell, Judge, Diagouraga, Pritchard (Smith 76),, Toral (Saunders 76), Gray, Jota (Dallas 66), 
subs not used, Bonham, Tarkowski, Yennaris, Proschwitz

Goals: Gray 42, 56, Shittu og 64


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Two games in the life of Millwall FC.....we always get shit ref's


Blame the players, blame the referee, blame the manager and a amazing come back

Watford away  1/11/14  lost 3-1  att:17,000  (1,797 traveled)

Danny Shittu didn't start which surprised a few

We had the the majority of the possession  but conceded the most fouls and the most bookings. I am not to sure how that works out, we must have been tackling ourselves. We played half decent but once again we was mugged by a referee. We took the lead on 12 minutes when Woolford picked up a sweet pass from Scott McDonald threw a dummy as he pretended to shoot and once he lost his marker he shot and buried the ball  in the Watford net. Watford scored to level the game in the 36th minute and shortly afterwards Ricardo Fuller was tripped in the box and you've guessed it, no penalty given. Blatant penalty for all to see apart from the officials of course who always have shit in their eyes when it comes to giving Millwall a fair playing field. It got worse, Alan Dunne ended up on the ground at the edge of the Lions penalty area after being challenged by Watford's Deeney who then fell over Dunne's legs and Deeney was given a free kick, Watford scored from the free kick. It just can't get any worse can it? We had chances in the second half to get a foot back in this game but it wasn't to be and Watford got their third on 64 minutes after another dodgy free kick and although we played well we left the place with nought.

Referee or so called, Bob Madley

Blackburn at the Den, Tuesday Night, 4/11/14, Millwall 2 Blackburn 2 att: 8,240 (away 468)


I can honestly say we were crap first half and we just couldn't get going with any pattern of play that resulted in a good enough standard that would produce a win against this opposition. The weather was wet and wet as in soaked to the skin wet, which I thought before the game "this could be a typical old skool Millwall night with blood and gristle and send this lot back with their tails between their legs" All that happened as once again a referee totally missed the content of a challenge and sent off loan signing Andy Wilkinson. At this moment in time we were already 1-0 down and things looked bleak. From that point the referee got dogs abuse and he deserved it. Andy Wilkinson went for a 50-50- ball that was there for the winning and both players cluttered together. The Blackburn bench jumped out of there seats as though their player had been shot and the referee was suckered in to send Wilkinson off.  Marc Bircham was sent to the stand for jostling with the Blackburn bench. We were stunned by all of this and a few minutes later Blackburn got their second goal. We could have crumbled but we didn't and on 72 minutes Lee Martin gave us hope after Ricardo Fuller held the ball up and Martin clinically finished..A short time later Ian Holloway who was pissed off as much as all of us and after questioning another referee decision got sent to the stand.

Going in for more pain, anguish,and injustice with a bit of Millwall passion thrown in

Now we were up for it, with the loudest "No One Like Us " we responded to this injustice and with ten men proceeded to take Blackburn apart and ."boom" Shaun Williams cracked a shot from outside of the box and the Den could be heard in Wapping.

 Maybe "taking Blackburn apart" was a bit over the top but that spirit shown to achieve a draw was "old skool" Millwall  and if we can mix that in with the good football we play at times we can reach for the promised land. The comeback was about that and two good worked goals scored by Lee Martin and Shaun Williams. Brentford home Saturday, I wonder if it will rain again? maybe. I wouldn't mind if it did but please give us a fair and intelligent referee.

Referee or so called: Darren Deadman, 

Monday, 27 October 2014

Millwall 1 Cardiff City 0 Championship Game 14 25/10/14

Following on from the 0-0 draw at Wigan Tuesday night, we make that wet and windy midweek point seem more valuable as we take our unbeaten run to four games and take our points tally to 17 and things look a bit more rosier than it did when we lost at home to Birmingham a few weeks back.
Just six points off the play off's and six points from the last relegation spot. Is the glass half full or half empty?  I like to think that its neither, it's slowly filling to the top.

Live on sky, a football match
Just looking, but looking for what

Our first live league game on TV this season. I suppose Sky were looking or hoping for a incident that they could twist and manipulate and show us all as baby eaters or something similar. Nothing for them on that score so that had to devote the time of actually just showing Millwall growing in stature as the game went on and we were unlucky not to win by a bigger margin.

The Boss is back over the pond. He has permission to fly after surgery on his knee

Midfield and everywhere else Scott McDonald usually has one or two decent shots per game and today he didn't disappoint as a screamer of a shot took the paint off the keepers right hand post as it whistled by.  Lee Gregory couldn't improve on his two goal Millwall tally as he controlled a long ball by Shaun Williams and lifted the ball over the Cardiff keeper but a bit to high as it it the bar and the top of the net. He could have had another and Ed Upson missed by a fraction after being set up with some good Millwall play in and around the visitors box.
Cardiff had chances and a double save by the King of goal keepers David Forde send us in to a hand clapping frenzy because we all thought we were going 1-0 down.

In the 54th minute the goal that gave us a first win in nine games lifted us out of seats to about the same hight that the big fella jumped to power home a Shaun Williams on the button corner. What is it about Danny Shittu, he has not played since March because of injury but has made his way onto the bench for a few games but started in this one and straight away he was back doing what he does best, communicating, confidence making, competing and delivering a true captain's role and a true captains goal as he went up for a corner and powerfully headed the ball home. He loves it.

Danny Shittu  recieves the Sky Man Of The Match 

Millwall: Forde, Wilkinson, Briggs(Webster 72), Beevers, Shittu, Upson, McDonald, Gregory, Fuller(Woolford 78), Martin,
subs not used, King, O'Brien, Chaplow, Onyedinma, Abdou

Goal: Shittu 54

That's five changes after the Wigan game

Cardiff: Marshall, Brayford, S Morrison, Manga, Fabio, Pilkington, Noone, Whittingham, Gunnerrsson(Ralls 33), Le Fondre(Maynard 62), Macheda(R Morrison 61)
subs not used, Moore, Connolly, Daehli


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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Millwall 3 Wolves 3 Championship League Game 12, 18/10/14 att; 13,428

The night before

This is strange. Since I started this blog way back in 2010 Kenny Jackett has been on our side for most of this time and although I want us to beat Wolves I am sure that KJ will not get dogs abuse on his first visit back to the Den. Maybe a ribbing but I am sure he will enjoy that even if he gets it after a Wolves defeat.  I am curious to see the team that Ian Holloway will put out to start against the Wanderers, will he stick to the same eleven players that earnt a point at Derby or will Holloway make changes once again.

The Game

Kenny Jackett gets a good reception before the game but he got nothing else as he was just another away manager there to be beat.
The Lions go 3-0 down but still earn a point 

We go 3-0 down and gloom sets in but the team battled hard after Holloway made some critical substitutions and the three players he fetched on, Ricardo Fuller, Lee Martin and Scott Malone played a big part in turning this game and in the end a point will do. Should we be going 3-0 down against Wolves at home? nope we shouldn't. Our passing and retaining the ball in the first half was non-existent and I lost count of how many times we gave away the ball. We went in at half time 1-0 down and although once again at home we were losing I went for my half time smoke thinking that we could turn this game around.

I couldn't believe what I was seeing as we were 3-0 down by the 64th minute and things didn't look good as Wolves scored two goals from dead balls from both touch lines and there is no way we should be conceding goals from there.  Nobody left the ground (maybe a tiny few) and we were rewarded shortly after the Wolves third goal when Lee Gregory scored with a fine controlled shot that went just inside the Wolves keeper's right hand post. That goal gave us hope and we raised the noise and substitute Ricardo Fuller responded by scoring two first class goals. Sometimes he's finishing is a joy to watch and he was certainly on his game to day as he pulled the game back to 3-3 with two goals in five minutes. Shaun Williams saved the day as he received a red card in the 97th minute as he took one for the team by bringing down a Wolves player as he was bearing down on the Millwall goal. Goal keeper David Forde also had time to make a final contribution as he went to his left and made a fine save with seconds to go to stop Wolves taking all three points. All in all a game that had a few twists and turns, it looked like a game that we was going to lose but we didn't. One of the best Millwall comebacks I have seen for a long time and we were all there at the finish.

Played 12, Won 4, Drawn 4, Lost 5, Goals For 13, Goals Against 16, Points 13

That's 13 points out of a possible 36 which is just over a point a game. We must improve as we sit just 3 points away from the last relegation place. Wigan away Tuesday night and although it may seem a bit of a tough ask, three points would be well useful.

Miillwall remember the fallen as they make a video with Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre

We show our support for the military establishment, Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre near Epsom. We will be wearing a camouflage coloured kit for our remembrance weekend when we play Brentford and his is history in the making as no football club ever before has worn army camouflage colours. Headley Court Logo will be on the front of the shirt. The football league has given Millwall the nod to do this and I'm sure the kit won't clash with the referee. This seasons sponsor Euroferries have gave up their shirt logo for this game. The proceeds for selling this shirt will go to Headley Court Rehab Centre and we are looking to raise 20k by selling the shirts. We have made a short video on Youtube which is remembering the fallen of the first world war and the fallen and injured ever since. A very moving dedication and the team and Ian Holloway have done us proud. I have always known I chose the right football club to support but this cements my belief even do us proud. Up the Wall.

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I had no pre-knowledge of Millwall doing this but it doesn't surprise me. We are known for our community work hosted by the Lions Centre and of course our support in trying to save the A and E at Lewisham Hospital which in the end was successful. We always give generously to the Help For Hero's charity. Last season we gave up our shirt sponsorship revenue and gave the shirt space to the Charity Prostrate Cancer which helped the charity spread the message to us blokes to get ourself checked out, I did. We also raised 25k.

Monday, 6 October 2014

4/10/11 Championship Game 11 Derby County 0 att:27,749

/10/14 Championship League Game 11  Derby County 0 Millwall 0 att: 27,749

Ian Holloway was delighted with the Lions defence

Martyn Woolford starts and Mathew Briggs makes he's league debut. Ian Holloway mixes it up with Scott Malone and Mark Beevers dropped, Byron Williams comes in and makes he's first start since being subbed in the 29th minute at Reading, he put that substitution anguish to bed after having a superb game against Derby. Aiden O'Brien came on as a sub against Birrmingham and impressed us all including Holloway who game him a start against Derby and what a game to make your full league debut and on his 21st birthday. Once again he done well.

Richard Chaplow starts

I presume that all these changes which also included Richard Chaplow starting were Ian Holloway's response to a run of five games without a win. We still did not win but we could have done and after the dismal affair against Birmingham it cheered me up no end. I guess that the Derby supporters thought they were going to win this game and got all shirty and frustrated when they knew that wasn't going to happen. We were solid for most of the game and were worth the point. We should have had a penalty when Lee Gregory was pushed in the box but the ref must have had crap in he's eyes as he failed to see it.

Danny Shittu back in the side but on the bench

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Briggs, Webster, Williams, Chaplow, Abdou, Woolford, McDonald, Gregory(Fuller 74), O'Brien(Malone 67),
subs not used, King, Upson, Beevers, Powell, Shittu

Derby: Grant, Christie, Keogh, Whitbread, Forsyth, Eustace(Hendrick 59), Hughes, Bryson, Ward(Best 59), Ibe(Russell 85), Martin
subs not used, Mitchell, Calero, Shotton, Mascarell

And now yet another international break.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Milwall FC: One step forward, two steps back, Game 9 and Game 10

I said after the Forest game " the whole team done well and kept going right to the end of the game" I am afraid I cannot say that after the Huddersfield away game and Birmingham at home game. We are going backwards and have not improved in any position on the pitch. We are weak in defence and scoring goals to win games is a mystery to us.

Last five games

Ipswich away lost 2-0
Reading away lost 3-2
Forest home drew 0-0
Huddersfield away lost 2-1
Birmingham home lost 3-1        Scored four conceded ten

That's not hard to do, there wasn't much to get us out of our seats

According to Ian Holloway we have a soft underbelly. I know we have injuries and critical injuries at that but surely the squads big enough to cope with a few players missing . It appears not and with Lee Martin and Carlos Edwards not available our world is falling apart. I know that's not really the case but that's how it felt watching them Tuesday night being put to the sword by a very average Birmingham City side. There was some pluses Tuesday night, Lee Gregory scored his first Millwall goal and Adien O'Brien  made his League debut when he came on for the second half and done alright as he set Gregory up for his goal.

We did have a spell of decent play at the start of the second half where Lee Gregory scored and pulled it back to 2-1 but it wasn't going to get any better and Birmingham got their third.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Millwall 0 Nottingham Forest 0 20/9/14 Championship Game 8

The worse thing that could have happened with this game was the men from Sherwood would have nicked it with a minute to go. That's the sort of outcome that us that follow the Wall know all about and sods law it was going to happen. It didn't happen and we finished the game strong. The first half was un-inspiring from both sides but the second half we edged it and should have took the three points. Forest stay top and we drop a position.

A tough ask for the four Lions as Forest are everywhere 

A early injury to Carlos Injury could have put a spanner in the works but Jimmy Abdou stepped into the breach and took over the right backs role and done a excellent job on restraining Forest striker Michail Antonio to almost nothing who I do believe has already scored five goals this season, but he got nought down here.  The whole team done well and kept going right to the end of the game. We will be beating teams soon and beating them well. That's my prediction but at the moment that's 11 points and we drop a place in the league table to 13th place.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Reading 3 Millwall 2 League Game 7 att:15,091 we take 871 and they done us proud

Seven games gone and 3 wins, 3 defeats and a draw, we have scored 8 and conceded 8

We had more shots on target, more shots off target and more corners but we lost. Ian Holloway has put his hands up and said it was he's fault we were 2-0 down by the 15th minute but he had the guile to change the way we were playing and we improved drastically. After the change we came close to winning the game but it wasn't to be as Reading scored from a corner in the 86th minute and that was that.  We have dropped down to 12th spot and  a win is needed Saturday. Can we beat top spot Forest? of course we can as long as Holloway gets it right because we have the players to do it and to do it with style. I do not think a third defeat on the bounce would be acceptable to us as this will reflect what was going on last season and if that is the case there wouldn't seem to be any improvement,.I know we are better and we need to start banging in a few more goals and stay switched on when comes to defending corners late in the game. COYL

Nottingham Forest sit top with 17 points, won 5 drawn 2 and lost none

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.

That didn't go well

13/9/14  League Game 6 Ipswich 2 Millwall 0 att: 16,199 

We had more shots on target, more shots off target and more possession but we lost this one, We were bright in the first half but hopeless after the break. Sounds a bit familiar to me and after we went 1-0 down on the stroke of half time we wilted and offered zilch in the second half. Would we have had more of a chance if Lee Martin and Lee Gregory had not been injured? not sure and we will never know but it couldn't have helped. We drop to 7th place and 4 points off of the top spot which is held by Forest.

Millwall: Forde, Edwards, Dunne, Beevers, Malone, Powell(Gueye 46), Williams, Woolford(Upson 67), McDonald, Easter(Fuller 67), Ranegie
subs not used, King, Briggs, Webster, Onyedinma

Ipswich: Gerken, Parr, Mings(Smith 70), Chambers, Berra, Skuse, Murphy, McGoldrick, Anderson(Sammon 81), Tabb, Bishop(Hyam 71)
subs not used, Bialkowki, Bajner, Bru, Henshall

Goals: McGoldrick 45, Murphy 63

ps...the Spaniard didn't 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 D├ębut 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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For now and the future

A Wrexham fan wrote this and it is well worth a read

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

Default FOTB Regen Statement

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.