Tag: Millwall

Millwall Turn Up The Heat

It seems to surprise us every season, even though it almost certainly shouldn’t. For the majority of the season in the Football League, most clubs seem to play as though the serious businesses of promotion and relegation can wait for another day. With such a relentless slog of fixtures this probably shouldn’t be too surprising, but some time around the start of springtime it feels as though clubs wake up and remember the scale of the prize at stake should they manage to squeeze their way into a higher division. Nowhere is this more accentuated than at the top...

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Millwall, The CPO, The Fans & The Journalist

It was a story that smelt off from the very start. The story of the shady arrangement to sell land immediately surrounding Millwall’s home, The New Den, has been bubbling away since September and today it was confirmed that Lewisham Council has abandoned these plans. It is a significant victory for the club, which had confirmed that it may have had to leave the borough altogether, had it gone through. Moreover, though, it is a victory for the power of protest from supporters who refused to be fobbed off by the council that seemed to hold both them and...

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League One Play-Offs: Barnsley Complete Their Transformation

After two seasons away, Barnsley secured promotion back to the Football League Championship with a three-one win against Millwall at Wembley yesterday afternoon. There was an element of surprise about this result. After all, Millwall had only been relegated at the end of the season before and had finished the League One season in fourth place in the table, having secured their play-off spot with more than a little room to spare despite having had a rocky period in the build-up to Christmas which saw the club drop to tenth place in the table. Barnsley, on the other hand,...

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Millwall vs Lewisham Council & The Property Developers

It’s now been three years since Millwall Football Club – the players, the officials and the supporters – went out to bat for its community. Football clubs have never felt more detached from the areas in which they’re based, but throughout the 2012/13 season the club was at the forefront of a campaign to save the Accident & Emergency unit at Lewisham Hospital. Players warmed up before matches in t-shirts protesting the proposed closure of the unit, whilst the the club itself used the extra exposure that it received as a result of an FA Cup Fourth Round draw...

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Wringing Our Hands For Millwall

Perhaps it is appropriate that, at the end of a week that reminded many of us of the terrible state of English football during the 1980s and how close we came to all being exposed to our civil liberties being dragged through the mud, chewed up and spat back out at us, we were handed a throwback to those times. This afternoon at Wembley Stadium Wigan Athletic achieved a unique achievement, the first club to reach the finals of both the FA Trophy and the FA Cup, but there will be few headlines devoted to that club tomorrow morning. Instead, just as they are on these pages this evening, tomorrow’s football headlines will be hogged by Millwall Football Club – or, at least, the proportion of the club’s support that seems more than happy to treat any occasion of this nature as an opportunity to pick a fight with somebody, for some reason, presumably. It’s easy, at this stage, to point fingers at the concept of “Millwall”, but the scenes beamed across the world from Wembley this afternoon are something that the majority of supporters of the club – as well as the club itself, we might well presume – would want nothing to do with. Perhaps, for most of us, to try and rationalise the behaviour of those that get themselves into such situations is to chase up...

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